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9-21-17 Thanks for over 18k views!Old-Site of the Day: ToysRUs.com, in 1996. Toys R Us, the U.S. chain of big box toy stores, filed for chapter 11 this week, so here's the earliest archived version of their website. Nice use of image maps. 90's websites are stereotyped as collections of blinking GIFs, but those were mostly amature sites set up on ISPs' free/included webspace. There were good-looking, easily navigatable, creative sites, even in '96. (And surprisingly, it looks like I spelled navigatable correctly in one try. Hooray!)
Bible Verse of the Day: Luke 8:22-25
Search-Service of the Day: GoodGopher.com A search engine "for independent news." Created by a website owner who thought Google was censoring his site. Breaks sites down into categories which users can search individually. Categories include "independent media, maintsream media, academia, and products." Users can "like" a siyte; liked sites are given a boost. Users can also flag a site for manual review. Started in 2015. Not my favorite engine; I'd prefer something less focused on the news, but it exists, so here ya go!
9-20-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Hebrews 2:9-11
Old-Site of the Day: BlackViper.com A computer guide site with a cool domain name. Copyright from 1999-Today. I linked to an article about the Xbox; the author is complaining about PC gaming, copyright protection, slow internet, and updates...in 2001. 241;65 Hmmm...major drop in traffic. :(
9-19-17 Old-Site of the Day: AudioVisualizers.com A website about video synthesizers, started in 1999. Fairly large, with an inconsistant layout.
Bible Verse of the Day: Ezekiel 1:13-14 643;96
9-18-17 Old-Site of the Day: 7Search.com I was researching some of the sites who's buttons I posted on 9/13, only to discover that one recently closed. 7Search was, till July 31, an online ad company and pay-per-click search service. Went through Archive.org to trace the site's development. Can't really call this a history report, since I don't know anything about the company's internal practices, but it still may be interesting:
9-16-17 Old-Site of the Day: The Video Graveyard Reviews B-movies and horror movies, since '97. I haven't looked this site over very much; I don't know if it's family-friendly or not, so be warry. Found this via a link in another B-Movie site I visit.
Bible Verse of the Day Numbers 14:18 386;63
9-15-17 Old-Site of the Day: MoonBlink.info A Website about eclipses. Copyright 1995-2014. Appropriate name, don't you think? I didn't know .info sites existed in '95; I'm betting the webmaster bought a domain name later.
Bible Verse of the Day: 1 Corinthians 12:3
So the Police have USB detecting dogs. 894;135
9-14-17 Bible Verse of the Day: John 14:5-9
Old-Site of the Day: TURBOKART About Jet Powered Go-Karts. No, really. 726 Views; 70 Unique.
9-13-17 Well, I'm glad it's not Friday. ;)
Old-Site of the Day: Christian Mega Search Growing dissatisfied with Google, I decided to search for a Christian Search Engine. (Using Google, of course.) This was on the 1st page. Not a search engine itself, but a list of links to search engines. Includes a lot of nice buttons:
I recognize some of these names, but I've never seen buttons for all of them. I don't know the history of all these sites. I'll have to do more digging to bring you more information.
Bible Verse of the Day: Genesis 1:26-28
17,400 Unique Views! Thank You!
772 repeat views today; 100 unique. Thanks a lot!
9-12-17 Old-Site of the Day: Aerospaceweb.com An online museum of aircraft, focused on post WWII aircraft. Contains articles on the airplanes' history with pictures. (Yeah, I linked to another article on the DeHavilland Comet. Forgive me; it was a pretty plane.)
Google Appeals European Anti-Trust Fine
Bible Verse of the Day: Genesis 15:4 131;66
9-11-17 Today is the 16th anniversiary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in NYC and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. I had something differecnt planned for todya, but I wasn't thinking of the date. As such, plans have changed; today's planned site will be tomorrow's. Old-Site of the Day: AliWeb.com Yes, it's Aliweb again. They have a special page for 9/11, apparently made when 9/11 happened so people could have quick access to news sites, charities, and emergency services.
Bible Verse of the Day: Matthew 6:15 132;73
9-10-17 Sorry, no update today. 102;66
9-9-17 Old-Site of the Day: DHComet.com Details the restoration of a Comet airliner, from 2004-2013. This was a later model, a bit larger, and with the problems fixed. This site was up just 2 days ago, but today it apperas to have gone offline. EDIT: OK, it works if I don't include "www."
Bible Verse of the Day: Ephesians 4:26-28
Over 17k unique views! Thanks everyone! 79;48
9-7-17 Old-Site of the Day: DeHavilland Comet Homepage The DeHavilland Comet was the first jet airliner. An innovative, and I must say, beautiful plane, the 1st version had a fatal design flaw which caused two planes to break up mid-flight. While trying to find information which did not come from Wikipedia, I found this archived Geocities site. It has everything you could ask for: contemporary news articles, photos broken down by plane model and registration number. Everything! And Yahoo decided to delete this. Geocities wasn't just a collection of goofy GIFs folks. There should be more sites like this.
Bible Verse of the Day: Acts 4:1-2 177;119
9-6-17 Old-Site of the Day: WizardsAndWarriors.org Fan site for an 80's fantasy TV series. Large site, with links to many other fan sites of 80's fantasy/sci-fi shows. Started in 200, probably had it's last real update in 2015. There is a message from this year noting the site is an archive, and no longer activly maintained.
Bible Verse of the Day: 2 Samuel 14:1-21 146;88
9-5-17 Thank you for visiting WebSiteRing! We've had 16,652 Hits; 31,098 Views since launching! Forgive me for not updating last week; I was busy. As for yesterday...What can I say? It was a holiday.
Old-Site of the Day: 60's Anime a 20 year old site about 50 year old anime. Also covers Japanese/American co-productions. Still linked to from Jerry Beck's Cartoon Research. Nice, simple layout with enthusiastic articles.
Bible Verse of the Day: Matthew 28:10-20 117;53
8-25-17 Well, according to the hit counter WebSiteRing's had 30,135 hits since it launched near the end of last November; 16,052 (unique?) visits. Thanks Everyone!
