Back in 1986
Our fifth annual collection of the year's "geekiest anniversaries" kicks off with The Mentor's "Hacker's Manifesto" and includes such memorable characters as Captain Midnight and Ferris Bueller, institutions the likes of the IETF and Spy magazine, inventions like the Super Soaker and disposable camera, as well as the Challenger and Chernobyl disasters. If you'd like to check out the previous installments, 2010 is here, 2009 here, 2008 here and 2007 here.
[ See also: Tech fails of 2011: It's never too soon to admit defeat ]
Republished with permission of Network World (see original version here).