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RIP, Geocities

Geocities is shutting down today. Nowadays it's a bit of a joke and the XKCD homage is well-earned. When I was in high school, though, you couldn't just run a server off your home DSL line. Logging onto the Internet meant modems and AOL and hacking your winsock. All terrible things, including "logging onto the Internet."

Geocities offered more permanence to the Internet -- one of the first things I used it for was to convert my friend Kenji's zine to a Web site. My graphical design left much to be desired, but I learned a lot and Geocities made it possible. There's even a "Web ring" on the page, that delightfully, now ancient, form of online social networking. So, farewell Geocities, sorry that Yahoo made you suck.

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