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(Time)   In today's reminder that you are old, Google just turned 15   (techland.time.com) divider line 57
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2013-09-27 03:05:49 PM
178 on the pinata.
 
2013-09-27 03:23:28 PM
147, it's all about the timing.
 
2013-09-27 03:24:06 PM
I'm still waiting to get over that black bar at the top.
 
2013-09-27 03:24:30 PM
Damn. How the hell old is Yahoo?
 
2013-09-27 03:29:39 PM
0 on the pinata.  None of the other letters came to any more of my parties, and beat me up in school the next day.  :(
 
2013-09-27 03:35:09 PM

shanrick: 178 on the pinata.


God damn you....
 
2013-09-27 03:36:50 PM
Went to a party they had when they were less than 100 people. I was surrounded by annoying and smug Stanford grads. Now, they've managed to turn something like 100,000 people into annoying and smug graduates from various universities. When I retire, I want to get as far away from them as I possibly can.
 
2013-09-27 03:40:00 PM

shanrick: 178 on the pinata.


157

/Google: MMTG
 
2013-09-27 03:40:22 PM
Who?
 
2013-09-27 03:44:47 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: Damn. How the hell old is Yahoo?


Anyone remember what AOL was called before it was AOL? I used it then, and remember the name changing. But I can't remember the original name.
 
2013-09-27 03:46:02 PM
So, it takes less than 15 years to go from useful and nice to utterly terrible, hateful, and greedy.   Good to know.
 
2013-09-27 03:46:28 PM
metropolitician.blogs.com
i.cmpnet.com
 
2013-09-27 03:52:11 PM
img.fark.net
 
2013-09-27 03:52:15 PM

bionicjoe: drjekel_mrhyde: Damn. How the hell old is Yahoo?

Anyone remember what AOL was called before it was AOL? I used it then, and remember the name changing. But I can't remember the original name.


Quantum

/beta tester
 
2013-09-27 03:55:11 PM
So, what did you use for search before google?

I was an altavista guy.
 
2013-09-27 03:58:19 PM

Oztemprom: So, what did you use for search before google?

I was an altavista guy.


Same, Altavista. I remember using those "multiple search engines in one" sites for a bit. They didn't really seem to do much.
 
2013-09-27 04:08:37 PM

Oztemprom: So, what did you use for search before google?

I was an altavista guy.


Anytime you ever feel that a CEO is rich because he is smarter than you, rmember this story:

Back when Altavista was one of the kings of the Search world, two grad Students named Brin and Page had a meeting with the CEO of Altavista, wherein they tried to sell him, for $1 million  this cool new search algorithim they'd worked out.   The both wanted to get back to their real studies and so were basically just interested in selling off the idea cheap.   The Ceo offered them $100k, which they of course declined and they left his office.   Shortly after that, he completed his company's acquistion of Blue Mountain Cards, a purveyor of free, flash animated "e-greeting cards", for which he paid $800 million
 
2013-09-27 04:08:56 PM

Obbi: Oztemprom: So, what did you use for search before google?

I was an altavista guy.

Same, Altavista. I remember using those "multiple search engines in one" sites for a bit. They didn't really seem to do much.


Altavista was the be all, end all of web search engines up until Google came around. Yahoo was meh, Lycos was terrible, and Ask (Jeeves) was just dumb.
 
2013-09-27 04:09:15 PM
7 Deadly Sins BBS, Aesopian Systems
 
2013-09-27 04:16:00 PM
I don't need a reminder that I'm old. My knees tell me every morning.
 
2013-09-27 04:33:56 PM
15? I've got "Keep off the grass" signs on my lawn that are older than that.
 
2013-09-27 04:38:02 PM
Wow, almost half my life.
 
2013-09-27 04:40:21 PM

bionicjoe: drjekel_mrhyde: Damn. How the hell old is Yahoo?

Anyone remember what AOL was called before it was AOL? I used it then, and remember the name changing. But I can't remember the original name.


America Online. It's scary to think that I am close to 30.
 
2013-09-27 04:46:31 PM

bionicjoe: [metropolitician.blogs.com image 400x520]
[i.cmpnet.com image 300x225]


Dear god, now I feel old.  I remember using Prodigy.
 
2013-09-27 04:47:58 PM

Oztemprom: So, what did you use for search before google?

I was an altavista guy.


Yep.

166 pieces of candy : /
 
2013-09-27 04:48:17 PM

greentea1985: bionicjoe: drjekel_mrhyde: Damn. How the hell old is Yahoo?

Anyone remember what AOL was called before it was AOL? I used it then, and remember the name changing. But I can't remember the original name.

America Online. It's scary to think that I am close to 30.


Heh...AoHell is how I remembered it. XD
 
2013-09-27 04:53:15 PM

greentea1985: bionicjoe: drjekel_mrhyde: Damn. How the hell old is Yahoo?

Anyone remember what AOL was called before it was AOL? I used it then, and remember the name changing. But I can't remember the original name.

America Online. It's scary to think that I am close to 30.


