May 162004

For those of you dreaming of making a lot of $$$ and making it famous on the internet with your photographs, artwork, articles or whatever, you might like to read from someone who’s been there, tried that. It’s a nice article on the personal history of Philip Greenspun.

“My career turned around one brisk fall day in 1993 when I typed “mosaic” on a UNIX workstation at MIT. A document appeared with text and color pictures mixed together, just like a magazine page. I clicked the mouse on a word and a page appeared from a computer in Australia. Another click brought up a video clip from France. Clicking on a small picture made it grow into a large picture. Without knowing how to do more than click a mouse, I could grab and view about 30 different kinds of documents from over a million servers around the world. I had discovered the World Wide Web and, although it contained almost no new technology, it was the most exciting thing I’d seen in computer science for 15 years”

Read the full article here

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