Lifelong subscribers talk about 1986 and now

Computerworld asked a group of professionals to pinpoint the ups and downs in IT over the past 15 years.

Computerworld asked a group of professionals to pinpoint the ups and downs in IT over the past 15 years.

Internet technology opens up opportunities

Paul Burnet:

Proudest IT achievement:

Still being in business.

Net and mobile transform business

Chrissie Toomey:

One technology you thought would make it but didn't:

Virtual reality -- yet.

IT hindsight 20/20

Mark Brennan:

The most significant industry event of the past 15 years:

Microsoft's Windows and Office applications uptake

Windows a marvel for banking stalwart

John Hollins:

One technology you thought wouldn't make it but did:

Microsoft Windows

No disasters, but accountant rues hesitation

John Bank:

The most significant technology development of the past 15 years:

Affordable high-performance PCs

Forget Y2K fizz, net and GUI grand

John Jennings:

Worst IT disaster:

When our five-year-old discovered that he could get even with his big brother by dragging his downloaded games folder to the recycle bin and emptying.

The circular route of intellectual property

Ken Moon:

In 1986 the big issue for my law firm AJ Park and for me in particular was whether software developers could be protected against piracy. The Copyright Act then in force said nothing about computer programs.

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