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The WWW Gets Its Drivers License Today

August 7, 2007
at 12:00 pm PST

So, according to Wired magazine, today is the day that the internet became publicly available…16 years ago. So, in the US, the Internet is now eligible for its driver’s license. SERIOUSLY, ONLY 16 YEARS!!!! Doesn’t it feel like the Internet has always been around? How did we survive pre-internet? I honestly don’t remember. So many fundamental things in our lives have changed in the past 16 years because of the Internet…and, as you know, we’re really just at the beginning of what the web can do for us.And, as our CEO John Chambers said in an essay in Forbes magazine* in April, “The last 15 years have brought us advances in communications technology far surpassing those made in the previous 5,000--making the next 15 an era that will be limited only by our imagination and our courage to execute.”And, speaking of Forbes magazine, how great is it that Forbes is the home to Technology editor Daniel Lyons, aka Fake Steve Jobs. Many of us at Cisco are admirers…and, while we may be a bit chagrined that Fake Steve no longer has his anonymity, we also honor the reporting of New York Times reporter Brad Stone who followed the scant clues (and writing style) to figure out who the “real” Fake Steve really is/was. Could he have done this without the Internet? Maybe, but it would have been a lot tougher.

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