It’s the decade most of us are familiar with as 90s kids. Que the Backstreet Boys, dig out your Spice Girl platforms, butterfly clips, and glitter gel. This week we will be looking at the innovations that were born in the 90s and the most popular tv series of each year.
1990 – Cheers to Photoshop!
The go-to tool for all digital plastic surgeons and artists alike, the wonder program Adobe Photoshop was born. It was developed in ’87 but the first commercial version was available in 1990. It’s still the top editing software after all these years.
Top TV series in 1990 – Cheers!
1991 – Murphy and Linux
With Apple and Windows dominating the scene, Linux was a game changer. First released by Linus Torvalds, the operating system—including the Linux kernel was the first open source software available.
Top TV series in 1991 – Murphy Brown
1992 – The Simon Show
The first smartphone to be developed as a prototype was the IBM Simon. It’s not that well known. It was seen as a commercial failure and was never released in the USA. Sometimes a great concept released ahead of its time might not have the impact developers hoped for.
Top TV series in 1992 – The Larry Sanders Show
1993 – Vehicle Improvement
The first breakthrough in the race for zero-emissions vehicles came when in Canada the first fuel cell bus was developed by Ballard Power Systems. We are still working towards economically viable zero-emission fuel cell vehicles to help in the race against global warming.
Top TV series in 1993 – Home Improvement
1994 – Amazon and Seinfeld
The now online retail giant Amazon was founded in ’94. No one could foresee just how big this retailer would get. Back in the day, it was an online book retailer. It has changed the way we would go shopping in the modern world.
Top TV series in 1994 – Seinfeld
1995 – HIV and The Doctors
In the early years of the virus, the outlook for people with HIV was bleak. Then in ’95, the FDA approves Invirase, the first of a class of drugs called HIV protease inhibitors. It worked by blocking the enzymes used in the virus to replicate. The inhibitors can reduce HIV to undetectable levels for longer periods of time. This worked for 90 percent of the patients.
Top TV series in 1995 – E.R
1996 – Cops and DVDs
The DVD was a revolution on the data storage spectrum. You could store larger amounts of data on a DVD than any other media type that came before it. Today it’s seldom used with new online cloud tech development. The first DVD players were sold in Japan in November ’96.
Top TV series in 1996 – NYPD Blue
1997 – Hybrids and Aliens
The first front-wheel-drive hybrid-electric car was driven by Ferdinand Porsche in 1902 at the Exelberg Hill-Climb in Austria. He won in his class. It wasn’t until ’97 that Toyota launched its Hybrid Prius in Japan that their competitors and the world took note. It was only released 3 years later in North America.
Top TV series in 1997 – The X-Files
1998 – Google Frasier
We really can’t even imagine our lives without Google. Any information out there on the world wide web can be reached at our fingertips. It was the first modern search engine that could efficiently find the most relevant results you as the user was looking for.
Top TV series in 1997 – Frasier
1999 – Gangsters and Blue Teeth
Did you know that Bluetooth was named after 10th-century Denmark king Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson? Almost every gadget known today uses it. Bluetooth v 1.0 was released in July ’99 and it might have taken a decade or two to work out all the kinks, but it has changed everything to an almost wireless world.
Top TV series in 1999 – The Sopranos
Next week we conclude the series of the decades of innovations with the 2000. It’s the new millennium with the Y2K bug scaring up the tech industries. It’s a brand new millennium and a universe of possibilities to look forward to.