Discussion in 'General Computing' started by AnonaMoss, May 20, 2012.
The first website I went to was Wikipedia.
Google, to find another website.
Cybernations in early 2006 from a school computer.
It's a long time ago, but I think it was netscape.com. It was the default homepage on university computers.
Hi my first website i visited was Altavista.com it was a great search engine of its time oh i remember dialing in (dial up internet) for the first time and then seeing the picture load slowly ah the memories especially the dialing sound probably back in i think 95 or 96 (was a win 95 machine) we got internet and the first thing i looked up was "first time internet users guide" we did have a earlier computer that was windows 2.1 and MS-DOS it was a Amstrad PC2086 bout 25 years old now we still have it today that did not have internet though thats why we upgraded
It was initially PC Magazine's private network in '87 when I got my account, but later it was run by Compuserve, which allowed access to the internet and access from the internet to PCMAGNET.
Of course that was all text. The first graphical website I visited had to have been CompuServe.com.
I really dont remembre for sure, but it was probably Netscape or Yahoo.
I would guess the home page for Compuserve, been a while.
I used Lycos, Yahoo!, HotBot, Altavista and Webcrawler back in those days for search engine.
I never use the Spyware known as Google, I now use DuckDuckGo for search.
Yeah, I remembre all theese except HotBot. I really enjoyed WebCrawler!!
Yeah I mostly remember using Hotbot (my main search engine), Lycos, Ask (back when it was Ask Jeeves) and then one of my teachers told me about Northern Lights search engine which we thought would be the next big search engine. Google was around then but small, it used more innovative searching algorithms similar to Northern Lights, but I remember NL being more popular. Odd to think how much of a giant search monopoly Google has become. Search engines used to be so diverse.
I can't for the life of me remember the first website I visited, although I remember the first website I build was on Angelfire (one of two of the most popular hosting domains although I can't remember the other, they must have made up 90% of the personal websites on the WWW at that time) and I used frames for the sidebar and tables to organize everything, which mostly gave you the choice of left, center, or right for aligning stuff.
Numerous times, before Google, I encountered some computer error which I carefully copied to the Yahoo search box, only to get links to 20 forum sites like this one where twenty people asked the same question, with no answers. Oh. Yahoo thinks I'm searching for people who are asking the question. Great! How can I convince the stupid search engine to find answers, not questions? Google immediately did shockingly better on that front.
But, alas, Google does not have a monopoly--it's my second choice. I use StartPage by default. Even before the stinking government scandals became lead news stories, I figured everybody already had enough meta data about me. There's no need to feed the Google monster.
Oh Ken, it sure has a monopoly.
Startpage uses Google.
I use DuckDuckGo, much better than Startpage.
I can't believe the timing!
I just saw a news story in which a family's innocent google searches for a backpack and a pressure cooker and news stories about the Boston bombing resulted in a visit by six agents from the joint terrorism task force!
I definitely feel safer using StartPage.
(Yeah, I've tried DuckDuckGo and some of the others on the search engine list, but I like StartPage.)
I get much poorer search results from Startpage, even "No results" till I practically typed in a full address, where DuckDuckGo, Bing and Google had the appropriate results after a word or two.
Startpage uses Google, I still refuse to use much of anything associated with Google, known liars and identity thieves.
I'm torn between seeing Google as the good-guy, the anti-Microsoft, the free software champion (to a degree) vs. the filching identity thief. But StartPage acts as a buffer. It hides me from Google. I'm not sure I've done a fair comparison, but I almost always get what I'm looking for with it. Once in a while if I can't find something, I go directly to Google (but never for pressure cookers ).
Also, ever since about '96 when I bought my first (and only) subscription to Microsoft's MSDN (delivered on 10 CDs), I've been shocked and amazed at how abysmally bad Microsoft's search engines are. Even if I had seen the page before and typed in some exact text that I knew was on it, it would show me crap instead of what I needed. In more recent years, my experiences searching MSDN on-line haven't improved much. In fact, I've repeatedly found that the most efficient way to search MSDN is with an external search engine. So how, oh how, I wonder, could anyone be satisfied with Microsoft's Bing search results.
I think its inevitable when a company get to be as big as Google that some underhanded stuff is going down either privately or publicly.
In case you needed another reason to not like Google:
The Register routinely breaks revealing information with entertaining insight, but they're dead wrong on this one. This is a case of Google being the good guy.
But alas, even as I type it, I fear big green religious zealots will stomp on me and declare me to be apostate. Please don't turn this into a holy war.
I'm not taking a side, just pointing out the hypocrisy of Google to support both pro and anti climate-change opinions.
No hypocrisy, Google will do ANYTHING to make a buck, that's why I Do Not Trust Google.
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