What the Web used to look like: Back when I wrote/ran search engines for Sun

Kiwi (FTP archive search to Sun internally) and Ben-Nevis (AltaVista ripoff) – two of Sun’s first-ever search engines, internally facing, lashed up in Perl and with (eventually) CGI interfaces; the graphics are from a public presentation on “What the Web Does” that I did, sometime around (I think?) 1995.

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One Reply to “What the Web used to look like: Back when I wrote/ran search engines for Sun”

  1. Ah, the original NCSA Mosaic :-).

    Back then, I was assembling the internal prototype of http://www.acorn.co.uk/ as an unofficial / spare-time thing, using the selfsame NCSA Mosaic for testing; the browser ran on SunOS 4.1 on some variety of Sun4 (I regret not having paid more attention to the model), rendered over remote X on the Acorn R140 on my desk (which, at the time, had the biggest monitor on it that I’d seen – a 21″ Philips black-and-white).

    Things were fun back then, too :-).

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