History of the Internet

Category: Education

The history of computing and the story of how the Internet came to be are fascinating subjects to me. After doing some reading and research on early computers and Internet history, I've put together some excellent links that you can explore to learn more at your leisure...

A Brief Internet History Lesson

Without computers, the Internet might have ended up as an unsightly series of plastic tubes spanning the globe. So let's give credit where it's due, and start at the beginning. The History Of Computing Project offers a timeline of the major events in the history of computers, biographies of computer pioneers, and even a history of video games.

Hobbes' Internet Timeline gives a brief history of Internet milestones from 1957 onward. Kind of geeky, but still lots of interesting stats.

"Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet" tells the story of the origins of the Internet, based on interviews with the people who made it happen. Perhaps you've never heard of Bob Taylor, Vint Cerf or J.R. Licklider but after reading this book you'll want to thank them.
Internet History

The Internet Society's History Of The Internet page offers a long list of articles about the history of the Internet, the Web and Usenet. Of particular interest are the ISOC's Brief History of the Internet and The World Wide Web: Past, Present and Future by Tim Berners-Lee, credited as the inventor of the Web.

Snapshots of the Web

The Internet Archive has been taking "snapshots" of Internet sites since 1996 and stashing them away for posterity. If you want to see what Yahoo.com looked like on October 17, 1996, it's in there. I know that back in 2006, more than 10 billion pages had been stored in the Internet Archive's database. That number must be several times higher by now. Using the Wayback Machine is a wonderful walk down memory lane if you've been online for a few years.

Back to the Future

Two questions that people often ask me are "Why does it take so long for my computer to start up?" and "Why is my computer running slower than it used to?" I have this theory that sludge builds up inside a computer over time, much like an automobile engine. After a while, it doesn't start right up like when it was new, it stalls unexpectedly, and performance is sluggish on the (information) highway. Wouldn't it be nice if there was something like engine cleaner you could pour into your PC to restore that "like new" performance?

Well voila! My recipe for Cyber Sludge Remover is guaranteed to make your computer start quicker and run faster. And of course you can get it at no charge. Read my article "Making Windows XP Run Faster" (or Speed Up Windows 7) and then tell me how it worked for you.

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I'm pretty sure about your last point about sludge building up in a computer could be solved by buying a Chromebook.

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