I just realised it is my Blogiversary! Well, it was two days ago. Looking at the “Wayback Machine” my first proper blog entry was Friday 5th February 1999, which means I have been blogging 7 years!
Check out my first “Blog”. It’s not that interesting, I didn’t really know what I was doing.
Due to some not-so-clever programming decisions on my part the files are not always available. For a start I did a browser detect, secondly I thought it would be wise to ban bots using robots.txt. Oh dear. To get the full picture of what it was like you have to look at both my .com and .org domains. The geeks amongst you will notice it was programmed first in ASP, then variously JSP, Perl, PHP, ASP.NET .. as I learned a new platform I would change my hosting and my blog. Consistency? What’s that?
That is one of the two reasons why the screenshot above is from 2001, there are no other complete screens before then, the other reason is I quite like the Segway as a topic, so 2001. Another hi point was 2nd July 2002 when my GDI+ book was released. The book before was not as big achievement for me, this one was a good book and published by Wrox so I was really chuffed about it.
This from 2002 is quite a giggle
I think I should start compiling a “top 5 dumb things my friends have
done”. Help me out if there are any good ones I have missed.1. Jon broke his arm while arm-wrestling
“Two friends” got arrested trying to “borrow” a cafe table and get it
to a friends house .. right in front of a watching policeman
3. Bob electrocuted himself while trying to fix a PC while it was switched on
4. Tony “soiled” his pants on the way to work and got stopped by police
5. ChrisM crashed his car after the cigarette he threw out of the window blew back into his lap
Low points? You will notice the entries stop for a while at “You’ve got mail”, Sunday 5th September 1999. That is because a really traumatic event happened the next day. It’s almost a full year before I faced blogging again.
It’s a shame I can’t find a version that shows what I thought on September 11th 2001, I will keep looking. Of course there was so much written about it I might not have bothered but the next day there is an entry titled “horror” …
It’s nice being able to look over my past life like this. You should try it for yourself. Although, I shake my head at some of the things I say, how embarrassing was I?
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