In keeping with my efforts to both entertain and share information with all my readers, I wanted to talk about the start of something we all use every day! In some ways it seems like a long time ago, but then again, it doesn't. Like most things, I believe we take most of the modern inventions we have for granted. Maybe we ought to take the time to do some research on when some of these wonderful inventions came from!
Cern's "World Wide Web Project," The First Website
“The WorldWideWeb (W3) is a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents.” So reads the text at the top of the first website ever to be published, by Tim
Berners-Lee—the inventor of the World Wide Web—on August 6, 1991.
The page (originally at Info.cern.ch) was created on a NeXT workstation at CERN labs in Geneva, Switzerland. It pretty much just states that the “Web” is now a thing that exists, and lists some of the people involved with the project and some technical information.
Since nobody but Berners-Lee and his CERN colleagues had any software resembling web browsers, most of the outside world remained ignorant of this ridiculously monumental development until the Mosaic browser debuted in 1993.
The page has been preserved, and though it looks like something a grade schooler could whip up in ten minutes today, it led directly to every website that has ever existed, including the incredibly awesome one you’re reading right now. The server it resided on is still powered on at CERN to this day, with a sign reading, “This machine is a server. DO NOT POWER DOWN!”
Do not, indeed. Father of all web servers, we salute you!
Hard to believe that this modern day wonder hasn't been around very long at all. Also hard to believe that this website is still alive and well, given all the trouble some of us have with our cable providers, ya know?
Coffee in the kitchen this morning. Rain is on the way again!