The First Web Server

Posted on May 30, 2009  Comments (4)

photo of the first web server

Photo by sbisson from Geneva, Switzerland, November 2006 .

In a glass case at CERN is an unpreposessing little NeXT cube. It’s hard to believe that this little workstation changed the world, but it did. It’s Tim Berners Lee‘s original web server, the world’s first.

NeXT is the computer company Steve Jobs founded after he left Apple. Then he left NeXT to buy out Pixar. And then, of course, went back to Apple.

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4 Responses to “The First Web Server”

  1. Catalin Nichita
    May 31st, 2009 @ 4:59 am

    I thing it looks amazing ! First step is always difficult.

  2. Mariann Jabay
    June 3rd, 2009 @ 7:10 pm

    yeah, the first step is difficult. if you can notice that the first computers, they are bigger than a human being. this is the same with web developing. the problems are bigger than what one would expect.

  3. Carlos
    June 5th, 2009 @ 1:40 pm

    I think this thing should be brought to a museum before it gets lost or something! Unbelievable what an impact this thing has had.

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    November 9th, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

    […] This minor internet enabled connection with fame is one of the fun aspects of the internet (to me anyway, I might be a bit odd). I emailed Tim Berners Lee (the creator of the world wide web) a long time ago (probably about 15 years – and I still remember) and received a nice reply. I have written a few posts on my science and engineering blog about his work over the years including a short post on the first web server (Tim’s NeXT computer). […]

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