By Michael Banks
"Was there a web earlier than the net? Who equipped it, and why? do you need to understand the true tale at the back of the net? Are you curious as to who created all these items, and the company constitution in the back of the net international? if that is so, you will have come to the precise position! study the place, while, how and why the net got here Into being, and precisely what millions of individuals have been doing on-line prior to the internet. See who was in the back of all of it, and what encouraged them. the genuine tales are all right here: the good companies, mammoth mistakes, and nice showmanship that led as much as the web and the Web-and past. turning your conception of the internet and the folk who created it upside down."--Jacket. Read more...
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Such features are common today, but in 1977 they were all but unheard of. MCI and AT&T offered “least-cost” routing systems, but they were far less sophisticated and neither offered the savings of Telemax. Combining existing technology in new ways was fast becoming von Meister’s métier. Discussing Telemax during a 1977 newspaper interview, he 1 See Chapters 9 through 12. Chapter 4 The Source 29 boasted of his technique. “This is,” he told the reporter, Michael Schrage, “the first time somebody took the microcomputer, coupled it with a large minicomputer, and used it to do telephone switching.
So it was that MicroNET’s initial membership was made up mostly of hackers and techno-geeks. But Wilkins retained his vision of an online service that would appeal to the mainstream—the kind of people who wanted to use computers rather than program them. Of course, supplying this free service ran against the grain of CompuServe’s corporate culture. The company was, after all, based on running the meter. Free service added to a perception on the part of CompuServe management that MicroNET was not a business, but a dalliance for the CEO and a few kooks.
Gov. 10 Chapter 2 In the Money None of these databases were open to the public at large. Each government agency limited access to its employees or a group of fee-paying institutional users—mostly other government entities, libraries, and universities. In the eyes of the computer contractors, commercializing the databases— offering public access for a fee—was the natural next step. It went almost without saying that elements of business and industry, as well as the libraries and institutions that weren’t a part of the original user base for remote database access, would be more than willing to pay to use the vast data repositories that had been developed.
On the way to the web : the secret history of the internet and its founders by Michael Banks