- Jan. 1992 — The Internet Society, an international organization for coordination of the Internet, is founded.
- Jan. 12, 1992 — The fictional HAL 9000 computer becomes operational at the H.A.L. plant in Urbana, Illinois. (The movie 2001: A Space Odyssey says that HAL was created in 1992, but the book writes that it was in 1997.)
- The U.S. Senate approves a program to fund the National Research and Education Network (NREN).
- March 8, 1992 — A computer virus called Michelangelo threatens to damage computers around the world.
- “The Little Virus That Didn’t:
The press couldn’t get enough of Michelangelo. But did it fall prey or save the day?” AJR, May 1992.
- An early ebook called the Sony Bookman is introduced. (See also:
“Now the Plot Thickens: Digital reading? What the Dickens is that?” Stuart Whitmore, AsiaWeek.com, Nov. 6. 1998.)
- There are 65 million personal computers in offices and homes.
(Source: InfoCulture: The Smithsonian Book)
- Dec. 1992 — A mobile phone in the United Kingdom receives one of the first SMS messages. The text message was sent from a computer on the UK’s Vodafone GSM network.
- The America Online dial-up service has 200,000 subscribers. (Source: AOL)
There are 150 newspapers that offer full-text database versions of their stories through vendors such as Nexis,
(Source: News Media Libraries: A Management Handbook