Web Turns 20

LAST WEEK, the World Wide Web turned 20 years old, in a manner of speaking.

The Web was conceptualized by Sir Tim Berners-Lee on March 13, 1989 in a research paper – as a network of disparate computer networks to exchange and search information using a shared communications framework. He later built the first Internet browser and demonstrated his idea successfully on Christmas day 1990.

, Sir Tim founded the World Wide Web consortium in 1994 to evolve new standards that helped the formation of Internet companies.

Look how far we have come since then! Through the next decade, like a fast-growing child, the Net had acquired free email, online storage, content networks, communities, blogs, message boards, discussion groups – and e-commerce and e-governance. And, on the negative side, spam, viruses, cyber crimes and invasion of privacy! Ironically Sir Tim said last , week he had once become a victim of an online fraud himself.

I now book my movie tickets, and even choose my seat, sitting at home, using sites like book myshow.com. US newspapers are hit because classified ads largely migrated to the Net, and also because hordes of younger readers like to get their news on their computers.

Social networking sites are eating into television viewership.

Now, think of the Internet “dotcom” bubble that happened in 2000 and 2001, which contrasted the boom that kind of started with the arrival of Netscape on Wall Street. The browser that started the mar ket boom (Netscape Navigator) has disappeared from our desk tops, showing how fickle things can be in the ever-changing Internet landscape.

And we have only just begun.

When a young man or woman turns 20, it may be the end of teenage years, but there is a vast life ahead. The financial bubble bludgeoned many young Internet companies because the long-term value of the medium was interpreted by the market as natural determinants of short-term revenues of indi vidual firms. Many real win ners started later.

Fingers were burnt, but a new world was made. That world is alive and growing.

Trick To Increase Browsing Speed for IE and Firefox

You really don't need to tweak your browser in case you are using Firefox because it is a browser which has been specially designed for optimized and fast browsing but if you can make it even a little more fast that would certainly be a treat for you. Likewise there is a trick to make Internet Explorer 6 fast too. Browsers are designed to work with fast connections but with this trick even dial-up users can experience fast and smooth browsing.

Optimize Firefox and IE Browsing Speed

I shall be teaching you two tricks which work separately on Firefox and Internet Explorer. It doesn't require you to be some expert rather all you have to do is change some registry values and you are done. I have also included a video tutorial for those who want to see it step by step visually. This is perhaps one of the oldest tricks to optimize Firefox and IE but it still works great.

Trick to Increase Firefox Speed

1. Open Firefox and in the address bar write about:config and press enter
2. Double click network.http.pipelining and set it to True
3. Double click network.http.pipelining.maxrequests and set value to 10 from 4
4. Right click and create a new string nglayout.initialpaint.delay and set its value to 0

You are done. Enjoy lightning fast Firefox browsing and now for IE.

Trick to Increase Internet Explorer Speed

1. Go to Start –> Run and type regedit
2. Select HKEY_CURRENT_USER –> Software –> Microsoft –> Windows –> Current Version –> Internet Settings
3. Increase the values (DECIMAL) from default to a higher value e.g. 10

See the difference in speed of

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