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Web 1.0 and Web 1.5 Nostalgia General Fellow Time Traveler 09/09/2019 (Mon) 01:52:13 No.24
So, what are some of your favorite memories of the old internet? Can be websites, memes, events or any other aspect of the days of Web 1.0 and 1.5 For a quick reference, here's what I would define as Web 1.0 and Web 1.5 >Web 1.0: Usenet, Geocities and Angelfire, AOL (1991-2001) >Web 1.5: Early YouTube, ED, 4chan in its "wild west" days, MySpace, YTMND, Newgrounds and the peak years of dA and Fanfiction.net (2001-2008) You also had cross-generation stuff like GameFAQs and IMDB which are still around today, although sadly IMDB's infamous message boards are gone
>>1401 Maxell is a cheap shitty brand, avoid it like the plague
>>1309 >Flashpoint Infinity I had a look at it and it seems cool. Thanks for sharing. >wiby.me is a good search engine I haven't used that one, but my default search engine right now is MetaGer. It's a German search engine that pulls from the Bing databases but isn't retarded like Bing and doesn't have nearly the same weight for SEO. I find totally random search results from pages that haven't been updated in years even when I'm searching for unrelated topics. It really reminds me of how old search engines behaved, in that searching for a specific text string would get you all sorts of results from all over the internet because that's what the technology did. It's a far cry from the digital butler/nanny that Google and its imitators are now. >>1318 >floppys-lounge.neocities.org Neat. The sewerfresh link in your surf section appears to redirect to something else, though.
>>1430 >sewerfresh yeah it's dead. I'll link to the archived version of the site if I can find it
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I just stumbled upon some webms and images you might be interested in: Some might remember a post in Julay's /v/ about the promotional site for the back-then new fangled Nintendo DS around late 2004, with its now-taboo slogan Touching is Good, i visited that site daily for weeks due to its interactive nature new to me (and to be fair everything was new because i had my first PC with internet) and the main appeal for me was the atmosphere itself: A man, supposed to be ourselves, chilling around in a set of idyllic places you could "walk" into via clicking boxes in the form of the DS logo. The site was flash/java and when i went to visit it for this post i saw in terror that i couldn't even access its main window on the Internet Wayback Machine (http://www.nintendods.com/index.jsp), something i could one year ago. Back then the site was limited too, many of the interactive screens, used merely present technical specs or features about the machine in different environments, were locked but one could still see the "starting" point of them. The other major point was the music, featuring a theme song that had thematic variations in a couple of the different places; soothing in my opinion, which made the whole experience ethereal although it may be my utter nostalgia. I posted the extended version tune and some nice anon, prophetically, made a webm for me with the extracted original audio and starting screens of each thematic place so at least i can show that as half proof (God bless that anon). What i wanted to note is the particular style that is, in my opinion, the tail end of the Y2K trends which was the interactive flash sites with "calming" themes, some might also remember those looping flash scenes of an archaically animated fountain/river and the water flowing sounds behind. Old folk back in the day melted graphic cards just by running those non-stop sometimes lol. In this example we can see the vast blue skies with the blue mountains and vibrant green foliage, an overplayed mood that might have reached its peak with the famous Bliss image (that i will discuss later), ever present everywhere but also influenced many more. Overall the images and composites of the promo were in its contemporary trendy japanese style with saturated colors, wide angle views and "that" digital look we here are used to, along with the now-niche colour night photography of citiscapes. And accompanying these flashes were also the "cutout" collages many newbie graphic designers did and which were also a finishing trend previous to Web 2.0. To recap that style, one of the Photoshop filters with vast use was one that "flattened" or oversimplified the color/tone counts of an image, and in this simple form some would cut parts of it and paste them over parts of other images thus creating hybrid sceneries, usually landscapes. Rockstar Games, now known for not such good things for our standards, back then was a major player due to a quick succession of successful games and their website was very visited despite all being promotional stuff because they did have tons of extras in there, other than the flash interactive sites for new games (also fucking dead) like Midnight Club 3, they also had free downloads like games, music, screensavers and in this case wallpapers, in the cutout style of course. Here you can see in these images the style we mentioned: Vast blue skies with/or background mountains along with framing vegetation in vibrant greens. I had the blue sky background here for at least 4 or 5 years (2005-2010) and it wasn't until recently when i was peeking some test shots from a new lens that an image there felt extremely similar for some reason, heart pumping out of chest feelings, and i realized i had recognized an exact tree in the same exact position, then it clicked that the tree line was the same and then that a snowy mountain out back was familiar too. 15 years later i still don't know where it is but at least i have a pic showing the real deal, hot curves included. Sorry for blogposting again but it might be an interesting nitbit for some, the nostalgia here is strong so couldn't really contain myself again.
