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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
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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.
I stumbled upon this website (has pornographic material) https://www.phun.org/ The copyright at the bottom says 2004 for which the website looks period correct. It feels odd landing on a website like that nowadays, it works fine without javascript and looks like it was designed to be viewed on a computer screen. The colour scheme also reminds me of the time, a lot of websites had non-white or black backgrounds and just seemed more interesting.
>>2268 Love it. Those oldskool, hobbyist-driven, pre-"everything is now a wordpress blog" CMS sites were always my favorite. I posted >>1281 and >>1286 earlier up the thread, and god do I miss the "3-column layout, awesome graphic design, news/updates in the middle, links on the sides, dedicated forum, and obligatory weekly poll" era. Even though they all had basically the same layout and features, they were so easy to navigate, had so much individual charm, and nearly all had thriving communities behind them. I'll never understand why people gave up on that entire format for what they did.
>>2268 The content doesn't really interest me, but I really like the fact that I site like this is still being updated. >>2269 Definitely. At some point simple, intuitive website design became considered passe.
>>2280 >The content doesn't really interest me, but I really like the fact that I site like this is still being updated. At first I debated whether to post it or not, but decided to for that reason. There's already an over saturation of that content, but figured some would appreciate the design/layout. Ironically, I found the website through an image search not looking for adult content. The webmaster also posts memes on there, lol.
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>>2644 God I almost forgot how abysmally slow the connection speeds were back in the day... Really don't miss it.
>>2646 between all the JS bloat we have today it's really no different.

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