First computer generated graphics film from 1963


From the AT&T; Archives:

This film was a specific project to define how a particular type of satellite would move through space. Edward E. Zajac made, and narrated, the film, which is considered to be possibly the very first computer graphics film ever. Zajac programmed the calculations in FORTRAN, then used a program written by Zajac’s colleague, Frank Sinden, called ORBIT. The original computations were fed into the computer via punch cards […]

Crossdressing, Compression and Colliders: The First Photo on the Web


Great piece about the first photo on the web, not only interesting from a technical point of view:

de Gennaro had been toying around with a scanned .gif version of the July 18th photo, using version one of Photoshop on his color Macintosh. The .gif format was only five years old at the time, but its efficient compression had made it the best way to edit color images without slowing PCs to a crawl.

The photo is quite horrible but so emblematic for a lot of stuff the web is used for today. As the article states, this was basically the beginning of fun on the web. But, although really not great, I don’t think Niépce’s photo was that horrible.

The origins of the <blink> tag


Funny story from Lou Montulli, who is the credited inventor of the tag. As suspected of generations of web designers, it involved a bar and much alcohol:

It turns out that one of the engineers liked my idea so much that he left the bar sometime past midnight, returned to the office and implemented the blink tag overnight. He was still there in the morning and quite proud of it.