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This is some old videos from the early days of the internet. And by videos I mean VHS. Videos from the mid 1990s that taught you about what the internet is and how to use it. Check out the screenshots of Yahoo circa 1995 and the mention of Gopher.
I recall trying to explain the internet to friends and family back then and had trouble describing the scale of it.
Me: It sends files. Them: so it's like a fax machine? Me: it sends email. Them: So it's like the postal system? Me: It finds things. Them: So it's like a phone book? Me: Gaaah! Them: I don't see what the big deal is.
Of course we now know the Internet is all of those things and more, fundamentally changing the way everything is done. Now I could summarize it as: The Internet is the new electricity.
Posted March 18th, 2008