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Celebrating 30 Years In Business

This month we celebrate 30 years in business. So we thought we’d take a look at some of the tech that we were using back then and compare it today’s technology.

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1991 – We’re in Business

Not only the year we started operating, but it was also the year the first website was built at CERN labs by Tim Berners-Lee and went online. He is credited with inventing the World Wide Web, and his concepts of hyperlinking to other pages, HTTP and URL are still in use today. Now, it’s impossible to imagine a world without the web. For example, we use it for work, to learn and to socialise with people all over the world. In 2021, the internet is as vital as it’s ever been for helping business facilitate hybrid working. Broadband connections have also gone through changes. Whilst in 1998, the best connection speed users could get was 56Kbps. These days, users can get up to 80Mbps download and 20Mbps upload. There is also the option of having a dedicated 100Mbps leased line.

First Colour Scanner

Today, scanners are integrated into printers. However, back in 1991, they were standalone devices and this was the year HP introduced the HP Scanjet llc. The first colour scanner, at 24-bit, with an optical resolution of 400dpi. Or “enhanced” resolution of 800dpi. For perspective, a popular multifunction printer we sell is HP M479fdw, which has an optical resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi.

Multimedia PC

The multimedia PC was introduced with a CD-ROM drive and was created by a group of companies including Microsoft, Dell and Creative Labs. This standard consisted of 2MB RAM and a 30MB hard drive. Whereas today, a HP 290G3 has 16GB SDRAM and a 2TB hard drive! There have been great advancements with regards to PC’s. Therefore allowing not just the top businesses, but all companies to have access to powerful and fast computers. Learn more about our partnership with HP here.

Windows

We’ve also seen six iterations of Windows Operating Systems. From Windows 95 (1995) through the often complained about Vista (2006) to the current Windows 10 (2015). And, recently released has been Windows 11 with a brand new interface and features. Let us know on our social channels which OS was your favourite.

2G

This was the year that 2G was launched on the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM). This allowed phone conversations to be digitally encrypted and systems were more efficient for mobile phone service. Shortly after in 1992, the first text message was sent to a mobile phone, although there was no way for that person to respond. It’s amazing to think that now you can send text messages to and from your phone system. And a phone system is now so much more than just a collection of handsets on a desk, it can offer true collaboration. Especially when Wildix is the phone system. Learn more about Wildix here.

*Thank You for Your Business*

Finally, we’d like to say thank you for your continued support over the last 30 years.

References and further reading

https://www.zdnet.com/article/top-10-tech-developments-of-1991/

http://www.hpmuseum.net/display_item.php?hw=297

https://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia/term/windows-versions

https://www.plus.net/home-broadband/content/history-of-the-internet/

http://phones-thenandnow.weebly.com/1990-2000.html