8-24-17 Old-Site of the Day: DanielSays.com Started as Dan's 20th Century Abandonware in 1999. Has a large gallery of old software organized by OS. Also archives computers, computer books, etc. Has a good article on the dangers of the cloud.
Bible Verse of the Day: 1 Kings 18:44 98;65
8-23-17Old-Site of the Day: Harvest: A Distributed Search System Website for an open-source search project.
Bible Verse of the Day: Matthew 6:25-34
8-22-17 Old-Site of the Day: All-Reviews.com A review site started in '98. Doesn't appear to have been updated since '04. Relied on user submitted reviews, but would pay users for their reviews. Fairly easy to navigate with lots of content.
Bible Verse of the Day: Luke 3:11 151 (And Mew Too!); 107
8-21-17 Old-Site of the Day: The World of Push Puppets By someone calling themselves Honeywood. Here's how the webmaster described the site: "This is the first (??) on-line web site devoted to push puppets - you know those little toys that wiggle, jiggle, dance & collapse when you push the button in on their bases." Started in '99; Last updated in '03.
Bible Verse of the Day: Nehemiah 1-2:7
8-19-17 Old-Site of the Day: Digital Monster Island Reviews of monster movie DVDs from when DVDs were still new.
Bible Verse of the Day: Romans 7:6-8
Search Service of the Day: DanielsNet.net Well, well, well, MelonKing made a search engine! Only feature curated links; e.g. sites he chooses from submissions. I'm ready for an adventure. 213;111
8-18-17 Sorry for not Updating Today. 84;37
8-17-17 Combined Old-Site and Search Service of the Day: WebDirectory.com Surprisingly, it's not ageneral web directory; it has an environmental focus.
Bible Verse of the Day: Genesis 2:8-14 97;52
8-16-17 Old-Site of the Day: The Unknown Movies Page A website for "The Obscure, Unknown, and Little-Shown" movies. Used to be hosted by BadMoviePlanet, but that site's been gone for years. Good reviews, but too few pictures. (Like I'm one to talk. :)
Bible Verse of the Day: Ephesians 4:25-30 Guidelines for a Christian life; tho some of them are still useful if you're not Christian. 118;57
8-15-17 SearchService of the Day: WolframAlpha I think I'll wait for WolframBeta :/
Old-Site of the Day: Unmade Giant Monster Movies Lists (you guessed it) unmade giant monster movies. Also lists changes made to movies when they were in development.
Bible Verse of the Day: Genesis 14:13-20 69;31
8-14-17 Old-Site of the Day: The Digital Press For some reason this site's at DigitPress.com instead of DigitalPress.com. A large, still-updated classic gaming site. Probalably the best place to get classic gaming info in the early 2000's. Also hosts and links to many sites.
Bible Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 4:3-4 116; 59
8-12-17 Search Service of the Day: Replaz.com Just another small search engine. The mobile version uses centered text in the results page.
Old-Site of the Day: StopMotionWorks.com A large site full of resources for stop motion animators and enthusiasts. Since 2000.
Bible Verse of the Day: Genesis 2:7 Just remember we can't create anything without our own Creator. 150;71
8-11-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Mark 15:24
Search Service of the Day: EarthStation9 A good-sized web-directory. I like the formation; having the main category listing as a sidebar is helpful. Also has a guide for Worlds Fairs. I get the feeling this was someone's personal project. It's been online since at least 2001, so it's also the Old-Site of The Day.
And Google's recieving more fallout from firing the engineer who wrote thet memo I linked to earlier this week.Google CEO Pichai cancels 'town hall' on gender dispute And more: Someone is plastering anti-Google ads outside Google's office criticizing CEO Sundar Pichai NY Times Honsetly, this is getting too ugly. I know it can get worse, but it's gone far enough. Please, if you're listening and you have any influence, stop. Be calm before things worsen. 167; 96
8-10-17 Has it already been 10 days since the start of August? That's amazing. Time moves too fast.
Olde-Site of the Day: OneMission Tried to find this last night, only to discover that it closed. A user-edited web directory, similar to DMOZ, but with much less oversight. Kinda became a free for all mess, but I still didn't want/expect it to close; it had been online since at least '98 and had changed little since then.
Correction: Facebook's AI was shut down because the experiment was over, not because it developed it's own language. If you want to read the article which says so, here it is.
Search Service of the Day: Glimpsy A directory organized buy verbs; ask yourself "What do I want to do?" then click on the best link.
Bible Verse of the Day: Ecclesiates 3:1-8
Removed my META description tag; the short quote Google provides looks more relevant for most queries, since the quote usually contains keywords a searcher's looking for. I added a short intro to the beginning of my site a few weeks ago, so if someone's just looking for my site Google will still have something relevant to show. 173;87
8-9-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Esther 5-7 I know it's longer than usual, but it's a great story, and this is what's needed to get the feel of it.
Old-Site of the Day: Text Retrieval Confrence I'll just pull a small quote from the site which explains its purpose: "The Text REtrieval Conference (TREC), co-sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and U.S. Department of Defense, was started in 1992 as part of the TIPSTER Text program. Its purpose was to support research within the information retrieval community by providing the infrastructure necessary for large-scale evaluation of text retrieval methodologies." So, it's basically a U.S. government sponsored review of search engines and related tech.
Search Service of the Day: LiquiSearch.com Not 100% sure what this is. Looks like they're combining Wikipedia data with clustering tech to build a knowledge base. 190;85
8-8-17 Controversial Google Memo Most news sites are calling this an anti-diversity memo. Thing is, it's not. The author suggests that Google has it's own biases, and that their diversity programs should be changed to reflect diferences between men and women, but that's only so Google can become diverse successfully, not because he wants to exclude women. Apparently, that was enough to get him fired. To be fair Google has been criticized for having too many men in their upper ranks; this was probably ment to send a message than anything which could be precieved as sexist is not tolerated, and the original version of the memo linked to other documents; I have no idea what those said, or if they were incredibly off kilter.
Old-Site of the Day: StarFireSwords.com He makes swords! Found this as a link from BadMovies.org. Here's what the site looked like in 1997, the 1st time it appears in the Wayback Machine. Here's what it looked like in 2003, about the same time Andrew posted his review of The Curse of Count Chocula, where I found the link.
