Birthday Cake

20 Years Old

Birthday CakeSo the world wide web celebrates its 20th birthday. Jeeze, time flies!

I didn’t begin using the internet until the Fall of 1996 when AOL (America Online) started its $19.95 monthly flat-rate subscription service because I knew too many people who were getting $200 – $300 AOL bills each month. No way!

So this Fall will mark my 15th anniversary of using the internet.  I can’t imagine the world without the internet now, especially on my iPhone.

On 6 August 1991, exactly twenty years ago, the World Wide Web became publicly available. Its creator, the now internationally known Tim Berners-Lee, posted a short summary of the project on the alt.hypertext newsgroup and gave birth to a new technology which would fundamentally change the world as we knew it.

The World Wide Web has its foundation in work that Berners-Lee did in the 1980s at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. He had been looking for a way for physicists to share information around the world without all using the same types of hardware and software. This culminated in his 1989 paper proposing ‘A large hypertext database with typed links’.

… In 1990, working on a computer built by NeXT, the firm Steve Jobs launched after being pushed out of Apple in the mid-80s, Berners-Lee developed the first Web browser software called, fittingly, WorldWideWeb. By the end of that year he had a working prototype of the Web running on a server at CERN.

Source: The Next Web