apparently my elderly neighbor has been maintaining a personal website about the history of UK photography and it is an incredible piece of work.
apparently he still uses some piece of adobe software from the 90s. there is so much care and effort here, and its such a pristine image of the early web being still updated 😭
@_manpat There are a surprising number of absolutely irreplaceable resources that are on pages like this.
@_manpat Adobe PageMill? And here I thought MS FrontPage was old.
But lots of respect for still maintaining it after all these years.
@_manpat How wonderful in its simplicity. Not spending the first half an hour closing popups, getting rid of ads, and whatever else.
@_manpat very nice! Love seeing such examples of the early web.
Here is another gem I learned a shiton about avionics from that is still online (and updating): http://walter.bislins.ch/
My own is also very old but upgraded a lot over the time and I only have some screenshots floating around.
This is one of mine I re-uploaded a snapshot of for nostalgic reasons with the original code but with minor changes mostly to redact some old/obsolete stuff: https://2003.maxthegame.de/
@FiXato heh yeah, I remember. That was mostly for forcing pre caching of the images for the mouse hover effect. Connections were so slow that this was needed or it would look ugly and the layout wobble :D
@unsafepointer @_manpat I was thinking the same. For all the advances we really have bloated the web these days. There’s really something to be said for fast and light sites! It’s also “simple” enough that it doesn’t have any nonsense that’s since been deprecated so stil renders perfectly. It’s legitimately a better job of a website at a usability & technical level than many many “professional” offerings.
@_manpat This is so wholesome! And Adobe PageMill, holy shit. There's a bit of software I've not heard of for a LONG time!
@_manpat I wonder if there are any pain points in his workflow we could help with.
Without adding a bunch of trackers, either.
@_manpat tell your neighbour that he is awesome! I saw that site at the start of Covid and was impressed with it then. The fact he has kept it going for so long and it is still perfectly usable is amazing :D
@_manpat I don't know if there's a web equivalent of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but if there is, this site should be included.
@_manpat wow there’s so much to this site than want first meets the eye. Thanks for sharing. I miss these types of web pages, there’s a certain authenticity about them. What a wee goldmine.
@email@example.com I never knew I could get an overdose of nostalgia in such a short time haha
@_manpat Interestingly, other than most other sites this one concentrates (mostly) on materials — films, papers, processes. I haven't seen much of that elsewhere.
Although I made my own prints at home in the 70s, and film development and prints in school in the 80s, I am more interested cameras and lenses. So that makes this site not quite so interesting for me. Still, a gem, and in the most delightful 20th-century web design — thankfully with just one animated icon, and no <blink>.
@_manpat I love how this actually has https while my university's website is http even in the login page for students lol
@_manpat someone should offer him a rework. If I only had time. This is so sad when software excludes people from sharing their great work to a wider audience.
@kryosleep It reminds me of how proud I was to have built my geocities page in notepad. And that blinking gif is soooooo 80s 😂
@fyrfli getting that first image inserted and seeing it render lmao. Back in the day when all of the tags were in caps. <HTML><BODY>
@_manpat Lovely site. Even if one's not a fan of the styling, it's so full of earnest, enthusiastic content.
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