First website ever goes back online on the open Web’s 20th birthday

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  1. ronjor

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    http://arstechnica.com/information-...s-back-online-on-the-open-webs-20th-birthday/
     
  2. Mman79

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    Now there's a trip down memory lane. I showed it to a neighbor and his kid. The kid complained that it was "blah" and asked where the "share" button was. I patted his head gently and sat him down for a "When I was your age" speech. :D
     
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    Sweet! Thank you for this!
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  4. The Red Moon

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    Pretty amazing.
    And clapham junction was a rather odd inspiration for mr lee.

    As the story goes..A young timothy lee lived near clapham railway junction and observed the trains on separate trainlines and this was apparently a nudge in the right direction for him.

    Not sure of the authenticity of this story but he is from london so who knows.?
     
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    Maybe we should use Lynx to access the page.
     
  6. Mman79

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    Fantastic idea, lol.
     
  7. SweX

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    Great story, time flies by :thumb:
     
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    Oh the memories. I really do miss those type of pages. They are a few still out there. Plain and simple of those were the days.

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    You're making me cry.

    I also remember my father downloading virus definitions from Iceland via FTP for F-Prot DOS (which was the Cat's Meow at the time).
     
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    I'm sure someone will come along and label us nostalgic fools, lol. But I'd ask them how much of a price do they think we've paid for our "modern web"? It's taken us an awful short period of time going from "Wow, this is new, cool, and kinda useful!" to "The Internet ever goes down in full, we're all doomed". Not that I hate the modern web, mind you. But, boy have we paid for it in security, privacy and reliance upon it.

    Anyway, yeah, I miss those days.
     
  11. The Red Moon

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    World wide web sounds far better than world wide mesh.

    This was the original name for the project.

    We have to thank bertrand russell for the name change.

    Interesting that arthur.c.clarke envisioned something startlingly similar in 1970.

    Where would the world be without all this now.
     
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    In some ways, better off. In some ways, not so much.

    Arthur C Clarke was the man. Truly, if you want to have even a vague idea of where the world might be at some point in the future, read science fiction. They have a very weird way of being close or spot on too often.
     
  13. The Red Moon

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    Absolutely.

    He was a great visionary.As are most writers of science fiction.

    I have always been a fan of lovecraft who had weird visions which are not far off with events of today.
     
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    Yes I saw a documentary about one of these case were it first was a good story and then 50 years later was reality (I don't remember what it was about now unfortunately), so I have high hopes about something Star Wars'ish :D
     
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    Question is though...
    Is it a true vision or is it just luck that some of those things happened.
    Paranoia has a lot of play here.

    I could write that there will be a car crash for example in my town.But of course it is inevitable that this will probably happen.
    I did not forsee this,its just by chance.

    Im a bit of a nihilist and believe everything will come to an end eventually.
     
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    Semi-back on topic, the Wayback Machine is so awesome, lol. The only thing I don't miss about the "Old Web" is the video mess we used to have to deal with. Realplayer, WMV, all that nonsense. Then again, perhaps it was better than the Flash monarchy we live with now. HTML5 doesn't have a chance in hell of replacing it for years.

    I don't think many people would know what to do with the "Old Web" lol.
     
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    I actually don't mind Flash considering that it's basically a web standard as in it works everywhere I can look at animations, movies, clips etc etc.. No need to download anything else. But it has become way to resource hungry to be a simple browser plugin IMO.
     
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    Oh crap. The website looks weird to me.
    Too young for this. :D
     
  21. Wild Hunter

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    We are 2, lol.
     
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    Lol, whippersnapper :D We didn't need no fancy shmancy crap. Back then there were no fancy and bloated scripts, ads, trackers, Flash (not until 97 at least, and it was nowhere near what it is today), WOW, Call of Duty, pfft. We rolled with text and MUDs boy! *hits you with cane* Hell, that was advanced compared to what we dealt with before the WWW. I fondly remember the first pr0n on the web...in the form of absolutely crap, low rez stills from various movies with half-naked/naked celebs. Back then you went hunting for low rez Cindy Crawford pics, not 1080 HD movies and clips. And it took you a good few minutes to watch the picture slooowly download and appear on your 800x600 monitor that took up half your desk.

    You missed some good times, Noob, lol.
     
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    The past always look better when you aren't really living it.

    Remember dial-up connection issues....... remember the various frustrations associated with it... remember the (lack of) speed and stability...

    If we now have "bloated" sites, it is because of the various improvements that allow their existence.
     
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    Eh, "progress" is in the eye of the beholder. Besides, I'm not suggesting we break out Mosaic again, lol. Things have improved greatly, albeit for a price, but such is the way of "progress". I very much do remember dial up, considering broadband is just a baby even now. I remember that god awful screech, the missed phone calls, the hunting for another number to connect to and my facial hair growing as images loaded and 15 second clips buffered for what felt like 15 hours. I've reached that "things were better back when" age, lol, I like nostalgia. You're going to get that age too, whether you think so or not :D
     
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    You may enjoy playing these then, I used to hate the connection failed one

    http://www.soundjay.com/dial-up-modem-sound-effect.html
     
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