17. Studied the history of the internet in a nutshell

Ever had those days when coding seemed like a distant prospect? Today was one of those “no-coding” days for me. Not sure if I mentioned it before, but I am currently in an intense 10-month coding bootcamp course. Today is day 29*.

Today started with a sense of laziness, a sprinkle of distractions, and a craving for an early bedtime. Why? Well, life involves juggling a full-time job and a lengthy two-hour train journey each way. The commute is a real energy-drainer, making it challenging to summon the enthusiasm for a coding session after a long day.

On top of that, there’s an assignment looming with a Sunday deadline (19/11/23). The goal? To wrap it up by Friday, leaving Saturday for a final revision before the Sunday morning submission. Balancing a job with coding aspirations is no easy feat.

During my lunch break, despite the “no-coding” mood, I managed to squeeze in some theory study. The subject of the day was the history of computers and the Internet, presented through written material online and YouTube videos. A brief escape into the world of technology during the mid-1990s brought back memories of Hotmail’s launch, the ICQ Messenger era, Peapod’s grocery revolution, and Microsoft products in slick packaging. There was even a moment for national pride as Australia claimed the invention of WLAN (or Wi-Fi!) through the brains at CSIRO.

Digging into the history of computing and the internet from the 1950s onward was like a journey through time, witnessing the baby steps that led to giant leaps. It got me reflecting on my own baby steps in coding. Though they may seem insignificant now, the hope is that with continued dedication, I’ll create my own coding history.

The historical lesson extended beyond technology—it became a source of inspiration. A reminder that in any field, whether it’s coding or life in general, the key ingredients are endeavor, learning, and consultation. These three components should always be in play.

So, there you have it—a day in the life of a coder navigating the challenges of work, an exhaustive commute, and the dream of making something remarkable. Even on those no-coding days, the journey matters.

*You can read my daily journal of my coding study at Hashnode and Dev.to


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