I was recently helping out Ron with his Ph.D. defense talk, and sent him slides from my talk as a reference. He said, “By the way, your last slide is amazing. best defense slide ever.” My last slide was titled, “What has happened since I entered grad school.” So are some of the notable products that were released and events that occurred what I was a graduate student:

  • USB
  • DVD
  • Wi-Fi
  • DSL
  • Java 1.2 and Swing
  • XML
  • digital cameras gone mainstream
  • cell phones gone mainstream
  • the term “open source”
  • e-mail worms
  • spam from Nigeria
  • Google
  • Windows 98
  • Y2K
  • Napster
  • Haas Pavilion
  • “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire”
  • Pac Bell Park
  • President Clinton’s impeachment
  • Osama bin who?