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By W. Joseph Campbell

A hinge second in fresh American historical past, 1995 used to be a very good 12 months. Drawing on interviews, oral histories, memoirs, archival collections, and information stories, W. Joseph Campbell provides a bright, detail-rich portrait of these memorable 365 days. This publication bargains clean interpretations of the decisive moments of 1995, together with the emergence of the net and the area broad internet in mainstream American existence; the bombing at Oklahoma urban, the deadliest assault of family terrorism in U.S. historical past; the sensational “Trial of the Century,” at which O.J. Simpson confronted fees of double homicide; the U.S.-brokered negotiations at Dayton, Ohio, which ended the Bosnian battle, Europe’s such a lot vicious clash because the Nazi period; and the 1st encounters on the White residence among invoice Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, a liaison that culminated in a gorgeous scandal and the spectacle of the president’s impeachment and trial. As Campbell demonstrates during this soaking up chronicle, 1995 was once a yr of impressive occasions, a watershed on the flip of the millennium. the results of that pivotal yr reverberate nonetheless, marking the shut of 1 century and the dawning of one other.

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Andreessen and his team set to work to develop a better browser. They called it Mosaic Netscape. Officials at the University of Illinois soon learned what was up, cried foul, and threatened to sue, claiming an infringement of its intellectual property. Clark and Andreessen insisted that not a line of the Mosaic code appeared in the new browser. 85 Eventually, and quite reluctantly, Clark and Andreessen changed the name: Mosaic Communications became Netscape Communications; the browser was renamed Netscape Navigator.

Here is a notable sampling: I don’t believe that phone books, newspapers, magazines, or corner video stores will disappear as computer networks spread. 26 I suspect Big Brother won’t have an easy time tracing us. . 27 What will the electronic book look like? Some sort of miniature laptop computer, I’d guess. We’ll download selections and page through them electronically. Try reading electronic books. 29 It’s easy to make fancy home pages on the World Wide Web. But jumping from one document to another baffles me even more than watching someone channel surf.

Netscape is already entrenched in our markets all over the world,” a senior Microsoft executive, Brad Chase, wrote in a confidential internal memorandum in April 1996. “The situation today is scary,” Chase stated. ”112 But in time, that equation would change dramatically. As Gates had promised, the Microsoft browser was improved.

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