2003 was one of the worst years in human history for computer viruses and worms. Computer spam was crowding e-mail inboxes more than ever, so many technology companies were starting to focus on how they can solve this annoyance.
In January, the highly spreadable Slammer worm infected approximately a fourth of a million computers in just a single day. In May, the virus Fizzer spread via file-sharing networks and e-mail, while in June, the virus Bugbear attempted to steal information from users. In August, the Blaster worm spread to thousands of computers, and in the same month, the worm SoBig became the fester spreading computer worm in history.
In 2003, 11.1 of the world population was using the Internet.
Advancements of the Technology in 2003
We’ve selected what we think are the most important technological advances in 2003. Some were driving technology in new directions, while others and had the potential to do so.
Android Is Founded
One of the most successful operating systems in human history was developed in 2003.
Even though many humans think that Google developed Android, this isn’t the case. It was a project by the American company Android Inc., which wanted to develop an operating system for a digital camera. Its founders were Andy Rubin, Chris White, Nick Sears, and Rich Miner. Google Inc. bought Android in 2005.
Launch of LinkedIn
LinkedIn was founded by Reid Hoffman and founding team members from Socialnet.com and PayPal. The idea of LinkedIn began in the living room of Hoffman in 2002, but the website was officially launched in 2003.
LinkedIn is an employment and business-oriented online service that functions through mobile apps and websites. The platform is hugely successful, and it allows employers to post jobs and job seekers to post CVs. It is used for professional networking, and by connecting online, people are presented with professional relationships in the real world.
MySpace Is Founded
MySpace was launched in 2003, and in just three years, it became the most popular social media platform on Earth. It was founded by Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson, who at the time were employees of the Internet marketing company eUniverse.
Launch of WordPress
WordPress, the open-source and free content management system, was launched in 2003 by English developer Mike Little and American developer Matt Mullenweg. The name WordPress was suggested by a friend of Mullenweg, Christine Selleck Tremoulet.
Today, WordPress is used by 65.2% of all the websites on the Internet.
The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Is Formed
The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) is a research institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was formed by the merger of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Laboratory for Computer Science which happened in 2003.
The CSAIL is the largest laboratory which is located on campus.
Launch of Skype
Skype was first released in 2003. It was developed by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom in partnership with four Estonian developers, Toivo Annus, Jaan Tallinn, Priit Kasesaly, and Ahti Heinla.
This software for communication of the Internet which includes instant message, video, and voice capabilities, is one of the first successful attempts in using VoIP (voice-over-Internet protocol).
Release of Eve OnLine
With the introduction of faster computers with great graphics, Massive Multi-Player Online Role-Laying Games begin to bloom. This format combined aspects of a massively multiplayer online game and a role-playing video game.
Eve Online allowed players to combat against the environment, fight other players, form alliances, and undertake the command of a spaceship. The players can visit a total of 7,800 star systems.
The skills were gained in real-time, which was a new concept at the time. More than half a million users were regularly playing this game by 2013.
The SQL Slammer
The SQL Slammer was a computer worm released in 2003 which dramatically slowed general internet traffic. Every minute, the worm infected thousands of servers that ran on Microsoft’s SQL Server software.
This SQL slammer eventually came to be known as the fastest-spreading worm in the history of humans. This worm reshaped the way researchers exploit code and handle advisories, and it helped change the way Microsoft approached security.
Honorable Mentions For 2003
Some other events we don’t want to forget to mention are:
- Apple launches the iTunes store.
- The miniSD was first introduced to the market by SanDisk. Since 2008, these cards are no longer produced since even smaller microSD cards have dominated the market.
- Notepad++ was first released. In comparison to Notepad, Notepad++ has more tabbed documents, is compatible with more languages, and has many other functions.
- George W. Bush signed the CAN-SPAM into law, which established the standards of the United States for sending commercial e-mail.
- The first D: All Things Digital conference organized by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher was held. The conference quickly became prestigious and popular among the technology and business communities.
- Power Mac G5, a series of PCs designed by apple, was released. When it was first introduced, it was the most powerful PC in the Macintosh line-up by Apple, and it was marketed as the first 64-bit desktop computer on Earth.
- Google released Google Print.
- 4chan, an anonymous imageboard website, came online.
- Jitsi, a free video-conferencing software, was released.
- The Blu-ray optical disk was released, and it was created to store high-definition video of 1080p. This was intended to be the successor of the DVD.
- Shutterstock, a provider of stock photography, stock music, stock footage, and editing tools, was founded.
The advancement of technology has played a crucial role in the development of human civilization. Technology provides new ways of doing work through numerous smart means. It has undoubtedly made a significant contribution to the growth that humans have made over the years.
Technology did not only improve the quality of life of humans, but it also brought about revolutions in various fields. The arrival of different devices and machines throughout the years has definitely made life easier for humans.