Day #110: World Wide Web

Today is the 30th birthday of the World Wide Web (1989). We began our business one year earlier with a computer that had a 10 Mb hard drive. Everything we did started at the C:> prompt. To draw a line, we described its X and Y coordinates. Then we printed it over and over and over to make sure it was positioned on the page where we wanted it to be. We could not see on the screen what a page would look like when it was printed. Soon, the Compuserv chat rooms were full of rumors of WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). Could it possibly be true that we could SEE an accurate representation of our page on the screen? Even better was GUI (graphic user interface) when we could see a page with words and visuals on our screens as we moved from one website to another. Oh, those early days! We take a lot for granted now but using a computer was once more difficult than we care to remember. It’s a vital tool for my worklife … I am grateful for the World Wide Web.

Working at the C prompt