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The first month at

posted Sunday, 13 September 2009

Today marks the first month of The Physics Hypertextbook at its new location. Well, not really the first month. I obtained this domain on 10 September 2008, but hadn’t made any pages public before 13 August 2009. That was the day I told Google this place existed. On 1 September 2009 I let the rest of the world access this site. I consider the time before this momentous moment the "gestation period" of The [New] Physics Hypertextbook and 1 September 2009 is effectively its birthday.

The release of into the wilds of the World Wide Web has been a quiet event, but not unexpectedly so. Who even knew this domain existed besides me and a few other fanatic fans of physics? Who would even think to look at a long dead domain name like this one? Does anyone remember what was here in the summer of 2002 when this domain opened? In 2003? In 2004? In two thousand et cetera?

In the last month traffic has increased phenomenally from zero to some nonzero number that will remain confidential forever. The nice thing is that number is still small enough that I can identify individuals accessing this site. The following is a list of the hometowns of the intrepid Internauts who found while it was still an infant website.

  • New York, Port Washington, Rochester, and Corona, New York
  • Atlanta, Alpharetta, and Roswell, Georgia
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Bellevue, Washington
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Holyoke, Colorado
  • Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • London and Godalming, UK
  • Shiraz, Iran
  • Malang, Indonesia
  • Singapore
  • La Candelaria, Mexico
  • Jaipur, India
  • Auckland, New Zeeland
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Caracas, Venezuela
  • Givatayim, Israel
  • Milan, Italy

The New York users are obviously me testing the system and my students reading their first homework assignment. The London users are probably also mostly me. I was in London at the end of August for the hell of it. While there I thought I’d test the website out. I can’t really say I learned much since the hotel WiFi was spotty and unreliable in my room. (It worked great in the bathroom, but who wants to spend any more time than is necessary in that space?) Who are the rest of the users? Do you recognize yourself in this list?