Fascinating, geeky single-topic web sites from the 90s/early 00s?
January 13, 2014 1:21 PM   Subscribe

I was thinking back to high school, when I spent hours browsing archives such as the Jargon File, the d20 SRD, and bash.org. Of course, these are just scratching the surface - I read pages and pages of D+D files, funny anecdotes, and interesting stories on personal sites. I miss the magic of diving into a site like that - any recommendations?
posted by LSK to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
You can very easily lose all track of time in the heady interconnectedness and history of Everything2.
posted by zer0render at 1:24 PM on January 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: I love Everything2! I forgot all about it. That's exactly the sort of site I'm looking for.
posted by LSK at 1:33 PM on January 13, 2014 [2 favorites]

Best answer: Jason Scott's archive at textfiles.com is pretty much the sine qua non of that stuff, I thought. It's certainly enough to take ME down memory lane!
posted by QuantumMeruit at 1:34 PM on January 13, 2014 [6 favorites]

Best answer: Humournet collage archives.
posted by griphus at 1:41 PM on January 13, 2014

Try folklore.org if you have any interest in old Apple stuff at all. Loads of interesting stories about the development of the original Mac back in the early '80s.
posted by derbs at 1:42 PM on January 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

I can get lost on TVTropes!
posted by steinsaltz at 1:43 PM on January 13, 2014

Best answer: The Phrack archives are loads of fun if you want to get a feel for the hacker/phreaker milieu of the period.
posted by jquinby at 2:00 PM on January 13, 2014 [2 favorites]

How about retronaut.com?
posted by JoeZydeco at 2:07 PM on January 13, 2014

SCP is kind of like that for me. I click links for hours.
posted by jeffamaphone at 4:21 PM on January 13, 2014

Ah, one more: it looks like the Cult of the Dead Cow archives are also online...lots of bizarro stuff in there, too, also of the hack/phreak world.
posted by jquinby at 8:38 AM on January 14, 2014

I stumbled on c2.com's wiki from time to time

Once you land on a page you could chase links for hours
posted by jander03 at 6:29 PM on January 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

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