[email protected]: The Register pokes around historical hardware of the WWW

Double-u, double-u, double-u. “The World Wide Web is the only thing I know of whose shortened form takes three times longer to say than what it’s short for,” as the great Douglas Adams once said.

But for those who fancy eyeballing exhibits from acoustic couplers and coffee-cams to dot-matrix printers and cartoon badgers in the venerable author’s home town, [email protected] Cambridge is well worth a look.

The exhibition, which runs until the start of September, occupies a vacant store in Cambridge’s Grand Arcade, and gives passers-by the opportunity to get hands on with some delightfully retro hardware in a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web.

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64 BITS - An Exhibition of the Webs Lost Past

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Pre WWW nets
Computer Networks - The Heralds Of Resource Sharing (Arpanet, 1972)

Thanks @oldben - an interesting short documentary there. There’s a version on YouTube here, with a searchable transcript (and for me, a smoother delivery.)

Edit: presented by J. C. R. Licklider of MIT. Also featuring F. J. Corbato (MIT), Lawrence G. Roberts (ARPA), Robert E. Kahn (BBN), Frank Heart (BBN), William R Sutherland (BBN), Richard W. Watson (Stanford), John R. Pasta (NSF), Donald W. Davies (UK’s NPL), George W Mitchell (Federal Reserve). Produced and written by Stephen King, directed and edited by P. J. Chvany

Pretty sure that’s Dan Murphy 30 seconds in. Probably hacking away at TENEX.

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