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>>1473 >Touching is Good I still can't believe that was a thing lol. Touch screens are cancer though, give me good old buttons anytime. >soothing in my opinion, which made the whole experience ethereal although it may be my utter nostalgia. That does sound soothing, and fitting for a website too. I'm usually not a fan of websites playing music, but when the music is calm and relaxing it works, and sometimes even entices me to stay on the website longer. >"cutout" collages That was a very distinct 2000s style actually, overused at the time but now I can't help but feel a little nostalgic towards it. Wish I knew what it's called though. Pic related. >their website was very visited despite all being promotional stuff because they did have tons of extras in there This reminds me of their page for GTA Vice City; it was made in flash and designed like a 1980s house/apartment, it was so fun to explore the different rooms and see the content in each one. If there's one definition of "comfy website" it's this.
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I'm having trouble pulling up the archive of the Flash Pokemon website from 2004~2006 (or even finding screenshots) but I miss how simple it was to browse even if I don't miss Flash itself. Also, they had the full 2BA Master album available to listen to which was pretty cool. I spent hours just listening to the songs on there. This was at the beginning of companies adopting legal streaming, so it was cool to me that I could listen to something for free without having to pirate it or record it from TV. Anyone else remember Toonami Jetstream?
>>1473 Something about that visual aesthetic reminds me of this Hiroshi Yoshimura album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiHHR9I3XAc
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>>1473 I'm 90% sure the calm atmospheres that designers chose were influenced by Bliss in some way. It's a shame Microsoft doesn't care about subtle details anymore. The Win 9x - XP startup sounds were beautiful, and Bliss was icing on the cake for XP. Ever since 7 I've had to add my own background because the defaults are just generic and boring. https://archive.org/details/bliss-600dpi
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>>1628 >influenced by Bliss Sure, many did of course and i think that was the second/last wave but O'Rear's Bliss was bought around 2000 for use in XP, a few years already into the direction of the calm atmosphere thingy. For example Windows 98 already used the vast blue sky in its imagery, works from early 90s featured the same deal when presenting things, kinda replacing the flashy colors with geometric figures with deep blue and fluffy white clouds. Some of the "Executive" tech style aesthetic seen in this era from software products are from this era too, which i suppose IBM/Microsoft used well. My theory is that the style overall comes mainly from the new age wave of the late 80's/early 90's that the generation before the boomers tended to love, Windham Hill Records famous for its impulse of new age music used extensive landscape photography in their covers, heavily inspired by the 70's film color advances but more focused on the 80's landscape works, mainly by Galen Rowell which is the modern father of said photo genre. By New Age i mean the guys back then who were into "spiritual" stuff, the kind of people who bought crystals, read buddhism and alien stuff with a lean on the pleiadians, ate yogurt tofu sushi, used light clothing with pastel colors, practiced feng shui and yoga, trends that nowadays sound "normal" but in the early 00's it was still considered quite fringe. What Bliss probably did was usher the same imagery but a bit more playful, more saturated colors, a bit more abstract at times due to the light hitting the hill which translates in more adventurous angles or color casts, like deutsch angles and cold tones in otherwise warm light. The Green and Blue certainly was XP's theme, any wallpaper with those colors was going to fit in, the more edgy ones picked black and silver and then chose a Slipknot wallpaper or some other thing lol. In the American case it's "easy" to decipher why but how the japanese fit here is the thing i still don't quite get because it was a thing with them too, the Dreamcast browser had a similar theme which we can attribute to Win98 i guess. And to think O'Rear practically found a lucky shot is sad to think about, such a beautiful scenery was actually rare to see because the location is used extensively as a vineyard and he just stumbled upon it while they were doing a crop refit, so only every once in a couple decades the place is like that without vines or the grids in them, and to top there was a rain a day prior i think so the grass was extra green, sky was deep as hell due to the lens polarizer so even the sun angle was a coincidence. I mean he's accomplished for having recognized and taken the shot, that's for sure, he was driving fast as hell as the story says.
