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1995: The year the future began

Contrived ballyhoo: Recalling Microsoft’s rollout of Windows 95

No prominent event of 1995 — a watershed year in ways serious and significant — was more hyped or contrived than Microsoft’s official release of the Windows 95 computer operating … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · 2 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

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 · 18 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 · 4 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 · 13 Comments

‘1995 was watershed moment,’ says Intel CEO

The year “1995 was a watershed moment in consumer technology,” the CEO of Intel Corporation, Brian M. Krzanich, declared the other day in the keynote speech to the┬áConsumer Electronics Show … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · 23 Comments

Hype and hoopla in a watershed year: Launching Windows 95

It’s hard to think of 1995 as a turbulent or particularly troubled time. Not when Seinfeld and Friends were among the year’s most-watched TV shows. Not when Mars Inc. ran … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 42 Comments

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