www@25 years

The World Wide Web (aka www) is 25 years old.

Unbelievable how that has changed our lives in a quarter of a century. Can we live without it now?

Let's clear up one bit of confusion. The internet and www are not the same thing.

The internet is basically a random and/or loosely linked system of computers. The World Wide Web connects all of them, just as highways, byways and rivers connect cities and towns. Just like with the highways, apps have grown along  the cyberways, just like shopping centers, restaurants, gas stations and the like have developed alongside the cities and communities.

The world has indeed gotten smaller. People and organizations who not otherwise would have been connected are connected. It's like the early explorers discovering new worlds.

And the vocabulary that has been created: cyberspace, links, apps, website, etc.

"Google it" has replaced looking it up in an encyclopedia, which have pretty much become obsolete.

I saw something else interesting in a TV report.

A reporter showed some young kids a book and asked what it was. No one could identify it.

It was a phone book.

"Why do I need a  book?" one youngsger asked. "I just use my phone."

How ironic. The smart phone has made the phone book almost obsolete.

  • Comment
Comments (9) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
Budnmud
22489
Points
Budnmud 03/13/14 - 08:56 am
5
1
Obsolete?

If the phone book is obsolete, how come I get a new one every two months left on my door step? BTW - I throw them out with the credit card apps...

Igor Rabinowitz
9167
Points
Igor Rabinowitz 03/13/14 - 09:22 am
1
1
It's got stuff and things

It's hot and cold running LOL, just by turning on the tap.... and rebooting the router.

greddin
59
Points
greddin 03/13/14 - 01:11 pm
1
0
Phone books are good for

Phone books are good for helping light the grill...

lachowsj
5479
Points
lachowsj 03/13/14 - 03:28 pm
3
0
Still using the dumb phone

My internet service went out. I opt for paperless billing but don't back it up on my hard drive. I recycle all of the phone books that come to me, so I couldn't find the number to my internet provider. I finally reached my daughter who was able to look it up. I called the provider, went through a long menu, and with every step the recording reminded me that I could contact them online. I wanted to say if I could do that I wouldn't be calling, but there was no one to hear me. After many minutes I was able to talk to someone. It took several minutes to verify who I was since I didn't have the account number (it's online). After we did that I went through several suggestions but was not able to solve the problem. I was finally given an service appointment for several days later and was warned there would be a charge of $30-50 unless the problem was with the provider's equipment.

After I hung up I was able to reach my son. He advised me to unplug everything, wait a minute and plug it back in. I did that and the problem was solved. At least I had the phone number handy so I could call and cancel my service appointment.

Budnmud
22489
Points
Budnmud 03/13/14 - 03:56 pm
2
0
My Con Corp Connection

My Conway Corp connection does that at least once a week in cooler weather and every single day in warm weather. Unplug the cable, wait and plug back in worky worky.

CC techs have been to my house numerous time, oh you've got a bad modem.... not a problem, go to Best Buy, pick up the 5th modem in 11 years, yes 5 modems in 11 years... still have the problem..

They must make some sorry modems...

I had better service when I used a 1200 baud Hayes...

Igor Rabinowitz
9167
Points
Igor Rabinowitz 03/14/14 - 09:01 am
0
0
Con Corpo

Its Internets service was, at one time, pretty good. But something happened a year or two ago and it just went in the pot: With regular outages and overall lower speed.

I have to presume they went to some kind of hosting/re-seller model and replaced quality with cash-flow.

And, while we're talking, recent events make me think all the listening in on traffic is throttling speed as well. (Don't say "bomb," don't say it!)

ConwayDweller
565
Points
ConwayDweller 03/16/14 - 04:02 pm
0
0
From what I've heard...

This is all second hand, so take from it what you will:

ConwayCorp used to have an AT&T backbone, and a few years back switched to Suddenlink. I've also noticed a decline in performance/service with Suddenlink.

David McCollum
2101
Points
David McCollum 03/13/14 - 06:30 pm
1
0
That's the downside. When the

That's the downside. When the internet or wireless connection goes awry, there are many hoops to jump through and much frustration and you find yourself scrambling for that phone book you threw out two weeks previous.

ConwayDweller
565
Points
ConwayDweller 03/16/14 - 04:04 pm
0
0
Or..

Just use your cell phone to look up the number, as long as you have a data package. If not, then I guess keep holding on to those dead trees and hope nothing has changed since it was printed!

Back to Top