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Less evil (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12374767)

I can't believe much less evil Google looked back then...

hhmm.... (0, Offtopic)

kloidster (817307) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374769)

Neither is this news for nerds nor is it stuff that matters...

Re:hhmm.... (1, Insightful)

PHP Addict (873566) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374975)

It's interesting to see how everyone here is complaining how this is news, yet the site is /.'ed none-the-less. hmmmmmm...

Re:hhmm.... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12375115)

The way back machine is always slow. Time travel takes a lot of CPU cycles you know.

Re:hhmm.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12375018)

Because this is Slashdot and anything Google is interesting to Slashdot and the world should know about it.

Please.....

This site is becoming more and more mikey mouse everyday.

Re:hhmm.... (2, Funny)

hey (83763) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375083)

The syntax of your post clearly indicates are you programming in some very odd language...

neither { news() nor matters() }

Re:hhmm.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12375190)

Would this be news if we googled for the wayback machine?

Re:hhmm.... (1)

Valafar (309028) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375251)

Then why is the Wayback machine slashdotted?

Re:hhmm.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12375391)

Why do people gawk and create traffic jams if there's an accident on the other side of the interstate?

First google (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12374772)

Google Google googledot all google all google google google google.

Um... (1, Informative)

0racle (667029) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374776)

Wow? Why is this on the front page?

Re:Um... (5, Funny)

Reignking (832642) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374827)

a) it uses the word Google
b) to annoy the hell out of us
c) slow news day
d) A & B

If you chose D, you win!

Gratuitious Slashdotting (1)

ari_j (90255) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375023)

No, it's on the front page for the sole purpose of Slashdotting archive.org. It's not even funny, anymore, it's just disgusting how shitty Slashdot is about what they choose to post and how they choose to post it. I come here for posterity - who are the dumbasses who pay for this abuse?

Re:Gratuitious Slashdotting (0, Redundant)

Rs_Conqueror (838344) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375130)

you come here for the posterity? Wow... I just come here to put goatse in all my first posts...

Re:Um... (1)

goldenratiophi (878655) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375200)

Two things: 1. There was no D. There was a d) though... 2. I remember this exact link being posted in a Slashdot comment about 6 monts ago.

Re:Um... (1)

XorNand (517466) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375240)

Stuff like this, along with the increasing number of paid-for, astroturfing articles, is the reason I don't have a little asterisk next to my name.

Re:Um... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12375268)

Ever since Moore got his magazine, they just can't find anything else trivial.

Back then... (5, Funny)

datastalker (775227) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374778)

...the site itself was Beta!

Good to see that they've not changed their processes... :)

Re:Back then... (5, Insightful)

Slack3r78 (596506) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374810)

I think the most interesting thing about this is how similar the original page is to today's Google. Guess it goes to show they really hit on the right thing pretty early on as far as the site's interface goes.

Re:Back then... (4, Informative)

marshmeli (122728) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374980)

I remember reading an article that the interface is so basic beccuase they didn't know hardly anything about HTML so they threw it together and they stuck with it. That article/interview was posted on here a while back I think.

Re:Back then... (4, Informative)

Xeo 024 (755161) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375204)

Exactly.
The prime reason the Google home page is so bare is due to the fact that the founders didn't know HTML and just wanted a quick interface.
- Source [blog-city.com]

Here [slashdot.org] is the /. article that links to that blog.

... and? (4, Funny)

Leroy Brown (71070) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374781)

... and?

Re:... and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12374915)

and that was from the "i-discover-the-interweb" dept.

Re:... and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12374944)

At the time of this post, the parent is at "(Score:2, Informative)". ... only on /. *sigh*

Re:... and? (1)

Leroy Brown (71070) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375014)

Glad to be of service.

It would be nice if EVERYone could moderate the actual stories so bunk like this would never show up on the front page.

Re:... and? (1)

planetoid (719535) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374967)

And Future Sound of London is the greatest duo of musicians on the face of this great, green Earth.

Re:... and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12375042)

Here's a clue:

If you're a London musician, and you didn't rip off some old black guy, or rip off someone else who has, you suck.

Linux Search (3, Interesting)

MynockGuano (164259) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374791)

Interesting to see that they had a "Linux Search" on their front page even then. Cool!

Re:Linux Search (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12375070)

Yeah, that's um... Cool

P.S. Try getting out of your parents basement sometime.

Craig Silverstein (4, Interesting)

kevin_conaway (585204) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374798)

Whatever happened to him? In the early days, he seemed to be a big part of the company and then he just sort of dropped off the face of the (Google) earth. Anyone know the story?

Re:Craig Silverstein (1)

EdDivinity (539756) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375038)

He's still there last I checked. Friend of the family from years past, I spoke with him on the phone a few months ago.

