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Mosaic: 25 years old

2018-01-31 23:21:21.146746+00 by Dan Lyke 0 comments

Some time in probably 1993 or so, I was writing a BBS system for residential real estate, and needed to display free-form neighborhood text information. Robert Wilson said "hey, there's this neat markup language called HTML, you should look into that", so I used that in my little database browser (called "Hyper!", I sold a couple of copies, the source is still around, but you probably can't find an environment to run it in).

Then, probably also in 1993, maybe as late as 1994, I saw a demonstration at Chattanooga State of what the actual World Wide Web was, with Mosaic, and it blew my mind. And 1994, Mike Harrison and I and a bunch of other misfits moved from a BBS to providing actual dial- up Internet.

Back in those days we observed that we sold Internet service based on the World Wide Web, but we kept those customers because they got hooked on email. Happy 25 years, Mosaic, it's been a hell of a ride.

Mosaic's birthday: 25 years of the modern web 25 years ago, the first release of Mosaic web browser appeared and the web, as you know it, began.

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