This is very cool. I have a vague recollection of the first time my colleagues and I connected to the Cern site via http – we didn’t have NeXT machines, we were using a text-based browser, like lynx or something very similar to it, in text windows on our SparcStation computers. Mid-1990s.
Another fun memory I have, from the mid-to-late 1990s, was installing new Sun workstations for students and post-docs in the office, and actually debating with our supervisor as to whether we should install a web browser or not as part of the software suite. As I recall, one of the “pro” arguments was that, besides potentially-frivolous http, it was also a convenient way to get to the beloved FTP archive at the Washington University at St. Louis, and various other more serious resources.