Bible Verse of the Day: Judges 4-5
Search Service of the Day: OpenText The Open Text Project offered one of the 1st web search ebngines, but was basicly drummed out of the search business when they began to offer paid results. Still around, as a metasearch engine focused on enterprise customers. 412;177
8-7-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Psalm 20:1
Deer Fern Farms Uromastyx Care Page A care sheet for spiny-tail lizards. First launched in 1992, last updated in 2012. Here's what it looked like in '99
Search Service of the Day: Alligator Directory Sadly, not about alligators. Still a cool name. Appears to be selling links to webmasters who want to increase their PageRank, but this site doesn't show up when I search for its name. That's probably a bad sign. 54;36
8-6-17 Sorry, no update today. 40;22
8-5-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Hebrews 1:1-4
Old-Site of the Day: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Let's add some class to WebSiteRing, shall we? Started in '93. Apparently went off line in the late 90's due to a server failure; the hard drive crashed. Found via a link in a movie review. 34;29
8-3-17 Search Service of the Day: Findeen 46;29
8-2-17 Bible Verse of the Day: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
Old-Site of the Day: The Puppetry Homepage Found this as a link from the Puppetoon site I listed earlier this week. Pro puppeteers provide info on puppetry. Online since at least '98.
Search Service of the Day: Magelln.com New privacy focused meta-searchengine. Owners plan to develop their own index.
8-1-17 Old-Site of the Day: LegendCup.com A Monster Rancher fan site. Has permission from game's developer, a rarity for most fan sites. Has a collection of banners for folks who link to the site:
I know little about Monster Rancher; ABC scheduled it directly against Pokemon, so I never really watched it. What I did see wasn't been bad. This site's more about the games, which I've never played. While the seiries was never as popular as Pokemon or Digimon, it does have a respectable cult following.
Search Service of the Day: eTools.ch A meta-search engine from Europe; Carrot2 uses it for results. Lists engines it mixes, some of which sound interesting. Probably meant as a tech demo for an enterprise search service.
Bible Verse of the Day: Matthew 1:20-21
FaceBook AI "Develops Own Language" Basically Facebook has some systems which use AI. They were programed to speak in English, but some of them began speaking to each other in gibberish. Naturally that means they developed their own language and pose a threat to humanity; it's not just a glitch. :-/ Still an interesting idea for a movie; two computers develop their own language then go rogue. Not sure it's been done, tho Colossus: the Forbin Project came close. 79;53
7-31-17 Sorry for not updating this weekend; it was busy.
Old-Site of the Day: George Pal's Puppetoons The history of an old cartoon series, presented by AWN. I didn't know AWN used to host other websites on their servers, but I guess it makes sense. Most larger sites from the late 90's would host smaller, related sites, usually under a sub-directory. Actually, Gamasurtra still hosts new blogs for video game makers.
Bible Verse of the Day: Song of Solomon 4:8
Search Service of the Day: Carrot2 an open source implement5ation of several clustering algorithims. Doesn't have it's own index; will let you search Wikipeida or a meta-search engine. 63;53
7-27-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Genesis 8:22
Old-Site of the Day: SUPER TOY ARCHIVE "This page Opened on Decemebr 28th, 1997" Lists toys made from the 70's to the 90's. Member of several WebRings(R). Lots of cool pics, and info on the toys and TV shows that inspired them.Here's the WayBack Machine's earliest crawl of the site. 50;46
7-26-17 Search Bias? A long paper asking about the FX a search engine would have on society if it manipulated results. Bias is an emotionally charged word; forgive me for using it, but it is the correct word here, in spite of any emotional connotations it may hold. (I haven't finished reading this yet, but it seemed important.)
Bible Verse of the Day: Acts 4:18-22 30;30
7-25-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Proverbs 14:21
Search Service of the Day: GoGuides.com Another spin-off of Disney's old Go.com directory. This one requires both editors and submitters to pay.
Old-Site of the Day: DigitalMediaFX.com An animation news site. Hasn't been updated in over 10 years, but should still have some good historical information. At some point these sites cross a line and become contemporary documents. (I've said that before, but it bears repeating.) 36;36
7-24-17 Sorry for not updating for the past 2 days; I've been busy!
Bible Verse of the Day: Psalm 40:5
Old-Site of the Day: TrafficZap.com A bunch of old SEO tools. No longer that useful, possibly even dangerous to your rankings, but interesting.
7-21-17 All About Neocities Well, that desereves a backlink, don't you think?
Bible Verse of the Day: John 3:20-21
Old-Site of the Day: Fluid Dynamics Software The owner's planning to sell the domain name this month. It may already be sold. Till the 31st you can download shareware and freeware copies of the software; after then the software's gone, probably forever. 230; 146
7-20-17 Sorry, I ran out of time to update.
7-19-17 Old-Site of the Day: Explore Hidden Levels in Atari 2600 video game, Mountain King That title describes the page perfectly. Created in '99 last updated in 2012.
Bible Verse of the Day: John 18:20-24 45;41
7-18-17 Old-Site of the Day: Yesterland.com Another site I liked in highschool, tho I never spent much time there. Not in relation to other sites at the least. Lists old Disneyland and Disney World attractions, Disney history too. Still updated.
Bible Verse of the Day: 12:42-43
Search Service of the Day: Cluuz.com Creates a tag cloud for each site, to help you narrow results. Also extracts pictures, phone numbers, etc. from sites to display in your search results.
7-17-17 Old-Site of the Day: StillThings Sells movie memorabilia. Flashy, mid 90's design; lots of animated GIFs.
Search Service of the Day: Contenko Returns one page of results, and half of those are ads.
Bible Verse of the Day: Titus 3:5
WebSiteRing's Views: 52; 48 Unique.
7-15-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Leviticus 19:15
Old-Site of the Day: GoldMonkey.com Tales of the Gold Monkey was a U.S. adventure TV series in the early 80's, made to capatilize on the success of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The show didn't last long, but it did gain a cult following. Here's a fan site with more info, from 1996, probably last updated in 2010. The fourm is still up!
