The history of the internet
What is cool today is old tomorrow.
My name is Andreas, born 1982 and I am from Germany.
I've been on the internet since mid-1990s. Started with a 14.4k modem from my dad and now have 10 MBit/s - As speed has multipled 700x, the internet is no longer the internet it is used to be.
2000s internet is like... MySpace, YouTube, Blogs, Wiki, P2P, porn... and ads. Advirtisements, social networking, and more porn... blogging porn, porn chat, YouTube porn.
Before that the internet wasnt the same.
The negative things
Just an honest review of what the internet was and what it is today.
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Do you remember altavista? THE searchengine before goole?
The Amazing AltaVista
You appeared on the search engine scene in December 1995. You made us go “woah” when you arrived. You did that by indexing around 20 million web pages, at a time when indexing 2 million web pages was considered to be big.
Today, of course, pages get indexed in the billions, the tens of billions or more. But in 1995, 20 million was huge. Existing search engines like Lycos, Excite & InfoSeek (to name only a few) didn’t quite know what hit them. With so many pages, you seemed to find stuff they and others didn’t.
Thats Google looked like this in the beginning?
And I used it! :)
Tho it did not change much - The simple and clean design is the success.
Holed up in a rickety construction trailer on the campus of Stanford University, two graduate students were supposed to be finishing their doctoral studies. Instead, Jerry Yang and David Filo began messing around on the world wide web - at the time, a largely unexplored phenomenon.
Both in their early 20s, Yang and Filo were surrounded by empty pizza boxes, discarded papers and student detritus. They started fiddling with quirky homepages. Yang put up his golf scores, his name in Chinese characters and a list of his favourite websites. As they stumbled on new finds, this index began to grow. It was initially called "Jerry and David's guide to the World Wide Web" but then in 1995 Yahoo was born.
Throughout the rest of the decade, Yahoo was the undisputed leader on internet "portals". When the company went public in 1996, its shares rocketed by 154% in a day and within three years, Yang and Filo were worth $8bn each. Things were going like a dream - until a little known private competitor called Google came along.
"Google came out with a smarter search engine," says Mark Malseed, co-author of The Google Story. "It was much more based on relevance. They made much of their 'purity', their philosophy was that you shouldn't be able to pay to come out higher."
90s Microsoft: Do you remember?
Microsoft is a multinational computer technology corporation. The history of Microsoft began on April 4, 1975, when it was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque. Its current best-selling products are the Microsoft Windows operating system, Microsoft Office suite of productivity software, Xbox a line of entertainment of games, music and video and Bing, a line of search engine. Microsoft is a portmanteau of words microcomputer and software.
In 1980, Microsoft formed a partnership with IBM that allowed them to bundle Microsoft's operating system with IBM computers, paying Microsoft a royalty for every sale. In 1985, IBM requested that Microsoft write a new operating system for their computers called OS/2; Microsoft wrote the operating system, but also continued to sell their own alternative, which proved to be in direct competition with OS/2. Microsoft Windows eventually overshadowed OS/2 in terms of sales. When Microsoft launched several versions of Microsoft Windows in the 1990s, they had captured over 90% market share of the world's personal computers.