Who remembers Alta Vista?

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  1. digiquandry

    digiquandry MDL Junior Member

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    I saw a website today that tried to romanticize Alta Vista as the first pre-Google search engine.

    To me, it was anything but.

    I had my scariest computer experience simply by going to that website. I knew nothing about computer security then, and the moment I arrived at their page my browser got hijacked. A million popups started replicating on my VGA monitor, faster than I could close them.

    In short time, my 2G of RAM was totally saturated and within minutes Windows XP froze completely. Not knowing what to do, I re-booted my computer...then the REAL fun happened. My first computer virus.

    Before TOR, if you wanted to know what the Dark Web was all you had to do was visit Alta Vista. You were guaranteed immediate DLL injection. The internet was the "Wild Wild West" back then.
     
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  2. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    what site is that?
     
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    Joe C MDL Guru

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    digiquandry MDL Junior Member

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  5. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    I know what alta vista is i understood he saw a site that was emulating alta vista search engine.
     
  6. digiquandry

    digiquandry MDL Junior Member

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    That is possible. I was a real noob back then and it was so long ago. But I am pretty sure it was the official domain.
     
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    foxyrick MDL Junior Member

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    #7 foxyrick, Dec 30, 2018
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    LOL - yeah, I remember Alta Vista. And Netscape Navigator - even back then we were trying to avoid Microsoft edit:Explorer - why on earth did I write Outlook at first??? (oh yes, I had just been fiddling with it).

    Also Deja News (a usenet search engine) before it got acquired by google. I once earned the nickname 'DejaBorg' on usenet because my own archives of some groups almost rivalled Deja's (and my signature was TheBorg - well, it was almost original at the time).

    Who remembers using gopher?
     
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  9. foxyrick

    foxyrick MDL Junior Member

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    Thank you for that @Michaela Joy , what a great read! This bit tickled me:

    McCahill told Berners-Lee that he would need to look at the Web more closely. But it wasn’t much to look at when McCahill went back to Minnesota and examined it. There were no graphics yet. It was still only running on NeXT computers. “I wasn’t feeling it,” McCahill says. I told him, ‘Tim, I don’t think so.’ Of course, I look back and say, ‘I might have been wrong.’ ” [my emphasis]​