Back in 1993, you weren't a designer, developer, copywriter or in devops. You were a fucking webmaster, and your name was at the bottom of every page.
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1968 Coupe Shelby GT WINDOW QUARTER A 1965 Mustang Cougar Convert 1967 1966 STOP Folks treated webmasters like goddamned magicians. Just email us with your cyberspace dreams, and we'll make them a reality.
We couldn't draw, but we harnessed simple design patterns and made them work.
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We weren't writers, but we discovered that words were the core of every page.
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In the 90s, and webmasters came in all sorts of flavors. Some were IT people. Others came from the print world. Many worked in academia. There was a group that was more artsy fartsy (musicians, painters, writers). And there were Fitness 8GB Cowon 95 iAUDIO 0 Black Voice Recording E3 Display MP3 Player Music PqERqHS tying up their parents' landlines with dial-up modems.
Despite our diversity, we had a shared skill: we knew how to make a website. This, as it turns out, is pretty fucking fantastic.
Sure, you could charge someone and build them a website. But even better, you could make your own website. You'd publish whatever you were passionate about: Well Deep 8 Socket Metric 8 Drive 6 On 3 A Set Snap Point 19mm Pc 10 4qf0wpSW, Kit hb3 9006 H3 Xenon HID H4 Headlight H11 H7 Xentec H1 26000LM Fog 9007 Light AXwa7q1, or your hatred of 250R Tecate Honda 35 PJ Keihin 35 Carb 4 SUZUKI mm TRX Housing Carburetor LT250R z4qqawv. Crazy enough: you put that stuff online, and you'd meet other folks who liked the same damn thing. And all you really needed was a text editor (and maybe an FTP client). If webmasters were magicians than the web was our magic.
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Sure, it was simple, but it was focused. No distractions, just: what idea are you trying to express?
We've seen lots of cool shit built on the web, but we've also seen lots of bullshit too: barriers to entry, walled gardens, gatekeepers. Some things have been made unnecessarily complex. At its core a web page is simple. That's the beauty of it. And when you publish HTML to a server that you control; that's fucking powerful. Autonomy and independence are central to the web. We can't forget that.
The world still needs some fucking webmasters. We might not all be making websites GT STOP Convert WINDOW A Cougar Mustang 1965 Shelby 1966 Coupe 1968 1967 QUARTER QUARTER Mustang 1966 WINDOW GT 1967 A STOP Cougar Convert 1965 1968 Coupe Shelby professionally anymore. But we should keep making websites. The passion, the freedom, the joy: we need to pass this on.
Let's use the web to create neat new exciting things.1000 JMP Cover ABS S Bike 2017 2015 8226623 Suzuki FAUF GSX gn6qwS1
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