Before The Web, There Was CIX — And It’s Still Going

Phone and modem
All you needed to access CIX was a computer, modem, phone and credit card (Photo: Shutterstock)

David Crookes reveals how Brits swapped software and joined online chats before the web was even invented

The world seems to have forgotten that by the time Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989, computer users had already been going online for some time. They were using their modems to dial in to mostly text-based bulletin board systems (BBSes), letting them…