On Page 105 of Bend, Not Break, Fu Ping stated the success of Mosaic browser as:
In total, two million users downloaded versions of the software during its first year.The Debunking:
Two million users is an astonishingly large number, considering that the Internet has not yet been popularized in 1993. Only relatively few technically savvy users could discover this tool through the then-primitive online forums. Indeed, NCSA, where the browser was born, was far more modest in its her own account:
NCSA offered Mosaic free from its website, and soon more than 5,000 copies were being downloaded each month; the center was receiving hundreds of thousands of email inquiries a week, and Internet traffic was dramatically rising.5,000 per month makes 60,000 a year. A really remarkable number at the time, but a far cry from the "two million" in Fu Ping's fantasy.
Is this a mistake similar to her part-time earnings in San Diego?