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The internet is not your friend: MySpace and the loss of memories
But the loss was also deeply felt by nostalgia-happy millennials who came of age on MySpace, of which there are many: at its peak in 2006, MySpace had about 100 million users, many of whom were adolescents at the time. For those who were in their teens during those heady post-Friendster, pre-Facebook years, MySpace was nothing less than an introductory course in the fledgling field of How to Be Extremely Online — for better or, more likely than not, for worse.
myspace  internet  web  history  memory 
2 days ago by terry
But had I not written all those posts, good and bad, I wouldn’t be who I am today, which, hopefully, is a somewhat wiser person vectoring towards a better version of himself. What the site has become in its best moments — a slightly highfalutin description from the about page: “[] covers the essential people, inventions, performances, and ideas that increase the collective adjacent possible of humanity” — has given me a chance to “try on” hundreds of thousands of ideas, put myself into the shoes of all kinds of different thinkers & creators, meet some wonderful people (some of whom I’m lucky enough to call my friends), and engage with some of the best readers on the web (that’s you!), who regularly challenge me on and improve my understanding of countless topics and viewpoints.
blog  kottke  web 
5 days ago by terry
The World Wide Web turns 30: our favorite memories from A to Z
Over the past 30 years, major portions of the web have come and gone. They’ve made us laugh and cringe, let us waste time and find friends, and reshaped the world in the process.

For its anniversary, we’re looking back at some of our favorite websites, from A to Z, as well as some key people and technologies. Of course, there was far too much good stuff to include, so we had to note some additional favorites along the way.
history  internet  web 
8 days ago by terry
Counter-histories of the Internet
Two recent books address similar speculative scenarios in the course of offering alternative histories of the internet: David Clark’s Designing an Internet and Joy Lisi Rankin’s A People’s History of Computing in the United States. Clark’s book introduces its readers to scientists who designed our networks, many of whom still dream of redesigning them. Rankin writes about groups of students and researchers who used early computers with uncommon egalitarianism. Both authors wonder why versions of the internet that they personally favor have not prevailed. They also hope that recalling such forgotten projects could inspire their readers to fight for a better digital future.


Rankin explicitly describes herself as “highlight[ing] the centrality of education—at all levels—as a site of creativity, collaboration, and innovation.” More obliquely, but no less forcefully, Clark tries to free his readers from a myopic view of web architecture as a given landscape within which we pursue our goals and interests without considering how that landscape came to be. He shows that knowing more about how the web was built, or could have been built, allows us to think more freely about how we distribute our capacities and resources within it.
internet  web  historyoftechnology  books  bookreviews 
22 days ago by terry
CERN 2019 WorldWideWeb rebuild
In December 1990, an application called WorldWideWeb was developed on a NeXT machine at The European Organization for Nuclear Research (known as CERN) just outside of Geneva. This program – WorldWideWeb — is the antecedent of most of what we consider or know of as "the web" today.

In February 2019, in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the development of WorldWideWeb, a group of developers and designers convened at CERN to rebuild the original browser within a contemporary browser, allowing users around the world to experience the rather humble origins of this transformative technology.
cern  history  internet  web  historyoftechnology 
25 days ago by terry
Joe Clark
I’m a journalist, author, and editor – more concisely, a writer – in Toronto. I have a huge portfolio of published newspaper and magazine articles. I literally wrote the book on Web accessibility for people with disabilities, plus a second book on Canadian English. (Book № 3 is underway.) I go back more than 30 years in typography ﹠ graphic design.
web  accessibility  typography  design 
10 weeks ago by terry
Forget dot com, 2019 will finally be the year of weird domain names
“Fifteen or 16 years ago, dot-info and dot-biz were the only ones available and they sold millions,” says Kevin Murphy, the journalist behind Domain Incite, which reports on the ups and downs of domain name registration. “When you have 600 come out in the space of a few years, there isn’t that kind of scarcity.” That’s something domain name consultant Jean Guillon agrees with. “The market is crowded with new extensions and users don't know which one to choose from,” he says.

But the latest registration figures released by Verisign, an internet network company that oversees some domain name endings, seem to indicate that after a rocky few years, new gTLDs may finally be finding their niche in the marketplace. 2019 could be the year of the obscure domain name.


