New art • Hyper(inter)activity • Media archaeology • Early computing • Design constraints • Internet culture

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“How Coolness Defined the World Wide Web of the 1990s” via The Atlantic explains how crucial awards were to early net culture.

These recognitions were regarded as welcomed honors, visually stamped on the distinguished site with a graphical status icon that bestowed a mark of “quality.” Accumulate enough of these accolades and new awards.html pages would be erected to showcase the entire collection.

Source: The Atlantic

Any Color You Want by John Pound (2014).

Read more at Wired about how “the guy behind Garbage Pail Kids has been cartooning with code for 20 years.”

John Pound started his code cartooning journey in the late ’80s by teaching himself PostScript, an Adobe-made programming language used for commercial printing. He coaxed it to draw some rudimentary scenes. They were just a few shapes against a horizon line at that point, but the artist found the results fascinating nonetheless.

Source: poundart.com

Computer Virus Catalog curated by Bas Van De Poel (2014–). Artist interpretations of the greatest viruses from computer history.

Prodigy: Login Screen Prodigy: Weather Map with “Promotional Choices” (advertising) Prodigy: Mad Maze. Playable online (with Internet Explorer): www.vintagecomputing.com/index.php/archives/171/prodigy-lives-play-madmaze-online

Where Online Services Go When They Die: Rebuilding Prodigy, one screen at a time. A brilliant, small effort to reconstruct and revisit a place that many of us knew—a place where, as a first-time user, watching the graphics load up felt as though you’d dialed the future with your modem.

As we invest more of our lives into the electronic realm, corporate decisions to shut down online services without recourse are beginning to resemble digital acts of Nero burning Rome—cultural history and entire communities are trashed in the process.

Source: The Atlantic

These AMIGA ACID MIXTAPES will warp your floppies and your mind. They are created using two Amigas, a mixer, and nothing else. Pure, authentic, and timeless computer music created with 2MB of RAM.

Download: Vol. 1 / Vol. 2

Source: Bandcamp