Security, 1994-2004: Then And Now

    Date22 Oct 2004
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    A co-worker and I were discussing trends the other day, and he was loudly proclaiming (after cursing a hardware failure) that nothing has significantly changed for most people who interact with computers in the last 10 years. . . . A co-worker and I were discussing trends the other day, and he was loudly proclaiming (after cursing a hardware failure) that nothing has significantly changed for most people who interact with computers in the last 10 years. The only exception we could agree upon was with the exception of a major improvement in the quality of graphics. On the surface, I think I would have to agree with him.

    In 1994, Windows was already heavily adopted in the PC world. WordPerfect 5.1 was still around, but MS-Word and WordPerfect for Windows were in far broader use for the wordsmiths out there. The World Wide Web and e-mail were spreading to a wide audience, and were starting to be seen in many businesses. Back then Unix was only on powerful workstations, and back office servers that most people didn't ever see. Doesn't sound a whole lot different today, other than now we have much prettier displays, an enormously fat Start menu sits on most people's desktops, and there is far more information available on the Internet.

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