Not everyone is so sure, however. While Google and parent company Alphabet have recently made two big indications of support for new gTLDs by hosting their overarching website for Alphabet on the domain name and rolling out the ability for users to create new Google Drive files by typing into their web browser, these may be of limited use.
internet  technology  web  google 
december 2018 by terry
Web Foundation launches internet hippie manifesto: 'We've lost control of our data, it is being used against us'
It identifies the same problems that everyone and their dog has been writing about for years: there is a digital divide; internet access can be expensive; an entire industry has grown up selling your personal data; governments abuse the internet sometimes; people use the internet to do unpleasant things like bully and harass people; net neutrality's a thing.

It has some charts and stats. But basically it reads like a High School final project on the problems of the internet. Competent but not consequential. [...]

But simply saying companies shouldn't make money from personal data and governments shouldn't turn off the internet is not going to achieve a single thing. There needs to be clear plan of attack, recognition of pain points for companies, a broad and well-organized campaign to engage and rally people.
internet  web  timbernerslee 
november 2018 by terry
Berners-Lee takes flak for 'hippie manifesto' that only Google and Facebook could love
Open-source advocate Rafael Laguna, co-founder of Open-Xchange, is suspicious that Google and Facebook – the companies most under fire for privacy and other human rights abuses – were first to voice their support for the Greatest Living Briton's declaration. "They are the two outstanding creators of the problems proclaimed in Tim's paper," Laguna notes. [...]

Laguna told us: "As we have seen before with 'Privacy Shield', I suspect this move will be used as 'proof' of their reputability – but I fail to see how Google and Facebook will genuinely adhere to the requirements laid out in the initiative. The only result I can see is that it gets watered down, that it remains a lip service and, worst case, the whole thing loses credibility."
internet  web  facebook  google  timbernerslee 
november 2018 by terry
Tim Berners-Lee launches campaign to save the web from abuse
One of the early signatories to the contract, Facebook, has been fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office for its part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal; has faced threats from the EU for taking too long to remove extremist content; and has been sued for allowing advertisers to target housing ads only at white people. The firm, which has appointed the former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, to lead its PR operation, did not respond to a request for comment.

Another early signatory, Google, is reportedly developing a censored version of its search engine for the Chinese market. “If you sign up to the principles, you can’t do censorship,” said Berners-Lee. “Will this be enough to make search engines push back? Will it be persuasive enough for the Chinese government to be more open? I can’t predict whether that will happen,” he said. Google did not respond to a request for comment.
web  internet  politics  timbernerslee  webdesign  fakenews 
november 2018 by terry
“I was devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the World Wide Web, has some regrets
“We demonstrated that the Web had failed instead of served humanity, as it was supposed to have done, and failed in many places,” he told me. The increasing centralization of the Web, he says, has “ended up producing—with no deliberate action of the people who designed the platform—a large-scale emergent phenomenon which is anti-human.”

“Tim and Vint made the system so that there could be many players that didn’t have an advantage over each other.” Berners-Lee, too, remembers the quixotism of the era. “The spirit there was very decentralized. The individual was incredibly empowered. It was all based on there being no central authority that you had to go to to ask permission,” he said. “That feeling of individual control, that empowerment, is something we’ve lost.”

The power of the Web wasn’t taken or stolen. We, collectively, by the billions, gave it away with every signed user agreement and intimate moment shared with technology. Facebook, Google, and Amazon now monopolize almost everything that happens online, from what we buy to the news we read to who we like. Along with a handful of powerful government agencies, they are able to monitor, manipulate, and spy in once unimaginable ways.
internet  web  webdesign  politics  timbernerslee 
november 2018 by terry
100 websites that shaped the internet as we know it
Next year will be the 30th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee’s first proposal to CERN outlining what he originally called the “WorldWideWeb” (one word). Since then, Berners-Lee has had a few regrets about what’s become a bit of a Frankenstein’s monster, and who knows what the future holds. Below you’ll find our somewhat arbitrary idea of the virtual destinations that mattered most, ranked and curated by the Gizmodo staff and illustrated with screenshots that exemplify their history, as we’ve played, shared, fought, and meme’d our way into the current millennium.
computing  history  internet  web  timbernerslee 
october 2018 by terry
Do decentralised web programs use as much energy as cloud-based services?
The distributed web is being promoted by people I admire, including web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the Internet Archive’s Brewster Kahle and Mozilla’s Mitchell Baker. It also has a valid reason to exist: people really should own and control their own data, not just labour as unpaid serfs for surveillance capitalism. However, most people follow the line of least resistance, so the web is not going to change overnight.

