64 Bits: the Web’s lost past

64 Bits: a free exhibition of the Web’s lost past is on at Here East until 21st April 2017.

I went on Weds for a brilliant and informative tour led by Jim Boulton who showed us Tim Berners-Lee’s first website of 1991 running on the NeXTStep Operating System.

I took my very own primitive ASCII self-portrait. You can see my camera strap clearly in the photo!

ASCII self-portrait

As well as being a great display of old websites and animations, they’ve got them running on some ancient machines which you can play with. The Mac Color Classic here is a later model of the one I first learnt Pagemaker on at a University of Westminster evening class around 1990. Changing fonts and point sizes, and flowing text around photos was rocket science back then.

Mac Color Classic 1990

Sadly the Macs were too expensive then for me to justify for personal use. But in about 2000 I got myself a G3 Bondi Blue iMac, with a 10 gig hard drive and 128 megs of ram. I loved that machine and ran it for years.

G3 iMac circa year 2000

They’ve got a digital media archiving service, supported by the British Library, which will convert media stored on obsolete formats. So take your old floppy disks or Zip drives along.

This exhibition is in the southern end of the Canalside building (2012 Olympic Park) and is well worth a visit.