20 years ago, the World Wide Web (haven't typed that in a while) was born
Posted by David Brooks | Tuesday, April 30, 2013
It's geek nostalgia time: 20 years ago today, Gizmodo reminds us:
CERN published a statement that made the technology behind the World Wide Web available to use, by anybody, on a royalty free basis.That decision, pushed forward by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, transformed the internet.
Cue rambling reminiscences by people like me (i.e., not young) about using Mozilla for the first time and seeing so-and-so. If you're not careful, we might wander further back in rose-colored-glasses mode and start talking about how wonderful Bulletin Board Systems were ...
I was going to link to CERN's recreation of the very first web page, but it won't load - too many viewers, I'd guess. Here's their general page about "birth of the Web." Here's New Scientist's copy of the first web page, which I've shown above.