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TV Alert – Download: The True Story of the Internet

By Char

Who would think that the history of the Internet could actually be interesting? Well, it is, and the Science Channel is running a series called Download: The True Story of the Internet this week. Told by John Heileman, this series of hour long shows about the real people and events that have made the Internet possible, is fascinating. Last night I saw the first two episodes – Browser Wars and Search – tonight I plan on catching Bubble and People Power.

Here are the basic episode summaries:

  • Browser Wars:  This episode is about the early days of the Internet, the rise and fall of Netscape, Microsoft’s entrance into the Browser Wars and the antics it used to acquire dominance.
  • Search focuses on the evolution of the search engines as we know them today – Google, Excite and Yahoo – and the players in their amazing growth.
  • Bubble (summary from the Science Channel): In an astonishing journalistic coup, the founders of the Amazon and Ebay, Jeff Bezos and Pierre Omidyar, tell the story of how their business grew from nothing to dominate the global economy and profoundly change the way we live our lives.
  • People Power (summary from the Science Channel): This is the story of how the internet has changed society and how a new breed of entrepreneurs are shaping our digital futures. It all started with Napster; a way of swapping music that was dreamt up by the teenaged Shawn Fanning.

If you didn’t get to watch the shows last night, it looks like the Science Channel is rerunning them all week. Set that DVR and catch up on the history of one of the most revolutionary advances of all time – the thing we call the World Wide Web.

Categories : Technology Tips



I watched the episode on the browser wars a few nights ago, very interesting. It’s hard to believe that Google was first started by to college students, and I believe they said Yahoo was to.


Another funny episode would be to chronicle the early services like Prodigy and dial up BBB services, the original forums!

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