Ancient (Web) History

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Ancient (Web) History

I was lucky enough to catch the wave as it started, in the early ninenties. By the end of 1994 these pages were in full swing.

Early on much of the information was topical (did you see that company X just came online?), and those pages were scrapped once the web hit a certain critical size (perhaps when everyone and their grandmother had an URL on advertisments).

Other information was timeless, travel journals for example, and have survived with only minor editing.

Yet a third class of pages had to be put to pasture. This is the pasture:


EShop - In 1995 (and perhaps 1994) I ran an EShop that required the use of Digicash's ECash freeware "funny money" beta. Because I was the major source of CU-SeeMe reflector lists I was able to encourage large numbers of people to sign up and use this early form of anonymous digital cash. Once the program was in full swing the Twain Bank signed on to handle the gateway between real cash and ECash; all merchants were charged hundreds of dollars to join the program and a monthly participation charge. Pioneers who worked to popularize the medium, those who charged pennies, were uncerimoniously shown the door (or the invoice). So on 17 November 1995 (if my records are correct) the Digital Jungle Eshop closed down, leaving only these digital shadow for you to enjoy.

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