I was not one of those that grew up on the internet. Indeed, the internet grew up on me. I was something of a geek back then, though a cool one I'm sure. My very first job as a contractor working with the government was an assignment down at the Washington Navy Yard reviewing ARPANET plans and creating a series of 3 reports related to its planning and feasibility. I had been operating a 300 BAUD capable BBS system in Houston, called Flagship (alternatively Starship) Frodo. That, coupled with real life work, made me a 'communications expert'.
Unlike the Fathers of the internet, many others, and of course Al Gore*, my part was very small indeed. The number of people involved in bringing to fruition what was essentially the “Galactic Network” as described by J.C.R. Licklider in 1962 is not countable. I was in the legions who contributed in smaller ways. Don’t even ask me how many hours I spent in trying to get Doom to work right in coop player mode over a modem. There was a cottage industry of volunteers that helped move things forward. But all of that matters to no one, some of it matters to everyone and none of it matters to someone. Here’s the thing that matter…
Now days, ‘you can find anything you want on the internet’ isn’t really a joke. You really can find anything. The problem is, you really can find anything.
If you are looking for concrete objective facts about something, that’s great. How many feet in a hectare for example (107639.104 square feet). Not really much controversy about that. Even if you pose the question with doubt,”are there really 107639.104 square feet in a hectare?”, you will find reassurance. But look for anything subjective and your results will vary dependent on you, and what you really want to find.
“everyones got an opinion, and you can find it on the internet, dressed as a fact.” Richard Crossley
Speaking of Rotten Strawbs...
I started this post a couple weeks ago, and when I got back to it, I had forgotten the original idea. Such does age rob you ever more gleefully once significant years have been accomplished. But, speaking of the internet, I did a search for ‘rotten strawbs’ and found our duo occupying 5 of the 10 results on page 1. Woot. It is worth noting that they have a couple new venues coming up and I’m anxious to check them out.