World Wide Web’s birth

This is how it all began. 1991, Geneva, CERN.

And this is a replay: the machine Tim Berners-Lee used to develop his first Website was a NeXT, another Steve Job concoction from the time he was away from Apple. The photo was taken from a wonderful exhibition on Digital Archaeology at the Internet Week New York 2011. On the screen, one can distinguish the browser’s window and the first page explaining what the World Wide Web was.

One feels almost without words.

Web's birth

About Antonio Vantaggiato

Professor, web2.0 enthusiast, and didactic chef.
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2 Responses to World Wide Web’s birth

  1. antoniovantaggiato says:

    Oh yeah! Momentous time… Around '92 I had begun using Gopher and found it so exciting. Then all of a sudden, don't remember exactly when, we got this Mosaic. What a time! I remember talking in 1993 to my President and saying “Wow! This has real potential for education!” He believed me, ten+ years later!!

    Still, I remember all the weird “TCP stack” or something I had to add to my PC to have it connect. So much fun!

  2. Alan Levine says:

    What an image! Try to imagine sitting there inventing the web on your desktop, and being the only person on it.

    I think I came across it the spring or summer of 93, but the interface was a text based interface, and all of the content was physics related. It was not until October '93 when  a colleague handed me a floppy disk labeled “Mosaic”. Jim just said, “Try this Alan, I think you will like it”

    He was right. That really was just about a generation ago!

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