Misc Stuff

Ashleigh Banfield, one of my favorite people on MSNBC: This TV show that we just gave you was extraordinarily entertaining, and I really hope that the legacy that it leaves behind is not one that shows war as glorious, because there’s nothing more dangerous than a democracy that thinks this is a glorious thing to do.

Mosaic is ten years old, having been born in 1993. I feel really, really old. I’m one of the only people I know that been on the Internet since 1994. Sure, I didn’t have a browser, so got everything through FTP and Gopher, on the command line, using [shudder] VMS. I didn’t have a mail client, either. If I wanted to send an email, I typed “SMTP user@host.com” and then the message. If I made a typo in the message, I had to start all over. Oh, that was horrible. I connected at 2400bps on my Mac Classic. I was later upgraded to SunOS and we got access to Lynx, a text-based browser. That was in 1995. Then, in 1996, I subscribed to MindSpring (now Earthlink), and experienced the joy of a graphical web. Now, of course, I have a fulltime connection through the cable modem and my main tools for accessing content are Safari, NetNewsWire, and Frequency. How times change.

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