Coretek's Birthday! – Coretek Group

Coretek’s Birthday!

Not too long ago, on the 11th of February, marked Coretek’s 17th Birthday!

Coretek was born on February the 11th 1999. Our Managing Director Garry Miller vowed to provide a real alternative to an IT Industry where the companies were more concerned with their profit margins rather than providing a good service. In the past 17 years, Coretek has grown as a company. From supporting a handful of local schools and businesses to now supporting IT environments serving literally thousands of users, with clients spanning 9 countries and 4 continents.

So we were wondering, what else was happening in the world in 1999?

  • Number one song – February 7th – 13th is Blondie – Maria.
  • Eminem was introduced into the music industry.
  • Hawaiian shirts became a major fad in 1999.
  • The Euro was born.
  • ‘C U L8R’ was the generic way to text.
  • The iBook was invented.
  • In 1999 there were 248 million internet users, there are now 3 billion.
  • Dial-up was still used, mostly in home. Meaning you could not use the phone and the internet at the same time.
  • The Blackberry was invented.
  • entered the market in 1999 and were the first software to deliver services over the internet, aka The cloud.
  • Social media pages such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram did not even exist for years to come!
  • Bluetooth technology was released in 1999.

Can you think of any more key trends in 1999? Let us know!

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About the Author Bethany Kibler

Bethany is our Marketing Assistant. Bethany has always been interested in everything creative and digital. Coming from studying art based subjects, she joined Coretek and took her creative abilities and revolutionised them into Digital Marketing. Whilst working at Coretek she has completed her Level 3 Diploma in Digital Marketing. Bethany now has a passion for all things social media, web and design. In her spare time, you would find Bethany watching live music and practising her artistic side through textiles design.