In the episode “Calamity Jen” we see Moss watching an advert announcing the new emergency service number… The advert goes like this: “From today, dialling 999 won’t get you the emergency services. And that’s not the only thing that’s changing. Nicer ambulances, faster response times and better-looking drivers mean they’re not just ‘the’ emergency services – they’re ‘your’ emergency services. So, remember the new number: 0118 999 881 999 119 725…3″
Did you know that in most EU countries you can dial either 999, 911 or 110 and they will all work? that’s so international visotors can use the number they are used to in an emergency!
The context of the joke is that a few years before, in 2003, the UK changed another of its famous direct dial numbers. Until 2003 you could call directory enquiries (to find out the phone number of someone if you knew their name and address) by dialling 192. That system was privatized and you had to dial 118 NNN where the NNN was the number assigned to a commercial service provider, the most famous of which became 118 118.
V for Vendetta starred Hugo Weaving as V, a Guy Fawkes mask-wearing anarchist intent on destroying British Parliament in a totalitarian England of the future.
Our attitude toward Margaret Thatcher’s ultra-conservative government was one of the driving forces behind the fascist British police state we created in Vendetta
It’s quite simple when you think about it: governments are made of a handful of people, compared to the size of their country. The people are greater in numbers and arguably in intelligence – at least, individually. Governments are there to make a country a better place to live in, to invite friendly guests, to be home. And yet, governments often act against the cries of the population to attend their own individual needs and leave the people roaring displeased, making little to no effort to amend the situation. It’s usually when the people rise that change happens.
And since the Web is such an integral part of today’s computer experience, we couldn’t help but include another first: The first web server was a NeXT workstation that Tim Berners-Lee used when he invented the World Wide Web at CERN. The first web page was put online on August 6, 1991.
The web server that powered the first web pages on the WWW. Note the sticker with the warning to not turn it off.
It’s amazing how much has happened in the PC industry in just a few decades. Just imagine what things will be like 30-40 years from now…