For those who remember dial-up modems and the sound of handshake …
For some operations, latency is constant, because it’s based on things of nature – speed of light, distance between continents, etc. For other operations, latency can be decreased through better technology and algorithms.
The timeline clearly shows the mind-blowing advance we’ve experienced in technology over the last three decades.
Here’s an interesting graphical representation of the worlds most popular languages and where they came from.
“The Rise and Fall of .Ly” covers some of the not so widely known Internet history, including The God of the Internet, Jon Postel:
Until 1998, the Internet had a “God.” His name was Jon Postel.
Postel was a computer science student at UCLA in the late 1960s. In 1969, he got into the Internet more or less on the ground floor, when he was part of the team that set up the first node of the ARPANET — which would lay the technological groundwork for the modern Internet.
In these early days, computers would refer to each other and the files on them by IP address. The earliest web addresses were strings of numbers, like: 18.104.22.168. If you wanted to reference, access, or communicate with a computer, you’d type in its numerical address. As the ARPANET grew, its moderators compiled a single file mapping memorable names, often pronounceable strings of characters, to IP addresses. This file was named “HOSTS.TXT”, and it was like a giant phone book with every computer’s name and number in it. Hosts made copies of the master HOSTS.TXT. This system got more and more cumbersome as the network got bigger and bigger.
In 1983, ARPANET became a subnet of the early Internet. At around the same time, Postel, along with computer scientist Paul Mockapetris, devised a new system to name the various places of the web. Their invention, called the Domain Name System (DNS), took the role of the HOSTS.TXT file and distributed it across an eventually vast, multifaceted network of servers.
Population figures from 500 years ago are necessarily imprecise, but Bergreen estimates that there were about 300,000 inhabitants of Hispaniola in 1492. Between 1494 and 1496, 100,000 died, half due to mass suicide. In 1508, the population was down to 60,000. By 1548, it was estimated to be only 500.
Understandably, some natives fled to the mountains to avoid the Spanish troops, only to have dogs set upon them by Columbus’s men. (Bergreen, 205)
Found in this set of historical photographs.
I am speechless! Oh. My. God! Look at this beauty! A whole bunch of classic DOS games like Doom, Dangerous Dave, and Golden Axe that you can play in the browser.
I’m literally crying happy tears right now…
The #! magic, details about the shebang/hash-bang mechanism on various Unix flavours
Jason Kottke links to some examples of the early (circa 1994) web design from both Apple
and Microsoft (still online, by the way)
Quite an evolution we went through! Here are some interesting bits to notice:
- “If your browser doesn’t support images” on the Microsoft one.
- Painted grey background, even though that was a default browser background color back in a day.
- Microsoft server is NOT running on IIS. Yet. But HTTPS is mentioned already!
- I still, in 2015, know multiple so called “web developers” who wouldn’t be able to implement these designs in any sensible time frame (within a day). How rusty are you image maps?
The good old days…