Links to the Past

Once again while sorting through old papers and notes and calendars, a couple pages of interest surfaced. I had written down dozens of websites to check out at some point, all circa 1995. Many of them were work related but some were just for fun. I wondered how many of them would still be active some 18 years later.

First, all the Gopher links were dead. Apparently there are still some Gopher networks out there, viewable with an add on app for browsers. It was a fast, efficient, file server protocol that pretty much died as the web got up and running.

Next, a real blast from the past and still hosted and available, the Mosaic Communications Corporation website. Mosaic was one of the first web browsers created by a team that included Marc Andreesen. The website still has a copyright info of 1994 and bless whoever has seen fit to keep it up and going. It features the royal PITA navigation prevalent at the time. The link I recorded was of the Fish Cam. I believe all the fish are dead now. Of additional note is the bio page of Sarah N.P. Ferguson which includes random thoughts, links, and even a Blink tag!

Third, The Rail was a type of Webring, a series of websites of common content linked together. Back in the day, this was more efficient and reliable than the web search engines of the day (yeah, pre-Google, remember life before Google?). Many of the "stations" are very much outdated, but I did find an interesting site that allows you to purchase Life Size Pirate Statues! Who wouldn't want that in their yard instead of a garden gnome or bathtub Mary?

Finally, a valuable link to a site dedicated to world music: Roots World. Eighteen years later it is very much live and active. Poking around I found this great Belgian band Aurelia composed of fiddle, guitar, and drums.

There you have it, a look into the past that was and continues. I would love to hear about your own memories of the internet that was.



My first memory of the

My first memory of the internet was my mom connecting to AIM. :)

Ah, AOL. I wonder how many

Ah, AOL. I wonder how many billions of CD's for their software they sent out. I recall the offers for 700 free hours of service in a month, and then figuring out I'd have to be off the computer a mere 20 hours in an entire month to actually take full advantage of that offer!