My weblog has turned twenty 

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Power Mac G3 with Mathias under the desk in his uppala

Over breakfast , I realised that my first blog post dates back to February 14th, 2000. That’s twenty years ago, give or take a few days.

♥ Our son Mathias wasn’t a year old yet, and Emma was still to be conceived ♥

Social media was a very different experience at the time, I was discovering CSS level 2 and designing websites against the XHTML standard. Movable Type or WordPress hadn’t been released yet, and I was probably just discovering Internet Explorer 5 for Mac, while Netscape Navigator remained my every day browser.

I was writing code in BBEdit 5 on a Power Macintosh G3 (Blue and White) running Mac OS 9 and I didn’t own a portable computer yet, but I walked around with a Palm V PDA in my bag. Mac OS X hadn’t been released yet.

I was still shooting analog films and scanning the negatifs, while my digital camera of the moment was a Fuji MX2900 Zoom 2 megapixels.

We were at the dawn of blogging. The word ‘weblog’ had only been coined a couple of years earlier and it was still very much an English speaking phenomenon. We had personal homepages with a “What’s New” or “News” section, and a list of links to websites we followed.

All this to say that I am somewhat proud to still have a personal weblog running, despite long periods of time during which I didn’t post much, or only links. It’s always fun to look back at what one wrote, or at what was the new hot topic of the moment.

A bit like going through your collection of photos.
It’s immersive.


Time travel screenshot gallery

1999 roessli.net
2000 roessli.net
2001 checkbox.org
2003 davo39.org
2003 macinblog.com
2007 davidroessli.com
2012 davidroessli.com
2020 davidroessli.com

February 2020: sorry for the poor photo gallery experience. A better one is in the works.

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