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The Virtual Revolution (BBC2 TV series)

dgdclynx
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The Virtual Revolution (BBC2 TV series)

I find this series quite brilliant. It tells the history of the Internet from the beginning to the presentday Web with access seemingly to all the major players (known and unknown). At the website are lots of goodies plus iPlayer access to the first two episodes (out of four). The series really is unmissable...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/virtualrevolution
Tonight's episode was particularly nostalgic for me cos it showed an ancient Multics terminal. (You can find me at http://www.multicians.org).
It is an Open University/Money Programme production and is something special.
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dgdclynx
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Registered: 05-04-2007

Re: The Virtual Revolution (BBC2 TV series)

And I suppose I should put in my own little claim to fame.....
If you Google "Sergey Brin" "Douglas Clark" you may find one of the germs of Google Books. In his paper Sergey didnt realise that my books have a UK ISBN so he erred. The text of my books is at http://www.dgdclynx.plus.com/poetry/poetry.html
But that was about fifteen years ago.
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Re: The Virtual Revolution (BBC2 TV series)

Yes, totally agree and it is why I have a new respect for Sir Tim Berners-lee.
It's a bit like not seeing the wood for the trees - I really hadn't considered what a revolution computers/the Internet has been.
Also hadn't fully appreciated the positive side of social networking sites such as Twitter as I don't bother with them.
I feel sorry for those people in places like China and Iran where censorship is part of their everyday life.
Have the most recent episode to watch today on DVD so am looking forward to it.
A thoughtful and educational programme - well done BBC (or whichever company produced it).
nadger
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Re: The Virtual Revolution (BBC2 TV series)

I've also watched first two episodes and agree it's been really interesting.
Shame that people like Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the Harvard maths professor who invented spread sheets have never made the money that certain others have made from the internet/computer  revolution.
We were staying with a friend, who was attached to UN, in Geneva and one of their friends worked at CERN - surprising how long that's been around.
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For me, it is the fact that Sir Tim didn't make any money from it (directly, anyway) that makes it so inspiring. He needed it so he developed it - simple! (For him, anyway).
It is the same ethos that Linux and open-source users have - the egalitarian ideal of free computing, accessible to all.
Unfortunately, this doesn't put food on the table so we can't really begrudge others for their business enterprise.
BTW am not usually that keen on American presenters but I do like the stye of Dr Aleks Krotoski.
dgdclynx
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Re: The Virtual Revolution (BBC2 TV series)

I am a bit worried about the blurb for the next episode which seems to be concentrating on online shopping.
dgdclynx
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Registered: 05-04-2007

Re: The Virtual Revolution (BBC2 TV series)

Article...
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/feb/08/viritual-revolution-bbc2-filming
I see over a million watched the first episode.