Doherty Associates is 27 today! #TechTimeMachine

19 September 2018

Today is Doherty's 27th birthday.

Let’s talk about the most important part of today.


So, to celebrate one of our lovely staff has made three of these beauties. 


Let’s look back at some of the early days at Doherty Associates (less messy these days!)

These are a couple of older photos of the CEO Terry Doherty. You can e-meet him and the rest of our team here - 

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Doherty staff - Duncan Burns (14 years at Doherty and counting) and some celebratory drinks.


There is no magic potion to stop us from getting old. I have looked. It doesn’t exist. 

Born / launched the start-up (19th September 1991)

The business started with an old wooden desk in a serviced office above a car showroom in Chiswick, shared with 6 other people. We focused on delivering DOS 6, Windows 3 and Novell NetWare based solutions. 

One of our first ever website home pages (Pre 1997)

Our website was quite something back in 1997. It even used Microsoft Clipart and the website had a moving image. Yes, basically a giphy. We were totally innovating back then…


Talking of Clipart, in the 90s it took students about 2 hours to decide what Clipart to use for their history project… I was one of them.

Our ‘back in the day,’ get yourself an email address campaign…

If you were anyone you had to have an email. In the 90s, to some, this was known as a ‘luxury.’

Imagine the time when no one really had an email address. We launched a campaign and told the world, ‘if you are not where are you?’

It got the word out…


Doherty Associates Marketing Newsletter (March 1996)

This was the first edition of Net Aware, the informative newsletter from Doherty Associates.

It was an actual letter. An actual letter that you put in the post.

Feeling old yet?


Our most successful “Snail Mail” campaign. “Tested in Antarctica, Available in London.” (2006)

When the CEO mentioned ‘snail mail,’ I had to google it.

It literally means, ‘postal mail,’ as in not via email…

Am I the only one who hadn’t heard of that term?

You would fill in the form to request further details about our services and then you’d send it back in the prepaid envelope… Just think about that for a moment. Marketing by letter/postcard. #Memories

This old marketing campaign gained us a new business opportunity, this client is still with us today.

A big thank you to all of our clients that have been with us through the years. A few of them have even been with us since year one! I guess you could say that we look after our clients well.


Talking of the 1990s here’s some tech facts from back in the day;

  • The domain came online on May 2, 1991.
  • Microsoft released Visual basic in 1991.
  • The Macintosh Classic II was released in October 1991 (see below).
  • Memory of 2MB, expandable to 10MB.
  • Last black-and-white compact Macintosh and the last desktop Macintosh to include an external floppy disk drive port.
  • The first Cybercafe opens in July 1991 in San Francisco.
  • The WWW (world wide web) became available for everyone on August 23, 1991.
  • On December 1, 1991, the first web server outside of Europe came online in 1991.
  • MS-DOS 5.0 was released in June 1991.
  • The DLT tape drive is released as a very reliable, high-speed, and high-capacity tape drive solution.
  • Gary Kildall and other shareholders of Digital Research Inc. (DRI) sell all private shares to Novell.
  • The fastest PC at the end of 1991, a 80486DX was 50Mhz, could execute about 40 million instructions per second and had a peak Dhrystone MIPS output of 50. It had about a million transistors on the die, which was huge achievement for the time. (how slow is that now though!?!!)

We have evolved and grown over the years and so has technology – like lightning speed. Ok, slight exaggeration but you know what I mean. So, for our birthday and on the topic of ‘old school tech,’ tech developments and going down memory lane we have created some photos, memes, and some fun social media content under the hashtag of #TechTimeMachine, and #DohertyBirthday27.

Share your old school tech memories under #TechTimeMachine.

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TOPICS: Press Release, Birthday, #TechTimeMachine

Written By: Faye Eldridge

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