The Best "Old Internet" Things
@TheSteve Yep, I'm an old Internet thing too! I've been around for this crazy ride since the 1990s! Of course "best" is a relative term...
- •GopherYou gotta be old to remember this technology! It was basically the predecessor to the Web in the early 1990s. Until Mosaic came along and people started building actual websites.
- •Splash pages"Click here to enter." Because making content more difficult to find somehow makes perfect sense.
- •America Online, aka The Internet with Training WheelsAlso the first real Internet advertising was when companies would pay to reserve their AOL "keyword."
- •<blink>The worst HTML tag ever invented! Who thought blinking text was a good idea??!
- •SurfingStupid name for a dumb idea and a huge waste of time. Like I'm going to follow an endless chain of links and ever find anything useful?!! Googling is far superior!
- •Dial-upInternetting on dialup was like trying to drink a lumpy shake through a straw when a ball of fudge has slowed your progress to a trickle. You just keep sucking harder even though you know it will just give you cheek cramps.
- •You used to have to pay for browser software. ReallyFor a while, Netscape was charging $30-$70 for their software. That's how IE caught on... It was free. And early versions (before IE 5) were actually pretty good.
- •Internet ExplorerIt finally died this year. Not a moment too soon! For the past 12-15 years it's been a nightmare for developers.
- •FlashBuggy, SEO-unfriendly and non-standard scripting. So glad to see this technology die!
- •The HamsterdanceGoogle it