25 More Top Technologies
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.
25 More Top Technologies - Amazon.com
Far more than just a bookstore, its become a pathfinder for electronic storefronts and Web service ecosystems.
25 More Top Technologies - Centronics Parallel Port
Hacked by hardware hobbyists into an interface for controlling anything.
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.
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.
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.
25 More Top Technologies - Domain Name System
It made the global network speak plain English. Sorry about that, world.
25 More Top Technologies - eBay
Redefining market efficiency, its influence may be second only to that of e-mail.
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.
25 More Top Technologies - Hayes SmartModem
Its AT command set for in-band control made digital telecommunication accessible to mere mortals.
25 More Top Technologies - Java
Smalltalk did it earlier, but Java was far more influential in making mainstream programmers think object-ively.
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.
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.
25 More Top Technologies - Motorola StarTac
Breaking the mold of the brick-sized cellular phone, it set todays expectations for pocket-sized personal communicators.
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.
25 More Top Technologies - Oracle relational database
The first DBMS to handle, with impressive superiority, massive record sets in pioneering PC Week Shoot-Outs.
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 .
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).
25 More Top Technologies - TCP/IP
Defying circuit-switched conventions, this combo wrapped the future of communications in a packet.
25 More Top Technologies - Turbo Pascal (Borland International)
Transformed expectations of programming tools price and productivity.
25 More Top Technologies - Unix
Its what GNU vehemently claimed not to be, with Linux loudly finishing that job.
25 More Top Technologies - USB
Made the PC-as-controller paradigm accessible to anyone with an opposable thumb.
25 More Top Technologies - VisiCalc
Another exception to our 25-year rule: Before IBM made PC hardware professional, VisiCalc made businesspeople want a PC.
25 More Top Technologies - WordStar
The mass-market archetype of a user interface so horrible, people learned it and never forgot it.
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.