Search Service of the Day: SupremeSearch.net This site decided to become a Yahoo-like portal instead of a Google-like search box. Really poor results tho. 31;29
7-13-17 Finished Net History article. 57;51
7-12-17 A Brief History of the Net and Net Nutrality. 213;94
7-11-17 Bible Verse of the Day: 1st Chronicles 29:11
You can get a free small Slurpee today at 7-11 convience stores. I got Dr. Pepper
SpriteClad fixed the link to his new site.
Old-Site of the Day: Tomy Pocket Games - The full List I was on the ViodeoGameCritic's forum the other day, and someone mentioned these. They're not video games; they're small plastic toys, (and they look kinda cool.) Searching for them on DuckDuckGo brought up this page within the 1st 10 results.
Search Service of the Day: DotHop Displays search results as a carousel of screen grabs. 30;29
7-10-17 NeoCities News of the Day: Spriteclad has moved. Spriteclad was one of NeoCities' oldest and most-followed sites. Founded in October 2013, it had a great section on older websites. The author cited cost, lack of FTP support, and a bad community as reasons for the move. (Community's not that bad folks; just different opinions is all.) Currently, the old Neocities page's links to a new domain, but the link does not work. Wish you well Spriteclad!
Old-Site of the Day: www.RobertNewton.net A bio of the actor who played Long John Silver in the 50's Disney version of Treasure Island.
Search-Service of The Day: Zeerch.com A family-friendly engine powered by the smae tech as Yioop, but with it's own index. (Remember, Yioop's tech is open source.)
Bible Verse of the Day: John 5:12-18 23;23
7-8-17 Search-Service of the Day: Subjex.com Returns topics for your entered keyword. You can then click on a topic to see related results. Does not use links to determine relevancy, but may use click-through rate. Only indexes pages submitted to their search engine, not the entire site.
Old-Site of the Day: Dragon and The Hawk Promo site for a martial arts film. Here's what it looked like in '99
Bible Verse of the Day: Job 39:26 37;34
7-7-17 Old-Site of the Day: Crazy About TV.com Has atricles about TV shows, their history, triva, etc., Listed by decade or genre. If anyone tells you "good content" is enough to succeed on the web, don't believe them. This site's articles are as good as Wikipedia's, but have you ever heard of it?
Search Service of the Day: SitiDi.net A recent find. Just another small search engine, indexing about 3-4 million sites. Uses "AND" searching tho, which is nice.
Bible Verse of the Day: Deuteronomy 8:5-6 22;21
7-6-17 Sorry for not updating today; Busy Life. 32 Views; 28 Unique.
7-5-17 Looks like ScrubTheWeb sold their domain name on July 1. As of last night, someone's set up a directory prominently displaying the domain's age and other factors SEO folks should like. Don't buy into it; if they're already bragging about how great this domain is for a backlink they're sure to ruin it very soon. They even mispelled some of their category names. :( On the plus side they didn't block the Internet Archive from crawling the site (yet), so there's still an historical snapshot of what it looked like.
Search Service of the Day: The-Arena.co.uk A small search engine and directory. Claims to have been online since 1980.(!) If so that would probably make them the oldest search engine, but it's only half-true. The web didn't exist until 1991; in 1980 they were a directory of BBSs. They didn't have a public search engine til 2000.
Old-Site of the Day: The-Arena in 2001.
Bible Verse of the Day: Romans 8:28
7-4-17 Happy Independence Day to everyone in the U.S.A! Sorry for not updating; holidays are like that. 15;15
7-3-17 Search Service of the Day: Zanran.com Designed to extract data from tables. Can also be used as a general search engine.
Old-Site of the Day: www.infonetware.comThis was on my list of search engines, but the search form doesn't appear to work. Of late search engine news sites have been buzzing about structured data, how Google plans to use it, how to include it in your website, etc. But that makes little sense; language is structured. This company developed a series of programs to extract data from language's natural structure. There is a demo which breaks down a paragraph into different parts. I'd like to see how this would work in a search engine. If you type in the adress without "www" you get infonetware's current site. Here's an article about structured data, from an SEO tool company.
Bible Verse of the Day: Mark 2:5-12 21;21
7-1-17 Well, it's a new month, and I've still not moved April's updates to the archive. What can I say? I've been busy.
Old-Site of the Day: 2600 Shadows An Atari 2600 fan page.
Search Service of the Day: BubbleHunt.com A few weeks ago someone showed up on Resource-Zone's message board and suggested their new search engine, Bubblehunt, might be a good replacement for DMOZ. It allows users to create searchable groups of sites. Returns results in user generated clusters. Not really a good replacement; there's no way to drill down through an ontology to get more specific results. Neat idea tho. Still not entirely original; SearchKing let users mak a portal for their prefered sites. Excite and Ask had similar-looking clustering systems. This just combines the two approaches.
Bible Verse of the Day: Luke 17:20-24 28;28
6-30-17 15; 13
6-29-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Luke 12:13-20
The Hampster's New Home An article from December 2006, after DMOZ was rebuilt from their server crash 2 months earlier. Found via a link from Wikipedia. Wikipedia said DMOZ ran on 2 servers; this article's a bit more detailed. Only the editor interface ran on 2 servers; the directory, forums, search engine, and link checkers had their own servers. 23; 19
6-28-17 Google fined $2,700,000,000 by EU. 28; 25
Old-Site of the Day: SkyKing.com Official homepage of the 50's TV show. Not as old as some sites I list (it was probably made in 2004,) but an older style.
Bible Verse of the Day: Proverbs 23:20-21
Search-Service of the Day: JoeAnt.com A directory started by former Go.com editors. Fairly well-updated and relatively spam-free, but not as extensive as DMOZ :(. Still allows free submissions, if you volunteer to edit. 33; 31
6-26-17 Old-Site of the Day: ClassicTVGits.com Started off as an unofficial NickAtNite fan page, moved to it's current home in 2001. It's layout's changed little since 2004. Looks like it went off line in 2005, but was back up in 2006. Has large archives of articles on U.S. TV Networks, TV Shows, and Actors.
Search Service of the Day: Search.SubInSB.com A search engine made by a 16-year-old kid. Good Luck!
