today’s the internet’s birthday, it’s 44

my room on haight street

this was my room at 591 Haight Street in San Francisco in 1995.

that white Mac in the center was the first device that ever gave me “high speed” Internet accessibility.

we paid lots of money to have an ISDN line which allowed us not only to be on the web at a blazing fast 28.8 mbs

but we could also receive a phone call simultaneously. which was a big deal when you shared a house with 5 other dudes.

the ISDN hardly worked. which was ok because the web in 1995 was so tiny and insignificant that even Wired didn’t wanna put their full name on their website, instead they made Hot Wired to distance themselves from whatever the hell the WWW was in its infancy.

internet machinelittle did we know that the Internet had already been around nearly 30 years (thanks to the help of UCSB). albeit way more boring. but dudes were exchanging files so technically the web was on.

as “journalists” all of us in our Haight House marveled over the fact that we could be instant publishers. in color. for free. with a potentially unlimited audience.

before the web the closest one could get was either a Zine or an English Newspaper in Prague. but the downfall was, if everyone bought up all of the copies of that issue, that was it. the end.

but online: if you had the proper servers, you could reach millions of readers overnight, and barely notice.

that excited me. unlimited success. unparalleled opportunities for creativity. the blankest canvas ever with free admission to anyone with a connection.

and back then, back when the wild west was truly wild, and you had very little competition, and if you had been somewhat trained in the art of written communication: it was probably the same feeling chuck berry felt when someone handed him an electric guitar.

or the same feeling eddie van halen got when he stepped on his first pedal.

before the Internet, loneliness was a concept i could occasionally relate to.

nowadays the amount of 24/7 love and attention and options and opportunities to connect and learn overfloweth.

not bad, Internet.

can’t wait to see what the next 44 years will be like.