Very old accounts

2010-02-17 21:47:30 +0000

I've been on the Internet since 1997. I was also on Fidonet since 1995, until I got high speed internet (2Mbit shared) in 2000.

I keep all my passwords in a text document on a (hopefully) secure place and I just went to a few very old accounts to see if they're still active. Not surprisingly, of many of them even the domain-name doesn't work anymore:

I browsed to the first page of my saved passwords. Here are a few services for which I had an account, but that no longer work:

  • Ten - as a vaguely recall, a online gaming service. no points to some porn site, so that's certainly not right.
  • Zone - also a gaming site. Could be that site has become MSN Gaming zone, but there I can just login using my hotmail account.
  • Boo - some startup, no idea what they did.
  • - some sort of hyves, facebook, etc. in the early zero's. I knew one of the developers, I think he also worked for WorldOnline. Domain now points to something completely different.
  • Big Brother - a show that got quite popular.
  • - Probably a site to download drivers. No longer active.
  • Napster - hopefully book publishers don't make the same mistake as the music industry did.
  • - some sort of primitive Google Docs/ Dropbox as I recall.
  • - of course that site still exist, but my login isn't recognized anymore. Probably pointing to my university mail account.

Well these were some accounts a browsed to, fun enough. Fortunately, not all accounts registered in that time were idle: my slashdot account is still active and Slashdot is of course very much alive. Same for Yahoo. ICQ also still works, but I don't use that anymore. Actually, Slashdot I don't read regularly anymore either.

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Gen Xers, Gen Y’s and the Millennium generation

2010-02-12 08:46:24 +0000

From the newsletter of I received a whitepaper of Instantiations, a GUI building tool. While I haven't read the entire paper yet, the introduction was quite intriguing;

Graphical user interfaces (GUIs) have evolved from command-line interfaces as user needs have changed. Today’s computer users require sophistication in an easy-to-use interface; most users have gotten very comfortable in a menu and mouse-driven world. Gen Xers, Gen Y’s and the Millennium generation who haven’t known a world without computers demand the total package—lightning-fast, feature-rich software with an intuitive, easy-to-use, visually attractive wrapper.

I am intrigued by the terms: Gen Xers, Gen Y’s and the Millennium generation. Apparently, these terms are now main-stream, even in the software sales industry.

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