Happy Birthday Netscape Navigator ... 20 years ago this week the modern web came to life

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  1. chapped

    chapped Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2012
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    The now dead Netscape Navigator Browser was born 20 years ago this week..

    Porn has never been the same....


    There are many landmark moments and key figures who have contributed to the evolution of the internet we see today.

    Way back in the late 1960s, Vint Cerf was involved in a project that saw the first ever message sent from one computer to another on the ARPANET, a predecessor to the internet. And Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist who created the World Wide Web in the early 90s as a way of accessing information on the Internet, is another such luminary.

    Today represents another key milestone in the recent history of this thing we call the Web. On October 13 1994, it was announced that the “Netscape network navigator” browser would be made available to download by anyone, initially as a public beta. Developed by Mosaic Communications Corporation, a Silicon Valley company led by Jim Clark and Marc Andreessen, Netscape was a successor to Mosaic and soon became the pre-eminent Web browser on many PCs.

    Andreesen, who is now a prominent Silicon Valley investor and entrepreneur, said at the time:

    “Making Netscape freely available to Internet users is Mosaic Communications’ way of contributing to the explosive growth of innovative information applications on global networks.We expect Netscape’s ease of use to spark another major leap in Internet usage by making the net a powerful tool for a broader base of users. By incorporating security and advanced functionality, Netscape now lays the foundation for commerce on the net.”

    Some interesting little nuggets from the release include: “optimized to run smoothly over 14.4 kilobit/second modems, “continuous document streaming, enabling users to interact with documents while they are still being downloaded”, “multiple, simultaneous network accesses, allowing several documents or images to be downloaded simultaneously” and – wait for it – “native support for the JPEG image format.”

    Of course, in the end, Microsoft won the browsers war with Internet Explorer becoming ubiquitous across the PC realm. But today there is a good bit of competition out there, with Chrome, Firefox, Safari and a handful of others vying for your attention.

    It might not have been the first browser, but it was the first commercial entity to hit the market aimed at anyone and everyone. Indeed, the words ‘Netscape Navigator’ will bring a knowing smile to anyone who used the internet between 1994 and the turn of the century.

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  2. Ipokesmot

    Ipokesmot Well-Known Member Banned User

    Jan 17, 2012
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    I remember it well. I was mostly on BBS's, and then in college started using the net through a dial up shell account, exploring newsgroups, telnet, ftp, gopher, IRC.
    Friend of mine said "have you checked out this new hypertext thing yet?" Tried a shell browser called Lynx and used it to view http://www.well.com/ for its live Woodstock 94 coverage. Next day my friends and I got in the car and found our way there. :)

    If you want a browser that doesn't suck, try Seamonkey: http://www.seamonkey-project.org/
    It's very similar to the original Netscape. The latest Firefox sucks ass.. and I hate Chrome and IE of course.
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  3. luvsimpsons

    luvsimpsons Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2012
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    God I hated that noise that dial up made. I still have nightmares about it. The first time I was on the Internet, I think was 1995 at my Uncle's house, we didn't get the Internet until December 1997,and I know that because Chris Farley died that month and that was the first thing I saw on my homepage (I think Yahoo). what a trip down memory lane. That feels like a lifetime ago.
  4. Dump Button

    Dump Button Former Mall Security Guard

    Mar 26, 2012
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  5. Phan Neepack

    Phan Neepack Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2013
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    I remember Netscape helped me to dial in to WOPR, where I was able to play a cool game of Global Thermonuclear War
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