Who, me? (2, Funny)

Alaren (682568) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375247)

They said they would make it possible for Google to find anything. I told them it was impossible, that they'd never accomplish it, never! Muahahahah!

I'm living on grubs and rats and I smell like death with a side of mayo, but they haven't found me yet!

What? What do you mean, "they bought a satellite?"

Re:Craig Silverstein (4, Funny)

STrinity (723872) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375342)

He was beta-testing how the spiders handle robots.txt files and accidently made Google think he didn't exist. And now he doesn't.

news? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12374803)

looks like someone just discovered the wayback machine

Re:news? (1)

bluekanoodle (672900) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374856)

Looks like somebody /.'ed the wayback machine!

Great! Now my entire afternoon of mindless browsing is shot to hell!

Re:news? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12375012)

But if the Wayback Machine is slashdotted, does that mean the past has ceased to exist? Am I going to start fading from photographs?

Oh, no! If Marge marries Artie, I'll never be born!

Very first web site? Ick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12374814)

I just found my very first website and it's just as evil today as it was then.

-Sith Overlord

How is this news? (0, Troll)

Psionicist (561330) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374828)

I usually dont complain about the news coverage here but what's the point of this? We all know how Google looked back in 1998, either because we used the site back then or because everyone and his grandmother know about archive.org and google is probably one of the first things you try when visiting that site.

That eGroups link was pretty intersting though, at least I think so becuase it's down already. ;)

Re:How is this news? (2, Interesting)

John Seminal (698722) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374930)

I usually dont complain about the news coverage here but what's the point of this? We all know how Google looked back in 1998, either because we used the site back then or because everyone and his grandmother know about archive.org and google is probably one of the first things you try when visiting that site.

I never saw the original Google, and it looks kinda funny. LOL. How did that turn into a multi million dollar company? Seriously. That original page looks worse than what a 5th grader can program in HTML.

I remember back in the 90's when venture capatalists were giving money to any dot com and people. I wish I would have made *something* and cashed in. Looking at the original google, if that was good enough to get them funded, I could have been a millionaire.

Back then I was using webcrawler or excite (which was my hompage before they started to suck). I wonder how the hell they both failed, when they were much better in the start.

Re:How is this news? (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375099)

How did that turn into a multi million dollar company? Seriously. That original page looks worse than what a 5th grader can program in HTML.

They hired an artist. Seriously. ;-)

If there's one thing I've noticed as a programmer, it's that good programmers are rarely good artists. Sure, they know all the GIMP or Photoshop tricks, but they just don't have the sense of style. The result is that everything tends to come out utilitarian.

I wish I would have made *something* and cashed in.

You still can. The trick is that your idea can't be as stupid as the DotCom ideas. VCs realized that a *business plan* might be a good idea. That being said, I hate the funding part. I'd love to hook up with a guy who's good at the "getting the funding" side of things, while I focus on the "producing a product" side of things. Doing both alone is stressful, and often yeilds poor results. No wonder 90% of businesses fail. :-)

Re:How is this news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12375209)

If there's one thing I've noticed as a programmer, it's that good programmers are rarely good artists

But but Paul Graham told me that all hackers are artists!!!!

Re:How is this news? (1)

John Seminal (698722) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375233)

I wish I would have made *something* and cashed in.

You still can. The trick is that your idea can't be as stupid as the DotCom ideas. VCs realized that a *business plan* might be a good idea. That being said, I hate the funding part. I'd love to hook up with a guy who's good at the "getting the funding" side of things, while I focus on the "producing a product" side of things. Doing both alone is stressful, and often yeilds poor results. No wonder 90% of businesses fail. :-)

I have many great idea's. The only bottleneck is the bandwith, getting enough upstream. Even the best DSL only offers around 350-500k upstream. Anything other than DSL is too expensive.

I have so many ideas. I just need the bandwith.

Re:How is this news? (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375261)

I have so many ideas. I just need the bandwith.

Okkaaayyy... Why is bandwidth the problem? These guys [lunarpages.com] can fix you up with everything you need at a low cost. Besides, if your ideas were sufficient to warrant VC attention, then you could get money from them for a T1.

Wow, getting featured on the front page is easy (4, Funny)

vortigern00 (443602) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374842)

Gee, If I had known this was all you had to do to get credit for a posting on slashdot I'd have submitted this a year ago.

Re:Wow, getting featured on the front page is easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12375120)

Yup its a sad sad slashdot world. You can also try dupe stories, that work equally well.

Re:Wow, getting featured on the front page is easy (5, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375272)

I'm going to submit Google's CURRENT webpage.

Wanna take bets on whether it gets posted?

Google Newsletter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12374846)

I wonder if we could still apply?

Re:Google Newsletter (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12375040)

I tried but it didn't work, so I sent them an e-mail:
Dear Sir or Madam,

I find your ideas intriguing and would like to subscribe to your newsletter. However, your script is not allowing me to do so, so I earnestly request that you manually add me to your mailing list and fix this irritating problem as soon as possible.

