London Internet Cafe Transports Visitors Back To The 90s
64 Bits exhibition uses vintage machines to show off the best of Web 1.0
The 1990s were a wonderful time to be alive. Computers, which for decades had been limited to interacting with users via local networks and clunky diskettes, could suddenly communicate with the entire world via the revolutionary World Wide Web. The 64 Bits exhibition, an interactive expo showcasing the formative days of the young Internet in all its mid-90s glory, recently wrapped up a three-week run from March 30-April 21 at London’s Here East development in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Featured exhibits included the world’s first website, created by Tim Berners-Lee in Switzerland in 1991, along with the world’s first search engine, Archie, the first web comic and Pizza Hut’s first e-commerce website.
The exhibition also included a coding workshop for youngsters on authentic BBC Micros, a Yoshi egg hunt, and panel discussions on the past, present, and future of the internet.
As part of its mission to preserve internet history, 64 Bits also asked techies to bring in obsolete media (floppy disks, CD ROMs and zip disks) to be migrated onto modern formats.