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25 More Top Technologies

eWEEK Labs Top 25 Most Influential Technologies of the Last 25Years--The entries we wish we could have included in our original list When eWEEK Labs dubbed 25 products as the most influential of the /images/slide/188350_2.jpg Although it may be hard to remember today, this Internet search site set the bar for Google and others to clear.

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25 More Top Technologies - Amazon.com

Far more than just a bookstore, its become a pathfinder for electronic storefronts and Web service ecosystems.

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25 More Top Technologies - Centronics Parallel Port

Hacked by hardware hobbyists into an interface for controlling anything.

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25 More Top Technologies - Clone PCs

If we knew which brand was first, it wouldnt be the first clone. En masse, they made IBM a mere enabler.

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25 More Top Technologies - CP/M and QDOS

An intentional exception to our 25-year limit, these were the spiritual and the actual parents (respectively) of what became MS-DOS.

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25 More Top Technologies - Data General/One PC

Despite a screen that required a flashlight to read and a battery life measured in minutes, it defined the look of the modern laptop.

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25 More Top Technologies - Domain Name System

It made the global network speak plain English. Sorry about that, world.

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25 More Top Technologies - eBay

Redefining market efficiency, its influence may be second only to that of e-mail.

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25 More Top Technologies - Ethernet (IEEE 802.3)

Invented, like so many things, at Xerox, it was popularized by 3Com as DIX (Digital/Intel/Xerox) and IEEEd in 1983.

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25 More Top Technologies - Hayes SmartModem

Its AT command set for in-band control made digital telecommunication accessible to mere mortals.

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25 More Top Technologies - Java

Smalltalk did it earlier, but Java was far more influential in making mainstream programmers think object-ively.

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25 More Top Technologies - Laser print engine (Hewlett-Packard LaserJet, Apple LaserWriter)

Thank goodness, Canon-powered printers displaced the daisy wheel for office-grade hard copy.

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25 More Top Technologies - LCD screens

Active-matrix color caught our eye on Apples PowerBook 540C in 1994 and went on to shrink the footprint of the desktop PC.

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25 More Top Technologies - Motorola StarTac

Breaking the mold of the brick-sized cellular phone, it set todays expectations for pocket-sized personal communicators.

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25 More Top Technologies - Microsoft GW-BASIC

Whether or not it damages a beginning programmers brain, without it there would have been no Microsoft as we know it.

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25 More Top Technologies - Oracle relational database

The first DBMS to handle, with impressive superiority, massive record sets in pioneering PC Week Shoot-Outs.

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25 More Top Technologies - PowerPoint

Love or hate the way its used, regret or ignore the passing of superior products, you cant escape the PPT deck .

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25 More Top Technologies - Sendmail

Its influence cant be disputed, even if its not universally cheered (and its loopholes opened the door to the Morris Internet worm).

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25 More Top Technologies - TCP/IP

Defying circuit-switched conventions, this combo wrapped the future of communications in a packet.

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25 More Top Technologies - Turbo Pascal (Borland International)

Transformed expectations of programming tools price and productivity.

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25 More Top Technologies - Unix

Its what GNU vehemently claimed not to be, with Linux loudly finishing that job.

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25 More Top Technologies - USB

Made the PC-as-controller paradigm accessible to anyone with an opposable thumb.

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25 More Top Technologies - VisiCalc

Another exception to our 25-year rule: Before IBM made PC hardware professional, VisiCalc made businesspeople want a PC.

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25 More Top Technologies - WordStar

The mass-market archetype of a user interface so horrible, people learned it and never forgot it.

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25 More Top Technologies - XML

Included by implication on our first Top 25 list, XML needs its own entry here to reflect its transformation of information.

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