Internet History Podcast

Internet History Podcast


A History of the Internet Era from Netscape to the iPad

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  • 4. (Ch 2.1) Microsoft At The Dawn Of The Internet Era
    4. (Ch 2.1) Microsoft At The Dawn Of The Internet Era
    Duration: 58min | 26/02/2014

    Summary:Netscape has set the standard and taken the lead. But how long will it last? We take a step backwards in this episode and examine why Microsoft was so dominant at the beginning of the Internet Era. We ask the questions: Did Bill Gates really miss the Internet? And: Was the Information Superhighway and the Internet one and the same thing? And we look back on all the things that were distracting Microsoft at the dawn of the Internet Era.Bibliography: Breaking Windows: How Bill Gates Fumbled the Future of Microsoft; Bank, David, Free Press, 2007 How the Web Was Won: How Bill Gates and His Internet Idealists Transformed the Microsoft Empire; Andrews, Paul; Broadway, 2000 The New New Thing : A Silicon Valley Story; Lewis, Michael; W.W. Norton & Company, 1999 How America Got On-Line: Politics, Markets, and the Revol

  • 3. (Ch 1.3) Netscapes IPO As The Big Bang
    3. (Ch 1.3) Netscape's IPO As The Big Bang
    Duration: 32min | 20/02/2014

    Summary:Netscape launches and is a smashing success. Jim Barksdale officially comes on as CEO. Netscape fights off legal threats from the NCSA and the University of Illinois. Despite it’s young age and lack of profits, Netscape files to go public in THE historic IPO of the era. Flush with cash, flush with fame, Netscape girds for battle with a new foe: Microsoft.Bibliography: Speeding the Net: The Inside Story of Netscape and How It Challenged Microsoft; Quittner, Joshua; Michelle Slatalla; Atlantic Monthly Press, 1998,9171,984131,00.html

  • 2. (Ch 1.2) The Creation of Netscape
    2. (Ch 1.2) The Creation of Netscape
    Duration: 59min | 19/02/2014

    Summary:Marc Andreessen heads out to Silicon Valley. He hooks up with startup legend Jim Clark. They decide to form a company, Netscape, to build upon Mosaic’s previous success. They “get the band back together” by recruiting most of the original Mosaic development team. Netscape Navigator is developed. The company hustles to establish itself before other, larger competitors catch on to the opportunity that is the web browser market.Bibliography: Architects of the Web: 1,000 Days that Built the Future of Business; Reid, Robert H.; Wiley, 2nd Edition, 1999 The Silicon Boys: And Their Valley of Dreams; Kaplan, David A.; William Morrow, 1999 Netscape Time: The Making of the Billion-Dollar Start-Up That Took on Microsoft; Clark, Jim; Edwards, Own; St. Martin’s Press, 1999 Speedi

  • 1. (Ch 1.1) Mosaic - The First Web Browser
    1. (Ch 1.1) Mosaic - The "First" Web Browser
    Duration: 40min | 11/02/2014

    Summary:Ayoung Marc Andreessen and a team of programmers at the NCSA on the campus of the University of Illinois create and publish the Mosaic browser, thereby creating the world wide web’s first killer app. Mosaic enjoys meteoric, overnight discuss. But the higher ups at the NCSA take the project away from the “kids” who created it. Examining Mosaic as the “trial run” for the product that would eventually be called Netscape Navigator.Bibliography: Architects of the Web: 1,000 Days that Built the Future of Business; Reid, Robert H.; Wiley, 2nd Edition, 1999

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