The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

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 · 2 Comments

Predator drone down — over Bosnia, 20 years ago

That 1995 was a year of multiple watersheds is beyond dispute. As I discuss in my latest book, 1995: The Year the Future Began, it was the year the Internet … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · 8 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 · 17 Comments

20 years after its launch, Amazon showing an unlikable side

Twenty years after it opened for business online, Amazon.com is showing a meaner side that has become pretty obvious. The world’s largest online retailer delivers an enormous variety of products … Continue reading

July 14, 2015 · 27 Comments

Of space shuttles and love-sick woodpeckers, 1995

For NASA, 1995 was quite the robust year. The space agency in 1995 launched its 100th human mission, sending a crew of five Americans and two Russians into Earth orbit … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · 2 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 · 3 Comments

‘Cyberporn’ scare of 1995 demonstrates the early Web’s corrective power

The demotion last month of Brian Williams, the former NBC News lead anchor, was testimony, at least in part, to the power of social media to expose and debunk. The … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 11 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 · 20 Comments

When Secret Service officers wore rubber gloves to greet gay officials

Is it “different enough”? One of the tests for conducting research into the recent past is whether the period under scrutiny is “different enough” from the present. With the passage … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · 7 Comments

Downed pilot eludes Serbs; Americans take notice of Bosnia

The war that tore apart Bosnia in 1992-95 was Europe’s deadliest and most vicious since the time of the Nazis. It was a war that returned “ethnic cleansing” to the … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 8 Comments

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