This morning I have been noticing a lot of websites and even for a time my email was unable to connect. Seems from what I am reading that one of the largest networks in the world shit the bed. Oops. That’s will be an interesting fuck up. It certainly does make you wonder though, with so many “smart” devices that require an internet connection. Which how many of them really relies on a active connection do do normal things what would happen if the major backbones were taken down.
One of the odd things I remember from the web in the late 90s is webrings. It would be pretty cool to spend a night clicking the through the links on one if you found an interesting one. Search engines weren’t as good back then and there were just far fewer sites. Then people made a site on something they were interested in or their art or other information. It was long before spammy ad filled SEO abusing websites.
I saw a post on hacker news today that mentioned textfiles.com so that was the end of going to bed early tonight. Into that treasure trove I went. There are just so many interesting gems there. In the 80s we didn’t have a computer and when we did get one it was a commodore 64 with no modem, we had no working phone line anyways. I read, well heard from the old books on tape about the whole BBS scene and that whole idea intrigued me.
So here it is, the myth of ground hog day. Somme yet to this day people are convinced that whether that rodent sees his shadow or not has any ability to predict weather at all. The same people bitch if a scientifically generated forecast is off by a bit. People don’t seem to realize how complicated the weather and atmospheric interactions are. As for the ground hog, shot that fucker and cook that rodent for supper!
Seeing the snow outside made me think of my brother growing up. When ever it snowed he’d be gone all day shoveling snow. Really He was always finding a way to make money. Eventually I went off on his own starting his own business, Rick’s Expert Tree Service. Of course they still do snow removal now when we have weather like this. Every time I think of how so many business owners do the bare minimum I can I think of how they are always working.
I was remembering what the internet was like in the 90s the other day. Back then pages were about things someone was interested in instead of how to game the system to get to the top of google or have the most ads and ad clicks. Fuck SEO! There were still shitty site back then but there were so many interesting ones too. Dial up though was slow and inconsistent. Whenever you were downloading something big you or someone else would pick up the phone.