Back To The Future

Ten years since the millenium bug and the end of time for some fools out there. What would you have done if you knew the future, the bright future of virtualization and especially for the company that brought it in, that is VMware? I would have bought stock shares 🙂

Look at the 2 screenshots below, 10 years apart each other, but still the same company.

What happened in 2000?

  • VMware Workstation 3.2 is released.
  • The NASDAQ stock market index peaks at 5048.62, signaling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom.
  • Presidential elections are held in Russia, and Vladimir Putin is elected President.
  • United States v. Microsoft: Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States antitrust laws by keeping “an oppressive thumb” on its competitors.
  • The Big Number Change takes place in the United Kingdom.
  • An Air France Concorde supersonic passenger jet crashes just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 5 on the ground.
  • The Playstation 2 was released in the United States of America.
  • Netscape Navigator version 6.0 is launched following two years of open source development.
  • NASA announces that there is an ocean beneath Jupiter moon Ganymede‘s icy surface.

I found a time machine, it can send you back in time, at the origin of the Internet. It’s called the Way Back Machine and it’s available at It’s very funny, give it a try 🙂

And by the way do you know the first web site ever running on the first web server ever? This is back in 1990, get the answers here and here. And if you look closely, you may find out that the guys out there were already running Virtual Machines! They called it VM server running under CERNVM… Actually the CERNVM project has reborn from its ashes in 2008. Glorious time!


About PiroNet

Didier Pironet is an independent blogger and freelancer with +15 years of IT industry experience. Didier is also a former VMware inc. employee where he specialised in Datacenter and Cloud Infrastructure products as well as Infrastructure, Operations and IT Business Management products. Didier is passionate about technologies and he is found to be a creative and a visionary thinker, expressing with passion and excitement, hopefully inspiring and enrolling people to innovation and change.
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