In 1994, my first job out of college was creating educational videos for the Division of Biological Sciences at Cornell University. It was toward the end of the year when I was talking to my boss about this thing called The Web because it seemed that a number of other academic departments had web sites (that is why the Web was developed in the first place, after all). I suggested that we should have one, too.
He said, “Good idea. Do it.”
I didn’t know anything about what to do, but there was literally a pile of Sparc Alpha workstations in one closet and I took one to be the server.
The IT guy set up the domain. We were already under “bio.cornell.edu” and he … Read the rest
My first job in New York City was as ‘Content Editor’ at PC Magazine in 1997. That meant I hand-coded all their articles, sometimes up to 200/day. The idea of a dynamic, database-driven site was still new and there were no good solutions at the time. The best was to use Microsoft Word’s mail-merge function, placing all the content in an Excel file and opening the HTML template in Word, then merging them together to generate the static pages.
When I was there, Bill Ziff still owned Ziff-Davis and ran the show. It was a privately-held company in a boom time and things were good. Once each year the entire staff (150 or so people) would be sent to a tropical island (a different one each … Read the rest