Steve Jobs Created The Computer That Gave Us The World Wide Web

This is the NeXT Computer that Tim Berners-Lee used to create the world wide web.

This is the NeXT Computer that Tim Berners-Lee used to create the world wide web.

CERN has given us many things in our day, most notable among them recent proof of the existence of the so-called ‘God particle’, the Higgs Boson… one of the most elusive objects in particle physics. But like the Higgs Boson, most of CERN’s achievements are pretty exotic.

On April 30 in 1993, though, CERN gave us something it gave all of us something we all use to this day: the worldwide web, software and technology that anyone could use (and everyone did) to build what we, today, called the Internet.

Like many of the revolutions of the computing age, though, the Internet owes a debt of gratitude to Steve Jobs.

A NeXT Computer — created by NeXT Inc., Steve Jobs’s computer company during his ‘wilderness years’ — was used not only to host the world’s first web server, but to write the first web browser.

Twenty years later? NeXT was purchased by Apple, Steve Jobs came back to the first company he founded, its core technology was baked into the OS X, and the spiritual descendent of that primitive web browser — Safari — is installed on hundreds of millions of Macs, PCs, iPads and iPhones all over the earth.

Incredible how far we’ve come in just twenty years. What will the internet of 2033 look like, and how much will it owe to Steve Jobs then?

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  • Gadget

    How much do we owe Steve Jobs for making the internet mobile? Think how great the internet was on mobile devices prior to the iPhone.

  • Jdsonice

    I think it will be very hard to forget Steve Job’s contribution to WWW and to making the world more connected. He is missed.

  • iSteve

    Steve Jobs – “I want to put a ding in the universe”. RIP iPapy

  • PaulFillingham

    The box in front of the NeXT computer is a copy of ‘Enquire Within upon Everything’ the popular Victorian ‘How to’ book that inspired Sir Tim Berners Lee. It’s a book I loved very much as a child. Here’s an example of the contents. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dreamtargets/3894039323/in/set-72157633374834731

  • dante185

    So this is Al Gore’s old computer?

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