Published: July 21, 2021
In 1995, it would be hard to believe that you could win a million dollars from surfing the web. Then, AOL made it possible.
Published: July 6, 2021
Pseudo.com is a forgotten relic of the dot-com era. Was it ahead of its time? A moonshot that went too far? Or simply a piece of elaborate performance art?
Published: June 1, 2021
A look at how we can save our websites from ourselves, and the stories that keep us going.
Published: May 18, 2021
You can link to anything on the web. That’s a strength. And yet the right to link has been dragged into court on a regular basis for decades. Why is that?
This Month's Weblog
Published: May 4, 2021
If you’re a developer today, you likely take advantage of built in tools for web debugging every day. They came from the smallest places, and it took years to get them where they are today.
Published: April 27, 2021
When websites disappear, how do we make sure that our history is preserved?
Published: April 20, 2021
The web’s turn into commercial may have happened quickly—it was largely complete by the end of the 1990’s—but that doesn’t mean it didn’t take a turn into the weird here and there. Case and point: Zima.
Published: April 6, 2021
This week I have something a bit different, written by longtime newsletter author Ernie Smith, best known for his history […]
Published: March 29, 2021
A look at the work that standards makes possible, and the kinds of hypertext that were never fully realized
Published: March 16, 2021
Content Management Systems — software that helps people author and publish websites — likely dates back farther than you think. The problem is, it wasn’t quite called that yet.
Published: March 2, 2021
There are a near infinite number of sites that have launched that you’ve never heard about. This is likely one of them. But if not for poor timing, it may have been primed for success.
Published: February 23, 2021
A report on the health of the Internet, and efforts to improve that health, bring us in to a new year.