By Aleksander AasAleksander. Tuesday, October 18, 2011 12:43:33 PM
As we race towards Opera 12 with Hardware Acceleration, WebGL and all manner of shiny things it's cool to take a look back. When I wrote The evolution of the Modern Web, I was quickly corrected when trying to give Mosaic credit for being first. This time around Ars Technica posted an extensive article talking about the forgotten browsers of the 90's.
Starting with the original World Wide Web browser by Tim Berners-Lee, they give you a rundown on most of the early day browsers. If you got in a time machine and had to choose your 1993 browser, what browser would you choose? Would you stay classy with the Cern browser or would platform issues force you to another browser? Find your favorite in the Ars Technica article!
By .edDotEd. Thursday, October 6, 2011 6:30:40 AM
Rarely do the efforts of a single person stretch world wide.
Steve Jobs accomplished this several times in the past 30 years. From working on early video game hardware at Atari, founding Apple and NeXT (it was a NeXT system that Tim Berners-Lee used to create the first Web server), redefining Pixar, and ultimately returning Apple to influential positions across multiple industries.
Video games may have taken an alternate path, the Web might have come together differently, several successful family movies never would've screened, the landscape of music, design, and mobile computing would not have seen many popular innovations. Games, movies, music, communication, design, and the Internet, that's quite a spectrum. If not for the innovation and inspiration of this visionary, we'd be living in a completely different world.
There are many quotes floating around today, honoring Steve's legacy. They're inspiring to us, but I want to leave you with one that inspired him: "There's an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. 'I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.' " - Steve Jobs
Thanks for encouraging us to innovate, disrupt, and think different.
By Aleksander AasAleksander. Friday, September 2, 2011 1:05:57 PM
When looking towards the future it's sometimes nice to have a look at where we come from.
The first web browser Mosaic was released back in 1993, followed by Netscape and Opera. While both Mosaic and Netscape closed down Opera still remains. Browsers have even gone mobile and started an invasion of TV's as well!
We were stoked to see Google create an awesome visual guide of the evolution of browsers. They even found a screenshot from most of the old Opera versions! Take a look at their "The Evolution Of The Modern Web", or just enjoy these blast from the past screens.
When did you start using Opera? Let us know in the comments below!
Edit: Updated facts from Ruarí!
The first web browser was in fact WorldWideWeb, written three years before at the end of 1990 and created by Tim Berners-Lee himself as he developed the web prior to its public announcement.
There are quite a few others that also pre-date Mosaic (libwww, Line-mode, Erwise, ViolaWWW, Midas, Samba, etc.). The Lynx browser is also older than Mosaic, being first released in 1992. Granted it started life as a gopher client and only had web browsing capabilities added later in Lynx version 2, shortly after Mosaic. On the other hand, Lynx is the only one of the old guard still being maintained.
At least one more browser pre-dates Opera and that is Cello.