Life On-Line, 2nd visit, a re-think

I have now been to see the Life On-line exhibition at the Media Museum twice. The first time was to have a look at what it was saying about open source. I looked round the ground floor and the 7th floor and as a result blogged about Open Sauce. I was also putting together a blog about the rest of the Life On-line exhibition where I noticed that I was saying a lot about my understanding of the development of the internet that fitted with what I thought was the brief/blurb I had read about the exhibition. Why did the blurb whet my appetite but the exhibition not seem to fit the blurb? I know I did not look at everything but had I got it so wrong. Apparently I had.

My second visit was for 2 reasons

  1. I was on a quest for a photo that I could put under the heading of Digital for the Hidden Bradford BradfordPhotoADay exercise and
  2. to see whether I was right to write my blog.

I did not take any photos at the Media Museum but on the way in I did take a photo at Forster Square station that I posted for the Bradford Photo a Day. This time I went into the station building to let them know that I would be taking a couple of quick photos and not using a tripod. I thought this best since I had been asked to move on last time I was there. A situation I blogged about.

During my 2nd visit to the Media Museum I spent some time looking at the things I did not read on my first visit. I soon realised that I could delete most, if not all of what I had been writing. So I am now doing this one instead.

How had I managed, on the first visit, to only see the things I was not interested in? There were sections on ArpaNet, TCP/IP, IP addresses, DNS servers, with a graphical game to show how a network can be resilient. Explanations of what issue each new idea was addresssing. Videos done by the people who were involved in, or responsible for, each of the developemnts.

All good stuff.

The bits I was not interested in were the glass floor of hardware and the pile of reducing size/increasing performance modems, but many seemed thrilled to see them.

What I find exciting about the whole history is the way new ideas were tried and made to work. It is more about the people, their ideas and how they got others involved and got them working rather than the hardware that they used to achieve it.

I believe that in many situations the success or failure of whatever is involved is often dependant on the people involved and their ability to communicate. If anyone wants something to be a success the mantra should be communication, communication, communication – with a shed load of persistence (in the communication efforts) thrown in for good measure.

Perhaps I now need to visit the 7th floor again to read some more about open source – but then I might have to withdraw/re-write my Open Sauce blog.

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