Xah Lee's Unixism

Kåre Olai Lindbach barbr-en_delete_ at online.no.invalid
Tue Sep 7 16:51:39 CEST 2004

On Tue, 7 Sep 2004 14:34:32 +0100, "Alan J. Flavell"
<flavell at ph.gla.ac.uk> wrote:

>On Tue, 7 Sep 2004, Kåre Olai Lindbach wrote:
>> On Mon, 6 Sep 2004 23:55:28 +0100, "Alan J. Flavell"
>> <flavell at ph.gla.ac.uk> wrote:
>> >On Tue, 7 Sep 2004, John Thingstad wrote:
>> >
>> >> It was the realization of www (CERN) that spawned the movement toward the
>> >> Internet.
>> >
>> >Eh?
>> http://www.hitmill.com/internet/web_history.asp
>> Or rather the history of Tim Berners-Lee.
>Try http://www.w3.org/History.html
>I'm sorry - I didn't really mean to trap anyone into trying to
>teach Great-Uncle Alan how to suck eggs.

I wasn't! I know you have been along for a long time. It was merely a
link to the above www/CERN thing.

I must admit I got a bit uncertain with your "Eh?". I should have done
my original first reply: "Eh? to what?" ;-)

>It's just that those of us who had /some/ contact with the original 
>developments (and mine was fairly tenuous, I confess) would have told 
>the story of the development of the /Internet/ quite differently. But 
>I leave that to other "old farts" who are already posting their 
>versions ;-)

But can you please give some brief points. I would like to hear some
more about this... 

>I've no disagreement that the availability of a graphical web browser 
>was -one- of the driving forces towards wider access to and 
>commercialisation of the Internet.  But that didn't emerge on any kind 
>of scale until 1994-ish and later.   

I also did connections through X.25 back in late 80ties, so I know
about pre-GUI stuff. 

>"Eternal September" dates from 1993.  To toss just another data point 
>into the ring.

Yes, I remember when we got ordinary connection at work, using
GUI-browsers and stuff!

mvh/Regards Kåre Olai Lindbach
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