Happy birthday to the web

Yesterday the web turned 15 years-old. It’s hard to believe that the web was only started in 1991 by Tim Berners-Lee as, by now, it’s become all encompassing. My first experience of the web was back in 1995 when my uncle Des invited myself and my dad over to have a look at his new computer and “internet”. I hadn’t a clue what he was talking about but Des was always big into technology. He was the first in the family, and probably one of the first in the country, to own a mobile phone. The thing was massive and looked ridiculous compared to models released only a couple of years later. 🙂

When we arrived at his place to check out his new “internet” we were greeted by the now fabled modem dialling tone and soon we were surfing away. He asked me where I wanted to go and I suggested Nintendo as I was quite a fan-boy back then (still am I suppose) but as the page slowly started to load and the logo came up, I was fascinated. Back then almost every page seemed to have a grey background and black/white text on it, my how things have changed. Des passed on a few years later from a heart attack but I’ll never forget the fact that he was the one who introduced me to my future career and I’m enternally grateful to him for it.

So, when did you first use the web?

1 Comment

  1. Paddy   •  

    Nice story man. I remember the first time I used the web, like you, in an uncles house. As for when it was Ive no idea. Probly around 95/96. My how far has it come in 10 years ehh.

    Cue wondering what the web will be like in 10 years time.

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