The (Not So) World Wide Web

Thought this was interesting

Born June 8, 1955, Tim Berners-Lee, often referred to as the inventor of the internet, turns 65 today. More than 30 years ago, on March 12, 1989, Berners-Lee unwittingly made history by laying the groundwork of what would later become known as the World Wide Web. Working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) at the time, Berners-Lee distributed a paper to his colleagues entitled “Information Management: A Proposal”, in which he suggested creating a networked hypertext system to help CERN manage and share information within its organization.

“We should work toward a universal linked information system”, Berners-Lee wrote in his conclusion, adding that “the aim would be to allow a place to be found for any information or reference which one felt was important, and a way of finding it afterwards. The result should be sufficiently attractive to use that it the information [sic] contained would grow past a critical threshold, so that the usefulness the scheme [sic] would in turn encourage its increased use”. While this sounds like a fancy description of the internet as we know it, it wasn’t until the next year that Berners-Lee coined the term WorldWideWeb in another proposal co-authored by Robert Calliau, which was still targeted at the scientific community rather than the global public.

Despite its name and apparent ubiquity, however, 30 years after its birth hour the World Wide Web is not nearly as universally available as its name suggests. According to the latest estimates by the International Telecommunication Union, a UN agency specializing in information and communication technologies, only 54 out of 100 world citizens used the internet in 2019. While internet access in regions such as North America and Europe has become a commodity not unlike electricity and running water, people in less developed regions often still lack access to what has arguably become the most important source of information of our times. This is reflected in the fact that internet penetration ranges from 86.6 percent across developed countries to 53.6 percent in developing countries and less than 20 percent in the least developed countries in the world.

Very interesting. Is the US still lagging behind europe in terms of speed or have we caught up?

Lag, I believe. Maybe 5g will change some of that, as well as Musk’s Starlink etc

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The America’s would include South America
I would assume both USA & Canada are > 80%

Just found a Wikipedia page on it
Don’t know how to link on phone
Shows USA at 75%
Canada at 92%
That seems weird

Sweden is the highest at 96%
FWIW China at 59%

To the OP,

I believe there was a link between him and H. Ross Perot. Who, at the time was CEO of EDS. Who developed a CAD system called CGS. In which GM jumped at. I was trained at this time in that system, that was a trail blazer of sorts. Soon after, Ford had Prime, Chrysler had Catia, but GM updated to UGNX in the late 90s and the other two abandoned the afore mentioned systems. Worked with the Big 3 at one time or another in the design profession.

No idea — wouldn’t surprise me if Perot and Berber-Lee had a connection
That would still have been a relatively small community at that time
I know nothing about design software but I’ve heard the name Catia — it’s still around no?
Did you continue with design?

Still using UGNX and VisView (currently contract to GM). Chrysler switched over to UGNX a few years back, dumping Catia. Tesla, Rivian and Nisson still use Catia, Believe Ford uses Pro-E and ICEM.

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Contract to GM
That is the way it is these days
My wife has also been working under contract with GM for the last year

Even though I get my usual gaming lag at 10-15mbps DL speed… It’s good enough for me. No reason to get faster. I just need a monitor with a 144Hz+ refresh rate.