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Life Before Google

Believe it or not there was a time when people used an atlas to find their cousin’s wedding in Illinois, and if they wanted to look for a hot dog in Chicago, they used a phone book—or Altavista. Does anyone else remember loading that search engine through Netscape on their IBM tower over the dial up modem they convinced dad to get “for school”? Just me? Ah well. Anyway, here’s an inside look at the early state of search, and a reminder that while Google revolutionized the technology, it was the folks at Altavista that pioneered it.

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It’s A Hard Yacht Life

“That’s the life.’ Well, for me, it’s not the life, it’s my life. It’s not some permanent summer or year-long vacation. It’s my living. I help rich people and rich companies advertise their yachts.” Alex Jiminez (theyachtguy on Instagram) has made a life for himself doing what most people spend rush hour fantasizing about. But it’s not all sunshine parties and good times. In fact, it can get downright lonely and isolating. I don’t know though—even if I was all by myself, I’d still trade the foot of snow outside my Boston window for a sunburn and a jet ski right about now.

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Please Sir, May I have A Dollar (To Prevent The Collapse Of The Internet)

The web was and is built on the back of free and open source software—and by extension the backs of the programmers who write and maintain that software. But do you ever wonder how those folks get paid? Apparently the fortune 1000 don’t either. It’s one thing if you wrote a javascript implementation of tetris. It’s altogether different if the code you maintain (alone and basically for free) secures two thirds of the internet to this day. Stephen Henson, Heartbleed, and OpenSSL form a perfect parable for what happens when people take open source for granted.