Thank you,
Anonymous Coward

I suggest you do the same.

Interestingly enough... (5, Funny)

Nomihn0 (739701) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374848)

Interestingly enough, The WayBack Machine can can also be used to find when Slashdot last posted this story.

Re:Interestingly enough... (5, Funny)

mopslik (688435) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375063)

The WayBack Machine can can also be used to find when Slashdot last posted this story.

Tomorrow?

Re:Interestingly enough... (1)

FLOOBYDUST (737287) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375206)

Be careful

I tried this and due to the rash of multiple reposts of old \. stories and duplication from HACK-A-DAY site my video screen created created a strong vortex of page reloads and almost sucked me into the monitor

Don't try this with out parental supervision...

News?? (3, Insightful)

pete19 (874979) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374851)

Bah... I saw that in 1998...

Does everything related to Google get on the frontpage now?

Re:News?? (4, Interesting)

Jafafa Hots (580169) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375095)

Does everything related to Google get on the frontpage now?

No, it doesn't. I discovered a strange fluke and possible flaw in Pagerank, submitted it here, and it was rejected.

Re:News?? (1)

pete19 (874979) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375171)

I discovered a strange fluke and possible flaw in Pagerank, submitted it here, and it was rejected. But that could possibly be considered "News for Nerds. Stuff that matters". It had no chance...

Re:News?? (1)

SenFo (761716) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375187)

Yeah, sure, why not? It's Google and we all love Google, don't we ;-)?

Besides the fact the Google seems to be one of the last decent Internet businesses left in the world, Slashdot vistors rely on them for a lot more than you might realize (e.g. cached pages). Without Google, all us die hard geeks would have to sift through thousands of Slashdotted pages on the net. Either that or become so frustrated that we get back to actually working ;-).

Personally, I say post the korny Slashdot stories as a way of saying "thank you". I don't know, maybe I just stand alone on this one.

I've seen a lot of people complain (1)

A beautiful mind (821714) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374862)

about how a story was news, and mostly i disagreed with their assessment, however, in this case, were someone to complain that how using archive.org is news, i'd agree with asking the question.

Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12374881)

This is HUGE news!

Slashdot scoops the blog community with another huge bombshell news story!

While we're talking about random browsing... (5, Interesting)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374889)

I took a peek at WayBackMachine.com and found Slashdot's pages since 1997. Did this way way back....but if somebody can get a story about it, the least I can hope for is a +5 Interesting.

1997 [archive.org]
1998 [archive.org]
1999 [archive.org]
2000 [archive.org]

Take a look once their server comes up.

(on a side note, Slashcode interprets embedded http://links/ [links] (as in : http://web.archive.org/web/20000301205131/http://w ww.slashdot.org/ [archive.org] incorrectly).

Re:While we're talking about random browsing... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Custard (587661) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375021)

the correct way to do an embedded link is to use the ascii code for the colon (%3A) and the forward slash (%2F)

http://web.archive.org/web/20000301205131/http%3A% 2F%2Fw ww.slashdot.org%2F [archive.org]

And you can use the <URL:http://example.com/> method to get rid of one of the extra spaces (in the www):

http://web.archive.org/web/20000301205131/http%3A% 2F%2Fwww.slashdot.org%2F [archive.org]

I saw the past... (2, Funny)

CypherXero (798440) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374908)

I saw slashdot at archive.org, and it reminded me of a time before it became "Googledot". I miss those days

server too busy (3, Funny)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374913)

Network Error (tcp_error)
A communication error occurred: "" The Web Server may be down, too busy, or just doesn't care preventing it from responding to requests. You may wish to try again at a later time, or you can give up completely and go to msn search, it works better than google.
For assistance, contact your network support team, if you don't have a support team, hire one! They need jobs and they are fun to bring to tech conventions and have cool toys on their desks.

archive.org can't handle a slashdotting (1)

BinBoy (164798) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374978)

archive.org is slow to begin with. Now it's going to die for sure.

I can't believe it's just me... (1, Funny)

Myrmi (730278) | more than 8 years ago | (#12374990)

I can't believe that it's just me, but this is really old news.

Slashdot should start google.slashdot.org (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12375045)

this way they put up pictures of Taco sucking off Page. Everything that Google does or realted is automatically put on the frontpage of Slashdot. It's really becoming tiring that they post 50 articles a day and only 10 of them are acutally news worthy.

Out of craplholes... (1)

Aeron65432 (805385) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375087)

If you think about it, it's pretty incredible that it was started in a couple guy's appartment, just like Microsoft was started by a bunch of weird looking college students (some dropouts) at home, everyone's seen the pictures. Both are now worldwide leaders.

