last updated December 17th, 2004 and is permanently morphing...
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Approximately 730,000 personal computers are sold
Seagate Technologies develop the first hard drive
for the microcomputer, featuring five megabytes of storage.
computer magazine _Nibble_ is started by Mike Harvey.
Ted Turner's 24 hour news channel CNN (Cable News
Network) begins broadcasting, with 2.4 million subscribers.
First issue of Computer Shopper is published.
Empire Strikes Back_ (vhs/ntsc)is
the top grossing movie of the year, pulling in $290,158,751 domestically
in the US.
Satellite Software International is founded, and releases
Word Perfect 1.0.
Commodore president Jack Tramiel announces plans at
a strategy meeting in London, England to produce a $300 USD personal
Alfred Hitchcock dies.
Fed up with Gary Kildall's Digital Research delays
with porting a version of its CP/M operating system to their line of computers,
Seattle Computer Products decides to create an OS themselves. Employee
Tim Patterson begins work on it.
Steve Ballmer goes to work for Microsoft.
John Lennon (The Beatles)
is assassinated while entering his apartment building in New York.
Paul McCartney (The Beatles) spends ten days in prison
for possession of cannabis.
Speak and Spell is released by Texas Instruments.
New "Tonight Show" guest host and rising star David
Letterman's doomed morning program "The David Letterman Show" hits the
airwaves weekdays on NBC from 10-11:30am. After introducing such concepts
as kamakazi steet interviews, roaming remotes from inside NBC's New York
headquarters and "Stupid Pet Tricks", as well as winning two Emmy awards,
the show is cancelled in 19 weeks despite viewers' protests to keep it
on the air.
Microsoft signs a deal with IBM to port BASIC over
to the new IBM PC. IBM gets a cold shoulder from Killdall and Digital Research
about using the CP/M operating system as the PC's Disk Operating System
Tim Berners-Lee begins toying with the idea of HTML,
of the World Wide Web.
Commodore releases the VIC-20, selling for $300 USD.
One million units are sold.
Over 78,000 Apple II's are sold.
Paul Allen purchases Seattle Computer's Quick and
Dirty Operating System (QDOS) for under 100,000 dollars. After
some modifications Microsoft renames it MS-DOS and it is integrated into
Apple Computers goes public, selling 4.6 million shares
at $22 a share.
The CD-Audio standard is created by Sony and Phillips.
Communication theorist Marshall
McLuhan dies of a stroke.
- electro release _Forget The 80's_ 12" by Decal
on Satamile #008
- a1 _Riptide_
- b1 _Prepare To
Merge_ MP3 (192k)
- b2 _Stay Dazed_
- breakbeat techno track _Decayed Decade_ MP3
by Dave Tarrida off of _Postmortem Pop_ 12" on Tresor #126 (1999)
- industrial new wave
track _Eighties_ MP3 (160k)
- _Academy Fight Song MP3/Max
7" by Mission Of Burma on Ace Of Hearts
- _Ethics_ by 23
- _Back In Black_ by AC/DC
- _British Steel_ by Judas Priest
- _Remain In Light_
12" by Talking Heads
- 2. _Crosseyed & Painless_ MP3
- 6. _Seen & Not Seen_ MP3 (192k)
- _Freedom Of Choice_ 12"
- _Sandanista!_ 12"x3
by The Clash
- _Permanent Waves_
- _Moving Pictures_ 12"
- _Uprising_ 12" by Bob
Marley & The Wailers
Angeles_ 12" by X (produced by Ray Manzarek of The Doors)
- _Heaven And Hell_ 12" by Black
- one fucking amazing come back album. the diminutive
Dio on vocals
- _The Age Of Plastic_ 12"
by The Buggles - hail hail the age of video
- text adventure game _Zork:
The Great Underground Empire_
- classic coin-op videogame _Defender_
is released by pinball manufacturer Williams
- classic vector graphic coin-op videogame _Tempest_
is released by Atari