9 Intenet Firsts

1. The first email was sent by Ray Tomlinson to himself in 1971. He said that the very first test message most likely said “QWERTYUIOP” or something along those lines.


2. The first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com on March 15, 1985. All it does now is to serve as a historic website.




3. The first website was dedicated to information about the World Wide Web and went live on August 6, 1991. It’s still here! http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.

4. The first picture ever uploaded on the web was posted by Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web) on behalf of a comedy band called Les Horrible Cernettes.



5. The first item sold on eBay (back then it was called AuctionWeb) was a broken laser pointer for $14.83 in 1995. The man who bought it told founder Pierre Omidyar that he collected broken laser pointers!

6. The first sentence uttered on Skype was spoken in Estonian on April 2003 by a member of the development team. It was ‘Tere, kas sa kuuled mind?’ or “Hello, can you hear me?” in English.



7. Mark Zuckerberg was the first person on Facebook with ID number 4 (the first three Facebook accounts were used for testing). The first non-founder to join Facebook was Arie Hasit (below), who is now in Israel studying to be a rabbi.

8. The first YouTube video posted was posted by co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo. It was uploaded on April 23, 2005 and has been watched nearly 10 million times.

9. The first tweet was written by co-founder Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006. It’s still here: https://twitter.com/jack/status/20




Samorost 2: PC Game Review

Total Score: 43/50 86% Excellent!

Categories: Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Problem-Solving

As a follow up to my review of Samorost 1, I decided to give the sequel a go! The graphics and sound are brilliant (as per all Amanita Design games) and the storyline was good.

You play the role of a “space gnome” whose dog has been abducted by aliens. You must rescue the dog by travelling to a far away planet. Once you have him, you must return, having several problems on the way!

You can play it online here, but that only lets you play the first 4 levels. To play the remaining 3, and to download the game, you need to buy it.

Price: Free OR $5.00 8.5/10

You can play the majority of the game (which is a fair amount) for free, but you have to pay a small amount for the last three chapters.

Design: 9.5/10

Amanita Design. High scores for the graphics as usual. This game also allows you to start from different levels, eliminating the need for a save button. The sounds, as usual also, are great!

User Interface: 9/10

Simple to use. Really simple.

Concept: 9/10

Great concept and execution! I can’t really give it full marks, as there have already been several games of this genre made.

Lifetime: 7/10

Once you’ve played it a few times, you can’t really play it again. But it’s really good fun while it lasts!

Total Score: 43/50 86% Excellent!


Samorost 1: Browser Game Review

Samorost 1 –  8/10 

Category: Problem Solving, Puzzle

Author and Host: Amanita Design

My Rating: 8/10

This is short game from Amanita Design, creators of world-famous Machinarium. It is a short point-and-click adventure. The goal is to help the little space gnome save his home asteroid from collision with another asteroid by solving diverse puzzles. You find yourself in a surreal world, solving leisurely puzzles that require thinking outside-the-box. Like all Amanita Games, the graphic design is revolutionary, and as always the sound FX and music are great.

Graphics: 10/10 

Great greaphic design indeed! I like the convergence of reality and artwork very much.

Concept: 10/10

How Amanita Design comes up with all these ideas I don’t know! So surreal, yet so impressive!

Features 7/10

It is all it needs to be. Other than being longer. Point-and-click games aren’t renowned for their features!

Lifetime: 4/10

Wayyyyy too little gameplay. It wasn’t designed to be a full game, but it’s just too short.

User Friendly: 9/10

Literally as simple as the controls could be. Perhaps some sort of walkthrough would be nice if you (somehow?) get stuck!




Slender: The Eight Pages: PC Game Review

Total Score: Total Score: 44/50 88% Excellent!

Categories: Horror, Action, Adventure

Slender: The Eight Pages is a psychological horror game. You begin (and remain) in a near pitch-black forest, with only a small flashlight. Your goal is simple: Pick up eight pages (in several locations) before your flashlight battery runs out. But beware! Slenderman is out there in the trees! He gets faster and faster with every page you collect, stalking you. You need to get all eight pages before he catches you. He can’t get you when you’re looking at him. But that won’t be for very long: your flashlight battery is getting low!

A truly terrifying game: The sound effects and scary music make it even better. Try playing it on your own in a pitch-black room. Prizes for anyone who can sleep that night!



Price: Free 10/10 It can’t really get much better than free!



Design: 8/10 The design is pretty simple, but as the screen is shrouded in complete darkness most of the time, it really doesn’t matter too much. The graphics are effective, but perhaps a save game button should be added. The sound is great.


User Interface: 9/10 You don’t really need to know anything before you start playing. But at least some sort of guide to the forest layout would be nice…


Concept: 9/10 This concept is quite literally out-of-this-world! The way in which it which it has been executed is fantastic!


Lifetime: 8/10 This game really is so scary – you get a thrill every time you play it. Definitely long-lasting!