I'd have mentioned Apple but I don't know how Apple started.

Re:Out of craplholes... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12375313)

One of these days, go to BlockBuster and rent or buy "Pirates of Silicon Valley". It was a movie that showed the beginning of both Apple and Microsoft and how they got on top. Great movie.

WTH (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12375100)

This is news?

I Still Remember (5, Interesting)

rAiNsT0rm (877553) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375102)

Typing google.stanford.edu to search, and how I couldn't convince anyone that it was better than Altavista.

Everyone thought "google" was a dumb name for the site, now it's a figure of speech

I just wish my search results were as good as they were in the wayback machine, now people prey on google's spidering and ranking so now I have to wade through the same detritus that I began using google to avoid.

Yahoo/Google group irony (2, Interesting)

ThyPiGuy (870924) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375106)

I find if funny that google-friends was hosted as a Yahoo! Group first... then "moved to Google" as seen when you click the "archive" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/google-friends/ [yahoo.com] on the "We've moved" link.

Re:Yahoo/Google group irony (1)

emptybody (12341) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375161)

I find if funny that google-friends was hosted as a Yahoo! Group first...

There isnt any irony there because It wasnt.

Yahoo bought E-GROUPS a few years ago, long after the google-friends group was created.

feeling lucky? (1)

waldoiverson (608278) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375154)

/. mods were fishing for a fresh story and hit the I'm Feeling Lucking button...this story is what it returned.

Spoiler... (5, Funny)

rev0102 (701177) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375156)

[spoiler]
<HTML>
<HEAD>
<BASE HREF="http://www.google.com/">

<TITLE>Google!</ TITLE>
</HEAD>

<BODY bgcolor=#FFFFFF background=alpha.jpg>

<FORM method=GET action=/search>
<CENTER>
<IMG src=google.jpg width=351 height=113 alt=Google!>
</CENTER>

<CENTER>
<table border=0 width=90%>

<tr>
<td bgcolor=#EEEEEE colspan=3>
<CENTER>
Search the web using Google! <br>
<INPUT type=text name=q value="" size=40><BR>
<INPUT type=submit value="Google Search">
<INPUT type=submit name=sa value="I'm feeling lucky"><br>
</CENTER>
</FORM>
<FORM method=GET action=http://www.findmail.com/cgi-bin/subscribe.p y>
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td width=37% bgcolor=#7EE5DA><center>
Special Searches<br>

<A HREF="/stanford">Stanford Search</A><br>
<A HREF="/linux">Linux Search</A><br>
</center>
</td>
<td bgcolor=#70CCC2>
<CENTER>
<FONT size=-1>
<A HREF="help.html">Help!</A> <br>
<A HREF="about.html">About Google!</A> <br>
<A HREF="company.html">Company Info</A> <br>

<A HREF="stickers.html">Google! Logos</A> <br>
</FONT>
</CENTER>
</td>
<td align=right bgcolor=#62B3AA>
<CENTER>
<FONT size=-1>
Get Google! <br> updates monthly: <br>
<INPUT type=hidden name=listname value=google-friends>
<INPUT type=text name=emailaddr value="your e-mail"> <br>
<INPUT type=submit name=SubmitAction value="Subscribe">

&nbsp;&nbsp
<FONT SIZE=-1><A HREF="http://www.findmail.com/list/google-friends/ ">Archive</A></FONT>
</FONT>
</CENTER>
</td>

</table>
</CENTER>

<p>
<CENTER><FONT SIZE=-1>Copyright &copy;1998 Google Inc.</FONT></CENTER>
</FORM>

</BODY>
</HTML>

The Googles, They Do Nothing! (3, Funny)

WombatControl (74685) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375397)

Wow, between the unquoted attributes, the tables, and the capitalized tags, that drives the Crazy Pedantic Web Standards Designer part of me up a bloody wall...

Damn dynamic pages (1)

baadger (764884) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375234)

Looks like the wayback machine itself has suffered a painful death. Archive.org for the most part is loading brilliantly.

Too many server side scripts me thinks, anyone know how how archived pages are stored? Are they just organised into a file system directory tree or do they use some sort of db intensive backend? (For access I mean, not for searching)

Wow - Google was positively psychic back then (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#12375333)

I typed Google into the old Google search box and it found the new Google! Scary...

Not quite correct (5, Informative)

baadger (764884) | more than 8 years ago | (#12375399)

"I took a peek at WayBackMachine.com and found Google's first website [archive.org]."

Technically this is incorrect, the first 'Google website' is archived under google.standford.edu [archive.org]. Although obviously he meant the first Google.com webpage, I thought i'd post it for the sake of enjoyment I get from being annoying.

Don't miss the pictures and stats of Google hardware [archive.org], or Sergey's [archive.org] and Larry's [archive.org] Stanford pages either for those who haven't seen it all before.
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