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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 
4 weeks ago 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 cars.com, the bohemian quarters were creating baroque constructions like del.icio.us or mucking about with ridiculously domains. I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited as when I realised I could buy agoodplaceforacupofteaandathink.com. 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
txt.fyi
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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