Random thought on Italy
Why is Italy so poorly represented on the Web?
I was looking at an Italian page yesterday, following a link from ZeroHedge. Felt completely unfamiliar. Realized that I NEVER see anything written in Italian, and never see .IT domains. Other Euro countries are well-represented. I constantly read stuff in French and German, constantly follow links to .FR and .DE pages. I see a fair amount of .ES and .PL and .PT, but no .IT.
This sparsity is way out of tune with Italy's economic power. Fiat runs a major part of the world's economy.
Before 1980 Italy WAS a major player in electronics and computing. Olivetti competed with IBM for a long time.
Damn! I was thoroughly familiar with Olivetti's adding machines
and typewriters, but I'd never heard of the Programma 101
, the first true desktop computer, made in 1964.
Bumped into it just now while trying to find why Olivetti faded. An unbelievably elegant and advanced design,
using ATM-type magnetic cards to hold programs, and a mechanical torsional
delay line for memory. BEAUTIFUL!
I WANT ONE! I WANT ONE!
But what happened to Italy's tech leadership? Still dunno.