Tuesday, 4 March 2008
Demise of an icon
I was sad to read this weekend of the demise of Netscape - the original web browser, and a symbol of the early days of the internet. In fact, I remember when the two things were interchangeable - people would talk about using Netscape, when they meant using the internet. But of course, we didn't refer to the internet then either, we talked about using the "World Wide Web". There was a lot of fuss about it, and how much time could potentially be wasted browsing this new source of information. I was asked by the then personnel department if I could restrict the amount of use people made of "Netscape" in one day, and maybe restrict it to outside working hours. I even headed off an internal audit on the use of "Netscape", by introducing the auditor to web pages about his favourite football team. It all seems a long time ago now.