Teresa Martin has written about the web since its dawn in the 1990s, and has now collected some of her columns, aka blog posts, from that oh-so-recent digital dawn for this very arresting view of our immediate past.
It's a quick and easy read in two hours or less, and it will bring back the digital dawn in a fashion both palatable and somewhat embarrassing.
This is a collection of her blog posts from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, and it is a real trip down memory lane for anyone over thirty.
Your kids won't believe it
Your kids won't believe these tales of modems, dial-ups and the rest of the ancient apparatuses of the web's early years.
One example she cites, "By the time the (1990) decade ended, the web had grown into mainstream acceptance. My ah-ha moment came in 1999, when I picked up a pack of Pampers and a URL leaped out at me, emblazoned across the package front. In one short decade, the web evolved from a CERN proposal to a normal part of mass marketing disposable diapers."
Teresa A. Martin lives on the Lower Cape with her teenaged daughter. She has worked at technology and content for more than 25 years. Twenty years ago, while at Knight-Ridder, she developed a prototype tablet newspaper which the "old media" Luddites shelved.
Had they listened to Ms. Martin in 1994, the newspaper world would be alive and well today rather that in its death throes.
She was a founder and officer of the OpenCape Corporation, and holds a BS from Boston University and an EdM with a concentration in Interactive Technology from Harvard's Graduate School of Education. She currently serves as an elected official to the Cape Cod Regional Government's legislative body, the Assembly of Delegates.
From dial-up to the 21st century, "Good Bits: The blue tux red lipstick wearing web" is very much worth the $2.99 price of admission.