Category Archives: Internet Will Eat Itself


The original NeXT browser

20 years ago TODAY, CERN released the technology needed to run the WorldWideWeb freely available.

With this simple altruistic act, the information-based revolution began spawning entire industries that were not even conceived of even a few years previously.

By late 1993 there were 500 websites.

Today there’s somewhere in the region of 630 million.

Without this project spinning out of CERN, we would probably still prefer dogs and maybe look at things a little bit differently.

If you’re of a technical bent, you could even try and get the first web browser up and running (aside: it’s written in Objective-C which is used to write the vast majority of iOS apps).

H/T to Steven Troughton-Smith for the browser link

The first website

537 of you tried to use one of the 10 redemption codes for Broadsheet code zombie web master Karl’s new app, Santa Report, since yesterday evening


So to give the 527 people that didn’t get a chance, Karl has another 15 codes for YOU to grab.

You’re literally emptying his pockets here.

Santa Report: A Tool For Terrorising Children

On Sunday (because that’s a day you launch a website), the Residential Property Price Register was unveiled.

Long sought after, it lists every house sale since the start of 2010 with the actual amounts of money handed-over..

But what interested our code monkey Karl was the fact you can download the data and use it for your own purposes.

A few hours down the code mines later and and the snappily-titled Yet Another Searchable Property Price Register was born.

Karl sez:

What this remix of the data has over the couple that have crossed our desks already is that I’ve used some Google Maps witchcraft to figure out the locations of the houses and place them on a map for a more glorious visual of where houses are actually switching hands.

We’ve set it up so when you visit the site it tries to guess your location and show you the closest sales to you. Enjoy.


Do tell us how you get on.