27 Mar 2013
Last Sunday was the 8th anniversary of this blog – which I started on the 24th of March, 2005. I’d had a website for a long time before that, however, with versions captured by the Way Back Machine going all the way back to 1996.
It looks like I began posting regular updates, in reverse chronological order – blogging – in around 1997 when I started publishing photos and stories from my travels. I also, around the same time, created a page called “dress Robin” where visitors to the site could help me choose what to wear. It was a strange time.
The fact that I was one of the few people I knew who knew how to make a simple web page encouraged me to put the following strap-line on my pages:
As well as being a starving student, Robin Hamman is also an experienced web publisher. If you would like more information on low cost web pages for yourself or business, please contact Robin. This page was created using Adobe Pagemill for Macintosh. Until recently, this site was maintained using a Macintosh Powerbook 520c. We are now using a Macintosh Performa 6400 PowerPC. Demon Internet and America Online provide the web space for this site.
I guess use of the word “we” was an attempt to make it sound like I wasn’t a one man band. In the mid-90′s, I only sold one website, and that was a simple one page site for the estate agent who rented me a room in a shared house in Liverpool. I think he gave me a few months free rent in exchange for building and maintaining the page.
Here’s a screenshot of my homepage in 2003 which, you’ll have to believe me, was a dramatic improvement on previous iterations:
So what was the internet like in the mid 90′s? Well, here’s a glimpse of what, back then, was the future…
The other morning, whilst waiting on a plane for over an hour when my departure was delayed, I realised that at some point I'd become a "business traveller". Here's a few of the signs I came up with in a series of early morning tweets:
1. You've added +44 and knocked a zero off all the UK numbers in your mobile contacts
2. You know exactly where the taxi should set you down for fast access to T5 security (far end. close end opens at 6am)
3. You know your Avios balance and how many tier points you need by yoir renewal date
4. You committed your passport number to memory and carry pre-completed Landing Cards
5. You note a pre-5am spike in your tweets
6. You hit level 8 of the jetsetter badge on FourSquare and are surprised that equates to only 36 different airports
7. You know how to get around IP address enforced limits on free airport wifi
8. The person at immigration says see you next week
9. Duty free becomes your local wine retailer
10. You call destinations by their three letter airport code
11. You have suitcases specially for for one night, three nights and holidays
12. You foursquare friend request people who are checked in to the same airport lounge
13. You speak warmly of the shopping at CPH and ICN because you saw nothing else during your visits
14. You have a packing "strategy"
15. You keep spare mac dongles in each bag
16. You've reread this months HighLife 4 times
17. You avoid conversation with neighbouring passengers at all costs
18. You decant your shampoo into hotel shampoo bottles of no more than 100ml
19. You avoid buying shoes with metal in them
20. Most of your text messages are warnings from your mobile networking warning you of roaming charges
21. You avoid following people holding folders full of papers when in the immigration queue
22. You avoid families with children at security checkpoints, particularly if they have a pushchair
23. You mark the page stamped by immigration on the way in so as to speed your exit on the way out
24. All your devices are showing the time in different time zones
25. You say thank you in the wrong language when leaving a restaurant down the street from your own home
Feel free to add you own…
31 Jan 2013
My small children know I go to the office and that sometimes I go to other people's offices, but when faced with the question the other day "Daddy, what are you at work? What do you actually do?" the only reasonable response I could come up with was that "I make the internet work better". Needless to say, this opened a can of worms – with them vocally demanding more Angry Birds, Doc McStuffins and Spiderman videos. Kids.
But it's a good point. I often struggle to explain, in a sentence or two, what the team here at Edelman Digital does. Thankfully, my Chicago based colleague, David Armano, shared a slide with me earlier this week that provides a bit of insight into the types of activities we undertake on behalf our clients. Now if I could just figure out how to get this down into a short soundbite…