I think he means Quantum Link (which was basically an early version of AOL for the Commodore 64).  The AOL service was originally called PCLink.
 
2013-09-27 04:53:53 PM

Oztemprom: So, what did you use for search before google?

I was an altavista guy.


Likewise. Kindof a sad reminder that altavista must be...-7 or -8 years old at this point..
/prior to that it was yahoo IIRC
 
2013-09-27 04:54:03 PM

bionicjoe: [metropolitician.blogs.com image 400x520]
[i.cmpnet.com image 300x225]


Good old Prodigy.  I remember signing in through my parents' profile to update my own profile turn off parental controls.

Then they got pissed at me for spending $5 on Wolfenstein 3d (which took many hours to download) and cancelled the service.
 
2013-09-27 05:00:44 PM

Oztemprom: So, what did you use for search before google?

I was an altavista guy.


I always liked Infoseek for search, but when Yahoo came out with my.yahoo.com with all the customization of what showed up, that was my homepage.

Now, It's Google. I would like to use Bing since it's pretty, but god damn their results suck.
 
2013-09-27 05:09:40 PM

Oztemprom: So, what did you use for search before google?

I was an altavista guy.


Veronica - God I'm old.
 
2013-09-27 05:14:07 PM

Oztemprom: So, what did you use for search before google?

I was an altavista guy.


I was all about Webcrawler, then Metacrawler, then Yahoo.

//150 :(
 
2013-09-27 05:23:50 PM
I can't remember the search engine I used to use in 1994. Was it lycos? I thought there was another one that I preferred, haven't seen the name in this thread. It wasn't yahoo or altavista, I'm pretty sure. I keep thinking the name had an 'x' in it.

Whatever search engine I used, it worked well enough for me. It doesn't really matter if it sucked - I was running a VT100 dummy term on a Freenet, the only thing I really needed a web search engine for was to maintain my Unabomber news aggregator webpage.

Besides, there wasn't really anything on the web back then anyway. Usenet was where all the fun was, amirite? I miss usenet. The endless flamewars in talk.politics.libertarian, the ten thousand pr0n newsgroups, J. Michael Straczynski posting in the Babylon 5 group - it was a simpler, magical time.

Tabbing thru links in a lynx browser at 96kbps was all we needed.

Now we have endless bandwidth, nobody even has to pirate pr0n anymore, every single asswipe on TV has a twitter feed - but is the internet actually better? Does your favourite TV producer actually chat with you personally? Can you actually get to know that goof from the "Ludwig von Mises Institute" that you're flaming - now that you can't track down his other posts on alt.sexuality.tiny.penis.pride for flame material?

Sure, there's more "entertainment" out there, but there's no community. It's all anonymous. It's all vacuous and transient.
 
2013-09-27 05:25:38 PM

Oztemprom: So, what did you use for search before google?

I was an altavista guy.


I remember relying on dogpile. It was another search engine that would search multiple search engines at once.
 
2013-09-27 05:25:50 PM
Sweet.  In three years I can have sex with it.
 
2013-09-27 05:29:55 PM

Oztemprom: So, what did you use for search before google?

I was an altavista guy.


Altavista mostly, but in the beginning I used a whole lot of different sites like Lycos, Hotbot, Infoseek, Webcrawler, etc. Back then the results varied a great deal between them. These days Bing and Google give pretty much the same results and much better results at that.
 
2013-09-27 05:48:18 PM

Rwa2play: bionicjoe: [metropolitician.blogs.com image 400x520]
[i.cmpnet.com image 300x225]

Dear god, now I feel old.  I remember using Prodigy.


Fark you young'uns. I was using Telner and Gopher.

/cries
 
2013-09-27 05:49:22 PM

Janusdog: Rwa2play: bionicjoe: [metropolitician.blogs.com image 400x520]
[i.cmpnet.com image 300x225]

Dear god, now I feel old.  I remember using Prodigy.

Fark you young'uns. I was using Telner and Gopher.

/cries


Telnet. Damn.

At least it didn't have autocorrect.
 
2013-09-27 05:58:52 PM
15 years ago:

"Google? What does that even mean? Dude, everyone uses Yahoo for a reason. It's the best."
 
2013-09-27 06:03:28 PM
I didn't realize it (at least not at the time) but I was using Google when it was just an infant, probably within a few weeks to a few months after its birth.  A friend of mine mentioned how awesome it was, I liked the simplicity, and have used it as my primary search engine ever since.  Kind of cool to think of.
 
2013-09-27 06:20:32 PM

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: I can't remember the search engine I used to use in 1994. Was it lycos? I thought there was another one that I preferred, haven't seen the name in this thread. It wasn't yahoo or altavista, I'm pretty sure. I keep thinking the name had an 'x' in it.

Whatever search engine I used, it worked well enough for me. It doesn't really matter if it sucked - I was running a VT100 dummy term on a Freenet, the only thing I really needed a web search engine for was to maintain my Unabomber news aggregator webpage.

