Although most of us ignore the old technologies, the new technologies that we are accustomed to wouldn’t have been possible. 1990′s was a growing era of technological advances. There were many technological discoveries and breakthroughs that planted the root for technological advancement in the 21st century. Its about time we go back in time and take a look at a few things that might have changed the future of technology. Today’s post is a tribute to the 90′s and to all the businesses and individuals that help us achieve the present fate of computers in an ever changing world of technological discovery.
The Rise of The Internet
I remember my first computer that I got in the 90′s with 64 MB RAM and 3 GB HDD. Man I felt like a kid in a candy store when that thing came into my house. Today, my phone has more capability than what that old box did. The 90′s was the rise of the internet and one of the reason was due to the falling price of the pesonal computers. It was the 90s when people started buying computer for their personal use. As more and more people started using the computers not only for businesses but also for personal stuff, internet started to boom. More people were using it.
This was the time when people started to find ways to exchange multimedia files via internet. If it wasn’t for the falling prices of personal computers the internet wouldn’t be the same today. Emails became one of the very popular forms of communication and still is. Thanks to the 90s we are able to do things on the internet that we probably never imagined before.
Instant Messengers Pick Up The Pace
Life without instant messengers is hard to imagine, at least for me. IMs for me have become a source of generating ideas and the best way to get in touch with friends and families. 90s truly was the era when Instant Messengers rose to new heights. Today they are known as GUI based messaging clients which began to take in the mid 90s.
The GUI based instant messaging clients started with ICQ in 1996 and was later followed by AOL Instant Messenger in 1997. Later Microsoft and others followed this growing trend and today we use different messaging clients such as gtalk and Skype. If it wasn’t for the 90s drive towards developing instant messaging clients we wouldn’t be able to communicate so freely from one end to the other. Instant messengers have come a long way today with the advent of mobile IMs and it has become an integral part of modern day business as well.
Microsoft Introduces Windows Operating System
Although most of hate Microsoft for one reason or the other, lets face it Microsoft changed the way we do things on the internet with Windows 95. Windows 95 was released on August 24th 1995 and soon became one of the most popular operating system ever produced. Following this huge success Mcirosoft went on to release Windows 98 on June 25th 1998. Whether you like it or now Windows 95 and 98 shaped the future of operating system in today’s world. Today we enjoy different operating systems and it is all due to all the advancements that took place in the 90s. Once again we owe it to 90s for the operating system we use today. If it wasn’t done during that period of time we would probably still be using DOS. Imagine that….
Pentium Processors Makes Its Way
Most of the computers that we use today still use Pentium processors, the only difference is that they are capable of computing way faster than what they did in the 90s. However, it was the 90s when Pentium launched their first processor in the 90s which was later followed by fast processors such as Pentium 1, Pentium II and so on. Today most of us use Pentium Dual Cores as our processors. Thanks to the 90s again as this is when these fast computing processors started making their way into the computers.
Java Programming Language Is Developed
Much of its syntax derived from C+ and C++, Java was developed by Sun Microsystems and released in 1995. Any Java programmer is well versed with the first program you create in Java “Hello World.” Java is still a very widely used programming language and somewhat dominates the programming language sector. Once again it was the 90s that made it possible to make way for many other programming language with the release of Java programming.
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