The Internet turns 30. Happy Birthday!!
1989 was one hell of a great year, the Berlin wall came down, the very first GPS satellite was sent into orbit, Nintendo put the "Game Boy" on retail shelves and the first Simpsons episode aired. For an IT guy running a successful IT business in Townsville though, the birth of the "Internet" as we know it today was released.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee is a British computer scientist. He was born in London, and his parents were early computer scientists, working on one of the earliest computers.
“In those days, there was different information on different computers, but you had to log on to different computers to get at it. Also, sometimes you had to learn a different program on each computer. Often it was just easier to go and ask people when they were having coffee…”, Tim says.
Tim thought he saw a way to solve this problem – one that he could see could also have much broader applications. Already, millions of computers were being connected together through the fast-developing Internet and Berners-Lee realised they could share information by exploiting an emerging technology called hypertext. HTML provided the platform for website creation which gave rise to some of the names we know today.
This first international link provided just 56 kilobits of national connectivity. A 20th of a megabit for the whole country! That is not even enough to play a single piece of music from a streaming service (encoded at 128kbs), and it would take a week for a movie to be transferred to Australia.
To connect to the internet back then we had to use a dial-up modem and it would cost about 20 cents each time we tried to connect. Rapid IT Solutions still have a few 56k modems around our workshop. You would be surprised that we still use this older tech today.
The Internet as we know it has come a long way indeed. All businesses use this resource on a daily basis and now with the introduction of the NBN and the Fiber network in Australia it is only getting faster. Makes you think where we will be 30 years from now.