I’m just mad about 14

It isn’t exactly saffron, but it’ll do in a pinch.

Which is by way of saying that today marks the fourteenth anniversary of this here site, which began in 1996, during the days of Internet Explorer 2, and which for some reason won’t go away. (Come to think of it, neither will IE.)

Things have grown a bit from the original seven pages; there are now upwards of fifteen thousand. At the time, I was allowed 1.0 MB of space; I now clutter up about 1.3 GB. I had about 1800 visitors in my first year; today, that’s an exceptionally-slow week.

But this startled me when I looked it up:

By Christmas 1990, [Tim] Berners-Lee had built all the tools necessary for a working Web: the first web browser (which was a web editor as well), the first web server, and the first web pages which described the project itself. On August 6, 1991, he posted a short summary of the World Wide Web project on the alt.hypertext newsgroup. This date also marked the debut of the Web as a publicly available service on the Internet.

Which means that I’ve been on the Web for 75 percent of its entire existence — not to mention 25 percent of my own.

Geez. Maybe I should put a sock in it already.



  1. fillyjonk »

    9 April 2010 · 7:44 am

    Congratulations on 14 years.

  2. McGehee »

    9 April 2010 · 7:59 am

    Jeez, I remember IE2 with that Window logo, but I kept using Netscape until it got too bloated. I also remember Microsoft Internet Mail and News, before it became Outlook Express — I think it, rather than IE, is what finally started me moving away from Netscape.

  3. McGehee »

    9 April 2010 · 8:02 am

    …and I wish I could remember when I created the first of my web pages on ourworld.compuserve.com — but I rather doubt it was April, because I would’ve had to have gotten my Win95 machine first and I’m pretty sure that was summer.

  4. John Salmon »

    9 April 2010 · 8:55 am

    God help me, I have no clue what i was doing in April 1996, except that I remember around that time hearing Limbaugh talk about “going on line” with some obscure service called “Compuserve”-I was thoroughly perplexed.

  5. ms7168 »

    9 April 2010 · 10:26 am

    In 1996 I was still using DOS and then maybe 1997 or 1998 I let someone put a stipped copy of Windows 3.1 on so that I could use JUNO for email :)

    I watched others using Windows 95 and then 98 with varying degrees of frustration. I decided to wait until they got it worked out a little better.

    Finally in 2000 I went on with 98SE and dial-up until early 2001 when I went to Cox where I still am now :)

  6. sya »

    9 April 2010 · 10:49 am

    Happy blogiversary!

    Back in 1996, I didn’t have internet access yet. My parents thought it was too expensive.

  7. McGehee »

    9 April 2010 · 6:35 pm

    John, Limbaugh was using Compuserve long before 1994, even. I know because I heard him talking about it long before I moved to Alaska. It would’ve been about the same time I used a friend’s computer (because I didn’t have one yet, not until 1993) and logged onto Prodigy by mistake.

  8. Jeffro »

    9 April 2010 · 8:30 pm

    Geez. Maybe I should put a sock in it already.

    Uhmm, don’t do that.


  9. Charles Pergiel »

    9 April 2010 · 9:29 pm

    Fourteen? Frontine? Vortine? I never heard it as 14, but two out of 3 lyrics sites have it that way. Never mind, the next verse is totally incomprehensible.

  10. Lisa Paul »

    9 April 2010 · 9:38 pm

    I’m not taking away from your true Dan’l Boone Pioneer Cred — of which you have much in my book. But the web as we have come to know it was around long before then. In my college days, which is longer ago than I care to admit — but let’s just say that Flock of Seagulls was topping the charts — a prototype of the commercialized web was being migrated from the old ARPA NET to the Ivy League and select colleges of the Eastern Seaboard. Largely under the guiding hand of the visionary President of Dartmouth College, John Kemeny, co-inventor of BASIC. Our colleges were hooked up and we were encouraged to use the new-fangled invention as often and as much as we wanted. Which we did. Mostly to hook up. Imagine my surprise when the medium we used for making dates between Harvard, Dartmouth and Mount Holyoke burst onto the scene as THE INTERNET. We thought it was ours!

    But I guess if you are counting from when it all got graphical. Yeah, say it started in 1990.

    But again, congratulations on forging the Oregon Trail of the Edge of the Millenium.

  11. CGHill »

    9 April 2010 · 10:25 pm

    And for that matter, I was plugged in for more than a decade (CompuServe, FidoNet, Usenet, and the legendary QuantumLink) before ever playing with this newfangled Web stuff. Which is why I made that absurd comparison specifically in terms of the Web; the Net as a whole, as a sort-of-organism, dates to my teens. In fact, I have friends, some younger than I, who in terms of online tenure make me look like a complete and utter newb. (My refusal to spell it “n00b” is another issue entirely.)

  12. CGHill »

    9 April 2010 · 11:31 pm

    On the “fourteen” business, see also the cover of “Mellow Yellow” by the Hardly-Worthit Players.

  13. Kirk »

    10 April 2010 · 9:31 am

    Don’t put a sock in it, Chaz. The web would be a much less interesting place without you. There’s a reason I come to your site (or at least my feed reader does) every day! Happy Anniversary!

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