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.