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article imageVideo: Travel back in time to the Internet in 1995

By Anne Sewell     Mar 27, 2013 in Internet
Ah, the good old days. In this video episode of Computer Chronicles, we travel back to 1995 and find out all the really exciting options available at that time on the Internet.
Computer Chronicles host Stewart Cheifet takes us first into a brand new item back in 1995 - the "Cyber Cafe", where you can enjoy a cup of espresso whilst browsing the news groups on your huge and bulky CRT display.
We tend to forget how far we have come in recent years, as we hear them discussing things like the Newsgroups, Usenet, FTP sites where you can actually download files, and finally get to using an ancient web browser to view the latest websites. We find out that we can download quality free software from the Internet too.
There's even an exciting section where a band uploads their latest music to the Internet. Not exactly livestreaming, and of course, not too many bands could do that at once, as the Internet could not handle the pressure.
John Markoff, West Coast correspondent for the New York Times, explains how he uses the Internet to check his email, including an email from Steve Jobs. He mentions that in his job he gets a lot of email and how he uses Eudora to filter the email into separate folders for browsing later.
We are told that websites are selling their products on the Internet too, but that it is not really secure to type in your credit card information to make a purchase.
The final section of the show tells people how they can create their own home pages for the Internet and goes on to explain about HTML, or hyper-text markup language, still in use today, but with so many more languages added for efficiency and speed!
By the way, using today's technology and archiving capabilities, we can travel back in time using the Wayback Machine to see what websites looked like in that distant past. It can be truly "cringe-worthy" to see what your websites looked like way back then, compared to the present!
While it is not possible to go back too far with Digital Journal, have a look at this website in 2009.
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