After reading Bill’s recent Blog posting I went to the Internet Archive project he references and looked up the first archived Adobe web page from 1996.
This reminded me of another project by Google integrating 20 years of Usenet archives into Google Groups.
I used the Internet for the first time in 1991 when I started to go to school in San Diego (as part of a foreign exchange program). In Germany I had alread used an acoustic coupler back in the 80’s to connect to various Bulletin Board Systems and the German Datex-P X.25 Network.
With the Internet access in San Diego I discovered a new world of applications like FTP, Gopher and eventually also Usenet news groups. Fast forward 15 years and this seems to be ancient history. A history I believe is important to be preserved similar to old hardware finding its way into museums.
After Google completed the project of indexing the Usenet (the ones which they were able to assemble from different archives dating back to 1981) they created this interesting collection of links with important Usenet postings. Among others it includes references to the first mention of Microsoft and the first “Me too” post (OK, maybe not that important).
Inspired by the list I started to do my own research and compiled a list of postings documenting the history of Adobe on Usenet.
21 Aug 1982 – First mention of John Warnock and Chuck Geschke22 Sep 1984 – First mention of Adobe and Postscript4 Jul 1986 – First mention of Adobe IPO plans11 Jan 1987 – First mention of Adobe Illustrator20 Sep 1989 – Apple/Microsoft Font Technology Announcement26 Sep 1989 – The Font Wars3 Feb 1990 – First mention of Adobe Photoshop6 Mar 1990 – Adobe Type 1 Font Specification Available18 May 1990 – First mention of Apple Quicktime28 Oct 1991 – First mention of Adobe Carousel (Codename for Acrobat)17 Jan 1993 – First mention of Adobe Acrobat9 Jun 1993 – First mention of Portable Document Format Reference Manual16 Mar 1994 – Adobe Systems and Aldus Corporation Announce to Merge16 Mar 1994 – Discussion about the Future of Adobe Illustrator and Aldus FreeHand23 Jun 1995 – Adobe Frame Acquistion10 Jul 1995 – Netscape integrates AcrobatThis is by no means complete. So if you find additional interesting historic postings just write a comment.