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Internet Memories

Internet has come a long way. Certainly a long way if we consider its early avataar. Web 2.0 is the new buzzword and web designing technologies has taken a big leap. Still, some people are of the opinion that the web designing has still a long way to go. No one can refuse to agree with this as Internet is still in its teens.

As we grow up, we always remember and laugh off our past. Its always fascinating to go back the memory lane. So hubbers, lets go back the memory lane of the Internet and get a sneak of the early websites of some of the great names these days. Lets have a reminiscence of some of the early websites.

This is where it all started


The first web page. This is a copy of the original first webpage, created by Berners-Lee. It is still published on the World Wide Web Consortium website as a historical document. The World Wide Web began as a CERN project called ENQUIRE, initiated by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 and Robert Cailliau in 1990. ENQUIRE had some of the same ideas as the Web and the Semantic Web but was different in several important ways, one of them that it was not supposed to be released to the general public. ENQUIRE was written in the PASCAL programming language and implemented on a Norsk Data machine.

Google in 1998


One of the very early look of "The Great Google". We all know that the name "Google" originated from a common misspelling of the word "googol". But wonder what "!" in Google meant...!!!

Yahoo in 1996


Snapshot of Yahoo in 1996. Yahoo's official expansion is "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle". It was earlier called "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web". The name Yahoo was selected because Jerry Yang and David Filo liked the word's general definition, which comes from Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift: "rude, unsophisticated and uncouth". Unlike Google, Yahoo still has retained "!".

Trojan Room Coffee Machine


The Trojan Room coffee pot was the inspiration for the world's first webcam. The coffee pot was located in the so-called Trojan Room within the old Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. The webcam was created to help people working in other parts of the building avoid pointless trips to the coffee room by providing, on the user's desktop computer, a live 128×128 grayscale picture of the state of the coffee pot.

The camera was installed on a local network in 1991 using a video capture card on an Acorn Archimedes computer. Employing the X Window System protocol, Quentin Stafford-Fraser client software, and Paul Jardetzky wrote the server. When web browsers gained the ability to display images in March 1993, it was clear this would be an easier way to make the picture available. The camera was connected to the Internet in November 1993 by Daniel Gordon and Martyn Johnson. It therefore became visible to any Internet user and grew into a popular landmark of the early web.

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Lycos in 1996


Lycos - One of the very first search engine. It had an interesting byline "Its amazing where Go Get It will get you". Like this one.

New York Times in 1996


I like the line at the bottom in this one. "PLEASE OPEN YOUR WINDOW TO THE WIDTH OF THIS LINE OF TEXT". They surely believe in "If you cannot adjust to the others ways, then make them adjust to your ways". "Self Regulation to Control the Internet" - Nice!!!

Amazon in 1999


Our very own Amazon in 1999. It always has maintained high quality, I guess. But notice the logo. Its not the familiar one with arrow from A to Z. That's because they changed their logo in 2000.

Microsoft in 1998

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Have to say it was quite impressive considering some of the other sites at that time.

Netscape in 1996


Now this is what I call "Information Super Highway". And see caption right at the bottom "Best viewed with Netscape Navigator." I have Mozilla Firefox. And I really had trouble taking the snapshot of complete page (not quite). Notice a line in the article "Many Happy Returns" reading "Well, now I'm happy to report just how valuable these intranets are." We do know that now Jim!!!

NASA in 1997


I came across the current site of NASA while collecting this one. And I am spellbound...
For this one though, as NASA have asked for comments, I will say I just hope they would have done better than this.

Reebok in 1996


Wow!!! Reebok has always maintained its style and class. Only colors got a little too bright for my liking...What say???

Coca Cola in 1996

This is the introduction page...


And after clicking on this page, I got here...


What the heck is this??? Coca Cola got their website made by a high school student or what!!! Leading soft drink company didn't had enough money to get their website developed from a professional. It looks like a scrapbook of some 10 year old...

Pepsi in 1996


It's not about Tech only. Though Pepsi seem to have taken a different meaning for "Shockwave". They had something called Low Road for people traveling at speeds less than "28.8 BPS"!!! Did I see that correctly???

MSN in 1996


Even if it was too early, I expected better than this from MSN.

I hope you enjoyed this journey down the memory lane of Internet Websites. This was a small reminiscence for the past days of Internet.

The comments made here are not to absurd anyone's work. The work done by the people to bring Internet to where it is now is highly appreciable and commendable.


Apostolos on June 11, 2012:

Where is ebay? :)

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