I was quite surprised about this one. He missed a chance to rick roll everyone 90s style.
But yea looking at this site most definitely brings back memories. While I can say that my site that I had made back in the day was better than this I can't really say it was all that much better. Yea we on the internets had some interesting "tastes" back then.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin
In a middle school HTML class, I've been playing with hex colors while everyone else used the constants. I got a 95/100 on my (I do think) well arranged and non-blinding page. My friend got 100/100. Because he had green text on black, and the whole page marquee-d, left and right, bouncing, whatever. The teacher said 'it was good use of HTML tags'.
This was superb. I actually didn't know Geocities was shutting down - I still use an @geocities.com email address, from back way before Yahoo bought them. Now I should be bothered to wonder if they'll be getting clumsy with the domain name and screw up my mail somehow, but instead all I can do is giggle at the thought of that awesome new site design!
Steax wrote:There were entire CDs with just thousands of those little GIFs...
There was a program I saw once, about a decade ago, in the computer store thats whole purpose seemd to be to make thise little 3D spinning GIFs... it could take some text, or some arbitrary simple shape, extrude it, and render it from various angles or animate it spinning. From what I could see, that was about all it could do... it was basically the 3D part of WordArt but with one or two more options.
It cost several hundred dollars.
I didn't buy it.
While no one overhear you quickly tell me not cow cow. but how about watch phone?
...though I was rather surprised when I first turned up mostly because I'm part of a team that is creating a website that will be sticking to flashing things, embedded MIDI, animated backgrounds and other terrible things at the moment, and my first thought was "wait, xkcd is doing the same thing? No, can't be a tribute, not a chance, we're not even live yet, go look at things properly, Cheese".
Anyway, yeah, that's me away again! Byee, Individual Comics!
hermaj wrote:No-one. Will. Be. Taking. Cheese's. Spot.
LE4dGOLEM wrote:Cheese is utterly correct on all fronts.
SexyTalon wrote:That thing that Cheese just said. Do that.
Meaux_Pas wrote:I hereby disagree and declare Cheese to be brilliant.
You forgot about the random scripts that you could use to have useless things follow your mouse around the page, like butterflies or bubbles, or a spinning clock with the date. Thank goodness that died out after about three years, although depending on what you're looking up, you can still run into them every once in a while. Like when I was starting to get into Tudor history and ran into the website of every 15-year-old emo-wannabe girl who "identified" with the tragic story of Anne Boleyn and yet managed to get all the historical facts wrong. One page had ghosts floating all over the page, making it hard to read anything, and also stretching out the page at odd intervals. I later tore her page apart for a class assignment in good vs. bad web design.
All that to say thank you Randall for managing to bring back the good things about cheesy web pages while making sure the evil things didn't tag along for the ride. It was a nice throwback and quite awesome.
The first thing I thought when I saw the page was: "Gee Willikers! Has xkcd been hacked? That must be the reason for all these ad-like flashing banners!" It took me a while to find the real reason. (That might be caused by the page layout...)
This is beyond win. The layout itself would be enough, but the source is hilarious.
jendral_hxr wrote:I am still thinking about how RSS icon could be there. Do we have RSS at that **lovely** time?
RSS dates from 1999. Back in the day, when you clicked an orange "RSS" button you got a page full of XML if you were lucky.
I had my first real "oh my God the WWW is wonderful" experience in 1999: a site full of Transformers biographies. And yes, it was a Geocities site which looked practically identical to this. (I can't believe that was ten years ago. Almost to the day, in fact, as I was in my first month of uni.)
As for what it's missing? The ripply-water Java applet. And a Comet Cursor obviously. The irony is that Firefox now actually supports the CSS3 cursor format, so you can have those in a standards-compliant format these days.
[my father did not take me to see a marching band]
my first foray into my own webpage was not on geocities but on Freewebs, which worked much the same. I still ran into tonnes of horrible geocities sites. I still do on occasion, though they are actually good now. There are a couple of great Japanese RMXP sites on there which I need to quickly remember the URL for so I can save them...
RIP Geocities (ps. why is Yahoo shutting it down? No profits?)
I like it, shouldn't the source code have less line-breaks (not <br>). I remember often looking at them and it would all show on one row. Which made it practicly impossible to find that one piece of source code that produced an awesome pop-up asking for your name, and then the page would say "Hello NAME, welcome to Adams awesome webpage".