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Image description: A NOAA archaeologist photographs a wreck site in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary using specially a constructed sled mounted with a high-resolution camera.
Photo from NOAA.

Image description: A NOAA archaeologist photographs a wreck site in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary using specially a constructed sled mounted with a high-resolution camera.

Photo from NOAA.

If you bank from your smartphone, read this to make sure your information is kept safe.

Image Description: An original Google “corkboard” server. In 1998, Stanford University graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin launched Google, a web-search company, in a garage in Menlo Park, California. 

To maximize searching at the lowest cost, Page and Brin built thirty racks of servers, including this one, from cheap parts. Each server row used corkboard insulating pads — hence the name — and had eight 22-gigabyte hard drives and four personal computers. 

Because components frequently failed, the system required effective fault-tolerant software. From this modest but highly innovative beginning, Page and Brin built one of the largest and most influential information companies in the world.
Browse and search the collections of computers and business machines at the National Museum of American History.

Image Description: An original Google “corkboard” server. In 1998, Stanford University graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin launched Google, a web-search company, in a garage in Menlo Park, California.

To maximize searching at the lowest cost, Page and Brin built thirty racks of servers, including this one, from cheap parts. Each server row used corkboard insulating pads — hence the name — and had eight 22-gigabyte hard drives and four personal computers.

Because components frequently failed, the system required effective fault-tolerant software. From this modest but highly innovative beginning, Page and Brin built one of the largest and most influential information companies in the world.

Browse and search the collections of computers and business machines at the National Museum of American History.

Image description: The World Wide Web turns 25 today, and although the USA.gov website hasn’t been around that long, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at what our site used to look like.

The first picture shows USA.gov in 2014 with a look and feel that’s probably familiar to you.

The middle picture shows USA.gov in 2007.

The last picture shows the FirstGov.gov website in 2004. USA.gov used to be called FirstGov.gov before it changed it’s name and URL.

You can learn more about the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web and the impact it has had on society in this report from the Pew Research Center.

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