We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.

Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Very First Website

On April 30, 1993, the World Wide Web became available to the general public at no cost.  This event marked a key moment in the history of the Web itself and of the Internet as well.  To celebrate this historic event, the organization that made the Web public, CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), has re-posted the earliest known version of the Web's very first website (here).  It is nothing more than black-on-white text with a bunch of links.  There may be still earlier versions, but they have yet to be uncovered.  Check it out, and for more information just search for news on "world wide web first page."

It is hard to believe that it has been 20 years already. All of us who make regular use of the Web remember the first time we logged on. No one could have anticipated how much it all would change our lives.