Tag: Internet

Vintage CompuServe Ad Gallery (1980s – 1990s)

Vintage CompuServe Ad Gallery (1980s – 1990s)

Featured Posts, Retrotisements
During the 1980s, CompuServe was the undisputed king of online communities. Founded in 1969 as  Compu-Serv Network, Inc., the company got its start providing in-house computer processing support for Golden United Life Insurance, as well as by selling mainframe time-sharing.  This of course was in the days when both computers were very big and very costly to own. Fast forward to the '80s, and CompuServe -- owned then by H&R Block -- began to experience tremendous growth. Their subscriber base jumped from 3,600 in 1980 to 60,000 by early 1984.  By 1993 the service had more than 1.5 million subscribers, 90,000 of whom were in Europe. But the rise of competing services such as America Online and Prodigy ultimately spelled doom for this pioneer. AOL essentially bought CompuServe (alt
Notre Dame Fans Need Help Getting Drunk

Notre Dame Fans Need Help Getting Drunk

Blogstuff
Just when I think I've seen all the weirdest search terms people have entered in finding this site, there are always more every day. Here are some of my favorite recent ones, along with the posts those search phrases found. “Where can I buy Cella wine in South Bend Indiana?” -- I wouldn't have the first clue, but you can check out this vintage Cella Winery commercial from 1982 in the meantime. "josh radnor douche" -- Maybe he is, not that I've met the man. Remember kids, when you watch a TV show you're usually watching a character, not a real person. "Alien tornádó" -- I have no idea how that term brought someone to my post of old car ads. Apparently there is a Syfy Channel movie called Alien Tornado that looks predictably horrible. "phife dawg net worth" -- While I'm much more e
Five Reasons I Stopped Following Your Twitter Feed

Five Reasons I Stopped Following Your Twitter Feed

Internet
I was a fairly late Twitter adopter, only joining a few years ago. It's been a fun and sometimes enlightening experience so far, but it's come with some annoyances too. And so once in a great while I'm forced to take the drastic and life-altering step of unfollowing a feed. I know, harsh, right? So if you are one of the unfortunate souls whose tweets will no longer be reaching my eyes -- or if you want to avoid that awful fate -- here's five things to reflect upon. You're not funny and/or interesting. I post my share of banal crap, but I at least try to keep things entertaining for the most part. Not saying I succeed, but I try. Regular updates about what you're eating or wearing (especially Foursquare tweets about becoming the Mayor of some shitty bar) are no more interesting o...
Facebook and the social contract

Facebook and the social contract

Internet
It's hard for me to get worked up into a nice lather over the most recent renovations to Facebook, aka The Site You Just Can't Quit. For one, my main interaction with it these days is through TweetDeck, which very nicely strips away all the irrelevant layout and advertising to show me just the status updates, ma'am. And for another, ever since I quit playing games like Farmville and Mafia Wars cold turkey -- both more addictive than heroin or crystal meth I'm told -- I really have little reason to go to the site proper anymore. While it's been interesting to observe the backlash against the latest Facelift, I've developed a greater interest in the predictable backlash against the backlash. People who have taken to the internets to complain about Facebook are derided as lacking persp...
Is Wikipedia dying? Thoughts from an admin and former contributor

Is Wikipedia dying? Thoughts from an admin and former contributor

Internet
Wikipedia founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales recently bemoaned the current state of the site -- specifically, he said that the number of contributors is decreasing at a rapid rate. According to an Associated Press article, Wales stated at the most recent Wikipedia conference in Haifa, Israel, "We are not replenishing our ranks. It is not a crisis, but I consider it to be important." Wales cited Wikipedia's Byzantine editorial guidelines and the site's demographic challenges -- the core group of geeky men in the 20s apparently discover women eventually -- as the main reasons for the attrition. To be honest, I can't even remember the reason why I stopped actively contributing to the project. But there was a time when my involvement with Wikipedia bordered on obsession. I made my first edit ju...
Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Internet, Links
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days month or so: Awesome internet meme of the day -- Retro Spider-Man, bringing that classic '60s animated version of our favorite webslinger back to life in the internet age (Know Your Meme) Yet another way to get the most out of Spotify -- a ridiculous collection of shared playlists (ShareMyPlaylists) Not even the discovery of a fourth moon around Pluto can get it back in the big kids' club. (Defective Yeti) An extremely detailed and thoroughly riveting account of the operation to kill Osama bin Laden (The New Yorker) Productivity + internet = No Productivity (The Daily What) 21 Google+ circles you can actually use (HappyPlace) A giant list of movie references seen in The Simpsons (J
I love you, internet: iPhone 4 captures oscillation of guitar strings

I love you, internet: iPhone 4 captures oscillation of guitar strings

Internet
So this is pretty cool, no? Some guy plopped an iPhone inside his guitar -- I know, crazy right? -- and he was able to capture the oscillation* of the guitar strings as he strummed Eric Clapton's unforgettable dead son ballad, "Tears in Heaven." He says the effect was achieved because of the camera's rolling shutter, whatever that means. God science is so boring. But this is neat: *a fancy word for vibration
They shoot elephants, don’t they?

They shoot elephants, don’t they?

Blogstuff
I know how fascinating you all find navel-gazing posts about this site, so I'll keep this one as brief as possible. I had been mulling over the possibility of ditching my long-time web host, GoDaddy, for some time. I've put up with too many unexplained outages, too many experiences with less-than-helpful support staff, and most importantly too many years of site load times that made me pine for the days of dial-up. What finally gave me the nudge I needed to pull the trigger, if you'll pardon the expression, was the recent dust-up over GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons shooting an elephant in Zimbabwe and turning it into a crass photo/video op. He can try to make it look like an act of charity or mercy all he wants, but one look at those photos and that video left me with no doubt that this was ab...