I was playing with the WayBack Machine when I had the idea to look at the first domain name I bought about 8 years ago: decatomb.com
The archives from the WayBack Machine are quite impressive: from 2000 to 2005 (have in mind that I didn’t update it from 2002 to 2005).
Then I started to look at the first real website I developed with nostalgia. I was amazed to found it back online. What was Decatomb? At that time I was defining it as:
“Decatomb Production is a web site designed to help other computer professionals and enthusiasts in their fields of expertise. We provide a database of useful information from Decatomb’s Community. We also archive and make available a selection of the best technical papers, articles and analyses. In addition, we link other useful websites, newsgroups, events and books. The website is organized in 25 sections of the mosts popular programming languages and subjects.”
With amazement I found that I tried to create a developer community with that website. Then I started to remember things from the past: that I had about 200 subscribed users with profiles, that I developed a IM chat system in Perl, and finally I remembered (and found while surfing the website using the WayBack Machine) that I developed a “blogging” platform (in Perl) integrated in the layout of the Decatomb’s website: it was 6 years ago.
I was amazed to remember, and found, what is now called a blog. I just got out of the high school at that time and I didn’t know what a blog was a that time (I found what it was about 2 years ago).
Then what I found astonished me.
4- People even posted comments on this “blog”! What surprised me was that the “friendly ship” of the conversation is the same as the one I have with my blog readers now. Nothing official, only people wanting to talk about something.
The only thing I can say is: thank to the WayBack Machine for that re-discovery. It seems that I was predestinated to rediscover blogs and blogging.