HotWired 1998

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    1. richard winchell 106 months ago | reply

      This was still tables, right? How crazy was the markup on this page?

      I'd love to see something looking like this now. All 2600 goodness.

    2. Olly Hodgson 106 months ago | reply

      Jebus! This sort of thing is what Malarkey was on about at @media! Pushing the boundaries!

    3. mathowie 106 months ago | reply

      I loved loved LOVED the old hotwired IE4 custom screensaver thing which featured full screen photos with giant headlines in type floating over them, with stuff below. I think it was based on the pre-RSS CDF thing.

    4. michal migurski 106 months ago | reply


      Like a sketchzilla precursor to the new(ish) CNNi on-screen graphics, which I love:

    5. Christopher Schmitt 106 months ago | reply

      My fave design of all the HotWired designs.

    6. aa 106 months ago | reply

      The peak. Sigh...

    7. xeophin 106 months ago | reply

      I don't even wanna think about the time that took to update ... But: this kind of wickedness is somewhat missing nowadays, generally.

    8. douglas 106 months ago | reply

      This was my favorite.. whatever happened to the Tekken characters? :)

    9. melser 106 months ago | reply

      I liked this one.

    10. RobertAndrews 100 months ago | reply

      Any more of these archived anywhere? Quite apart from missing the opportunity to geek out on nostalgia before the archive went, I'd quite like to get one blown up for a wall poster.

    11. nadav 99 months ago | reply

      I can tell you firsthand (since I co-wrote this), that it was completely insane. Remember, this was back in the days when DHTML meant conditionalizing for Internet Explorer and Netscape (as in Netscape 4, as in "layers"). Eek! We had a big controller object called "oopenstein" in tribute to Douglas Coupland and every item on the page was a separate programmatic object with its own hard-wired "behavior."

      And, yes, it was lovely to watch and totally unusable :)

    12. bishopsmother 76 months ago | reply

      It was glorious and unstable to boot. Every day when I walked into the office five people would tell me that something was broken. Welcome to the office.

      @Nadav - Did you ever save a screenshot of that HP color printer front door page load that was your first post-FT contract? That was a thing of beauty - in 1999!

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