Friday, January 15, 2016

Jan 15th 2001 - Wikipedia goes online

Wikipedia is a collaboratively edited, multilingual free internet encyclopedia supported by the non - profit Wikipedia foundation. Its 23 million articles, over 4.1 million in English Wikipedia alone, have been writter collaboratevely by volunteers around the world.

Wikipedia was launched on January 15, 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger. The open nature of Wikipedia has led to various concerns, such as the quality of writing, the amount of vandalism and the accuracy of information.

Wikipedia has become the largest most popular general reference work on the internet, ranking sixth globally among all websites on Aexa and having an estimated 365 million readers worlwide.


Saturday, January 09, 2016

Jan 9th 1839 - Daguerreotype photography process is announced

The daguerreotype was the first commercially successful photographic process. The daguerreotype is a direct positive made in the camera on a silvered copper plate.

At the time the process was introduced, daguerreotyping a brightly sunlit subject typically required about 10 minutes of exposure in the camera, so the earliest daguerreotypes were of still lifes and landscapes.

The oldest well - documented daguerreotype featuring human subjects is Daguerre's own 1838 view of the boulevard du Temple, a busy street in Paris. The street appears deserted because traffic 9which would have been horse - drwn carriages) was moving and left no impression ; but a man having his shoes shined and the bootblack servicing him are visible because they stayed in position long enough for their images to be recorded.

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