Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Oct 2009 19:33 UTC
Humor The Blogosphere has been abuzz over the past few days, with remembrances of the halcyon days of the internet viewed through the lens of atrociously-designed GeoCities sites. If you missed the xkcd GeoCities tribute, you'll have to be content with a screenshot, as it was a limited-time engagement. (Update: a mirror) The Archive Team is working on saving as much of GeoCities as possible for future generations. The internet is ephemeral, and, like ancient civilizations, it seems we're constantly building our new cities on the ashes of our old cities, but, this being the internet, in a much faster cycle. Like anthropologists who get excited about pot shards or shriveled woven sandals found in a cliff dwelling, a lot of internet old-timers like me get pretty nostalgic about how the internet used to be, and think it's worth preserving, or at least commemorating.
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by cpiral on Wed 28th Oct 2009 07:29 UTC
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WikiMedia sites are in fifth place (under Facebook) in pops. Their main characteristics are easy editing (and discussion) of the presentation of the page and easily recalling the historical presentations (and discussions).

The irrational exuberance (I might share with the author) for historical access to old web site graphics and interfaces might come from the philosopher in us hoping we'll get an opportunity to find the meaning of some other aspect of life, buried in the patterns of any process of historical development.
Because computing offers an excellent memory and search algorithms, we should keep all content for the sole purpose of later analysis by theoreticians researching the process of development.

For example, compare "worst" web sites with "worst" aspects of other human developments in real societies. The top worst web site linked by the article was a face in the clouds. Why is that so bad? When did self deification ever offend anyone? (Hint: plenty of times.)

I read OSnews because I think computing developments in general are an an excellent source of analogy to human societal developments including artifactual excavations. I have hope in some future for the valuable analysis of all of it.

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