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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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BG Mahesh: My Fifteen Years on the Web

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There are many such good portals (like which very few are aware of, mainly because they don't spend on marketing and rely on word of mouth.

True. Till today, we have not spent a red penny on advertising. It could soon change though...

My Fifteen Years of Web

Fifteen years ago, I was programming on the NeXT computer. It was a small comunity of developers and there was buzz about this Worldwide Web. That's the first I'd heard of it (1992).

During 1993-95, I was drawn to the Web in a major way. I wrote a browser (yes, this was before even Microsoft has browser) and some web apps (we called it "Seamless Web") but the technology was exploding with cgi and all kinds of cool stuff and we had do discontinue our product after Microsoft released IE.

I was totally sold on the idea of "Network is the Computer" and sold some network computers to clients. But that was bad idea and I lost many customers.

Then a friend, started a hobby website called "". In those days, it was very popular. All it had was links to other sites. But it contained a lot of useful information about USA, immigration, Cricket etc.

I wanted to do something on AOL, then the leading ISP/provider of branded Web. I have spent a lot of time on AOL. Since I was a Windows programming guru, I knew all the hooks of the AOL client for windows and all the ways you could make AOL better.

The Y2K bug changed everything. All the programmers were busy fixing Y2K bugs, including me, and meanwhile Microsoft had engineered a major coup.

Since then I can't decide which warring faction (Java or .NET, Linux or Windows) to endorse.

That's my fifteen years on the web. Somewhere in there, I wrote search engines, directories, content management systems, content classification systems, aggregators, blog engines, and blog portals.

Is it really fifteen years? Wow!

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