It’s hard to believe that the Internet was created twenty five years ago by Tim Berners-Lee. I don’t know what’s hard to believe – that it is 25 years old or what has happened over those years as a result.
For one thing – it provides me with a living. I had been interested in software since under graduate school and it has been the foundation of everything I have done professionally. I remember using the Internet for the first time when I worked at Hewlett Packard in Fort Collins. I bought my first computer in 1990 and quickly got on-line with CompuServe. In those days it was mostly about email and bulletin boards. Soon after I started using it at work I was able to remotely logon at home. I remember taking my laptop on a trip to visit my girlfriend at the time and showed her. That would have been in early 1995. After I moved to Atlanta in 1996 I started using it daily at home and at work. I remember that I started buying on-line in 1997.
About the same time I secured the tubridy.net domain and started building my first web site with Microsoft FrontPage. I had started using FrontPage to manage part of a website at work that I used to get information to our business partners – now I work on what has to be the biggest business partner portal there is at IBM.
It was not until 2009 that I finally learned HTML and started using Dreamweaver (along with the other Adobe products) to build websites.
It has been amazing being in on something from pretty much the first start. If I only knew back then what it would become – well – it would be interesting to say for sure!