Twenty-year old Bill Gates was upset in 1976 that computer hobbyists were sharing instead of paying for the BASIC program he and Paul Allen wrote for the popular Altair computer. This was the first commercial software the pair wrote and eventually led to the founding of Microsoft. [Read more…]
The first “spam” was emailed May 3, 1978, by a computer salesman named Gary Thuerk, causing such a strong reaction that no one tried this again for years. Thuerk wanted to advertise a new computer his company, Digital Equipment Corporation, was releasing later that year. [Read more…]
One of the early browsers, called Viola was created in 1992 by Pei-Yuan Wei, a student at the University of California at Berkeley.
According to Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, “there was a year or so when Viola was the best way to browse the web, was the engine driving the installation of new servers, and the recommended browser at CERN for example.” [Read more…]
From Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web:
Q: Why did you call it WWW?
A: Looking for a name for a global hypertext system, an essential element I wanted to stress was its decentralized form allowing anything to link to anything. This form is mathematically a graph, or web. It was designed to be global of course. (I had noticed that projects find it useful to have a signature letter, as the Zebra project at CERN which started all its variables with “Z”. [Read more…]
Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, has offered several accounts of its beginning:
Q: What did you have in mind when you first developed the Web?
A: The dream behind the Web is of a common information space in which we communicate by sharing information. Its universality is essential: the fact that a hypertext link can point to anything, be it personal, local or global, be it draft or highly polished. [Read more…]
According to Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web:
“The Internet (‘Net) is a network of networks. Basically it is made from computers and cables…. It delivers packets – anywhere in the world, normally well under a second…
The Web is an abstract (imaginary) space of information. On the Net, you find computers — on the Web, you find document, sounds, videos,…. information. On the Net, the connections are cables between computers; on the Web, connections are hypertext links. [Read more…]
Here’s the first website on the World Wide Web, established at a physics laboratory called CERN in Switzerland in 1991 and still available at http://info.cern.ch/.
“…in 1989, while working at the European Particle Physics Laboratory, I proposed that a global hypertext space be created in which any network-accessible information could be refered to by a single “Universal Document Identifier”. Given the go-ahead to experiment by my boss, Mike Sendall, I wrote in 1990 a program called “WorldWideWeb”, a point and click hypertext editor which ran on the “NeXT” machine. [Read more…]