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The World Wide Web Is Announced By Its Inventor

The WWW project merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to make an easy but powerful global information system. ... The project started with the philosophy that much academic information should be freely available to anyone. ... The web contains documents in many formats. Those documents which are hypertext,  (real or virtual) contain links to other documents, or places within documents. All documents, whether real, virtual or indexes, look similar to the reader and are contained within the same addressing scheme.
– Tim Berners-Lee in alt.hypertext, August 6 1991

Douglas Adams Discovers the Net

Yeah, having jut discovered the Internet, I’m anxious that I’m going to be spedning far too much time on it!
– Douglas Adams in alt.fan.douglas-adams, October 5 1993

Amazon CEO Looking for Help

Well-capitalized start-up seeks extremely talented C/C++/Unix developers to help pioneer commerce on the Internet.  You must have experience designing and building large and complex (yet maintainable) systems, and you should be able to do so in about one-third the time that most competent people think possible.
– Jeff Bezos in mi.jobs, August 22 1994

Friends, the New TV Show

This show is about 6 young friends living in the city. Time will tell how much they are individuals and how much they are merely caricatures. TV Guide tends toward the latter view and also suggests it is, like ‘Ellen’, somewhat of an attempt to copy ‘Seinfeld’. There may be some truth to that statement (part of the opening credits sequence is similar in style to ‘These Friends of Mine’) but Friends is not a clone of either of those shows and I think TV Guide was overly pessimistic. There is plenty of room for several shows in