Services like Graphite are worth considering if you need both encryption and the ability to share secure files online, though there are other ways to do this, such as Boxcryptor and Whisply. DWeb apps will need to become easier to use and mobile before they can reach a mass market.

But I can’t see any savings in energy consumption compared with just using a cloud service.
computing  internet  cloud  blockchain  web  timbernerslee 
october 2018 by terry
Miscellaneous details ‹ Reader
about art and design, data and education, technology and the web, and so on
blog  me  internet  web 
october 2018 by terry
Welcome to Leeds: Websites aid new arrivals to city
The ‘Leeds Transition Guide’ and ‘New to Leeds’ sites tell users about the variety of services that are available in the city, as well as provide advice on health and housing matters. Leeds City Council (LCC) has commissioned local charities Touchstone and Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network to develop the websites.
leeds  web  immigration 
october 2018 by terry
Yahoo Japan is shutting down its website hosting service GeoCities
The company said in a statement that it was hard to encapsulate in one word the reason for the shut down, but that profitability and technological issues were primary factors. It added that it was full of “regret” for the fate of the immense amount of information that would be lost as a result of the service’s closure. [...]

The fact that GeoCities survived in Japan for so long speaks to the country’s idiosyncratic nature online. Despite the fact that Yahoo—which purchased GeoCities in 1999 for almost $4 billion at the peak of the boom—has fallen into irrelevance in much of the world, the company continues to be the dominant news portal in Japan. It still commands a sizeable market share in search, though it has steadily ceded its position to Google over the years.
internet  computing  web  history  japan 
october 2018 by terry
How the Blog broke the Web
The old web, the cool web, the weird web, the hand-organized web… died.

