The Worldwide Web turned 25 today. Mazel tov. That’s a photo of the first web server (above).
I was there at the beginning, watching from the sidelines. I’m not Al Gore! However, there was an Internet before WWW and I was on it.
Thanks to Dr. Mel Goldstein I acquired an account on the CTState network. That got me online, which at that time was a bunch of very simple servers. There were gophers and Archies and Veronicas. You used a terminal program, not a browser.
I remember manually routing myself through strange dial-up ports. Downloading a 1Mb file could take an hour.
There were no pictures (though porn wasted no time finding the Internet), nor decorative fonts. It was text.
Tim Berners-Lee created “http,” the Hypertext Transport Protocol. That’s how website data is sent and it was a breakthrough concept. Brilliant.
It took a few more years before the first web page appeared. It is preserved at its original address!
It was all geeks and dweebs at first. We early adopters test drove the kinks out for you. No thanks necessary. It was our pleasure. Really.
In many ways the web is showing its age. It just isn’t designed with the security necessary to safely accomplish its daily tasks. We are walking on eggshells at 25.