I can’t Gopher that

If the Internet and the World Wide Web were in fact one and the same, this would have made a little more sense:

[W]e completely forgot that December 25 is the birthday of something glorious, magnificent, and wonderful for all mankind.

We’re talking, of course, about the Internet. On Dec. 25, 1990, a British physicist, computer scientist, and all-around genius named Sir Timothy John “Tim” Berners-Lee, with help from Robert Cailliau and a then-student at CERN, arranged for the very first successful Internet communication between a server and a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client.

Al Gore will be heartbroken. (He’s very sensitive.)

Then there’s this:

By June 1993 the World Wide Web had a whopping 130 websites. A year later, that number grew to 2,738, and by January 1997, shortly after its sixth birthday, the Internet sported an estimated 650,000 websites (most of which were 100% 8-bit porn ads).

By January 1997, I’d already written thirty-four Vents.

1 comment

  1. Brian J. »

    27 December 2012 · 1:08 pm

    Internet/World Wide Web, semiautomatic/automatic.

    Everyone knows what you’re talking about. Except nobody does.

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