Bible Verse of the Day: John 4:14
How have search engines changed in the past 20 years? 27; 26
6-25-17 45; 34
6-24-17 Bible Verse of the Day: 1st Peter 5:7-11
Listology had a server crash. Will report more when I have more info. Going through the Wayback Machine, it looks like the crash happened in September 2016.
Old-Site ofthe Day: Listology, in 1999. Listology was a website featuring user-created lists of the best (and worst) movies, books, and almost anything else. Not a bad layout for '99, tho I'm not a fan of pink.
Search Service of the Day: MillionShort.com Allows users to strip search results of the top million websites to see what gets burried. I remember a reviewer calling the engine stupid because it returned an old blog entry praising Twitter instead of Twitter. That misses the point. 41;39
6-23-17 Old-Site of the Day: Halfhill.com A bit of everything, with an emphasis on computers. Has an interesting article breaking down the Chinese character for computer. Still updated today.
Search Service of the Day: SurfCanyon This engine provides a browser add on to reorder search results, bringing the results which best fit your preferences to the top. Appears to have unique results.
Bible Verse of the Day: Judges 13:11-21 43;40
6-22-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Luke 6:22
Old-Site of the Day: The FreeMiNT Portal FreeMiNT was/is a Unix-like OS for Atari ST and Falcon computers. This site provides links to resources for Atari owners. Last updated in 2009, online since atleast 2001.
Search Service of the Day: Yippy.com Started as a clustering meta-search engine. I think they have their own index now, tho they do mixin results from news sites and an article search service. 51; 46
6-21-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Proverbs 25:15
Old-Site of the Day: Sepc.Sony.com, in 1996. Cryptic name, isn't it? Well, don't be alarmed: This is Sony's old website for the Playstation. Looks like the Wayback machine's earliest crawl too. Dig a bit and you can find Son't official site for Crash Bandicoot. There's a link to an online Crash Game! Sadly, the game doesn't work. I wonder if anyone at Sony saved a copy, or if it's a piece of lost media...
Search Service of the Day: SecretSearchLabs.com This engine indexes at least 10 pages from each site in it's index; more if the site has more in bound links. Another lousy engine which has joined ExactSeek's ISEDN.org. Info on their ranking algorithm and on their history. 65;60
6-20-17 Sometime between last night and this morning ScrubTheWeb went offline. There's not even a good bye notice; the domain isn't even parked; it's just gone. So long Scrubby. :(
Old-Site of the Day: Surfy! Classic A link on Surfy's homepage leads to a copy of their old homepage. Lets you choose from a list of 50, most of which no longer exist, some of which I've never heard of (Brain Fox?)
Search Service of the Day: Arielis.com Another small search engine. If I remember correctly this one only indexes homepages. Returns very few results, but has a nice looking directory. I didn't know this, but they've been around since 1999.
Bible Verse of the Day: Romans 12:9-10 65;61
6-19-17 ScrubTheWeb is still up, but I'm not sure if any of their tools are still working. The search engine's been off-line for awhile now.
Old-Site of the Day: Porphyrin.net Bit concerned about linking to this one, since it's a doorway page, but I thought it was interesting anyways, if only as an example of a doorway page. Doorway pages are keyword-optimized pages which link back to a site's main page. They were used by webmasters to ensure their site ranked well for a specific keyword. Search engines have improved, and most engines considered doorway pages spam, so today doorway pages rarely used. This domain has one page which links back to related pages on it's owner's main domain, stargen.eu. I found stargen.eu when trying to research Inference Find; they have a saved search somewhere on their server. A link from the saved search led me to the doorway page, which then led me back to stargen.eu. As far as spamming techniques go this seems fairly innocent; the site really is about "porphyrins and related structures." I rel="nofollow"-ed it anyways, just to be safe. SearchKing had a few good articles on doorway pages. Here's one: Portal Partner Press: January 29, 2001 Please remember this advice is extremely dated. Following it won't help your site's search engine ranking; it may even get your site blacklisted.
Search Service of the Day: Surfy.com When I wrote my ScrubTheWeb article I forgot one other still-extant 90's search engine: Surfy.com. Not my favorite, but they do appear to have their own index, and they claim to have been online since '94.
Bible Verse of the Day: John 3:20-21 56;54
6-17-17 ScrubTheWeb closes tomorrow, and I've written an article about them. Here it is. Rambles a bit near the end.
Bible verse of the Day: 2 Samuel 22:40-47 David, praising God for his success, if memory serves. 68; 59
6-16-17 Sorry, no update today! 21;19
6-15-17 Just crossed 13,000 unique views today! Thank you!
Old-Site of the Day: HonestGamers.com I just found this site yesterday when checking DmozTools for broken links. I love the simple design, and there's some good content too. They've been online since 1998, and they have 9,000 video game reviews for systems ranging from the Atari 2600 to the Wii U.
Search Service of the Day: Findia.net Another service I know little about. It's owned by the same people who run the FreeFind site search engine and provides web results for that service. Appears to be a relatively old engine, dating to 1999. Requires jscript.
Well, it looks like ScrubTheWeb sold their domain name; the link to the domain marketplace it gone. I sent them one last email to say bye; don't know if I'll hear back. Probably won't, but who knows? EDIT: A quick search found the domain market place; with Scrubby's Domain still listed as for sale: Here's the for sale page. They took the description down, and lowered the minimum bid.
Bible Verse of the Day: Ruth 1:14-22 351; 159
6-14-17 I found out today that iWon is also closing their email service. (MyWay and iWon are owned by the same company.)
Old-Site of the Day: iWon.com, in 2001. iWon could be the epitome of dotcom boom crazyness. Most late 90's websites made money through ads. To make money through ads they needed users. Dotcom companies would give away free services (search results, email addresses, hosting, etc.) to attract users. What did iWon give away? Money. It was like a lotto, except you didn't have to pay to enter; you had to use their search engine. iWon even partnered with CBS, the U.S. TV network, to host a huge giveaway special. Surprisingly, it worked; iWon was successful enough to survive the dotcom bubble. The even bought up other less-successful portals, like Excite and MyWay. iWon eventually merged with AskJeeves and began useing Ask's results. Not a big loss; iWon never had their own results; they were a meta engine. iWon's portal was shut down last year, but they let their old users keep their email accounts. Even that will stop in October.
