Thursday, December 16, 2010
Before google - there was altavista. And now altavista, originally of DEC, is finally shutting down. I remember it well - the origins of babelfish and the best search engine of its time.
Things have certainly changed in the last 15 years or so. I can still remember getting to the "end" of Yahoo - back when it was small enough to do that. It was before yahoo got this big - back when it was a directory and not a "portal" (before "portal" was part of our common nomenclature). Back when the Yahoo random link was the "stumbleupon" of its time.
Clicking through that old set of yahoo pages can be interesting - the early ads are still there - "devour the web in almost half the time" - "Rockwell k56flex is here". I remember my first 56kbs modem - it was amazing in its time :) And it was a Rockwell.