17th of May - Happy 5th birthday to Youtube. :1991:
By far my favorite website - Now seriously, what would the world be without it? It not only entertained us and helped reduce ignorance but also comforted the view that utmost stupidity knows no limits.
Next Monday, the 24th, is the blue Monday of this year, aka the most depressing day of the year.
According to a press release by a mental health charity, the formula is:
where weather=W, debt=d, time since Christmas=T, time since failing our new year’s resolutions=Q, low motivational levels=M and the feeling of a need to take action=Na. 'D' is not defined in the release, nor are units.
This date allegedly falls on the Monday of the last full week of January.
Happy Birthday Google: Making Sense of the Web for 13 Years
What were you up to 13 years ago? Maybe you were perfecting the ideal AIM screen name. Or you might have been surfing the “WestHollywood” neighborhood of GeoCities. Chances are, you had been using Yahoo! or AOL as your primary search engines. But Google’s debut on this day in 1998 would change the World Wide Web forever.
On September 4, 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin filed for incorporation as Google Inc. — they had received a $100,000 check from an investor made out to Google, Inc., and needed to incorporate that name so they could legally deposit the check.
Prior to the launch, Page and Brin met at Stanford in 1995, and soon decided to launch a search service called BackRub in January 1996. They soon reevaluated the name (and the creepy logo) in favor of Google, a play on the mathematical figure, “googol,” which represents the number 1 followed by 100 zeroes. The name embodied their mission to create an infinite amount of web resources. And that they did.
Since then, Google has become a household name to billions of people worldwide. You’ll overhear senior citizens command their grandchildren to “google” the price of foot cream. You’ll witness toddlers punching the screen of the latest Android phone. And chances are, you’ve navigated the circles of Google+.
شهداءُ الجيش كنهر الجمر الذي يروي التربة فتخضرُّ اخضراراً يَسُرُّ الناظرين
بركانُ حرّاس الضوء، حتى إذا مسّ أسيدُ الضُرّ سلامَ الوطن، ثارَ وتشلّعَ جسدُ الأرضِ ناراً ورماداً وصخراً من الجمر وجدراناً تذوبُ وأفئدةً تهوي ومساميرُ الأعداء تُقلَعُ من وجهِ الأرضِ ويُطمَرون
الطائرُ الصقرُ الذي يحمي الهواءَ المجروحَ بقلوبٍ-زنازين، كالقبور تودّ لو تشاركُ العالمَ عتمتَها والاختناق
إبنُ آوى يتلطّى، يختبئُ ويمكُر، ذئبٌ وضباع، أفعى الشرذمة، خنازيرُ الجنون، جنون الحروب الأهلية المصنوعة صنعاً في أقبيةِ الظلاميات، إبنُ آوى ومَن تشبّهوا به يُحاصرونَ ويبخّون، يرمونَ من كلّ سُمٍّ ما تئزُّ لهُ أذنُ الكونِ وتصرُّ منهُ أسنانُ الهواء، ويتسيّدون حتى إذا كانَ حارسُ الضوءِ على قوّته انهمرَ كالمطرِ دونَ إذنٍ ليُطفئ حرائقَ العالم التي تمتدُّ في هذه البلادِ من القلبِ إلى اليد، ومن اليدِ إلى الجغرافيا والأسماء وملامح الوجوه واللكنة و... أحلام النائمين على وطن
The first ever text message was sent 20 years ago today [December 3rd], an appropriately festive communique reading "Merry Christmas".
Neil Papworth sent that fateful text, then 22 years old (now 42, maths fans) he sent it from a computer to an Orbitel 901 handset.
To celebrate the text message's 20th, Ofcom has done a bit of research into its illustrious history, finding that we now send around 50 text messages a week each.
In 2011, that added up to over 150 billion texts sent over the course of the year - compared to 51 billion texts sent in 2006, that's quite a leap.
However, texting seems to be on the out - the first half of 2012 showed two consecutive quarterly declines in the volume of SMS messages sent which Ofcom puts down to the rise of instant messaging, email and social networking.
Still, it's not been a bad innings for the little text message that could - James Thickett, Ofcom's director of research explains that, "When texting was first conceived, many saw it as nothing more than a niche service."
And it certainly broke free of those shackles. Happy birthday text messaging. Or, in vernacular it will understand: hppy bday txtmsg.