The WWW: not unlike the invention of the wheel It was originally called the “W3”, and, “The World Wide Web”. Now it’s generally known, simply, as “the web”. And while it’s creators thought it had some possibilities they would have never dreamt that, someday, historians would view the development of the internet as something on a par with the invention of the wheel. But they do.. The world wide web (or the web, or, the internet) turned out to be […]
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Tech Genius Aaron Swartz, dead at 26 On Friday, January 12th 2013 internet pioneer and social activist Aaron Swartz took his own life. Swartz’s family and girlfriend released the news that he had hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment. A true genius, at the age of fourteen Schwartz co-invented the RSS protocol and, later, co-founded Reddit.com (one of the most popular sites on the internet). Suffered from depression, faced lengthy prison term While family and friends have confirmed that Swartz […]
From Bulletin Board Services to HTML 5 I first experienced the network we now call the “world wide web” sitting behind the keyboard of an Atari 800 XL. With it’s 300 baud, dial-up modem I could explore the world in an entirely new way. Back in those days almost everyone who connected to the “network” (remarkably different from the modern internet) did so via CompuServe – the first major commercial online service in the United States. Besides CompuServe there were […]
Matt Mullenweg jokes about the fact that as a freshman at the University of Houston he wasn’t exactly setting the academic world on fire. As he frankly admits (with a smile), “I was a terrible student“. But it’s fair to say that a lot of people are glad that Mullenweg was far too interested in the internet – and specifically, his blogging – to pay much attention to courses like English 101. Frustrated with the limitations of his blogging software […]
In the early days of the web – then called the Arpanet (“The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network”) – an engineer by the name of Ray Tomlinson had an idea. He actually wanted to develop a program to send a file to another user on the same time-sharing computer. The program worked and was quickly, and easily, adapted to send files across a network. It’s interesting how some of the greatest innovations are birthed in the idle time of […]
IPV6 becomes an end-user reality On June 6th, 2012, IPV6 – an new IP protocol infrastructure – will dramatically increase the number of devices which can maintain concurrent connections to the world’s largest network..the world wide web. In this video Vincent Cerf, one of the co-founders of the internet (with Bob Khan) explains the need for more IP numbers and gives us an interesting look how the creators of the world wide web envisioned it’s usage, and, popularity.