The History of the Internet …

… in Just One Newsletter

Last week marked the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the first moonwalk and … the internet. Yes, it’s really that old.

To celebrate its anniversary, we have written a summary history of computing and the Internet. Through links. Because everything is else is generally TL;DR, particularly if you are reading this on your phone….

Round One: Hardware

Round Two: Software

  • From the first email to Facebook’s Like button, Slate gives us 37 lines of code that changed anything. Curiously, the 20 GOTO 10 didn’t make the list.
  • This year is also the 25th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee’s proposal for the World Wide Web. In the proposal, he called it “Mesh,” which honestly sounds more modern than “World Wide Web.” It is a very lovely image, reminiscent of the rhizome.
  • The only thing you know about Boca Raton, Florida, is that your grandparents probably live there. But it is also the birthplace of ctrl+alt+del.

Round Three: History and Geography

  • Cleantechnica’s history of Silicon Valley is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of technology or urban geography. It shows how a very unique confluence of history and geography provided the set of conditions that Silicon Valley grew out of.
  • There are now 1 billion more mobile that desktop users

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