Respecting Your Elders

Today we say goodbye to another old-school Internet site. AltaVista is no more. AV attracted plenty of users back in the day, before it was acquired by Yahoo in 2003. Those were the days when there were several players still vying for your search engine eyeballs. Here’s a look at what’s become of the some the biggest brands of the first boom.

+ Is there still room for a major Internet company to change the search landscape? Facebook’s Graph Search is rolling out to U.S. users.

+ Long before AltaVista and the first Internet boom, Douglas Engelbart was describing what could happen when computers talk to each other. Engelbart died last week. The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal takes us back to the hut where the Internet began.

+ Syndicated from Kottke: Douglas Engelbart died at his home in California [on July 2nd] at the age of 88. Engelbart invented the mouse, among other things. In 1968, Engelbart gave what was later called The Mother of All Demos, in which he demonstrated “the computer mouse, video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word processing, hypermedia, object addressing and dynamic file linking, bootstrapping, and a collaborative real-time editor”. Not bad for a single demo.

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