And the damn reverse chronology bias — once called into creation, it hungers eternally — sought its next victim. Myspace. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Pinterest, of all things. Today these social publishing tools are beginning to buck reverse chronological sort; they’re introducing algorithm sort, to surface content not by time posted but by popularity, or expected interactions, based on individual and group history. There is even less control than ever before.
culture  history  internet  web  webdesign 
july 2018 by terry
Let's make the grimy architecture of the web visible again
And, for a while, domain names and URLs became part of the fun of the web. While the more commercial parts of town got excited about the money changing hands for, the bohemian quarters were creating baroque constructions like or mucking about with ridiculously domains. I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited as when I realised I could buy Surely, I thought, this must already have been snapped up. And then the URL shorteners arrived.
web  webdesign  technology 
march 2018 by terry
The first web apps: 5 apps that shaped the internet as we know it
Something clicked one hot July afternoon, waking Graham up after another 4AM coding session. "Hey, maybe we could make this run on the server and have the user control it by clicking on links on a web page," thought Graham. The software could run on the server, with a web page as the interface customers would use. "I sat up in bed, like the letter L, thinking, 'We have got to try this.'"
history  web  internet 
september 2017 by terry
This is the dumbest publishing platform on the web. Write something, hit publish, and it's live. [...] Long live the independent web!
web  technology  internet 
march 2017 by terry
If I ruled the web, what one thing would I change
Broadly, technology is making the people-to-data interface more helpful, and so too the people-to-object interface. The same cannot be said of the people-to-people interface, however.
internet  web  technology 
july 2016 by terry
Could the Web be a temporary glitch?
In this paper we begin with the assertion that Web Science is the study of the technologies and policies that support the co-construction of a linked online environment by a networked society, and we end by questioning whether the Web that we currently enjoy is a permanent and fundamental phenomenon, or merely a fashionable popular enthusiasm for a particular kind of information sharing.
internet  web  science 
june 2016 by terry
World's most delayed software released after 54 years of development
Having missed the chance to be the web, Nelson now sees Xanadu as a potential replacement for formats that spend too much time trying to be like paper, and not enough time trying to be something new for the digital age. "We screwed up in the 1980s, and missed our chance to be world wide hypertext (the web got that niche). However, we can still compete with PDF, which simulates paper, by showing text connections."
web  internet  hypertext 
june 2016 by terry
GeoCities Forever
Geocities Forever generates geocities-style pages using a neural network.
web  design  internet  history 
may 2016 by terry
The hottest trend in Web design is making intentionally ugly, difficult sites
Look at Hacker News. Pinboard. The Drudge Report. Adult Swim. Bloomberg Businessweek features. All of these sites — some years old, some built recently — and hundreds more like them, eschew the templated, user-friendly interfaces that have long been the industry’s best practice. Instead they’re built on imperfect, hand-coded HTML and take their design cues from ’90s graphics.
web  design  internet 
may 2016 by terry
Geocities Forever has taught the machines to speak in '90s web design
Geocities Forever, an experiment by web developer Aanand Prasad, is delightfully inhuman. It's as if a long-obsolete Java Applet suddenly gained self-awareness and began trying to communicate through the only language it had seen humankind deploy: rotted pages of nesting tables, scrolling marquees, blurry clip art, eye-searing background colors, and other material culled from the OoCities project, which frantically archived some 2 million Geocities pages just ahead of its shutdown.
web  design  internet  history 
may 2016 by terry
Improving GOV.UK’s navigation
It was also an acknowledgment that we didn't know how user behaviours and expectations of government websites would change once everything moved to a single domain. We decided it was better to make the thing, observe users and then iterate. It was the right decision then, but now’s the time to change it.
web  design  usesrinterface  via:robertbrook 
april 2016 by terry
The website obesity crisis
"The puzzling phenomenon of articles about web bloat, which keep getting bigger. Misguided efforts to create a faster web format. William Howard Taft and his importance in web design. The pernicious effect of the iPad on web design. The ad bubble, and why it's going to blow. The high cost of cloudy thinking, and how it nearly let me buy [REDACTED]."
privacy  web  performance  via:nicolas 
january 2016 by terry
Did I ever mention that I fucking hate the fucking web
"Sometimes I wish that I was like an air-cooled Porsche mechanic or something very stable and non-computer related, so I could just work away in my shop and not have to ever touch this fucking demon box."
internet  web  design  userinterface 
may 2015 by terry
Cloning the UI of iOS 7 with HTML, CSS and JavaScript
This article only takes into account the iPhone, the iPad’s behavior being another story. In this document, I make an extensive use of two amazing and must-read articles: the iOS 7 Cheat Sheet by Ivo Mynttinen and “How I built the Hacker News mobile web app” by Lim Chee Aun.
ios  design  web  html  userinterface 
july 2014 by terry
Optimizing mobile web apps for iOS
"In this post I want to share with you some of the techniques I’ve learned about how to optimize mobile web apps for iOS. You’re going to learn how to set the launcher icon, startup image, status bar styling, and more."
design  ios  mobile  web  userinterface 
july 2014 by terry
How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet
For instance, ‘interactivity’ is one of those neologisms that Mr Humphrys likes to dangle between a pair of verbal tweezers, but the reason we suddenly need such a word is that during this century we have for the first time been dominated by non-interactive forms of entertainment: cinema, radio, recorded music and television. Before they came along all entertainment was interactive: theatre, music, sport – the performers and audience were there together, and even a respectfully silent audience exerted a powerful shaping presence on the unfolding of whatever drama they were there for. We didn’t need a special word for interactivity in the same way that we don’t (yet) need a special word for people with only one head.
culture  internet  technology  web  douglasadams 
march 2014 by terry
The Web is 25: Let's look at some baby photos of your favourite websites
"in honour of the web's 25th birthday we thought we'd break out the baby photos of some of the most visited websites in the world. We didn't always live in the age of smooth graphic design - and it's worth remembering that the web itself used to be as clunky and awkward as something you might write up yourself in Word."
web  internet  history  design 
march 2014 by terry
Daddy, How Were Websites Made? — Technology & Hair — Medium
In the early days of the commercial Web (c. 1995-2000), the fundamentals of getting online for most businesses involved a number of fairly common steps.
web  history 
january 2013 by terry

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