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posted by janrinok on Monday March 10 2014, @01:52AM   Printer-friendly
from the happy-birthday-to-you dept.

AnonTechie writes:

"For those of you who remember Gopher, Minitel, and Compuserve, the article is an interesting reminder of what once was, and for those born more recently a chance to read about a time before 'http' and 'www' had any meaning."

From an article by phys,org,

Twenty-five years ago, the World Wide Web was just an idea in a technical paper from an obscure, young computer scientist at a European physics lab. That idea from Tim Berners-Lee at the CERN lab in Switzerland, outlining a way to easily access files on linked computers, paved the way for a global phenomenon that has touched the lives of billions of people. He presented the paper on March 12, 1989, which history has marked as the birthday of the Web. But the idea was so bold, it almost didn't happen.

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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by edIII on Monday March 10 2014, @02:19AM

    by edIII (791) on Monday March 10 2014, @02:19AM (#13716)

    From the moment they started trying to add functions to a document markup language best suited for actual code, it's been one long descent into hell.

    We've made do, but the World Wide Web has been the longest running hack. You can just smell the duct tape sometimes.

    Technically, lunchtime is at any moment. It's just a wave function.
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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by bugamn on Monday March 10 2014, @02:38AM

    by bugamn (1017) on Monday March 10 2014, @02:38AM (#13724)

    Sometimes I find a page that is pure, or almost pure, HTML and I find it so beautiful in its way. Those are pages that adapt themselves to my need, instead of trying to impose their needs. For example, I like to use a tilling manager with my wide-screen monitor, but most pages I find won't accept less than two thirds of the horizontal space of the screen.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Reziac on Monday March 10 2014, @03:27AM

      by Reziac (2489) on Monday March 10 2014, @03:27AM (#13735) Homepage

      Heh, I use plain ol' HTML myself. Plain and functional. If folks don't like it, well, they know where the Back button is.

      And there is no Alkibiades to come back and save us from ourselves.
  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 10 2014, @05:00AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 10 2014, @05:00AM (#13746)

    Relax. I'm sure this 'web' thing is just a fad.

    And September will end soon. Any day now. Any... *sob* day...