The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

PBS doc on OKC bombing signals anew the significance of 1995

PBS on Tuesday is to air an “American Experience” documentary about the deadliest episode of home-grown terrorism in U.S. history, the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. The program revisits a … Continue reading

February 4, 2017 · 3 Comments

The ‘Netscape Moment,’ 21 years on

Tomorrow marks the 21st anniversary of the “Netscape Moment” of 1995, the day when a Silicon Valley startup’s eye-popping market debut illuminated the World Wide Web for millions of people … Continue reading

August 9, 2016

Once-dominant and much-loathed, IE turns 20

Internet Explorer, the buggy, disliked, yet once-dominant Web browser, this weekend reaches the 20th anniversary of its initial release. It’s an important occasion in Internet history that probably will go … Continue reading

August 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dilemma on the Merc’s front page: Lead with Netscape? Jerry Garcia death?

As a postscript to the recent coverage revisiting Netscape’s eye-popping IPO of August 1995, it’s worth recalling how the leading newspaper of Silicon Valley carried the news — and what … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 3 Comments

The ‘Netscape Moment,’ 20 years on

We’re in the runup to the 20th anniversary of the “Netscape Moment” of 1995, the day when a California startup’s eye-popping market debut illuminated the World Wide Web for millions … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · 14 Comments

1995 as tipping point: Recalling Smith Corona’s bankruptcy

Even as 1995 unfolded, it became clear that the year would be regarded as a hinge moment, as an important transitory time near the end of the millennium. As I … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

Microsoft warns Netscape in prelude to the ‘browser war’ of 1995-98

Before they were locked in a death struggle known as the “browser war,” the software giant Microsoft and Web upstart Netscape made nice, at least for a while. Representatives of … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · 15 Comments

‘The Internet Tidal Wave,’ 20 years on

Twenty years ago this week, Bill Gates sent a lengthy internal memorandum to senior staff at Microsoft Corporation, announcing an embrace of the Internet that was to help shape the … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 12 Comments

Saluting the unassuming wiki, 20 years after its launch

The unassuming wiki, server-based software that allows users to create, revise, edit, update, and delete Web content, last week marked the 20th anniversary of its launch online, in what was … Continue reading

March 29, 2015 · 5 Comments

Talking Internet history, and 1995

I had the pleasure recently to be interviewed by the Internet History Podcast, an outstanding and expanding online resource based on the recognition that 1995 was a turning point in … Continue reading

March 14, 2015 · 25 Comments

Part One: Highlights of ‘1995’ interview with Reason.com

Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief of Reason.com and Reason TV, recently spoke with me about my latest book, 1995: The Year the Future Began. The video and the transcript of the interview … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · 11 Comments

What ‘Time’ forgot in its look back to 1995

“Does 1995 feel like just yesterday or a lifetime ago?” Time magazine asked in a recent writeup online that offered a puzzling look back at 1995. Puzzling for what Time … Continue reading

January 10, 2015 · 8 Comments

Looking back to 1995, the year the future began

The passing of 20 years illuminates how 1995 was a watershed year — a time of maturing technologies and converging trajectories, a hinge moment at the cusp of the millennium. … Continue reading

December 30, 2014 · 22 Comments

Illuminating the Web: Netscape’s IPO of August 1995

It was 19 years ago tomorrow when Netscape Communications illuminated the World Wide Web for millions of people and catalyzed what became the dot.com boom of the late 1990s. Netscape … Continue reading

August 8, 2014 · 31 Comments