Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Relaunch of the 1st website—ever!

As the song by Cher promises, “If I could turn back time…”

Well, now you and I can turn back time to see the rebirth of the fist ever website on the newly launched 1993 world wide web, first proposed by British physicist Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, while he worked at CERN. The initial world wide web was a simple way for physicists in universities, institutes around the world to share information over the internet via linked documents.

In a startling definition of time, this article describes the 1st website re-launch:

The re-launch of the ancient website marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of a CERN statement on April 30, 1993, making world wide web technology — including web server software, a basic browser and a library of code —  available on a royalty-free basis.

 

…ancient is now 1993.

Sigh.

…But take a look anyway at the first ever website anyway!  http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html

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Happy Birthday, World Wide Web!!!

Happy 23rd Birthday, World Wide Web!!! Although, science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke predicted in a 1970 Popular Science magazine post that satellites would “bring the accumulated knowledge of the world to your fingertips” it in the 1970 issue of Popular Science, Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau are credited as the implementation pioneers. writinThe proposal for a new global system of interlinked documents on the Internet was published on this date in 1990.

Computer scientist Berners-Lee wanted to create a more efficient method of information management and communication at his workplace of CERN, but soon realized that the communication benefits of the World Wide Web could impact the world. When his first proposal in 1989 didn’t generate much interest, he reached out to another computer scientist, Robert Cailliau. The pair’s proposal in 1990 included more details, elaboration, and a prototype Web page. Berners-Lee also developed the first Web browser and the first server on his NeXT Computer System workstation.

Berners-Lee and Cailliau considered the names Information Mesh, The Information Mine, and Mine of Information, before settling on the World Wide Web. And the “hypertext and hypermedia links” that connect all these files and Web pages are now known as “hyperlinks” or, even more succinctly, “links.” An important innovation of standardized communication formats across different servers and clients through HyperText Transfer Protocol, or HTTP Berners-Lee and his team.

The very first Web page looked far different than our today with pop-up ads, social media, emoticons, and LOLcats.

But it all began with Arthur Clarke’s vision and Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau.

Happy Birthday World Wide Web

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