Thursday, December 30, 2010

20 years ago...The Web, the Internet's "Killer App" and Mosaic, the Web's "Killer App"

Well it was 20 years ago today,
Sargent Pepper taught a band to play...

The web as we know it is less than 20 years old. 

Using concepts from earlier hypertext systems, English engineer and computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee, now the Director of theWorld Wide Web Consortium, wrote a proposal in March 1989 for what would eventually become the World Wide Web.[

1] At CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, Berners-Lee and Belgian computer scientist Robert Cailliau proposed in 1990 to use "HyperText ... to link and access information of various kinds as a web of nodes in which the user can browse at will",[2] and publicly introduced the project in December.[3] [Wikipedia]

The web exploded. But only in 1993 after a young team (notably including Marc Andreesen) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, began developing Mosaic - the first popular graphical browser for the World Wide Web. And from that time forward the universe that is the Internet and the Web has continued to expand at a rate that seems, at times, to approach the speed of light. This was the Internet's Big Bang.

What is happening at this very moment that in 20 years may be comparable in scope to the revolution brought on by the Web?

Tom Higley

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