Personal Computer References in Pop Culture

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February 25, 1996

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A computer is used, and when the screen is shown, a window is titled "Untitled-1", and shows an animated wristwatch for a "please wait" symbol, like an early version of Microsoft Windows.
(Copyright 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

May 19, 1996

The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A character refers to the Us Festival, "sponsored by that guy from Apple Computers". Response by another character is "What Computers?".

May 22, 1996

Paramount Pictures releases the film Mission: Impossible to theaters in the USA and Canada.
  • A black laptop computer is used to monitor several video cameras.
  • The Netscape Web browsing software appears on a computer.
  • A white desktop computer appears.
  • A Verbatim 230 MB optical disk is used.
  • A small Apple Computer portable computer is used.

    (Copyright 1996 Paramount Pictures)

    1996

    The film Goldeneye includes IBM ThinkPad 701, ThinkPad 755, Aptiva PC 300 and PC Servers.

    July 2, 1996

    Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation releases the film Independence Day to theaters in Canada. Apple Macintosh desktop and laptop computers are shown.
    (Copyright 1996 Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation)

    September 5, 1996

    Syria issues an 18-pound postage stamp for the 5th anniversary of NICE, depicting a personal computer.

    September 27, 1996

    Djibouti releases a postage stamp depicting a desktop computer.

    November 20, 1996

    Libya issues two postage stamps (100 and 200 dinar) depicting personal computers.

    December 9, 1996

    The Public Broadcasting System airs the Arthur TV show in the USA. A child plays an underwater shooting game on a personal computer, using the keyboard and mouse.
    (Copyright Copyright 1996 PBS)

    February 9, 1997

    The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A personal computer appears, with system unit under CRT monitor, and separate keyboard and mouse.
    (Copyright 1997 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    February 16, 1997

    The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. In the title scene, an Apple Computer Macintosh-style window makes a parody of the America Online software, calling it "America Onlink", with a very slow loading of artwork for the show's family characters.
    (Copyright 1997 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    October 24, 1997

    Columbia Pictures releases the film Gattaca to theaters in the USA. A couple of rooms full of computers are used to plan "perfect" missions into space.

    October 26, 1997

    The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A missile is fired, with the "Intel Inside" logo on the outside.
    (Copyright 1997 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    January 9, 1998

    New Line Cinema releases the film Wag the Dog to theaters in the USA. An Apple PowerBook Duo 280c laptop computer appears in a close-up.
    (Copyright 1998 New Line Cinema)

    February 15, 1998

    The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US.
    • An issue of "WIRED" magazine shows a desktop computer on the cover.
    • A personal computer is used to access the Internet over 28.8 kbps modem.
    • Bill Gates appears, offering to buy out a competing Internet company. Instead of actually buying the company, two of his goons trash the office.

    (Copyright 1998 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    February 22, 1998

    The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A laptop computer is shown, with a wireless Internet connection.
    (Copyright 1998 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    March 22, 1998

    The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. A personal computer (system unit, CRT monitor, keyboard) appears, with all-glass sides showing the insides.
    (Copyright 1998 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    April 26, 1998

    The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the US. Homer Simpson appears unexpectedly on a multi-monitor jumbo screen, much like Bill Gates appearing on the jumbo screen at the Macworld Expo in August 1997.
    (Copyright 1998 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    May 8, 1998

    Paramount Pictures releases the film Deep Impact to theaters in Canada and the USA. Personal computers are used at MSNBC for doing research on news that is presently happening. They use a custom internet browser to look up their information on.

    1998

    Sri Lanka issues a 2.50-rupee postage stamp for the Year of Information Technology, depicting a laptop computer.

    September 16, 1998

    Spain issues a 70-peseta postage stamp for the 20th International Conferene on Data Protection in Santiago de Campostela, depicting a personal computer and 3.5-inch diskette.

    November 22, 1998

    The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the USA. A computer in a school has labels "COLECO" on it. The salesman says "These old Colecos will rust up on you like that" (snaps fingers).
    (Copyright 1998 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    December 11, 1998

    Warner Bros. Pictures releases the film You've Got Mail to theaters in the USA.
    • The film title is the phrase used by the America Online software, which is shown and used in the film.
    • The icon for Microsoft Word appears on a computer desktop.
    • An Apple Powerbook and an
    • IBM laptop computer are used throughout the film.

    (Copyright 1998 Warner Bros. Pictures)

    January 20, 1999

    Comedy Central airs the South Park TV show in the USA. A personal computer with keyboard and mouse appears, accessing the Internet.
    (Copyright 1999 Comedy Central)

    April 9, 1999

    The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the USA.
    • A t-shirt shows "C:/DOS C:/DOS/RUN RUN/DOS/RUN", a reference to Microsoft's MS-DOS operating system on a personal computer with a hard drive.
    • A personal computer is shown, with monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

    (Copyright 1999 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    April 20, 1999

    The Fox Broadcasting Company airs the Futurama TV show in the US. In a law court scene, the judge closely resembles an original Apple Macintosh computer. When the computer freezes, someone suggests "Try control-alt-delete".
    (Copyright 1999 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    May 16, 1999

    The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the USA. A cyber-cafe shows several color-cased computers, a reference to the Apple Computer iMac computers.
    (Copyright 1999 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    June 20, 1999

    Turner Network Television airs the TV film Pirates of Silicon Valley in the USA. Personal computers (IBM and Macintosh) appear throughout the film.

    June 30, 1999

    Paramount Pictures releases the film South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut to theaters in the USA and Canada.
    • A personal computer with PC keyboard and mouse is used to access the Internet.
    • When a holographic display is encountering difficulties, a man kicks the unit and says "F'ing Windows 98!". He calls in Bill Gates and says "You told us Windows 98 would be faster, and more efficient, with better access to the Internet!" Bill Gates tries to argue that it is, but the man shoots him.

    (Copyright 1999 Paramount Pictures)

    September 26, 1999

    The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the USA.
    • A man is kicked out of a movie theater for having a computer with him: desktop unit, CRT monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
    • In a later theater showing, the man leaves the theater typing a review on a laptop computer.

    (Copyright 1999 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    October 3, 1999

    The Fox Broadcasting Company airs the Futurama TV show in the US. A university campus dormitory in year 3000 includes what appears to be an original Apple Computer Macintosh computer.
    (Copyright 1999 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    October 3, 1999

    The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the USA. A small handheld computer is used, with a small text screen.
    (Copyright 1999 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    October 24, 1999

    The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the USA. A personal computer is used to write a letter.
    (Copyright 1999 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    December 13, 1999

    The Fox Broadcasting Company airs The Simpsons TV show in the USA.
    • A personal computer appears: system unit, monitor, keyboard, mouse.
    • One child asks another why a toy is destroying other toys. The other child responds "They must have programmed it to eliminate the competition." "You mean like Microsoft?".

    (Copyright 1999 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)
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    • Disney References in Pop Culture
    • Video Game References in Pop Culture
    • Chevrolet Corvette References in Pop Culture
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