Windows 95 turns 10

24 August 2005 » Web design, Web development

Wow. I discovered this little tidbit via Slashdot today. It brings me back to my inital foray into the Web via the first GUI browsers.

Ten years ago I was about to start my freshman year at Trinity College, with no idea what I was going to major in. In November that first semester, I stumbled upon Netscape 1.0 with its dangerous little “Net Search” button on my roommate’s computer. I don’t think I slept for 4 days straight after that.

Obsessed with this new medium, I began to play around with HTML and created my first Web site on Trinity’s student server, “shakti” (which still seems to be around to service the redirect:

SunOS shakti 5.6 Generic_105181-35 sun4u sparc SUNW,Ultra-2

The WayBack machine has all the suitably embarassing incarnations of that experiment conveniently sorted by date: On shakti and its alias www2.

I don’t want to turn this into another “10 years ago…” thread, but anyone else have copies of first Web pages from the early days suitable for blackmail that they’d like to admit to? They’re out there for eternity for your kids and/or future significant others to discover one day anyway, so fess up. :)


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