Internet History

  • Every Two Weeks, a Language Dies

    Every Two Weeks, a Language Dies

    Nina Strochlic at National Geographic writes: Between 1950 and 2010, 230 languages went extinct, according to the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger. Today, a third of the world’s languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers left. Every two weeks a language dies with its last speaker, 50 to 90 percent of them are predicted to disappear by the next century.…

  • Slack Rebrands

    Slack Rebrands

    Slack, the communication tool goliath rebranded today. Personally, I think it falls short. The homepage re-design, more-so. I know, I know — I’m pretty contrarian on these topics, but hear me out. Gone are the illustrations, branding and web design by Ueno. Front-and-center are images mainly of people — which feels very Apple-esque. Could be…

  • The Origin of the Tag

    I love coming across this stuff. I always forget that Marc Andreessen is basically the father of Mosiac, Netscape and plenty of other internet startups through his VC, Andreessen Horowitz. Here’s Andreessen’s super-duper casual proposal over email, sent on February 25, 1993: I’d like to propose a new, optional HTML tag: IMG Required argument is SRC=”url”. …