Search Service of the Day: Yioop.com. Not to be confused with Yooip, a gaming website, this is another open source search engine, developed by SeekQuarry. 1st page isn't bad, but the 2nd page seems to repeat most of the 1st page's results. And the 3rd page seems to repeat most of the 2nd page's results, and so on and so forth.
Bible Verse of the Day: Colossians 3:20-25
6-13-17 Old-Site of the Day: b-dragon.org A (Japanese?) website about bearded dragons, from 2003. Nice layout and pictures.
Search Service of the Day: Lookseek.com I don't know much about this engine, but it does offer unique results. Not too bad either, on par with Google, Yahoo, and Yandex for the term I tried. Also, I like their blinking eye logo. 8)
Bible Verse of the Day: Matthew 6:22-24
Tried to log into my account at MyWay and found out two things:
1) My account may be closed; I lost over 500 emails. (I hadn't accessed it in a few months; this may be my own fault.)
2) MyWay will shut down their email service in October. That bugs me because it was a nice, relatively ad-free web mail system, similar to what Excite has, but with fewer ads. (Excite, MyWay, and I believe Ask.com are owned by the same people.)
6-12-17 Old-Site of the Day: Phil's Radios I think this one's appeared on a few other old website lists. It's a large database of old radios and TV's. It started in 1995 and appears to sill be updated today. Cudos to Phil for keeping it up! I do have one worry; would Europe's Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive ban sales of old electronics, like these radios and TV's, or even older computers and game systems? I'm not against attempts to make the world safer, but I don't want beautiful equipment junked.
Search Service of the Day: YaCy. One of the more viable sounding open source search projects. The engine's distributed; if someone think's the project's worthwhile they can run a peice of it on their own server. A good idea, but it only returns titles and URLs, which makes it hard to judge relevance at-a-glance. If you like the engine, YaCy reccomends downloading and running a piece of the engine yourself.
6-11-17 27; 14
6-10-17 Old-Site of the Day: The Quciksand Page Yes, an entire site about quicksand. Contains facts, fiction, and a collection of screencaps from movies which contain quicksand.
Bible Verse of the Day: Revelation 2:7
Search Service of the Day: Wotbox.com A nice-looking search engine which lists a website's hosting country, and allows users to filter results by country. Not the most relevant results, however. Looks like it used to be named Wotbot.
6-9-17 Alright, I've done a bit more research into SFF.net. It was not you're standard fansite; rather it was a community for sci-fi and fantasy writers. It hosted sites, email accounts, and had it's own usenet newsserver(!) All of these were shut down on March 31. Here's the Internet Archive's last working crawl of SFF.net, from March 18. Look closely, and you'll see a tiny link to their closing notice.
Old-Site of the Day: SFF.net, in 1996. Here's what they looked like pretty soon after they opened.
Bible Verse of the Day: 1 Timothy 6:20
Search Service of the Day: Yandex.com Yandex is the most popular search engine in Russia; this is their Engilsh version.
6-8-17 TheOldRobots.com Not an old-site of the day, it's from 2007, but still cool. Who doesn't love robots?
Bible Verse of the Day: Acts 16:30-33
Search Service of the Day: Apexoo.com Another small search engine which only indexes the front page of websites. Not bad for general topics, tho it usually only returns 50 sites.
Old-Site of the Day: Claymont.com, in 1998. A teeny search engine fron the 90's. Actually stayed online til last year. There's a message on their homepage noting that they're planning a relaunch. When's anyone's guess.Here's a later version, from 2000, with more info on the engine. And here's even later version, from 2004. They were trying to sell SEO advise in that last version, similar to ScrubTheWeb. :(
SFF.net has shut down. It was large Sci-Fi fan site, from 1996. Apparently couldn't support itself anymore. I'll try to post more on it when I have more time.
6-7-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Psalm 90.
Search Service of the Day: iSeek.ai Yesterday, when entering iSeek's address, I found myself at a different site, this site. They're owned by the same poeple; this is a more modern version of the search page I linked to yesterday. More about iSeek. Sounds like they're trying to market their search engine as an analytics tool.
Old-Site of the Day: Chew's Pokemon Splat An old Pokemon fansite. Fairly well-developed, with pre-release info on Ruby and Sapphire.
6-6-17 Bible Verse of the Day: 2 Peter 1:3
Google Raters Ars Tech article on the contractors Google uses to rate websites. No, it's not all AI; there are still real people involved.
Old-Site of the Day: SearchEngineSnob Reviews of Search Engines from the turn of the century. No major players, largely negative.
Search Service of the Day: iSeek.com. Good clustering engine. Combines their own results with Google's resuls and sorts them into catagories.
6-5-17 Old-Site of the Day: VideoGameObsession.com A 20+ year old video game site featuring pictures of a man's collection of systems, games, ads, and magazines. Still updated. There used to be hundreds of sites like this, but now they've either gone off line or are impossible to find. (Too few backlinks to appear in Google's search results, unless you've already visited the site or are looking for something very specific.)
Search Service of the Day: AllTheInternet.com. Another webportal created by linking other sites together. They'll let you run searches from Google, Bing, Gigablast, DuckDuckGo, various ECom sites, and what appears to be their own index. At the very least they offer unique results. Results aren't too bad either.
Bible Verse of the Day: John: 3:19-21 24;23
6-4-17 44; 31
6-3-17 Old-Site of the Day: Luigi Cozzi Interview Luigi Cozzi directed Starcrash and other funky Sci-Fi fantasy movies in the 70's, 80's, and 90's. This is an interview with him from 2000.
Search Service of the Day: Entireweb.com Bought EuroSeek's search engine when EuroSeek went bankrupt. Slow, but with nice features and relevant results. Results include a snapshot of the site. Still, you may not want to give them money.
Bible Verse of the Day: Proverbs 14:224;22
6-2-17 Sorry for not updating. 16; 16
6-1-17 Happy June Everyone!
