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Happy Birthday, Dub Dub Dub

From the Wikipedia entry on the World Wide Web (emphasis added):

While working at CERN, Berners-Lee became frustrated with the inefficiencies and difficulties posed by finding information stored on different computers. On March 12, 1989, he submitted a memorandum, titled “Information Management: A Proposal“, to the management at CERN for a system called “Mesh” that referenced ENQUIRE, a database and software project he had built in 1980, which used the term “web” and described a more elaborate information management system based on links embedded in readable text: “Imagine, then, the references in this document all being associated with the network address of the thing to which they referred, so that while reading this document you could skip to them with a click of the mouse.” Such a system, he explained, could be referred to using one of the existing meanings of the word hypertext, a term that he says was coined in the 1950s. There is no reason, the proposal continues, why such hypertext links could not encompass multimedia documents including graphics, speech and video, so that Berners-Lee goes on to use the term hypermedia.

March 12, 2019 is, according to Google at least, the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web.

Anyone here besides me remember the Usenet Cookbook  from before there actually was a WWW? I have a printed-out copy, and it’s a treasured possession. Compuserve? MCI Mail (I actually worked for them). 300-baud modems? Archie? AOL? Pong? What else?

Lord. I’m old.

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