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Page Not Found: A brief history of the 404 ErrorWIRED
That the 404 should have crossover appeal seems fitting. It is near-universal and inherently emotional: pure disappointment, the announcement of an unanticipated problem. It’s also a reminder that technology, and the web in particular, is made by humans, and therefore fallible. The internet, after all, is hardly a well-oiled machine; it’s more like a version of The Garden of Earthly Delights built by unidirectional hypertext and populated by broken links, corrupted image files, and incomplete information.

How the 404 error created the World Wide WebPopular Mechanics
In a way, the 404 did for hypertext what the zero did for math: It was obvious, but formalizing it and creating a notation revolutionized the rest of the system.

The story behind the error 404 messageLessons from History
Between 1981 and 1992, scientists at CERN, Switzerland, worked on the development of the World Wide Web and its components. They worked together in an office located on the fourth floor of the building — to create a database foundation that distributed/delivered data in different forms. On the same fourth floor held the World Wide Web’s central database in a room numbered “404.”

A brief history of 404404 Research Lab
“Having visited CERN myself, I can tell you that Room 404 is not on the fourth floor – the CERN office numbering system doesn’t work like that – the first digit usually refers to the building number (ie. building 4), and the second two to the office number. But, strangely, there is no room “04” in building “4”, the offices start at “410” and work upwards – don’t ask me why. Sorry to disappoint you all, but there is no Room 404 in CERN – it simply doesn’t exist, and certainly hasn’t been preserved as “the place where the web began”. In fact, there is a display about this, including a model of the first NeXT server, but the whole “Room 404″ thing is just a myth.”

The history behind the 404 error missing linkHistory of Yesterday
Flight PK404 disappeared shortly after takeoff on 25 August 1989. The plane, a Fokker F27 Friendship, took off from Gilgit, Pakistan, to the national capital, Islamabad, at 07:35. Minutes later, there was a routine radio call at 07:40; this was the last communication before the plane went off-radar. Experts believe the aircraft crashed in the Himalayas, but to this day, they couldn’t locate the wreckage; thus, 404 can’t be found.