FireFox's Market Share's Declining. Bit sad; I usually use FireFox to update this site. I bet that has to do with moblie; Android is the most popular mobile OS, & since Google owns Android most mobile users probably use Chrome. There was (is?) an attempt to make a Firefox OS for tablets, phones, and the like, but I know of no phones which use it. You need apps to get people intered in an OS, and you need either millions of dollars or millions of users to get most developers interested in developing those aps. :/
Bible verse of the Day: Matthew 5:14-16
Search Service of the Day: FactBites.com An interesting little search engine. Returns collections of facts from articles their algorithms determine are well-written, with a link to the article if it's still online. Few/no advanced search featurtes, only one page of results, small index, but good search results.
Old-Site of the Day: Mindy's Lizard Zoo. An archived GeoCities site about lizards. Front page has a cartoon PC with lizards crawling on it.
Visits to WebSiteRing Today: 36; Unique: 35
5-31-17 Last day of the month... Bible Verse of the Day: Matthew 6:19-21
Search service of the Day: Geona.org A decent, but sometimes slow search engine. They have their own crawler, named GeonaBot. I should use this one more often. They used to offer a co-branding program & a site serach engine; I don't know if those are still avaliable.
Old-Site of the Day: CoolSiteOfTheDay.com Lists a cool website every day, with archives going back to 1994! This was an influence on my site. You can submit a site, but I think you have to pay. :(
5-30-17 Bible Verse of the Day: 1 John 4:18-19
Old-Site of the Day:TheMiningCo.com The Mining Co was a predicessor to About.com. While About closed earlier this month, TheMiningCo's home page is still up. Not all that useful, all the categories redirected to About's directory, which has been gone for years.
Search Service of the Day: CommonSearch.org An attempt to make an open search engine. Not the 1st attempt; there used to be one called moDex, but it's gone now. Here's a mirror of mozDex's site. You can't search with it, but it'll give you an idea of what it looked like. Currently CommonSerach only looks at the homepage of a website, like WhatUSeek in 1995. Not bad for general queries. 28;26
5-27-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Matthew 6:24
Search Service of the Day: SonicRun.com This search engine's name reminds me of a certain hedgehog... Does an okay job. Also has a meta-search engine which lists results from SonicRun and ExactSeek; used to list other engines too. They have a button:
You can try their engine here:
5-26-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Revelation 21:1-8
Old-Site of the Day: The Green Hill Zone A decent Sonic/Sonic Team fansite. Online since 1997, last updated in 2012. Their news section has been updated more recently, April of last year. That doesn't mean it's abandoned; they only had 2 news updates in 2016. Looks like their forum still has a bit of activity, tho only rarely.
Search Service of the day: Anoox.com A nice-looking serach engine which lets users vote on results. The results aren't the greatest; they only have a small index of META tags. They do have a large question and answer board. More about them.
5-25-17 Should I keep updating this site? Views have been dropping for the past month. I make no money from this, but it seems kind of pointless to keep publishing if no one's reading...
Bible Verse of the Day: James 1:1-8
Old-Site of the Day: Chew's Pokemon Splat A fairly well-developed Pokemon Fansite from the early 00's. Has a few pre-release pictures from Pokemon Sapphire/Ruby.
Search Service of the Day: Qwant.com A decent search engine from France. Displays regular web results and trending topics. Needs more advanced options tho.
5-24-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Proverbs 16:17-19
Old-Site of the Day: Walter E. Williams website. Professors tend to have older sites. This one's from an economics professor at the George Mason University. I found it looking for an article on monopolies, to get an alternate view that monopolies aren't all bad. Here it is Is Monopoly Good or Bad?
Search Service of the Day: ExactSeek. So bad I added a Rel="nofollow" attribute. Still, you can occasionally find something interesting with even the worst search service, so give it a go. Just don't give them money.15;11
5-23-17 Search Service of the Day: SimilarPages.com
Old-Site of the Day: Past Glimpses of Tyler Texas I found this when trying to research an old discount chain. Started in 2001, last updated in 2010.
Bible Verse of the Day: 15:22-29
A paper (from 2001!) which proposes the search engine market could create a monopoly. 34; 29
5-22-17 Search Service of the Day: Exalead This is a search engine from France. It got some attention in the early 2000s, but never gained a significant number of users. The company was bought out; I can't even find a link to the engine on their main page. Results aren't spammy, but they still aren't quite to my liking. Still you should try a few searches; your tastes may be different than mine.
Old-Site of the Day: RoseScript A simple jscript search form which will send your query to multiple engines. Search results open in a new window/tab. Judging from the list of engines this hasn't been updated since 1999. You can copy and paste the code to create your own meta search engine; you'd just need to substitue newer engines. (Double check this; I'm no lawyer.)
Bible Verse of the Day: Mark 5:38-43
I just found out that Infoseek's old directory is no longer in the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. A recent change to go.com's robots.txt file made them take it down. Go.com was a portal which replaced Infoseek. Infoseek's directory was one of the 1st Old-Sites I listed. While the home page is still there all the site's listings are not, and they were useful! The homepage? What's that? I'll still keep the link, but there's little point in showing the homepage. I'm not having a fun month on the Internet. Visits to WebSiteRing 39; Unique: 38
5-20-17 Search Service of the Day: ActiveSearchResults.com ASR started a few years ago. They're try to deliver results from actively maintained sites, but their definition of active is...odd. Sites which link to them, or which resubmit their pages weekly rank higher than other sites. Most other engines would consider those spamming techniques. They default to OR searching, and I can't find a way to run an AND search. Not all that useful.
Old-Site of the Day: W3Catalog A history of a very early search engine. Relied on lists of sites maintained by different people. Copied them, with permission, and parsed them into a single searchable document.
Bible Verse of the Day: 1 Chronicles 16:33-35
ScrubTheWeb will still let you sign up for a free account. Once signed in there's a message noting that the site's shutting down because running it's data center was no longer affordable. You cannot upgrade to a paid account; I doubt Scrubby's comming back under a new name. I'm betting they'll fulfil their contract with their paid customers, then call it quits when all the subscriptions run out. Very Sad. Just found their closure date: June 18. 59; 55
5-19-17 45; 38. Over 12k unique views. Thank You! Thank You All!
