August 11th, 2005

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http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/features/story.jsp?story=656282

I got this online and thought it facinating. It shows the past ten years of the net. !0 years ago is when the internet became a massive thing in the public and not just the province of just geeks.


1995: BROWSERS AND PORTALS

On 9 August Netscape floats, ushering in a five-year dot.com boom. The $3bn flotation is the most spectacular in a series of commercial landmarks that includes the launch of Amazon.com (in July) and direct internet services from CompuServe (April) and AOL (October), which allow subscribers to the different services to exchange e-mails. But it is the mass availability of Netscape's user-friendly browser (launched in 1994) that brings the internet to ordinary people with PCs and Macs rather than specialists with Unix terminals.


* Annual fee introduced for the registration of domain names.

* Microsoft starts giving away Internet Explorer 1.0 with its Windows 95 operating system.

* RealAudio launched.

* The Vatican releases a web site.

* AltaVista search engine launched.


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