Thoughts of this week’s Cuil.com fiasco sent me into a nostalgic haze. . .
Remember when — — USENET was king, and why would you want to splinter off conversations to a million little websites?
— AltaVista was king?
— AltaVista was destroyed in an attempt to create another portal?
— Alltheweb.com challenged the young Google on the basis of speed?
— floppy discs were, at most, 1.4 megabytes? And that would hold all your Word documents for years?
— When you could cut a notched on the other side of the 5.25″ floppy disc and then write to its backside? Instant double capacity!
— WordPerfect and Word were both in their 5.x releases? Good word processing times right there.
— People might have actually linked to Lycos?
— Zip drives were the future, with their huge 100MB cartridges that would backup your whole hard drive for $10 a pop?