The Year of the LAN

Ran across this amusing post on Slashdot:

Why am I so hars? Because Java hasn't lived up to its potential - yet. Yes, it may be important, but when it becomes important, you won't notice because it will blend into the landscape. Another history lesson: For years people were talking about "198X will be the Year of the LAN," but when it finally happened, no one noticed because it was accepted. Does anyone remember exactly what year was the year of the CD-ROM? No. It just happened. The same thing will happen to Java.

- Vincent Flanders in "Web Pages That Suck" book (and the website), 1998

(Okay, Java seems to be all over the place now, all right. What was the Year of Java? I think I missed it.)