By Bob Bemer

Many critical components make the Internet and the Web possible. Some can stand alone, but they're all necessary for the composite, which is greater than the sum of its parts.

The owner/builder of this site made three of these critical parts possible:

  1. The ASCII code. No global intercommunication can be effective without a common language. See why.
  2. The principle of timesharing, which was first getting many people to use one computer simultaneously, evolving into many people using many computers simultaneously. See why.
  3. The escape sequence concept. Critical to terminals (for colors, screen movement), but absolutely necessary for laser printers (which won't work without them), and to HTML itself. See why.
And we want to explain and undertake these projects:

  1. Software piece parts. There is no reason for thousands of separate accounts payable programs.
  2. A major piece part for date and time functions, to replace all that bad programming we recently patched for Y2K, doing it correctly and cheaply.
  3. Software forensics - dedicated to finding and eliminating software crimes against people.
This takes investment. Of money. We don't have that, or the time to argue with venture capitalists who have never heard of these before. If the above inventions for the Internet had been made recently, we'd have lots of money. But compare baseball and basketball salaries now to those of 30 or 40 years ago, when our inventions were made.

I used to say that I never got a nickel for the escape sequence. A nice receptionist at the Dallas InfoMart did give me five pennies, but I spent them.

(Right here there used to be a solicitation for funds, to help build this site. I have now learned my "What have you done for me recently" lesson. Not a penny, this time.)

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