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John Pearce

BBC News - Online appeal unearths historic web page - 2 views

    "A search to recover the very first web page has unearthed a relic from 1991. The page turned up after Cern launched a public appeal for files, hardware and software from the web's earliest days. The original page is missing because the web's creators did not preserve the early work they did on what has become a historic document."
John Pearce

Double click on the next digital revolution, then brace yourself - 5 views

    "Two recent innovations suggest the next few decades will be more disruptive than any other time in living memory. Right now, Bitcoin and 3D printing seem the province of geeks and hobbyists. But they're omens of revolutions to come."
John Pearce

Mosaic & the WWW in 1994 by Bob Frankston and Dan Bricklin - YouTube - 1 views

    "This video, taken on May 30, 1994, shows the early World Wide Web., For more information, see"
John Pearce

32 Tricks You Can Do With Wolfram Alpha, The Most Useful Site In The History Of The Int... - 2 views

    "It's not a search engine, it's not an encyclopedia, and it's not a calculator, but it's a little bit of all of that. It's really the only member of its field.  Originally developed as an online version of Stephen Wolfram's Mathematica software, its basic functionality is that of a maths equation solver. Over the years, however, it's grown substantially, and has really matured as a site to become one of the coolest and most informative sites online.  Here are some of the coolest things you can do with it. "
John Pearce

25 Years of Personal Technology | Re/code - 2 views

    "This month, Re/code partner CNBC is celebrating its 25th anniversary. To help commemorate the occasion, the network asked Walt Mossberg to pen this essay on how personal technology has evolved over the past quarter century."
Roland Gesthuizen

things-babies-born-in-2011-will-never-know: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance - 7 views

  • The separation of work and home: When you're carrying an email-equipped computer in your pocket, it's not just your friends who can find you -- so can your boss. For kids born this year, the wall between office and home will be blurry indeed.
  • Books, magazines, and newspapers: Like video tape, words written on dead trees are on their way out. Sure, there may be books -- but for those born today, stores that exist solely to sell them will be as numerous as record stores are now.
  • Fax machines: Can you say "scan," ".pdf" and "email?"
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  • One picture to a frame: Such a waste of wall/counter/desk space to have a separate frame around each picture. Eight gigabytes of pictures and/or video in a digital frame encompassing every person you've ever met and everything you've ever done -- now, that's efficient.
  • Encyclopedias: Imagine a time when you had to buy expensive books that were outdated before the ink was dry. This will be a nonsense term for babies born today.
  • Forgotten friends: Remember when an old friend would bring up someone you went to high school with, and you'd say, "Oh yeah, I forgot about them!" The next generation will automatically be in touch with everyone they've ever known even slightly via Facebook.
  • Yellow and White Pages: Why in the world would you need a 10-pound book just to find someone?
  • Talking to one person at a time: Remember when it was rude to be with one person while talking to another on the phone? Kids born today will just assume that you're supposed to use texting to maintain contact with five or six other people while pretending to pay attention to the person you happen to be physically next to.
  • Mail: What's left when you take the mail you receive today, then subtract the bills you could be paying online, the checks you could be having direct-deposited, and the junk mail you could be receiving as junk email? Answer: A bloated bureaucracy that loses billions of taxpayer dollars annually.
  • CDs: First records, then 8-track, then cassette, then CDs -- replacing your music collection used to be an expensive pastime. Now it's cheap(er) and as close as the nearest Internet connection.
    Huffington Post recently put up a story called You're Out: 20 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade. It's a great retrospective on the technology leaps we've made since the new century began, and it got me thinking about the difference today's technology will make in the lives of tomorrow's
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