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May 17, 2014, 03:55 PM
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Netscrape memories


Netscape Navigator 7.2 (5 min 17 sec)


Things were so different, in those days. The Netscape server room had about as much computing power as a modern phone & far less bandwidth. The PC was king. Jobs were for life.

The big ass PC application was king. Thousands of menus had to be literally driven by the user. Everything a developer wrote was visible. Nowadays, it's all hidden & automated. There are maybe 2 menus.

The Facebook app has virtually no user interface, but 54 services in the background. Each service has probably 50 developers. All of its functionality is automated. The Google Play app has 22 services, but virtually no user interface. All the stuff that would have taken a user going to a menu in 1999 now only becomes apparent in the rare case a service can't figure out what to do & pops up a notification.

It doesn't feel very individualized, in a world where what everyone writes & thinks is now determined by an algorithm.
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May 19, 2014, 12:40 AM
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it doesn't feel very individualized, in a world where what everyone writes & thinks is now determined by an algorithm.
+1.


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