flash
Google Sticks Another Knife in Flash’s Corpse

The killing blow to multimedia software Flash made contact with its skull in 2017, when maker Adobe announced that it would begin Flash’s “end-of-life” phase and stop updating and distributing it by the end of 2020. Flash – which nerds of a certain age cohort may remember from sites like Newgrounds or files like “annoying.swf” – has been riddled with security holes that allowed malware delivery since way before the Flash brand was officially retired in 2015, and it’s long been replaced in all but niche uses by successors like the open-source HTML5. Read More >>

internet
Travel Back to 1990 With the Original World Wide Web Browser

The World Wide Web turns 30 this year, and to celebrate three decades of utter chaos and brilliance, CERN developers and designers have created a version of the original WorldWideWeb browser that can run inside a modern browser. What, you wonder, is it like to surf the original web? Well, give it a try here. It’s kind of a pain! Read More >>

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Early Predictions of the Internet Date Back to 19th Century SciFi

Science fiction writers are professional future-dreamers, imagining worlds far beyond their own. With technology advancing at astronomical rates, real life feels more and more like sci-fi every day (for better or worse). So it’s fun to look back at those writers who, decades and even centuries ago, imagined what life would be like now – and some of their predictions were surprisingly accurate. Read More >>

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John Perry Barlow, EFF Cofounder and Author of 1996 Cyberspace Manifesto, Dies at 70

John Perry Barlow, cofounder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and author of the 1996 manifesto, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, has died. He was 70 years old. Read More >>

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Watching David Bowie Argue With Paxman About the Future of the Internet Is Beautiful

In 1999, Davide Bowie sat down for a TV interview with the BBC's Jeremy Paxman. Bowie explains that if he were a kid of the 1990s he wouldn’t have become a pop star. Instead, Bowie probably would’ve become obsessed with the internet. Why? According to Bowie, that’s where the potentially interesting—chaotic, nihilistic, and truly rebellious—stuff was really happening. Read More >>

gaming
The Fan-Made Sonic Game That Won’t Die

When Doom was released in 1993 it was an undeniable boon to the game modding community, and among the many fan projects built on its bones was Sonic Robo Blast 2. Read More >>

drugs
The First Thing Ever Sold Online Was a Bag of Weed

Online drug sales gained notoriety thanks to the Silk Road market, but the buying and selling of illegal mood-altering substances through computers goes a lot farther back. In fact, the very first online transaction was a drug deal. Read More >>

history
The Story of the First Photo on the Web

CERN is pimping some images of its newly renovated Large Hadron Collider today. It's an exciting upgrade for particle physics, but it also reminds me of the very first time CERN pimped some images on the web. In fact, CERN scientists pimped the very first image on the web nearly a quarter of a century ago. Read More >>

internet
This Was the Very First Website in the US

Stanford's Linear Accelerator Laboratory operates the longest particle accelerator of its kind; it's produced groundbreaking work in particle physics over the decades, as well as several Nobel prizes. But surprisingly, it also played a major role in the early web: by hosting the first web site in the US. It wasn't much to look at, but that's not important. Read More >>

history
This Unassuming Room is Where the Internet Was Born

For something as ubiquitous as the internet, it certainly isn't easy to find where it all started. I don't mean historically, I mean logistically: 3420 Boelter Hall is a tiny room in a basement hallway of a large nondescript building on the sprawling University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus. Read More >>

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Douglas Engelbart, Early Developer of the Computer Mouse, Dead at 88

Douglas Engelbart, an internet pioneer and developer of the early computer mouse, passed away early this morning at the age of 88. Read More >>

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Your Old Pictures on the Internet Are Going to Be Deleted

If you've spent any time on the Internet back in the early 2000s, you definitely ran into Webshots. It was the photo sharing service everyone used before Photobucket, before Flickr or Picasa, and before Facebook and Instagram. Hell, you still might have pictures on Webshots! Well, you better go get them because they're about to get deleted. Read More >>