Saturday, April 14, 2012

BBS version of Google takes you back in time, won't hog your phone line

If the third digit of your birth year is a nine (or heck, a zero), you'll likely never have experienced the true joy that was BBS or Bulletin Board Systems. Well, thanks to nostalgic developer Norbert Landsteiner, you can take a glimpse at how your dad got online with an HTML / JavaScript emulation BBS Google. Likewise, more seasoned travelers of the internet can take a trip down memory lane and see what Mountain View's search engine might have looked like "back in the day." All the details are there, right down to the familiar modem tones and ASCII graphics, it's even somewhat functional (when the API isn't over its limit.)

So I decided to take a trip down memory lane, although I didn't exist back in that time. So I took these screenshots.

Here I choose S for search, and typed in "Techman's World" for the search query.

Here I pressed enter, and it is now searching. As you can see, it has dots going across the screen as if it was decompressing an archive in a terminal.

And after the dots, I get search results I can hit the "a" key to see another page of results, or press the number in the backwards angle brackets (> <) to go to that page.
So, did you like what you saw? Well check out the source below to go to it.

Be sure to post your thoughts in the comments.

Source: Masswerk

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