Link archive: April, 2013


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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The open internet and the web

A history lesson from Vint Cerf. I can’t help but picture him as The Architect in The Matrix Reloaded.

When Tim Berners-Lee invented and released the World Wide Web (WWW) design in late 1991, he found an open and receptive internet in operation onto which the WWW could be placed. The WWW design, like the design of the internet, was very open and encouraged a growing cadre of self-taught webmasters to develop content and applications.


It was twenty years ago today:

On 30 April 1993 CERN published a statement that made World Wide Web technology available on a royalty free basis, allowing the web to flourish.

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Sunday, April 28th, 2013


Just as every instance of “the cloud” can be replaced with “the moon” or “my butt”, so too can every instance of the word “markets” in business reporting be replaced with the word “dragons”.

James has got you covered with this bookmarklet to do just that.

The dragons reacted strongly to the news.

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Friday, April 26th, 2013

The Secure Transport of Light on

A beautiful piece by James on the history of light as a material for communication …and its political overtones in today’s world.

What is light when it is information rather than illumination? What is it when it is not perceived by the human eye? Deep beneath the streets and oceans, what is illuminated by the machines, and how are we changed by this illumination?

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Monday, April 1st, 2013