Total Score: 44/50  88% Excellent!

Reddit, and Why You Should Have It

Reddit is quickly becoming more and more popular. While it is used nowhere near as much as Facebook and Twitter are, I believe that it should be used much more.
Many first-time users are put off by the initial complexities and the minimalist design of Reddit. Indeed, it is not as “pretty” as Facebook. Yes, it is confusing to use at first. But when you get used to it, Reddit becomes amazing. It is quite literally “the front page of the internet”.
Here are some of the reasons why Reddit can be better than Facebook and Twitter:
  • Pseudonymous identity: Reddit is built to work with pseudonymous usernames, creating a context for content sharing that’s quite different from Facebook, where real-name identities impede users from freely sharing the full range of their interests. On Facebook, what you post is very limited, as you are constantly worried about offending family members or friends. Pseudonyms enable Reddit to foster an alternate, content-sharing community that’s a truer reflection of its users’ actual passions and opinions. Yes, Twitter has this feature too, but Reddit takes it further. Also, you don’t need an email address to make a Reddit account, truly making it anonymous.
  • Focused Content: There are thousands of individual sections, or “subreddits”. These could be something like r/news or r/technology and are filled with specific types of content. You can subscribe to subreddits which interest you, and unsubscribe from ones which don’t. Each subreddit has a set of moderators who maintain certain subreddit rules (e.g. no screenshots).
  • Expanded conversational context: Twitter’s short-format messaging easily degrades into difficult-to-follow, scattered conversations. A shared Reddit link, by contrast, is contextualized within a single conversational thread. Conversations with many level can be created, allowing in-depth conversation. This enables Redditors to rally around a single idea far more effectively than users can on Facebook or Twitter. This is also why Reddit is so much better for online activists.
  • Karma-driven user-created content: The status of all user-submitted content on Reddit is determined by user votes (which earn their submitters “karma” points). Comments with the most positive votes (“upvotes”) are displayed at the top of the page, which tends to make the commentary for a given submission as valuable as the actual link. Submitted links reach the site’s extremely well-read front page only when enough users upvote them. Unlike Twitter, this means that posts by anyone can be seen by thousands, rather than just posts by famous people. Any marketing-related posts are quickly downvoted. Often there are “controversial” posts which have huge, but nearly equal, numbers of upvotes and downvotes. These are sorted from the genuinely bad posts.
  • Spam Protection: There are many features in place to prevent spam posts and comments. This makes Reddit much, much tidier than Facebook and Twitter. Also, an army of subreddit-specific moderators check that posts don’t break rules. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of completely un-moderated subreddits if that takes your fancy more!
  • Social: Even though Reddit is anonymous, you can still add friends, and send messages to anyone. Your profile can gain achievements and badges, and you have a “karma” rating (as discussed above) for your links and comments.
  • IamA AMA: Perhaps one of Reddit’s most famous subreddits is r/IamA. IamA AMA stands for: “I am a … Ask me Anything!”. This is where famous people (such as Bill Gates or Al Gore) or people with unusual professions (e.g. An astronaut) can interact with Redditors and answer questions.

So go ahead and join Reddit: you won’t regret it!

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 has been out for several days now. It is available to download directly from the Windows Store (on current Windows 8 devices) and then executes itself. I tried out the preview a couple of months back, and I thought that it was great, so I really wanted to get the full version.

This turned out to be a bit trickier than expected. The download took about thirteen hours. This is quite a long time for a 3GB download. Partially this was due to my slow connection speed, but the delay was also caused by the Windows Store’s strange download “techniques”: it requires you to check back every twenty minutes (or it closes) and the app itself is buggy. Occasional glitches cause the download to appear more or less complete than it actually is.

Once it was downloaded, however, it worked fine! The updated is automated and finished its work within fifteen minutes, leaving me with a shiny, new OS! Actually, there aren’t too many changes. There are a few new apps: Health and Fitness, Food and Drink, Help and Tips and a Reading List (but with no offline reading feature??). Also included is a calculator (with scientific mode) and a voice recorder. The search feature has been much revamped, and of course there are plenty of performance updates. The lock screen now allows you to take pictures without entering a password, and the “PC Settings” menu is now much more comprehensive.

Oh, and did I mention that The Start Button, in all its humble majesty, has returned?

Currently all it does is returns you to the Metro screen, but it should give a few months of ease to all the Windows 7 fanboys!

Perhaps the best features of the new update relate to customisation. There are now FOUR tile sizes on the Metro Screen: 1/2 x 1/2, 1×1, 1×2 and 2×2. The colour theme settings are much more detailed. Now (one of my favourites) you can also have your metro background the same as your desktop!

I still need to check and see if the Windows Experience Rating is there.

N.B. The Messenger App IS still there, contrary to previous reports!

To conclude, I think that (as long as your connection speed is decent) the 8.1 upgrade is very worthwhile. Get the newest Windows OS in the world now!