Many of you may have seen this before, but since it’s always good to know your history, here’s a photo purporting to be of the first web server, a NeXT workstation belonging to Sir Tim Berners-Lee when he worked at CERN creating what would become the World Wide Web (found via @jasonhiner). If nothing else, it shows how stunningly boring the detritus of our digital history is (yes, this is a value judgment coming from the woman who really enjoyed poking around in a collection of old processors). When our civilization collapses, and they find the thousands of black boxes (and blades) that once stored our memes and social interactions, what will they make of our culture? Perhaps we should be printing out LOLCats on archival paper?
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons