Archive of: cern
Nine people came together at CERN for five days and made something amazing. I still can’t quite believe it.
My first job in technology, working on the computer support desk at Coventry University (back in 1995… eek!), involved looking after a number of NeXT machines. So even outside of the Web angle, this project is full of all sorts of nostalgia and memories for me. And how incredible is it that they’ve built the browser inside a browser!
I’m extremely pleased about how this site renders in WorldWideWeb, a testemant to the resilience of plain old semantic HTML
If you want to have a play with any of your own sites, getting started is a little different to these days:
- Launch the WorldWideWeb browser.
- Select “Document” from the menu on the side.
- Select “Open from full document reference”.
- Type a URL into the “reference” field.
- Click “Open”.
And remember, you need to double click on links to activate them.
Since you ask, Cern’s previous machine, the Large Electron Positron collider, had teething troubles too. Weird signals came and went. They realised, eventually, that the machine was reacting to Earth tides: the pull of the moon on the Earth’s crust was making the land around the collider heave up and down, causing a 1mm change in the circumference of the 27km collider ring.
From todays Guadian coverage of the LHC’s first 7TeV collision.