The 1990s were a time of great technological advancement. There was the computer being rapidly updated from its gigantic original state, and even more importantly the internet or DOT COM boom. With the internet becoming even more readily available than ever before, e-commerce began rising, and the internet, from originally being a military-dominant tool, also became a commercial entity. With this boom, trade and monetary transfers became easier, more convenient, and more efficient. Companies like Intel with its processors made some of the most money since as the internet became more commercialized, the general public wanted computing machines too, and for that, new, innovative hardware was needed. This caused rapidly changing technology, and competition among the many hardware and software firms, which continues to this day.