The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

Remembering Alta Vista — ‘high-speed’ search for the early Web

It was the go-to search engine of the early Web, and it was launched 20 years ago today. The pioneer was Alta Vista, and its technology of using spiders to … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · 8 Comments

Prediction of the year, 1995: Internet ‘will soon go spectacularly supernova’

The Internet’s emergence into mainstream consciousness in 1995 was met no small amount of skepticism and eye-rolling. It was all overhyped, critics said. A distraction. Notable among the skeptics was … Continue reading

December 3, 2015 · 20 Comments

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

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 · 15 Comments

Late summer 1995, and the spate of media mergers

Twenty years ago this week, Disney Company revealed it was buying the parent corporation of ABC for $19 billion in what then was the second most-lucrative corporate merger ever in … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · 5 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 · 24 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

‘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 · 19 Comments

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