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>>1631 Even Windows 95 had a similar splash screen.
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Hey guys, I made a music page on my web site and I thought it looks pretty cool. I modeled it after a CD I have. https://floppys-lounge.neocities.org/pages/media/music/ What do you think? I think it looks pretty neat >>1428 Yeah for me I'm thinking I'll stick with TDK D tapes mostly although I do plan to buy some new production tapes to support the business at some point. >>1631 Bliss also has a greater saturation because it was taken on Fuji Velvia slide film. (In medium format as well).
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>>1642 I really like the background you used. It's funny that you mention Soulseek, since I recently started using that now that public torrents seem to be drying up for a lot of things. I've come to prefer it to torrents for music, since downloading directly from one person seems to be more reliable than trying to download a torrent and hoping there are enough seeders for it to actually download. I was in the habit of ripping playlists off YouTube, and this works so much better. I'm currently looking for something similar for movies and TV shows. Supposedly Kodi can be used that way, but I don't know much of anything about it yet. >Bliss also has a greater saturation because it was taken on Fuji Velvia slide film. (In medium format as well). I experimented with slide film once, but it didn't turn out. I guess that's the chance you take buying expired film.
>>1678 >I really like the background you used. Tiled water background I found somewhere, I forget exactly where, but searching for tiled backgrounds on duckduckgo is how I found the site. I did edit it because it was more of a teal color before and I wanted it to be more blue. I've been using Soulseek for a while. It's great. I love it when someone downloads from me as well. >I'm currently looking for something similar for movies and TV shows Check Soulseek anyway. I've gotten shows from there. I once got a movie I could not find anywhere else, and I also got a book I couldn't find anywhere else online, too. I share music, music videos, TV shows, movies, and books. >I experimented with slide film once, but it didn't turn out. I guess that's the chance you take buying expired film. Slide film has a very narrow exposure latitude, whereas negative film has a relatively wide one. You can under or overexpose negative film a lot and it'll be fine. For expired negative film generally you might overexpose it one stop per decade it's been expired, but slide film with its narrow exposure window means you have to get the exposure pretty much dead on and if it's expired it's going to make that job a lot harder. And I would think that slide film degrades faster as well, but I'm not too sure.
>>1710 >Check Soulseek anyway. I've gotten shows from there. I once got a movie I could not find anywhere else, and I also got a book I couldn't find anywhere else online, too. I share music, music videos, TV shows, movies, and books. I read something about it being inefficient and taking up downloading slots from people downloading music. Maybe I should just try it anyway. I downloaded some fairly niche shows I could put up that seem like they'd be getting harder to find. I haven't even watched them yet, but maybe someone will appreciate them. >Slide film has a very narrow exposure latitude, whereas negative film has a relatively wide one. You can under or overexpose negative film a lot and it'll be fine. For expired negative film generally you might overexpose it one stop per decade it's been expired, but slide film with its narrow exposure window means you have to get the exposure pretty much dead on and if it's expired it's going to make that job a lot harder. And I would think that slide film degrades faster as well, but I'm not too sure. There was absolutely no image on the developed film itself. I'm out of the photography game, but if I ever get back into it I'd like to give slide film another try. I've always been a dilettante, so who knows how it would turn out.

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