I thought about making a tag “things that would only interest me” for this one lol.
I’ve uploaded some old web archives of the oldest versions of my site - back when I still had free sites hosted on the likes of Geocities, Tripod and the lesser-known TopCities. Click here for the index!
I’ve had these archives for a while and only now decided to put them up on the site. It’s fun browsing through the older versions, basically relics of a bygone era. It was a time of hand-made HTML, CSS and JS, something that appealed to the tinkerer in me. I remember a disdain for things like Dreamweaver’s WYSIWYG site building, or the site-builder tools that came with these free webhosts. Real men build their HTML by hand! It was a lot of effort to maintain websites back then, but I had a lot of fun.
- my obvious love for green-text-on-black-background color schemes (and unnecessarily small fonts apparently), harkening back to the computer terminals of old
- many, many broken links and missing files
- HTML documentation of my undergraduate thesis. There’s more documents from my EEE days buried in these archives somewhere if you feel like digging for them. Maybe someday I’ll go through them in detail.
- Final Fantasy meets Magic the Gathering - a custom card set I made in 2001 (!) which shows both how much I loved the FF series and how bad I was at balancing MTG cards. (TBF to me, balancing in MTG overall wasn’t that good back in those days)
- a half-assed attempt at an rk (rurouni kenshin) fansite - that’s literally the title in the pages
- running documentary of me trying to learn Win32 programming for gamedev purposes (largely unfinished)
I thought about including all of this stuff in the blog’s git repo, but decided against it because:
- there’s a LOT of files, it would unnecessarily increase the size of the repo
- I don’t expect to be making updates to this content often once I’ve uploaded them
- I haven’t vetted all the files, just the pages; there might be some stuff floating around in there that’s not exactly legal (read: piracy). I’ve cleaned up what I can, but we don’t want to run afoul of Github’s policies or whatever so better safe than sorry
Most of the blog-like content had already been absorbed into this blog previously. It’s fun to go through some of the other stuff too, like looking at a snapshot of the sort of things or sites or files I was interested in almost 20 years ago (unsurprisingly, mostly the same things as today!)