Feature: Looking back at Neowin 10 years ago

Websites have come and gone over the years since the World Wide Web was officially launched. Neowin happens to be one of the oldest tech news websites that's still alive and kicking, thank you very much. In this occasional new feature, we look back at a few of the stories that were posted on the site a decade ago.

New version of Mozilla

On August 27, 2002, we reported on the launch of Mozilla 1.1, the open source web browser that was basically a spin-off from Netscape. At the time we listed the download sites for the 1.1 version, along with its list of new features and improvements, including "Browser tabs now close left to right" and "Improved Web site compatibility".

We have been reporting on new versions of Mozilla, now going under the name Firefox, since then. Indeed. the latest version of Firefox, 15.0, was launched just this week.

Image via Andrewturbull.net

New Windows XP SP1 build

At the moment, some people are trying out the RTM build of Windows 8. 10 years ago on August 27, 2002 we were reporting on a new build of the first service pack for Windows XP. Our news post said that this new build, 1105, would be the last before the final version of Windows XP SP1 was launched. The post noted that the Java VM was added in the 1105 build.

Now, we are monitoring the launch of Windows 8, with its "Modern" UI and its downloadable Windows Store. How times have indeed changed.

Image via Microsot/Wikipedia

The end of Betamax

The Betamax video tape format was old technology, even back in 2002, but on August 27th of that year, Sony announced it was finally stopping the production of new Betamax machines after 27 years. The format was defeated by the rival VHS platform.

Even in 2002, the VHS tape format was on its last legs as the popularity of the DVD disc format was already surging. Now, it appears that DVDs are on the way out and even the newer Blu-Ray disc format could be done away with as we move to downloadable and streaming media formats, to watch new movies and TV shows.

Image via Wikipedia/Franny Wentzel

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Quite amazing to see the early troublemakers on the forums (that have been given a chance by staff and are still around) become mature over the course of a decade

This is one of the few sites i still go to, going back close to that far.
I can't remember exactly.. its been waaaay too long to keep track of things like that.
of course i didn't register until many years later though.
just reminds me how I'm turning 37 at the end of the month and i often
wonder just how young some of the little know it all brats are that lip me off.
I think many of them forget and assume they talking to everyone that is 14yrs old lol
I get called kid CONSTANTLY on the internet lol
Although i look extremely young for my age no ONE guesses i'm as old as i am.
The secret ? Stay out of the son and indoors on your computer

I am Not PCyr said,
This is one of the few sites i still go to, going back close to that far.
I can't remember exactly.. its been waaaay too long to keep track of things like that.
of course i didn't register until many years later though.
just reminds me how I'm turning 37 at the end of the month and i often
wonder just how young some of the little know it all brats are that lip me off.
I think many of them forget and assume they talking to everyone that is 14yrs old lol
I get called kid CONSTANTLY on the internet lol
Although i look extremely young for my age no ONE guesses i'm as old as i am.
The secret ? Stay out of the son and indoors on your computer

There was me thinking if was the txt speak, unnecessary carriage returns and blatant fanboi-ism.

I am Not PCyr said,
This is one of the few sites i still go to, going back close to that far.

it's always a good site to go to for banter or news!

zhiVago said,
I've spent more time on Neowin in the last ten years than my total cumulative gaming time for the same period!

<3


same here, which is actually a shame... many, many years ago I was a gamer...

zhiVago said,
I've spent more time on Neowin in the last ten years than my total cumulative gaming time for the same period!

<3

i think i'd have to agree.
does cracking pc games count ?
i'm spent waaay more time in OllyDBG or IDA with some games .exe
than i have playing any game lol

Neowin got older, I got older but we're both still here! Love the site and your continued efforts over this last neowin decade!

Steven said,
Neowin got older, I got older but we're both still here! Love the site and your continued efforts over this last neowin decade!

Hear, hear!

Oh and did you ever get some at your sisters' house in the end?

Man...it reminds me of what a miscreant I was back then. Quite a few of the older stories I had a bit of a hand in, even if they didn't realize it

Rappy said,

nearly as bad as Neoplanet, what a browser that was!

Ha ha! I remember using Neoplanet thinking it was really cool with all the different skins for it. I also used Incredimail for email too with its crazy animations!

notuptome2004 said,
Here we go one of the first logos from 2001


http://web.archive.org/web/200...2030/http://www.neowin.net/


Heh, have you ever wondered how much they are paying the guy who introduced a brand spanking new Start Menu to Windows XP (build 2428 aka Luna) 2 TIMES BIGGER! than the old one or how long it took him to decide on that Recycle Bin green color for the Start button, now we've seen "Luna" in every build since 2428 peeps are starting to wonder what comes next.. are we gonna be stuck with "Windows XP Theme" with its "Playskool/Toys R Us" Blue and Green colors or can we get a theme that looks professional and not eye ripping candy like I-wanna-eat-it visual style?

LOL, the more things change the more they stay the same!!

Errr the Mozilla of old is NOT the same thing as firefox today. Firefox today was started as a spinoff project, at the time called Phoenix, it was meant to be a faster and better mozilla. That is where the roots of the current firefox come from.

I think it would be fun to see (If you had them then), a picture of your dedicated servers in their racks from 2002. We saw some of your more recent ones from when Neowin's servers were soaked, but then? With that said though, I bet Neowin started out on some shared hosting server in the beginning so no pics.

jordanspringer said,
This is what everyone is looking for. Here is a useable version of the website from rougly 10 years ago. It's amazing to see how informal the front page news stories were written. Boy, times have changed!

http://web.archive.org/web/20020923050418/http://neowin.net/

I remember that view and even older ones. I truly thought that was what this article was going to be about, not news stories out at that time. A misnamed title. The real story wasn't as interesting.

Sekyal said,

I remember that view and even older ones. I truly thought that was what this article was going to be about, not news stories out at that time. A misnamed title. The real story wasn't as interesting.

yeah, who cares about 3 stories from the exact day 10 years ago.
should have written about the evolution ever last ten years. more about neowin less about particular stories.

waste of title and potential. make us story about NEOWIN.

jordanspringer said,
This is what everyone is looking for. Here is a useable version of the website from rougly 10 years ago. It's amazing to see how informal the front page news stories were written. Boy, times have changed!

http://web.archive.org/web/20020923050418/http://neowin.net/

I remember some of those headlines... especially the one that said turn the ****ing noise down.

I was 15 at the time when I read that and was surprised you could curse on the internet.

jordanspringer said,
This is what everyone is looking for. Here is a useable version of the website from rougly 10 years ago. It's amazing to see how informal the front page news stories were written. Boy, times have changed!

http://web.archive.org/web/20020923050418/http://neowin.net/

Wow, thank you so much for that! This was right when I moved back to the mainland from a very long and arduous 2 years in Hawaii (school, relationships, finding myself).


Hey look, the layout actually stretches to use all our ****ing monitor space.

Why would you go fixed width today when displays since 2004 have been widescreen? Do you know how stupidly hard it is to use fixed width sites on a 2560x1600 monitor?

All the current redesigns of websites seem to be for use on a smartphone/tablet, not a PC monitor, and I'm damn sick of it. Have auto switching themes or use the old mobile.domain.tld if it's too much work; shafting the majority of your visitors isn't a smart idea.