Net Xpress: Happy anniversary W3C

December 06, 2004|SHEILA J. CLARK

Last month the World Wide Web, celebrated its 15th year of existence. The organization behind keeping the Web evolving and providing interoperability for everyone is the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C for short) which recently celebrated its 10th year anniversary.

I'm sure it is hard for some of us to remember what the Internet was like in the pre-Web days. One of the main reasons for that is because most folks didn't even use the Internet until after the Web was spun. The Web's impact on the Internet as a whole was quite phenomenal.

Back in the pre-Web days, I can vividly remember what it was like using the Internet. It was command lines and a sea of text. There were command lines for connections and file transfers and text for e-mail, chat and even graphics. You guys remember those ASCII graphics, right?

Although its appearance was quite boring back then, the technology behind the Internet still was quite fascinating. I mean, here I was in Kentucky interacting with folks halfway around the world in other countries. Pretty cool. However, when the Web was launched, that cool went to a whole new level.


Like the old saying goes, "a picture says a thousand words" and it's no doubt that the Web truly brought the Internet to life. Sure, you still have loads of text on the Web, but now you get beautiful graphics, live audio and video with it. Now I can see and hear those folks from around the world and that's mega cool. It's almost like being there, you know?

I don't get to travel as much as I used to so I rarely get to see my faraway friends. The Web allows me the opportunity to still feel as connected to them as in the good ole days. We can share photos in an instant, play games together and even surf online together. I am extremely grateful for the Web and how it's evolved over the years and I'm forever grateful to the W3C for its part in keeping it going strong. Many thanks and Happy Anniversary W3C!

Learn more about the World Wide Web Consortium and the World Wide Web at

Free online course

CNET's will offer "Digital Photography Made Simple" beginning Monday through Dec. 31. The free course will teach you how to use your digital camera, what to look for when purchasing a digital camera and how to take better digital photos. Learn more or register.

Net buzzz

* ICQ, a popular instant messaging service, is launching two new e-mail services for its users. The new free version of the ICQmail service will provide features such as virus scans, spam filtering and instant translations in seven different languages.

The company also will launch a premium service at $19.99 per month featuring 2GB of storage and the ability to record and send video e-mails. The premium service will offer wireless access and Web-based e-mail. Users of the premium service will also be able forward messages to mobile phones and other wireless devices. Read more at

VoIP update

* CompUSA now carries the Packet8 VoIP phone adapters at its stores. Read more (opens as PDF)

MSN Live online events

Dec. 6: Actor Steve Guttenberg chats at 4 p.m. Go

Sites to see

* ChoralNet at is "the Internet Center for Choral Music." The site features three mailing lists, 14 forums, links to various resources such as choir Web sites, choral institutions, references and more.

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