June 19, 2006 | Suw Charman Anderson

Linux User

A few months ago, I started writing a monthly column for Linux User. The first one, Whose Net is it, anyway? is now up online. I'm not sure how long it will be there, or if there will be an archive, so get it whilst it's hot. And, for your delectation, an excerpt:

Just imagine. The sum of all human knowledge available at your fingertips via a desktop machine. In 1985, that would have seemed like a dream. In 1945 when Vannevar Bush posited such a system - the Memex - in his essay As We May Think, it would have seemed like magic. Yet here we are. With Google and a razor sharp search term, you can now access a significant portion of all human knowledge. Indeed, some would say that the World Wide Web has exceeded Bush's original vision: it's not just a repository of information, it's a communications tool that millions of people rely upon every day.

Comments (2)

  1. Matt Oakes:
    Jun 20, 2006 at 09:20 PM

    Very good article! But some links to where you got your information from wouldnt go amiss next time round.

  2. Suw Charman:
    Jun 21, 2006 at 10:35 AM

    The column is written for a magazine, so they are simply reprinting that. I may in future reprint it on my own website, and if I do then I can add in links, but when one has 850 words, incluing text links is not really a good use of one's word count.