Yesterday, Slashdot pointed out that “The Web” just turned 16. The first web page at CERN went up in November of 1990, about a month after I first used the Internet.
I heard rumblings about the web off and on for the next few years, but it wasn’t really interesting until NCSA Mosaic was first released in 1993. I remember reading the release announcement for Mosaic 1.0 and being amazed–wow, a graphical viewer that could handle fetching and displaying multiple file formats over multiple network protocols. How cool. I uploaded one of the first (the first?) Mosaic binaries for Linux a month or so later.
I still remember days where I started browsing at the NCSA’s “what’s new” page and finished when I’d read every single page that I could discover on the Internet.