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November 28th, 2005
04:54 pm


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a step back in time
Following a series of links out of matociquala's lj brought me to Ben Yalow's SFF.net web page. This was like a step back in time and really made me smile. The "under construction" icon! The EFF Blue Ribbon campaign! The days when we were really excited about the postal system's zip code lookup! When we were still posting and maintaining handmade lists of resources that were on the web that we thought were just plain cool! Okay, so it wasn't that long ago. And some people still do some of those things. But ah, the sense of discovery and fresh participation in the internet in the late 90s...

The feeling of building something...

So different from the current memes of interactive web presence and contribution and communication and information mining. Not entirely, but subtly so.

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Date:November 29th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)

Imagine that!

And moreover, there's no distracting animation going on. There are no "let's mimic the bog-standard user interface with Flash, but because we're Very Clever Artists let's make subtle yet incomprehensible improvements" components. No "lots of little frames each with their own scrollbars" either. No splash page. No extraneous noises. No brain-curdling colour combinations.

Imagine that. A website designed primarily to provide some information, instead of trying to impress the user with how fabulously the interface mimics the latest and greatest gaming console. Golly. My hat's off to Ben.

It could really use an update, though I bet in the back of Ben's brain he's aware of this.
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