Alex Massie Alex Massie

How It All Began

Way back in 1994 the Economist reported on this whole World-Wide-Web thingy:

This sort of reads like ancient history now, but of course some, even many, of the problems people were wrestling with then (how to make online publishing pay!) remain largely unsolved. I think 1994 was when I got my first email address; it was also a time when the universiy ran classes called “Computing for Historians” which didn’t amount to much more than “This is a computer. This is how you turn it on. It’s like a typewriter but different.” No-one had laptops and the university paper was still put together using scissors and glue…

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