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Theme: My History on the Web

I thought I’d start out the theme thang by firing up the wayback machine and talking about the things I’ve done on the web, starting with the earliest and most embarrassing, natch.

I’d been working on helpdesks for years, using email, etc., but I couldn’t afford my own computer at home. This left the web out of my reach until late. In about 1995 my sister and nephews moved in. One of the nephews had an old beater of a pc. Now, how to get on the web for free…oh, you know how. I think it was 100 hours of AOL. It was magical! I immediately dove in, got addicted to and tired of chat rooms, surfed around a bit, made connections. With the whole family piling on this new gizmo, the hours went fast. We didn’t bother getting another deal–we ponied up for a connection.

Within about a week I was in irc, learning the ropes. It’s there that “frykitty” was born. I decided at that time that I wanted to be as consistent as possible, and I’ve stuck by it. If you see a frykitty anywhere, it’s probably me. I’ve only run into one other–a teenager from Singapore. I wrote her, but she didn’t write back. Snif.

It didn’t take long before I was bored with chattery drivel and decided to try my hand at making my own page at Geocities. Oh, how I wish I still had the original page. It’s even more ghastly than the one that’s still there. I think the design had something to do with crop circles, and I couldn’t figure out why my pictures were always so smooshed (bad height and width properties anyone?). I had sections for atheism, crop circles (hey, I like the things–they’re pretty!), and a place called “overheard” which was for conversations I heard during my daily commute. It was an original idea at the time. I think I also had a spot for discussing what it would take to make the world a utopia–yep, that’s where “frytopia” comes from.

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1 Responses to Theme: My History on the Web

  1. Senn says:

    Great idea: everyone loves to swap “how I started on the web” stories. Mine: email (Eudora) then Mosaic on a Mac IIcx in about ’93; I took one look at the web (“Internet” back then) and said “I’m home!”. Love at first byte. Having free 24/7 access through the academic research network (I was doing my graduate work) didn’t hurt, either. I quickly graduated to Netscape 3.0, learned Esperanto by e-correspondence and never looked back. Fast-forward to 2002 and I use the web every day for work and to keep in touch with friends, I’m part of an amazing web community (there is no Cabal™) and I’m marrying a wonderful woman I met online. Damn but I loves me some cyberspace!