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20 Years of the World Wide Web
On the 6th August 1991, Tim Berners-Lee - now Sir Tim - posted the world's first public web page; something like this. Twenty years later it's pretty hard to imagine a world without it.
My first experience was in late 1993 or 1994 at the University of Otago computer labs. I was something of a late-comer when it came to the World Wide Wombat; I was probably downloading software for of the many gopher archives, or possibly my first install of Soft Landing System Linux, when I noticed some other students using something called NCSA Mosaic to look at these ugly, bandwidth consuming "Web Pages". I dismissed it as a gimmick at first, and stuck with my trusted Archie, Veronica and gopher. It wasn't until much later - maybe 1995 - before I started taking the World Wide Web seriously.
It is incredible what a profound influence the Web has had since its inception 20 years ago. I would be lost without it, and my kids will never have known a world without it. So, raise your glasses please, and drink a toast;
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and his Great Wide Wibble.