Besides, there wasn't really anything on the web back then anyway. Usenet was where all the fun was, amirite? I miss usenet. The endless flamewars in talk.politics.libertarian, the ten thousand pr0n newsgroups, J. Michael Straczynski posting in the Babylon 5 group - it was a simpler, magical time.

Tabbing thru links in a lynx browser at 96kbps was all we needed.

Now we have endless bandwidth, nobody even has to pirate pr0n anymore, every single asswipe on TV has a twitter feed - but is the internet actually better? Does your favourite TV producer actually chat with you personally? Can you actually get to know that goof from the "Ludwig von Mises Institute" that you're flaming - now that you can't track down his other posts on alt.sexuality.tiny.penis.pride for flame material?

Sure, there's more "entertainment" out there, but there's no community. It's all anonymous. It's all vacuous and transient.


Perhaps you were thinking of Excite? That's the one I used, but tended to drift between different ones (Lycos, Search.com, etc) since they all kind of sucked. That said, I never really gave Alta Vista the shot it deserved I think. So many here seem to swear by it, but I just saw it as yet another search engine among many.

As an Urban Studies major, the second part of your comment does intrigue me though. Back in the day the internet probably resembled more of a small town by nature, but today it resembles a major metropolis: Far more anonymity, but you can find subgroups and forums which cater to your specific interest far easier.

/need to stop talking about schoolwork and get to it now
 
2013-09-27 06:21:07 PM

Creoena: Sweet.  In three years I can have sex with it.


Christ, what a whore. I wouldn't settle for less than sex with Google Earth. Maybe Streetview if I'm desperate.
 
2013-09-27 06:29:27 PM
America Online / AOL / PCLink was started by Quantum Computer Services in Vienna, VA as a PC version of their Commodore based network Quantumlink, but it was totally separate and a new thing.   I was on Quantumlink around 1986 as a young kid, and had a lot of fun on there.   One person I met on there I am still in touch with today.  The most non-fun part is all of those services charged by the minute or hour for premium features.   The internet never had a billing scheme for end users so that fortunately was never adopted for early ISPs on down.   I got on Netcom in 1991 or so, command line Unix acct mostly used for reading newsgroups and IRC to talk to friends.   Mosaic and Netscape came a few years down the road.  

Also interesting:  Andy Rubin who heads up Android used to run a well known Bay Area BBS called Spies on the Wire.   Whenever I hear his name I always think of that.  He's been around for a long time.

Cool story bro:  in the mid-90s used to go to the Stanford SGI labs to play networked multiplayer Doom with a friend who was a CS major there.  Sergi and Larry occasionally partook.
 
2013-09-27 06:47:19 PM

MrBallou: 15? I've got "Keep off the grass" signs on my lawn that are older than that.


I've been at my current place of employment that long.
 
2013-09-27 06:58:40 PM

ClavellBCMI: MrBallou: 15? I've got "Keep off the grass" signs on my lawn that are older than that.

I've been at my current place of employment that long.


Almost as long for me as well.   Weird thought in today's world.    Or how a company went from nothing to a household verb and total internet dominance in that short time.
 
2013-09-27 07:05:25 PM

ClavellBCMI: MrBallou: 15? I've got "Keep off the grass" signs on my lawn that are older than that.

I've been at my current place of employment that long.


I've been a bitter,  alcoholic drug addict for twice that.

I WIN!
 
2013-09-27 07:19:36 PM
182 on the pinata game.
 
2013-09-27 07:24:00 PM
i74.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-27 07:35:27 PM

Lipspinach: ClavellBCMI: MrBallou: 15? I've got "Keep off the grass" signs on my lawn that are older than that.

I've been at my current place of employment that long.

I've been a bitter,  alcoholic drug addict for twice that.

I WIN!


(bows down)

YOU ARE THE MASTER!
 
2013-09-27 07:55:27 PM

Electrify: Suckmaster Burstingfoam: Besides, there wasn't really anything on the web back then anyway. Usenet was where all the fun was, amirite? I miss usenet. The endless flamewars in talk.politics.libertarian, the ten thousand pr0n newsgroups, J. Michael Straczynski posting in the Babylon 5 group - it was a simpler, magical time.

Tabbing thru links in a lynx browser at 96kbps was all we needed.

Now we have endless bandwidth, nobody even has to pirate pr0n anymore, every single asswipe on TV has a twitter feed - but is the internet actually better? Does your favourite TV producer actually chat with you personally? Can you actually get to know that goof from the "Ludwig von Mises Institute" that you're flaming - now that you can't track down his other posts on alt.sexuality.tiny.penis.pride for flame material?

Sure, there's more "entertainment" out there, but there's no community. It's all anonymous. It's all vacuous and transient.

As an Urban Studies major, the second part of your comment does intrigue me though. Back in the day the internet probably resembled more of a small town by nature, but today it resembles a major metropolis: Far more anonymity, ...


What, Tönnies' Gemeinschaft/Gesellschaft? The old internet was no Gemeinschaft - people flamed like loonies moreso then than now, and the social control system was weak if nonexistent. Still, maybe you've got a thesis topic there. Unless Manuel Castells beat you to it already.
 
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