Is the internet really younger than me? Actually, no.

I often tell the students that the worldwide web didn’t really start until 1994, the year I went to University.  As it turns out, I’m nearly right.  The history of the internet, and the World Wide Web, is neatly told here.

I remember getting my first e-mail address in 1994, and only other students having them, because the only means of communication was via JANET.  It was all done through TELNET; rather than memes we had ASCII text pictures that only worked when the screen was a certain size.   Good times.  But really not.  Mosaic was impenetrable, and Netscape was our saviour in 1995.  And running it all on a 386DX wasn’t a lot of fun either.

We don’t know how lucky we are these days.

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