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You just didn’t run Windows in the ’90s without antivirus software. You still don’t, come to think of it.
Intel pioneered the AGP slot to provide better bandwidth for graphics cards, without having to share the clogged PCI bus (see #34). The standard was an instant hit, surviving until the PCI Express era.
Originally developed in the 1970s, Seagate finally implemented this hard-drive technology in 2006. It’s perhaps the most important single innovation to hit magnetic storage in decades.
After decades of seeing manufacturers cram desktop chips into laptops, Intel wised up and developed a low-power chip with surprisingly good performance, finally bridging the performance gap with desktop Pentiums.
This 10,000rpm, 36GB hard drive introduced high-speed SATA storage. Despite its now-smallish size, it remains a top choice for high-performance users.
Apple changed the computing game with this humble (yet spendy) beige box, launching the mouse-driven GUI as we know it today.
Would you ever have thought that the de facto industry-standard IM client would be a product from America Online? We sure didn’t.
At last, PC users got true multitasking and a less heinously ugly UI with the launch of Win95. Long file names! A TCP/IP stack! The Rolling Stones’s “Start Me Up”! What’s not to love?
This giant LCD offers numerous video inputs and unimpeachable quality, and it made large-scale, widescreen graphics affordable to the masses.
Intel finally dropped its long-held numerical naming scheme (due to trademark issues) with the launch of the Pentium. This was also the first Intel chip to feature a dual pipeline and, with its 64-bit data path, took baby steps toward