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Baby steps and the birth of a monster — 8 Comments

    • Little did I realise the journey upon which I was embarking [which continues to this day].

      A little nugget for the technically minded – the entire site consisted of HTML files. No such thing as MySQL, PHP or CSS in those days.

    • There’s no point. It’s currently being used by some Home Brew Kit crowd who are presumably hoping the domain name carries some historical weight. The only place Irish Lynx now exists is as a ghost in the Wayback Machine.

  1. Good god, I had forgotten all about Dogpile but now that you mentioned it, it brought back all sorts of ancient memories of the search engines back then. Like AltaVista, WebCrawler, Ask Jeeves, and the like. Also the early browsers I banged through including a new upstart browser called Mozilla Phoenix which quickly had to change it’s name if you recall. Of course I had broken into “PCs” back before I even knew of a thing called “The Internet” which was then a text-only thing. A fair ways before the “web” was thought up. First was on an Apple IIE (good ol’ Apple Basic) then went on to MS DOS 2.0 (just plain Basic).

    So thanks for the memories–I think.

  2. Memories for me too of being at the ‘bleeding edge’, just a decade or so earlier.
    In the 1980s I managed a team designing and implementing the then-radical idea of a corporate network of PCs, not dumb mainframe terminals. We had to invent all the management process stuff like usernames, passwords, permissions, support systems, back-up etc. because no-one had done it before. We developed forms of file-transfer to enable collaborative working, which morphed into an early form of e-mail.
    In fact we also invented ‘the cloud’ way back then, as all our desktop PCs had no hard disk, all the application software and data was kept on secure central file-servers, that way we could manage version control and reliable back-up, with the added bonus that any user could use any PC in the whole estate and access all their personal applications and data.
    Once we got to over 2,000 PCs on the network, I got bored and left – well if I’m honest, I wasn’t bored at all, I was just seduced adequately to move to another company to repeat the trick. Worked out well for me. Happy memories.

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