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First ever website brought back to life at its original URL

30 Apr

From CERN:

When the first website was born, it was probably quite lonely. And with few people having access to browsers – or to web servers so that they could in turn publish their own content – it must have taken a visionary leap of faith at the time to see why it was so exciting. The early WWW team, led by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN, had such vision and belief. The fact that they called their technology the World Wide Web hints at the fact that they knew they had something special, something big.

In 1993 the WWW team wrote an advert for the web that appeared in Tagung Deutsches ForschungsNetz. They wrote:

“To find out about WWW:

telnet [a command you would type into your network-enabled computer]

This will give you the very basic line-mode interface. Don’t be disappointed: use it to find out how to install it or more advanced graphical interface browsers on your local system.”

I think the ‘don’t be disappointed’ is crucial here: the WWW team knew that they had something revolutionary that could look rather ordinary, even disappointing. But they had an idea of what they were building.

The first URL was:

For many years, this URL has been dormant, inactive. It simply redirected to the web host root of

We just put the files back online, using the archive that is hosted on the W3C site. This is a 1992 copy of the first website. This may be the earliest copy that we can find, but we’re going to keep looking for earlier ones.

Take five minutes to browse the first website. Don’t be disappointed…


Top Ten Google Searches for 2012

15 Apr

Porn terms excluded…because of course they would win by a large margin.

10.)  Kony 2012, A controversial short film produced by the organization, Invisible Children, Inc. It was a movement to have Joseph Kony, a Ugandan criminal, arrested. The film went viral on Youtube, reaching millions of views along with Facebook and Twitter.

9.) Michael Clarke Duncan:We’ll miss ya bug guy. Actor in such films as “The Green Mile”, “Armageddon”, “The Whole Nine Yards”, and “The Scorpion King”. Duncan passed away in September 2012.

8.) Gangnam Style: For those of you (in this case) blessedly with out electricity, you may have been spared from seeing or hearing  the K-pop song “Gangnam Style”. Performed by South Korean artist PSY, the music video became Youtube’s most watched music video with hundreds of millions of views.

7.) Amanda Todd: A brave teen’s  account of being bullied went viral after her suicide in October. In honor of the teen’s death, the Amanda Todd Trust was created in order to support anti-bullying awareness programs.

6.) The 2012 Summer Olympics:  Held in London this year, the US won the most medals with 46 gold, 29 silver, and 29 bronze which makes a total of 104. Olympic Gold Medalist, Gabby Douglas was also a popular search trend on Google.

5.) Linsanity:   Lin rose to fame by leading the New York Knicks to a short winning streak and was  then signed by the Houston Rockets never to be heard from again.

4.)  The Hunger Games: The movie, released in March 2012,   is based on the novel of the same name written by Suzanne Collins. Jennifer Lawrence, stars as Katniss Everdeen, along with Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. i wanted to hate the movie, but I could not. (I was jealous of the awesome facial hair, I believe)

3.)  The 2012 election:  You did know we/the US  had elections in 2012?

2.) Hurricane Sandy, super storm Sandy, my crazy ex gf Sandy… however you best remember it, left the nation stunned as thousands on the East Coast were left homeless or without power, gas, or transportation. The storm was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the year.

1.) Whitney Houston: best known for her crack addiction and marriage to Bobbi Brown also was singer at one point, with such hits as “I Will Always Love You” (or the song that made everyone want to commit suicide after the third time they heard it) and “How Will I Know”

Top Ten Google Searches 2012

1: Whitney Houston

2: Hurricane Sandy

3: 2012 election

4: The Hunger Games

5: Linsanity

6: 2012 Summer Olympics

7: Amanda Todd

8: Gangnam Style

9:Michael Clarke Duncan

10: Kony 2012,

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