Marc Andreessen Once said… to the Nostalgic Nerd

Marc Lowell Andreessen was born on July 9, 1971. Marc is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. So who are Marc Andreessen? Marc, along with Eric Bina the co-authored of Mosaic, the first widely used web browser.

Little did I know, when he was first working on it and the Internet was still in the infant stages that I’d be writing about this man one day. Now why would I choose this man? I’ll tell you why, it’s quite simple. When we were in the infancy stages I was also learning, I can recall being on bbs’s, AOL online, Prodigy and then later there were independent ISP’s.

Oh I do remember these days the squelching of the modem dialing through your phone line and you hoped you’d hear those three words, ‘You’ve Got Mail’.
Looking at these old pictures for Prodigy and AOL have made me quite nostalgic.

This is what I remember. These images and those sounds. I remember Windows 3.1 and 3.1.1 and Windows 95, NT, 2000, and having Comcast, this of course was while I was living in New York City… and yes I do remember Mosaic but why? Because it’s how I really started learning about HTML. It was a combination of getting the internet outside of just being on AOL Online or Prodigy and being able to ‘create a personal web page’ and I was intrigued because it was new and I needed to figure out how to do this and that. I started with a template but as more and more sites were developed I learned more about HTML and I’m a self-taught web designer. Granted at first it was quite simple but because I’m a nerd I learned as I poked around and kept trying new software, freeware and learning how to do the things I wanted to. For me, Marc is partially responsible for aiding in me continuing to learn about computers. I have had many versions of browsers but I’ve preferred Netscape and Firefox the most, for me I love how it was developed and how I learned from it. Guess you could say I’m a diehard Mozilla girl at heart.

The difference between a vision and a hallucination is that other people can see the vision. – Marc Andreessen

Well I am pretty sure I have a vision and have had quite a few over the years and I’ve seen Marc’s vision and still am supportive of Mozilla. The biggest part of what I recall from the infancy of the Internet is every thing was new to be discovered. We were all going to learn how to communicate with one another and for many of us it started with the personal web page but I immediately decided to do a page for my home town of Rhinelander, in fact I believe it was one of the first for the town. I had a vision and I wanted to be able to place my little footprint on my home town, btw it was quite popular back in the day.

You are cruising along, and then technology changes. You have to adapt. – Marc Andreessen

We are still cruising along after 25 years with the Internet and technology keeps adapting and keeps changing. Now almost everyone has a cell phone and the landline is almost a thing of the past, there are more laptops and personal computers in people’s homes and tablets, kindles, not to mention smart devices such as Alexa. Everything talks to you too, Cortana, Siri, Alexa…and they can turn on or off your lights, turn on your ac or furnace, lock your doors and many other things. There are many who still don’t have these things or like to stay off the grid. Some days one has to do that to catch up with their own sanity. Especially these days…how many of you are tired of the coronavirus? About the election? I know I am. So writing helps me think of something other than the same old shit.

Over two billion people now use the broadband Internet, up from perhaps 50 million a decade ago, when I was at Netscape, the company I co-founded. – Marc Andreessen

Can you fathom that 50 million were on broadband 10 years ago and now over 2 billion are. And it’s only getting faster and technology is still growing. Question is where will it go next? There are so many things I’ve got to see from the beginning until now… when we were first making midi files because they were smaller, then I recall mp3 and Napster and also when Apple music, Pandora, IHeartRadio and now almost everyone has the cell phone which doubles as your mini computer, your ipod or mp3 player, your picture taker and so much more. Take a little time to think of what you think might be coming soon, maybe write your idea down. Maybe make it happen. You never know, times are a changing.