It was late at night yesterday as I was reviewing my co-workers deliverable for a new portal that it came to me. We are in 2017 now which means that 20 years have passed since the time I created my first web page for a client. Of course that page does not exist anymore and I wish I had kept it even as a snapshot image. However, I still remember the effort I put to make it look nice and the pride when the client told me how much she liked my work. That praise for a 17-year-old boy was more important than the payment I received and possibly defined my career. I was studying Mathematics and I loved it but I also wanted to do something more creative, something that could combine mathematical models with graphical design and more philosophical concepts.
The internet was growing in 1997 and the .com boom had started but even then few people could imagine how the Net would be the king of communication media and such an important part of our everyday lives. Some people understood the immense advantage of being able to sell and promote products and services all over the world without having to create a physical shop or office. Other – including myself – also believed that the WWW would allow scientists to communicate easier, kids in remote places could be educated, patients could find information and treatment for medical issues and, all in all, a more united, better world. After 20 years we all know that the Net did all of the above and more. Even if there are people who try to use it for political manipulation, for financial fraud or other illegal activities the Net still is one of the most important discoveries and a unique medium that allows distribution of ideas and expression of each one of us.
It came to me that after all these years Net-ing it is time to start my own old fashioned blog in order to keep things from being lost. A page where I can write what I remember from the past years, what I feel now and the places my imagination guides me. It is a page for me, to remember successes, to reflect on my failures and envision my future steps. But if you want and like to read what I write here you are more than welcome to visit.
And a song…