Why there’s so little left of the early internet

It took nearly five years into the internet’s life before anyone made a concerted effort to archive it. Much of our earliest online activity has disappeared.

In 2005, student Alex Tew had a million-dollar brainwave.

The 20-year-old was playing around with ideas to pay for a looming three-year business degree; Tew was already worrying that the overdraft he had would mushroom. So he scribbled on a pad: “How to become a millionaire.”

Twenty minutes later he had what he thought was the answer.

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