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User Input: Lingering Regrets


Today a very special milestone has been reached in this our internet age–the 20th anniversary of the first image posted on the web. The image is the same you see above, and like much of our recent technology news comes from that bastion of Swiss science, CERN. It is in fact a homemade promotional shot for ‘Les Horribles Cernettes’ (The Horrible CERN Girls), a comedy band based at the CERN laboratory, taken by Silvano de Gennaro, an IT developer, backstage at the Hardronic Music Festival, an annual event thrown by CERN’s administrators. It was then uploaded by Tim Berners-Lee in an effort to bring a little fun to the information exchange party that was the 1992 internet. See more, and some sweet video of the band over on motherboard, source of this groundbreaking tale.

This just illustrates perfectly that anything you put out on the web is there forever, to be found and waved wildy about by those that would heap scorn upon you. What is the most embarassing picture or post from your early days on the internets (or for those who remember, the first days of the actual web)?

It’s already out there, so you might as well share!

  • Number_Six

    My history on the Internets is not long because I pretty much ignored the first decade. But back in the early 'oughts I applied for a job in Asia through an Asian recruiting company and had to send them a package of confidential ID stuff to complete the contract. For various reasons I backed out of the job and went somewhere else. That same year I was Gewgling myself, as one does occasionally, and discovered to my horror that the first thing that came up was a copy of my passport. I phoned, wrote, threatened, swore, etc, but couldn't get the damn thing off their site. It was there for years, and I often wonder how many spies/terrorists/mobsters are running around with my ID in their bloody mitts.

  • Senior design project, it sucked, but I think we got a decent grade on it. I have absolutely no memory of 3 out of the other 4 on the team. March 12, 1997

    I think there might have been something from a technical writing class two or three years earlier, but I can't find it.

  • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

    It has been very funny to find some of my old internet stuff! It's embarrassing to me that I was once a linux weenie that knew about .signature but not yet about vi:

    At least I came to my senses about the sig three days later, and I was a very polite helpful linux user at least, but GIP WOLLEY, really? Yellow pig backwards? That's nerdy, some might say Spivaky even:

    The wayback machine has my old home page, and boy is it pretty embarassing, funny old photos with tons of acne and ridiculous quotes, ha ha ha:

    "Why don't you come along" is an invitation, not a question – sure brings back a funny memory though!

    • CaptianNemo2001

      >.< My EYE's… It BURNSSSSSSS… Aghhhhhhh…

      On a more serious note, while the kind nurse bandages my eyes up, it looks ok for a simple websight.

  • TechieInHell

    Early 90's, I was in my teens and had unmitigated Internet access at home and school. Everything was embarrassing.

    • Stu_Rock

      I am going to tell my sister-in-law who just quit her IT job at a high school that she was in the business of Internet mitigation.

      • TechieInHell

        Oh she already knows, trust me. At least half of what IT ends up doing in public education is related to curbing students' usage so that the teachers don't have to practice classroom management. Technical solutions to social problems. It's like hiring a guy to pick up all the rocks on the playground because a couple of kids were throwing rocks.

        • Stu_Rock

          I just liked the phrase "unmitigated Internet," as if the Internet itself were a hazard whose intensity we must work to soften.

  • It's not so much the pics or posts, but the cookies that could embarrass me.

  • jeepjeff

    I had a website with a Journal back in the 1996-1998 time frame. It can be found on the Way Back Machine, but I'm not going to tell you how. It was back in the days when the phrase "Leet Liek Jeff K" was really funny.[*]

    [*] If you get that reference, you, my friend, are a huge dork. I should know. I think it's hilarious.