Category: Technology

Tech essays and other views of modern technology

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The Second Browser War

In the 1990s, Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer competed for domination in the so-called “First Browser War”. It took a couple of years, but Microsoft won a complete victory, and by 2002 Internet...

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Starting Up Windows 95

Before 1995, operating systems were not something the average person thought about. Sure there were hardcore geeks out there debating the merits of Windows vs OS/2, but the merits of such platforms had not...

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The First Browser War

The World Wide Web really started to take off in the mid-1990s, and if you wanted to use it, you needed a web browser. Early Internet users could make do with simple text-based terminal...

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The Rise of Microsoft Windows NT

Early versions of Microsoft Windows were pretty primitive by modern standards, but that’s only because Windows was meant to be an interim solution. It started out as a graphical interface that ran atop MS-DOS,...

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Early Versions of Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows has been around for 30 years, and it’s still the dominant operating system for desktop PCs. Ever since the release of Windows 95, this venerable OS has dominated the desktop market, (especially...

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The Allure of False Productivity

The Internet makes it easy to slack off. I can’t tell you how many projects I’ve had derailed by my raging Facebook addiction. But there are a lot of online distractions that are more...

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AOL and Other Online Services

In my early days of computing, I logged on to Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes) to download files and participate in forum discussions. The BBSes I logged into were free, but they were hard to...

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The Age of Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes)

The Internet has existed since 1969, but it was only in the mid-to-late-1990s that it became commonplace in the home. Before that, computer users communicated via more low-tech methods. Many people of the era...