5-18-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Ecclesiastes 1:10-11
Search Service of the Day: Mojeek.com ScrubTheWeb's closure has inspired me to start another feature: the Search Engine of the Day. I'm not sure how long this will last; there aren't many engines with their own index. Today's engine is Mojeek. Mojeek is a smaller engine from the UK. In the past few years they've grown an index of 2 billion pages. They respect users' privacy and may allow you to re-rank results.
If you're worried, don't be; I have an Old-Site of the Day too. Old-Site of the Day: Best of the Web, in 1996 Recently on the Video Game Critic's forum I've heard praise for botw. Took me awhile to realize botw stood for Breath of the Wild, the latest Zelda game. I was thinking of Best of the Web. Botw.org claims to be the oldest web directory. That may be so, but early on they weren't much of one. I'd call their earliest versions top site lists; they only list the top 10 or so sites in a series of categories, based on user vote.
Moved last month's posts to the Archive yesterday; Removed them from the main page today.
Wikipedia may start a search engine Newsweek overstates things a bit; the wiki's engine will only search their resources, and maybe other free resources once it gets going. Track development of WikiMedia's new engine here.61;51
5-17-17 Old-Site of the Day: The Sci-Fi Domain A collection of pages about Sci-Fi series, from 2002. Last updated in 2013.
Google changes the way it handles ads. More context sensitive, less focus on exact phrase matching.
Bible Verse of the Day: Psalm 8:1
I just found out that ScrubTheWeb is selling their domain name. I'm a little shook up; I liked Scrubby; a couple of years ago it was my main search engine. I don't know what will happen to the engine itself; it looks like it's not avaliable right now. Pitty. The engine worked fairly well. We need more indexes, not fewer! Archived Sale Announcement
I just checked a link to a search on ScrubTheWeb. I got a 404 error; the engine really is down, and there's no word on when/if it'll be back. I emailed the webmaster; hopefully he'll tell us what's up.
5-16-17 I found out yesterday that Curlie.org has a Facebook Page. Curlie is (hopefully) where DMOZ will continue. If you have a Facebook account, why not "like" them?
Old-Site of the Day: HPMuseum.org Old Video Vames and Old Computers have fans, but what about Old Calculators? They have fans too, and this site's for them.
Bible Verse of the Day: Matthew 4:12-17
5-15-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Colossians 3:23-25
Old-Site of the Day: Infind.com Of the late 90's search services archived in the Wayback Machine, I may like Inference Find the best. It was just a meta search engine, but the result formating was nice. It returned page titles clustered by domain; .edu, .org, and .com results were displayed together; major sites were given their own categories. Sadly InFind closed in 2001, one of the many victims of the dotcom bubble. Example Searches: Atari Lizards Movies
27; 24 Huh. Few Visitors :(
5-11-17 Old-Site of the Day: Box of Delights-Slumberland Articles about comics, from the late 90's.
Bible Verse of the Day: Psalm 81:15
Microsoft has released a Bing-powered Custom Serach Engine. Can search sites you choose, or sites related to topics you're interested in. Not the 1st engine to try this. Google lets users make a custom search engine; Yahoo and Gigablast used to do the same, if memory serves. The article syas Microsoft's version is ad free; I wonder how long that will last...
5-10-17 Bible Verse of the Day: Genesis 1:14-19
Old-Site of the Day: NerdsHeaven A subject-specific directory of subject-specific directories. (They're about software.) Cool logo, but a more than a few dead links. Still enough working links to be useful.
Computer Creates Feature-Length Film from a Single Photo Granted, 56 minutes is a short feature, but it's still a feature. Doesn't sound like an interesting movie; just a technical novelty.
5-9-17 Old-Site of the Day: AnimeAdmirers.com I found this site in a Wikipedia link while trying to find info on a late 90's remake of Speed Racer. The article on Speed Racer's remake said it was still airing; I knew that was wrong. I went to the main page to see how old the site was. The copyright on the main page said the site started in 2001.
Bible Verse of the Day: Matthew 12:18-21
5-8-17 Old-Site of the Day: About.com, in 1999. Well, I didn't expect this; About.com closed. It was replaced by DotDash, which links to other, subject-specific sites with the old About content. About has been called a content farm, and I suppose that description fit their business model, but their content was actually good, so I'm a bit sad they're gone. In the late 90's About had a fairly large directory, so you can use today's Old-Site to explore a bit, if you wish.
Bible Verse of the Day: Matthew: 6:24
5-7-17 32; 21
5-6-17 Old-Site of the Day: Commodore BBS Programs In the 80's, the Internet was still reserved for government and educational uses. Regular users could still network computers; there were online services like Compuserve and AOL, and there were bulletin board systems, operated by independent users. Here's a page about BBSes by a proud Commodore fan.
Bible Verse of the Day: Mark 13:9
Mozilla on Net Neutrality.
5-5-17 31; 28
5-4-17 Old-Site of the Day: GNSFoods.com Found out one of Atari's service centers was in Arlington, TX. I looked up the address, and it's now a food company. Their website has a 1999 copyright date. If a small business has been around awhile they tend to have an old website; the site still does what it's supposed to, so why invest in a news one?
Bible Verse of the Day: Romans 12:10-12
5-3-17 Old-Site of the Day: AtariProtos.com
Reviews prototypes of Atari games when they're discovered. Also has pages on other obscure systems, like Data East's tape-based arcade machine. Still updated when new protos are discovered.
Bible Verse of the Day: Romans 5:3-4
78; 67 (By now you can guess what these are.)
5-2-17 Old-Site of the Day: Cartzilla Reviews of VIC-20 games, from 1997. Made so people who weren't rich could choose which games they'd like to collect. Notes that the games are "preserved" and available to "anyone with an Internet account."
Bible Verse of the Day: Proverbs 28:5
Visits to WebSiteRing Today: 99; Unique: 60
5-1-17 Old-Site of the Day: OldComputers.net Yet another old favorite. This one still gets front page placement on Yahoo/Bing for the keywords "old" and "computer." Lists over 100 Computers ranging fron the Altair to the NeXTCube. Here's a page with all of them pictured. Note that this is one of the few sites to get frames right.
BibleVerse of the Day: Proverbs 28:1
Visits to WebSiteRing Today: 138; Unique: 80<