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5:51 pm on Jul 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Place to praise and bless and be thankful for what we love about the Internet, surfing, and web sites, all for a constructive purpose.

My top joys:

1) Relevant search results. Thanks Google.

2) Fast loading pages.

3) Quick access to info from tons of different sources.

4) A place to make a living.

5) Easy way to publish to a worldwide audience.

6) Easy connection with people from other countries.

7) Place to share ideas.

8) Good discussion boards like this one.

What are yours?

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9) Streaming Rush Limbaugh. Otherwise I can't listen to him live.
6:26 pm on July 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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10)webmasterworld

11)the sheer volume of information available online

12)scripting ;)

6:55 pm on July 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hey Jatar, what do you mean by "scripting"?
6:57 pm on July 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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writing scripts, programming and the likes

meaning I love what I do.

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Okay, I'll do 13, hmmmmm, ......

on second thought:

14) finding a great cheap product in some deep south state site (at 2 or more sites) for 1/4 the price I could get it in Canada.

Dislike: shipping costs from the US

15) finding great scads (lots, really lots) of hobby information in very short timeframe.

16) being employed in the industry and the possibility of moving my hobby to a full-time paid work for myself type of position.

17) gOOgLE

..... Shane

9:36 pm on July 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

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18) The whole concept of "pay it forward" which is still alive and well online
19) Learning, learning, learning...
20) Democracy of ideas - personal, political or artistic
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21) A sense of an international community

22) The ability to participate in a medium evolving faster than anything else I've ever experienced (apart from my hair loss)

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My list:
Sites that are fast and get to the point.
Finding a Webpage with everything i was looking for. Being able to design something that i love and then to still get good feedback on it. That is the best. And i love it when i get a really funny e-mails!DONT YOU ALL JUST LOVE WORKING ON THE WEB:)

Angel

[edited by: WildAngel at 11:29 am (utc) on July 12, 2002]

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* finding relevant information quick, thanx google

* fast loading, easy to navigate and sophisticated designed pages - that validate!

* the fact, that lots of webservers are apache!

* living the open source idea, sharing knowledge and information easily

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- making money sitting on my ....
- sitting wherever I like (new laptop ;) )
- an opportunity to work and learn without committing to one particular subject
- see what life is like outside my country away from the media trash that is fed to the public!
- all of the above, and the people who contributed them ;)

Pretty much most things about the web are positive, IMO for everyone and for me I know.

The web is progress, and old infamous threads like the "global village" thread simply spell out how much progress has been made by the 'net in 10 years.

It's all good ;) (well most of it)

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just the fact that random people around the world help you out on just about any topic known to man (and the response rate to queries on this site is pretty good!).
11:17 am on July 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

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It's the only place I work & play, play & chat, drink coffee and smoke cigarettes and no one ever complains!

[edited by: fathom at 12:46 pm (utc) on July 12, 2002]

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freedom of speach.. it gives anyone the chance to say (more or less) anything to anyone wherever they are in the world.

I like the sheer pointlessness of some of it as well, people can just put any old rubbish thoughts down and they can be seen by anyone with an internet connection.

There's no 'editor' for the web, that's the best thing about it..

11:42 am on July 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I've met a lot of very sound, decent people, who I can happily call friends, who I'd never have met without the web.

The web has made the world a much smaller place.

12:03 pm on July 12, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I like being able to interact with people from other countries and cultures. 35+ years ago you had to wait for the international telephone operator to call you back and then it was very very pricey so you talked for under a minute. Now, at forums like these and with IM's I can talk around the world 24/7.

I also like having instant access to so much research and information. What I used to either have to buy reference books for or go to a library for I can now find online. The amount available information is staggering.

Surfing. I just like seeing how inventive people can be in dreaming up websites about their interests and hobbies. There are all sorts of talented and/or quirky things and people I never would have thought about without the Web.

The web allows everybody a chance to publish to the world. That is a function previously controlled only by a few very wealthy elites and large corporations. The value of that is only just now being calculated. I like it, I'm stunned by it, and it scares me at the same time.

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  • IRC
  • being able to find and buy obscure books from obscure little stores all over the world
7:59 pm on July 13, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Being able to find what I consider to be pretty obscure information. (Example: I have a 20-year-old crush on an aging British musician. Just for giggles (okay, so I had a few beers first) I decided to see if I could find out where he lives. And I found his exact street address, and more information about his property than I ever thought possible. And y'all are going to have to keep me entertained at PubCon or I might get drunk and wander by his house and start singing his songs ... and no one should be forced to hear me sing. And he shouldn't have to be forced to call security.)
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The ability for everyone to have an equal chance at a market litteraly any buddy can put another company out of business with a good idea.
8:39 am on July 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I met my mate online :)

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I'm with hasbeen and Brad

the World suddenly got very small when I first connected to the web...I just love that

4:30 pm on July 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Communication - Already been said but I have met
so many people on the net that I call friends.

Also met my girlfriend on the Internet been with
her for a year, so cant be all bad!!

4:47 pm on July 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Best of the Web:
Google!

Worst of the Web:
Google!

I gotta admit, it's a love-hate relationship. Had a site banned once (only God knows why a squeaky clean site was banned) and can't get it back.

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I'll join the 'met my girlfriend' group, but with a little difference. We both worked for the same web agency. Still, without the web, no agencies...
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Most enlightening experience early in my "career": chatting to a girl in Hong Kong and asking her about all the stuff I'd read about in the papers, and suddenly realizing that I was talking in real time to someone on the other side of the world. (Okay, I could do that by phone, too, but... you know...)
12:53 am on July 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Gosh! Where do I start?

Instant information on anything I want, at my fingertips (patience is *not* one of my virtues!). I can learn about anything I want!

The ability to work out of my beloved pink house (don't laugh!), organizing my day the way I want.

All the wonderful, intelligent, interesting people I come into contact with, each day, through the web.

4:17 pm on July 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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almost everything except for the dreaded SPAM
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>almost everything except for the dreaded SPAM

I'll second you on that.

4:20 pm on July 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I love the web because my thoughts and opinions matter, or well they are taken into concideration and my sites are visited often so someone likes them :)
10:52 am on July 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Gotta agree with zazen...

1) finding relevant information quick, thanx google

2) fast loading, easy to navigate and sophisticated designed pages - that validate!

3) the fact, that lots of webservers are apache!

4) living the open source idea, sharing knowledge and information easily

I personally like especially the fact that it's easy to share information and knowlegde. Web is a place where everyone can express themselves. It's also wonderful to be able to meet people from all over the world.

 

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