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"The Internet has been operating now for 10 years. The second 10 years will be very different."


Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, speaking about the future in South Korea where he was meeting with President Lee Myung-bak. Overlooking the none-too-revealing prediction of ten years of change in the coming ten years, the more interesting assertion is that the Internet has been operating since 1998 - the year Windows 98 with Internet Explorer built-in was released. Everyone knows Al Gore invented the Internet well before that...


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Heh, 1998. Of course Bill ... (Below threshold)
kbiel Author Profile Page:

Heh, 1998. Of course Bill Gates would only recognize the internet's existence with the release of Windows 98. Before that, I guess it was some weird corporate or university networking thing that no sane person would ever have any interest in using at home. Of course, he does have a point. My in-laws called Internet Explorer "the Internet" until a year ago when I finally forced them to use Firefox by hiding all shortcuts to IE and making Firefox the default browser.

"Microsoft Chairman Bill Ga... (Below threshold)
ras:

"Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, speaking about the future in South Korean..."

Bill Gates speaks Korean? Who knew?

Note: The typo is now fixed, but it was there when the piece was first published.

"The Internet has been o... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

"The Internet has been operating now for 10 years. The second 10 years will be very different."

I guess this is why his house is bigger than mine.

"The Internet has been oper... (Below threshold)
Jer:

"The Internet has been operating now for 10 years. The second 10 years will be very different."

You mean we're gonna need more than 640K!?

Very funny, Jer, exactly wh... (Below threshold)
max:

Very funny, Jer, exactly what I was thinking.

Kevin, pull your head out of your ass, please. "Everyone knows Al Gore invented the Internet well before that..." How stupid do you think wizbang readers are?

http://www.snopes.com/quotes/internet.asp

Never mind.

Sniff, sniff, a sig for eWo... (Below threshold)
epador:

Sniff, sniff, a sig for eWorld, gone 12 years ago... ... I guess long before the internet existed for Bill Gates.

Max why not grow up and joi... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Max why not grow up and join the rest of the thinking world.....

Just because Barbara at snopes is drinking the kool-aid doesn't mean a thing....

Here's how she created her fantasy:

Claim: Al Gore claimed he "invented" the internet.

She says it is false ... because he didn't say he invented it, he said he "created" it.

Expecting idiots like to to miss the fact that created and invented are the same thing... She's playing word games worthy of the Clinton era....

How stupid do you think wizbang readers are?

Well, including you, pretty freaking stupid.

Max, if you'd have bothered... (Below threshold)
Kevin Author Profile Page:

Max, if you'd have bothered to read the links you'd notice one by Vincent Cerf who gave Gore some credit. I specifically included that concluding line because I knew it drives people like you nuts.

I was downloading Quake and... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

I was downloading Quake and Doom in '95 and '96 from that thar internet thingy ....

Actually, I was working in ... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Actually, I was working in the software industry during the '80's and '90's, and recall just how much Al Gore had to do with the Internet that [i]I[/i] was working on at the time.

And the answer was very little, Barbara Snopes notwithstanding. His contributions were minor issues about funding of and restrictions upon the use of, the backbone links that at that time were funded by DARPA and its successor NSF.

Funny, my first account on ... (Below threshold)
Mycroft:

Funny, my first account on E-bay started in 1996. My current account goes back to 1997. How was that again Bill Gates?

"The Internet has been o... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"The Internet has been operating now for 10 years. The second 10 years will be very different."

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates

Vote for me, I'm for Change. Change and Hope. And I Hope for Change. Tomorrow will not be today and yesterday is not today and I want the future to come next, not before.

Candidate You-Know-Who


yeah right...al gore create... (Below threshold)
moseby:

yeah right...al gore created the Internet...that carbon unit couldn't count his manboobs and come up with the same number twice.




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