School of Computer Science THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM Ghost Machine


Reflections on the Internet and World Wide Web
A few idle reminiscences

Aaron Sloman
School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham
(Philosopher in a Computer Science department)

Installed: 23 Aug 2016


The World Wide Web is now 27 years old, but has been widely available for about 25 years.

The internet goes back to early 1970s and gradually became available to increasing numbers of people via email, text-based discussion channels (usenet), gopher, and other things. All of those existed when I came here from Sussex University in 1991. The World wide web was just over the horizon at that time, but within a few years had begun to overtake everything else.

I probably used the internet before anyone else on this campus and most people in the world, sitting at a paper teletype (10 characters per second printing speed), at Sussex university typing (via multiple cable and wireless (sattelite) connections) into a machine belonging to the new Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC) around 1974.

I may be able to do something (working at home, logged in to my linux PC on my desk in CS, using it as if it were on my desk at home,thanks to the internet).

If you already have an offer that meets your need that's fine. If you would like something from me, give me an indication of desirable length and the latest useful time, and I'll see what I can do.

Maintained by Aaron Sloman
School of Computer Science
The University of Birmingham