The other day I ran a highly constrained Google search for one of my ancient pseudonyms (yes, thank you, moving to the country has left me with a glut of free time) and discovered my first Usenet post, circa July, 1994. And let me tell you, nothing, NOTHING makes you feel older than reading the ranting of your ten-years-younger self.
Chances are your first Usenet post either predates mine or you have no idea what I’m talking about (if you’re the latter, all you “need” to know is that Usenet was Deja.com before Google bought it). While Google still indexes the really old posts, it doesn’t let you sequentially scroll through stuff that predates early 2000, so unless you know exactly what to search for — a person’s ancient cyberpunny handle, say — you’re probably not going to turn up anything. And thank god; I really don’t need that part of my past surviving in perpetuity (mark my words:<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex, nofollow”>).
If unearthing ancient Usenet posts makes you feel old, try re-entering the world of Web design after a five-year hiatus.
“I was up really late working on a … website,” I told my brother, pausing sheepishly in the silence on the other end of the phone. “I think I’m, uh, going back into Web design.”
“Wow. How retro,” was his only response. And I don’t think he meant that in the “retro cool” sense. No, not at all.
Not only was I was old and uncool, but I my tech skills were dated. My CSS knowledge was abysmal. I had no idea there was almost complete browser support for CSS Level 1. In fact, I didn’t even know about CSS Level 2. You can control the printer output of your pages? And speed at which pages are read out loud? Who am I, Rip Van Winkle?
And, oh!, what about the poor meta keyword tag?
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