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October 19, 2014

Episode 515: Internet Time Capsule

history of the internet

Where were you when the World Wide Web and the Internet were invented? For some of you, you may not have even been born! On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri take a trip down Internet memory lane, sharing the history and experiences that shaped one of the most revolutionary technological advances in the last century.

Topics discussed include using out-of-date books for information before the Internet, the difference between the World Wide Web and the Internet, difference between the haves and have-nots related to Internet technology, who invented the web, numerous clips of news reports related to the Internet, how the Internet changed our word, the history of the Internet, and more!


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  • Discussion about using unupdated books for information before the Internet was invented–or at least before it was in wuie use, available to everyone.
  • Discussion about the hosts on the TODAY show trying to explain what the Internet is. FYI, the earthquake they mention is the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
  • Discussion about email increasing in use at about the same time. Check out this news story about a man whose life was saved by email. Today you hear about Facebook and Twitter saving lives.
  • Discussion about the challenges of being an early adopter of technology before everyone accepts the new technology.
  • Discussion about the difficulty in defining the Internet then and now.
  • Heit & Cheri talk about their first web pages back in the day–and how wack they were!
  • Cheri talks about having a WebTV before having her own personal computer.
  • Discussion about Katie Couric saying back in 1994 that she wouldn’t get on the Internet because it would be just too much information for her.
  • Discussion about a news report form 1981 talking about newspapers moving to online distribution.
  • Discussion about how the Internet eventually all but destroyed print newspapers and magazines.
  • Discussion about how people were still accustomed to printing information as a means of saving it–rather than electronically.
  • Discussion about an old AOL ad. At the time, high speed Internet was only 56K! At one point, most people had AOL.
  • Discussion about the frustrations of dial-up Internet.
  • Discussion about thinking websites with frames were so cool back in the day.
  • Check out the very first website on the World Wide Web back in 1989!
  • Discussion about CNN’s 1993 report on the Internet.
  • Discussion about the differences between the haves and the have-nots when it comes to access to Internet technology.
  • Heit talks about his first home computer.
  • Discussion about a British news story on the Internet and its dangers. The reporter also had a phone book of Internet addresses.
  • Discussion about the Internet being vastly different before the search engines and web crawlers were implemented.
  • Discussion about the difference between the World Wide Web and the Internet. Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist at CERN, is credited with inventing the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989.

    Simply, the Internet is a network of networks — and there are all kinds of networks in all kinds of sizes. You may have a computer network at your work, at your school or even one at your house. These networks are often connected to each other in different configurations, which is how you get groupings such as local area networks (LANs) and regional networks. Your cell phone is also on a network that is considered part of the Internet, as are many of your other electronic devices. And all these separate networks — added together — are what constitute the Internet. Even satellites are connected to the Internet. To learn more about how this interwoven mega-network operates, check out How Internet Infrastructure Works.
    The World Wide Web, on the other hand, is the system we use to access the Internet. The Web isn’t the only system out there, but it’s the most popular and widely used. (Examples of ways to access the Internet without using HTTP include e-mail and instant messaging.) As mentioned on the previous page, the World Wide Web makes use of hypertext to access the various forms of information available on the world’s different networks. This allows people all over the world to share knowledge and opinions. We typically access the Web through browsers, like Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. By using browsers like these, you can visit various Web sites and view other online content.
    So another way to think about it is to say the Internet is composed of the machines, hardware and data; and the World Wide Web is what brings this technology to life.
    Now that we know the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web, put your newfound knowledge of hyperlinks, HTML and home pages to use and click onto the next page for more great information.

    Source: How Stuff Works

  • Discussion about chatting and playing video games. Why didn’t we always use TVs as computer monitors? Economics… In the beginning, people were afraid to talk to strangers on the Internet!


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