As our 11th anniversary of this occasion occurs tomorrow, it strikes me just how long ago that really was. I always say the Internet moves not in years but in quarters, so like one calendar year equals 7 dog years, one calendar year equals 4 Internet years. So that's 44 years ago! Still not convinced? Then consider the following. At the time of the first eBrew....
- Bill Clinton was president.
- Monica Lewinsky, Paula Jones, and Kenneth Starr were household names.
- Jeanne Shaheen was governor.
- We used Yahoo! to search for stuff on the web. Or Alta-Vista. Or Lycos. Or even AOL.
- I was still happily (or so I thought) married. My daughter was 2. My future fiance was 19.
- Windows 98 sucked.
- iMacs came in pretty colors. I was still using my Mac Quadra 650; I would buy my graphite special edition iMac that December.
- I had started at this little company called Visualink Technologies; we made CD-ROMs and web sites.
- We were scared of Y2K.
- We were excited about Star Wars Episode 1: the Phantom Menace.
- My ISP was Ultranet.
- Modems were loud.
- Mark McGwire had broken the single-season home-run record and was still a hero.
- The Dow broke 10,000. And then 11,000. And NASDAQ was starting to go crazy. Everybody was buying stocks!
- We didn't have to take our shoes off to get onto a plane.
- The Twin Towers still stood.
See you upstairs at the Press Room!