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It's Hard to Believe...

...that it's only been 15 years.

On this date in 1993, Cern made the Worldwide Web public domain and the rest, as they say, is history. Cern had actually developed the technology in the late 80's.

I remember living in a pre-Web world. I used a Mac with a dial-up Internet connection. The service was called Delphi. I used it mostly for chatting, playing games, and accessing files. Gee, that sounds just like the Web! So what was the difference?

It was all 100% text-based.

Wow, what a difference Cern made in pushing the Web out free. I was an avid HyperCard scripter back in those days, and I knew that eventually the Internet would go in a hypertext direction.

And then this thing showed up:

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Nothing was ever the same after that!

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Anyone remember the Source and CompuServe?

I still have a copy of Mosaic that still works on a few sites.

I remember when Stu Derocher (EROS Data Center) showed it to us.

To think that it's only fifteen years blows my mind. The internet is so ingrained into modern culture that I can hardly remember a time without it. When someone had a question back then, you could say, "Look it up in the encyclopedia" but now you can just say "wiki it."
Incredible.

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