That website is STILL on the net. You can see it here: The First Webpage.
While an independent contractor at CERN from June to December 1980, Tim Berners-Lee proposed a project based on the concept of hypertext, to facilitate sharing and updating information among researchers. With help from Robert Cailliau, he published a more formal proposal for the World Wide Web.
A NeXTcube was used by Berners-Lee as the world's first web server and also to write the first web browser, WorldWideWeb in 1990. By Christmas 1990, Berners-Lee had built all the tools necessary for a working Web: the first Web browser (which was a Web editor as well), the first Web server and the first Web pages which described the project itself.
On August 6, 1991, he posted a short summary of the World Wide Web project on the alt.hypertext newsgroup. This date also marked the debut of the Web as a publicly available service on the Internet.
In the photo above, do you see the sticker on the CPU? It says "This machine is a server. DO NOT POWER DOWN!!". Back then, if you unplugged the computer, you unplugged the World Wide Web! Wow!
Anyways, I wrote a simple, somewhat silly email to Tim Berners-Lee Monday just to say thanks for the web. I wrote:
Hi Tim,I was mostly fishing for a response, and didn't really expect him to write back. He wrote me back! I got an email from the inventor of the web! He says:
Thanks for the WorldWideWeb! It's cool and works great! Just wanted to be sure someone said thanks.
Rich in Honolulu
I think that is pretty cool and definitely blog-worthy! Just wanted to share my geeky excitement.
Thank you so much for writing. Many people have said thanks over the years.
You are the only one today on this anniversary.
Peace, Love and Long Live the World Wide Web,