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Long before the 1945 ideas of Vannevar Bush, known to be the seeds of the modern internet, there was a Belgian bibliographer and entrepreneur named Paul Otlet. In 1895, Otlet envisioned "Universal Libraries" as a way to give access from afar to a vast number of books.
A new piece in The Atlantic by Alex Wright, Secret History of Hypertext, describes how 40 years later Otlet refined the idea to "electric telescopes" which could deliver books, pictures, audio recordings and movies. In 1935, Otlet wrote "From a distance, everyone will be able to read text, enlarged and limited to the desired subject, projected on an individual screen. In this way, everyone from his armchair will be able to contemplate the whole of creation, in whole or in certain parts."
To us as web developers, it’s fun when a website makes news. More so when the President of the United States has a press conference about a bad website launch. Even more so when a website plays a part in a great national debate. But it’s downright fascinating to see how website part the debate itself is just plain wrong. Read more past the break.
If you’ve purchased an Android phone in the last year, you probably have a featured called NFC that’s never used unless you’re using Google Wallet, with despite how convenient it is, it’s a seeming west coast and Japan phenomenon. But you don’t have to fly west to use NFC, it’s also a rather versatile way to make your life a little easier and maybe even safer. Read more after the break.
When I travel somewhere, there a few leading indicators that tell you the quality of the place. Here’s my top three: coffee, beer and radio stations. Learn why after the break.