I wrote about the creation of the first website by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in chapter 8 of The Universal Machine. I quote:
In the summer of 1993 I was working with a small team developing expert systems (artificial intelligence software) for the construction industry when Mark came into my office. He was waving a floppy disk and enthusiastically said "Ian, you've got to see this! It's a web browser!" "What's the Web and why do I want to browse it?" I replied. "It's really cool, you can see information from all over the world and navigate around it like a web," he said, so I took his disk and installed a browser called Cello, and then had to install some other network drivers, and after about half a day of lost work I was ready to browse the Web.
I launched Cello and I was taken to http://info.cern.ch, which seemed to be the heart of the Web. I then browsed around CERN getting lots of arcane documents about particle physics experiments and committee meetings, and ended up in a Computer Science department at MIT. I browsed around other websites for an hour or so and then put Cello down. Frankly, the Web seemed rather boring.
The web got better, much, much better.
from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The world's first webpage is back online
Posted by Ian Watson