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  • Connecting Computers to People, BBS And Its Effect on the Web

    Connecting Computers to People, BBS And Its Effect on the Web

    The Internet does not begin and end with the World Wide Web. Sometimes, if we want to truly understand how the web developed, we need to step back to a world where it never existed at all. The Internet invigorated us with a new kind of spirit; it created a new way of seeing, feeling… Continue reading

  • The History of the Web’s Monthly Blogroll, October 2018

    Back in the earliest days of the web, some blogs used to have a blogroll. Somewhere on their site, usually in the sidebar, they’d list out a few links from their favorite blogs in no particular order. Before search and social media, the blogroll was key to discovery on the web and connected readers with… Continue reading

  • The Day the Web Died

    The Day the Web Died

    On August 7, 2010 Wired declared that the World Wide Web was dead. The cover that graced the newstands that month featured a bold orange background splash with large black text words that simply read “The Web is Dead” (pictured above). The release was provocative and timely, just a few months before the 20th anniversary of the… Continue reading

  • The History of the Web’s Monthly Blogroll, September 2018

    Back in the earliest days of the web, some blogs used to have a blogroll. Somewhere on their site, usually in the sidebar, they’d list out a few links from their favorite blogs in no particular order. Before search and social media, the blogroll was key to discovery on the web and connected readers with… Continue reading

  • The History of the Web’s Monthly Blogroll, August 2018

    Back in the earliest days of the web, some blogs used to have a blogroll. Somewhere on their site, usually in the sidebar, they’d list out a few links from their favorite blogs in no particular order. Before search and social media, the blogroll was key to discovery on the web and connected readers with… Continue reading

  • Clearfix: A Lesson in Web Development Evolution

    Clearfix: A Lesson in Web Development Evolution

    The web community has, for the most part, been a spectacularly open place. As such, a lot of the best development techniques happen right out in the open, on blogs and in forums, evolving as they’re passed around and improved. I thought it might be fun (and fascinating) to actually follow this creative exchange all… Continue reading

  • The First Thing That Ever Sold Online Was Pizza

    The First Thing That Ever Sold Online Was Pizza

    If you happened to live in Santa Cruz in 1994 you could sit down at your computer, open up your favorite browser, and then go ahead and order a pizza online. You could do all of this on PizzaNet, owned and operated by Pizza Hut. PizzaNet was an experiment that launched in the early 90’s,… Continue reading

  • The History of the Web’s Monthly Blogroll, July 2018

    Back in the earlier days of the web, some blogs used to have a blogroll. Somewhere on their site, usually in the sidebar, they’d list out a few links from their favorite blogs in no particular order. Before search and social media, the blogroll was key to discovery on the web and connected readers with… Continue reading

  • What Is a PC Bang?

    What Is a PC Bang?

    While looking into the rather storied history of Internet Cafe’s, I found myself following a kind of tangential story about cafe’s that opened up in East Asia. As it turns out, they took an entirely different form there. One of the first Internet Cafe’s, named simply Electronic Cafe, opened up in Seoul, South Korea in… Continue reading

  • Chabad-Lubavitch in Cyberspace

    Chabad-Lubavitch in Cyberspace

    ”When you go to the Internet and you read about Judaism, you go straight to the intellect and the stereotypes fall away.” – Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Kazen Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Kazen wanted to spread the message of Judaism to the world. He was, after all, a member of the Orthodox Jewish Hasidic movement, Chabad-Lubavitch, founded… Continue reading

  • The Web’s Youngest Teacher

    The Web’s Youngest Teacher

    If it was 1999, and you needed to learn to code, 13 year old Alyssa Daniels was there to help. Continue reading

  • Women of the Web

    Last week, Sean Coates posted a question asking for names of women that helped to craft the web in its earliest days. What followed was a truly inspiring thread highlighting the accomplishments of women in creating the open web. But it was also frustrating. Frustrating because much of this work has been erased from history,… Continue reading