Many critical components make the Internet and the Web possible. Some
can stand alone, but they're all necessary for the composite, which is
greater than the sum of its parts.
The owner/builder of this site made three of these critical parts
And we want to explain and undertake these projects:
- The ASCII code. No global intercommunication can be effective without
a common language.
- The principle of timesharing, which was first getting many people
to use one computer simultaneously, evolving into many people using
many computers simultaneously.
- The escape sequence concept. Critical to terminals (for colors,
screen movement), but absolutely necessary for laser printers (which
won't work without them), and to HTML itself.
This takes investment. Of money. We don't have that, or the time to
argue with venture capitalists who have never heard of these before.
If the above inventions for the Internet had been made recently, we'd
have lots of money. But compare baseball and basketball salaries now
to those of 30 or 40 years ago, when our inventions were made.
- Software piece parts. There is no reason for thousands of separate
accounts payable programs.
- A major piece part for date and time functions, to replace all that
bad programming we recently patched for Y2K, doing it correctly and
- Software forensics - dedicated to finding and eliminating software
crimes against people.
I used to say that I never got a nickel for the escape sequence. A nice
receptionist at the Dallas InfoMart did give me five pennies, but I spent
(Right here there used to be a solicitation for funds, to help build this
site. I have now learned my "What have you done for me recently" lesson.
Not a penny, this time.)
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