20 years wrangling the web (so you don’t have to)

This week marks the 25th anniversary of Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the World Wide Web. My own humble take on this momentous event is that I’ve personally been working on it for almost exactly 20 years now.

It was a day like many others, in early 1994, when Cameron Bales (@tarlbot), my partner-in-crime turned to me in our tiny, shared office on the second floor of (what the “physics people” called) the Physics building at Mount Allison University, here in Sackville, New Brunswick, and said,

I think I’ve just found the biggest waste of time ever…

and proceeded to show me NCSA Mosaic for Mac. Our days of relying on Gopher, Telnet, Archie (and Veronica) clients, & WAIS were numbered. (Email, sadly, has not similarly gone by the wayside.) Early beta releases of Netscape Navigator followed not long after.

I leave you with 3 Tweets (oh, the irony of linking to a closed, proprietary service like Twitter while applauding the invention of the so-called “open” web):

And finally, a link to The Loop, which has the story of Sir Tim’s NeXT Cube, on which he created this wondrous thing we all now rely on every day.