The Tech: The First Newspaper published online
February 18, 2020
The first newspaper published online is not what you think. It began with the smallest of steps, when a group of students chose to experiment with the web.
The Linguist and the Programmer
February 4, 2020
A history of Perl, Python, and the websites that rely on them.
January 2020 Weblog: It’s a New Year, Let’s Try New Things
January 29, 2020
Quick personal note. Now seems like as good a time as any to try out a few new things on this blog / newsletter / timeline. So in no paritcular order, here’s a quick of laundry list of stuff I’ll be trying. Let’s see how I do. I want to tweet more. In the coming […]
The First Website in the United States Was Made for Physicists
January 21, 2020
Tim Berners-Lee has said, on multiple occasions, the the first website in the US was one of the major reasons the web took off. But what did it do and why was it so important?
The Web and the Webbys Grew Together
January 7, 2020
The Webby Awards was founded way back when no one knew if the web would take off. When we take a look at the Webbys, we see the web’s history.
December 2019 Weblog: I Hope Next Year Goes Better
December 23, 2019
This decade was not great for the web… There’s more than a few decade retrospective think-pieces making the rounds right now, but here’s a real kicker from Clio Chang, The Decade the Internet Lost Its Joy. Chang’s essential argument is that over the last ten years the web has gotten worse in every conceivable way. […]
What’s With All the Internet Slang Anyway?
December 3, 2019
This post starts with a book. This book: It’s called Jargon: An Informal Dictionary of Computer Terms. That’s my copy. It’s a book I stumbled on while researching this topic, and one I’ve come to truly love for a variety of reasons, not the least of which because it’s written by Robin Williams who may but […]
November 2019 Weblog: Pre-Thanksgiving Wishes for the Web
November 26, 2019
Join me at Flashback Conference, February 10-11 in Orlando In February, I’ll be in Orlando, Florida giving a talk at Flashback Conference, a conference focused on the development of the web, and how its past has informed its present. It’s the first of its kind, which is going to pretty great right there, plus I’ll […]
Sorry Computer, You’re Not a Teapot
November 19, 2019
You are reading this somewhere. On your laptop or on your phone or in your email or RSS reader. If you’re reading this on the web, then this page was delivered from my server to you via a protocol called HTTP. There’s all sorts of fascinating things I can say about HTTP, but the important […]
CaringBridge: A Community Grown with Love
November 5, 2019
Web communities started small, and many began with purpose. They radiated out from a single source, spread through close-knit circles and pre-viral word of mouth. We may have large social network behemoths that loom over the landscape and dominate the market these days, but they are a far more uniform and manufactured experience, one that’s […]
October 2019 Weblog: Changing How We Make the Web
October 30, 2019
A Great Reckoning I missed this last month, but if you read one thing from this months weblog, I ask that it be Facing the Great Reckoning Head-On by danah boyd, a researcher and technology analyst that’s made an enormous impact on the tech industry over the years. Last month, she accepted the Barlow/Pioneer Award […]
The 10-Day Programming Language (Is Kind of a Myth)
October 1, 2019
In 1995, Netscape Navigator was enjoying a meteoric rise to the top of the browser market. They had only released the first version of their browser a year prior, but already it was a crowd favorite and was bolstering the growing popularity of the web. But employees at Netscape were constantly looking over their shoulder, knowing full […]