A webpage dating back to 1991 has been unearthed, after a plea from CERN to send in files, software and URLs from the web’s earliest days.
What are your earliest memories of the web? What site did you first visit? How old were you? What browser were you on?
My first memory of using the World Wide Web (WWW) occurred somewhere between 1992 and 1996. So imprecise a date, I am astonished! I recall vividly where I made “contact”. Contact was made from my office PC computer in the second new Business Studies building at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. I used Gopher or Mosaic to view the pizza menu at a pizza delivery store in some town in the USA. That moment was my ‘eureka!’ moment. If I could find such trivial information from half way around the world, then I saw that access to any information would become possible.
I recall using the WWW usefully only when I purchased my first Mac computer, a laptop color screen 5390(?) around 1995-6. Then I used Netscape. I was an early deployer of WebCT, a learning management system, LMS, in my Massey University course Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, ICE. I must credit my postgraduate student Peter Koziol for setting up the WebCT LMS. By 2000, I was a heavy user of the Blackboard LMS at Unitec Institute of Technology. Now I use Moodle.
My first experience using a computer in a WWW-like manner occurred whilst employed in New Zealand’s national physics and engineering laboratory, PEL. I created and deployed a software application used by my clients to conduct strategic planning studies for the New Zealand Dairy Products processing industry. Using the DSIR Computer Network I could use a rudimentary email service with my clients. This was implemented simply by setting up a text file that would automatically display to my addressee when they logged in to the computer network we shared. That was over the period 1978-2002.