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abc said on November 8th, 2008 at 11:46 pm :

The “Life on the Net” article is from 1994.


The Web as we once saw it said on December 8th, 2010 at 2:23 am :

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Dawn P said on December 8th, 2010 at 3:50 pm :

Oh, the designs of the mid ’90s… My childhood comes back in vibrant color.

This is such neat stuff – I remember the slow ‘net when I was a kid; snagging free *animated* adoptables off geocities sites, making my first website with lots of neat colors and being proud that I could use HTML, the modem noises that made it really hard to sneak downstairs and get online at midnight!

The next generation is never going to hear a modem, never going to describe their file sizes in bits… never going to know a time when they couldn’t get online using their cell phone or game system.


Nov 8, 2008 | Tech Review Time Machine

Download the article “Tim Berners-Lee: The Architect of the World Wide Web” from the July 1996 edition of the Technology Review.
Download the article “Life on the Net: Chaos and Community On-Line” from the July 1994 edition of the Technology Review.

Some highlights from the 1994 edition:

“Mosaic is similar to Gopher but has a fancy graphical hypertext interface. Because the graphics need to be transmitted to your computer, Mosaic works best if you have a fast connection to the Internet – 19,200 bits per second.”

“Enormous amounts of information course through the Internet. During one typical month, traffic volume on the NSFNet – the backbone of the U.S. portion of the Internet – varied from zero bytes to 100 billion bytes” – what amounts to 1GB!

From the 1996 edition:
“It staggers me that people have actually put up with HTML. It was never supposed to be something that you would see, but something produced by an editor program” – Tim Berners-Lee

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