by Marcia Talley
What were you doing twenty-five years ago yesterday on March 12, 1989? You might have been watching the debut of Bart Simpson on TV, but you certainly weren’t Googling “Glock 45”, looking up “Agatha Christie” on Wikipedia or posting cute cat pictures to Facebook.
Tim Berners-Lee recalls what he was doing that day. “I filed the proposal for what was to become the World Wide Web. My boss dubbed it 'vague but exciting'. Luckily, he thought enough of the idea to allow me to quietly work on it on the side.”
I worked for the federal government back then and had been using an early form of email to communicate with colleagues on the same network. My daughter, Laura, had already been grounded for a month for running up a $1000 bill on Compuserve while playing computer games over a 300 baud modem with some guy in Denver, Colorado. Because of my job, we were among a handful of people who even knew the internet existed. But Berners-Lee changed all that. In 1990 he released his code to the world and in 1993, when the first web browser, Mosiac, was released and people began downloading it to their computers for free, the world has never been the same.
In the early days, I remember emailing friends on my lunch hour and reading the daily DorothyL digest. How about you?
Today, of course, the Internet is everywhere. Already this morning I’ve liked two postings on Facebook, responded to three emails, ordered a birthday gift for my granddaugther’s sixth birthday, paid my VISA bill and uploaded this blog to the Femmes Fatales.
But all that amazing functionality aside, we all know that the Internet is made of CATS!