Saturday, August 4, 2007

It was 10 years ago today

Almost. There are those of us who grew up with the Internet, back in the days of teletype machines in the 1970s, and saw the web emerge as we studied to do something other than become Internet millionaires.

"This world wide web thing is really cool. No one will ever use it, though. Back to editing this article."
- Idiot Todd from somewhere in 1992-93.
My early conception of a blog was something like an online magazine. You can see all of the crazy ideas from back then helpfully archived at the archive. Type a domain into the search box and see what comes up. You'll notice it doesn't always get images or all of the pages.

As you can see from my early view of this medium, which was up before the term "blog" came into use, I thought subjected-oriented sites (not personal diaries) would be more like magazines with long articles.

Of course that was wrong--it's more efficient to write short pieces quickly and easily.

But there is one thing that blogs don't handle well: organized, topical lists. Look at the Tech 101 link on the left-hand size of that early blog. Why would anyone want to be limited to random news? Sometimes people want to find things. So I tried to do both.

Of course, I got too busy and abandoned the domain name to the first taker, which is an Australian firearms dealer. I won't link to avoid furthering the sale of firearms, but it's at if you care.

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