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Why kill the old school internet

Yahoo announces killing delicious
to make way for new products, and the web community seems upset. The possibility of shutting down AltaVista is spurring on conversations about 1995. I’ve read comments anywhere from “there should be an internet historical society” to “someone’s gotta be able to figure out how to make money with that codebase and dataset”.

Bookmarking sites seem pretty old school to me.
Maybe I’m not the most organized person on the planet, but does the web really need massive bookmarking technology?  Would anyone even pay for that?  Can’t you just use one of the other many services that do the same thing?

Donating to the open source community
sounds like an interesting concept to me.  Think about it for just a second.  In the offline world, we take stuff we no longer want to use and donate it people in need, or to places that clean up and resell at lower prices to people in need.  Why wouldn’t something like this exist in the digital realm?  Why can’t you donate old software licenses, old mp3′s that you no longer listen to, URL’s that you will never use, and codesets and databases that are just taking up room?

Why do we feel like we have a right
to control things that are free?  It seems like I’ve seen plenty of technology come and go since 1995 – especially the free stuff.  Free stuff always cares about itself – always has an ulterior motive.  Free doesn’t care about you, even though you are led to believe it does. Free will always do whatever it wants.  Free may appear to be listening to you, but it’s not taking your advice.

The world of free is otherwise known as STFU.

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