Going Wayback – The Wired World of John Chow

While preparing a keynote for a presentation I’ll be making in Germany, I was at the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine to look for an old version of my site before it became a blog. The Wayback Machine puts the history of the World Wide Web at your fingertips. The archive contains 56 billion captures of over 10 billion web pages from as far back as 1996.

Before this place became a blog, it served as my home page and was called The Wired World of John Chow. It was only a single page with my photo on it and some text. I was hoping the Wayback Machine would have an image of the old site so I can include it in my keynote. I was able to find the image but I also found the original Flash intro file that played when somebody visited. I’ve captured the video and put it on YouTube for you to enjoy. This is what John Chow dot Com looked like back in August 17, 2000. Talk about rocking it old school!

40 thoughts on “Going Wayback – The Wired World of John Chow”

  1. John, I love using that tool. I was actually checking on your blog from about 2007 when JohnCow copied it! haha

    1. Wow … at that time also you were stylish …

      Even today these flash are looking like as of current one.

      You were always ahead from the time John.

      1. Alex Dumitru says:

        Nah, that was really ugly :))

        1. Hey John,

          That’s very interesting. It seems even more that 10 years ago but you were quite flashy even then.

          The way back machine is a good tool to use for people who become famous to be able to go back and show their beginnings.

        2. d3so says:

          Yeah that was some old skool flash stuff. Not the high tech flashy flash intros.

  2. I am loving that into John. I think you should bring that back. What do you say? At least for a week or so.

    1. I love that idea. Hot Tub Time Machine; John Chow style. Actually, all kidding aside, this tool is great. Didn’t know it existed. Good way to chart the progress of a website.

      1. d3so says:

        Definitely an awesome tool but some of my sites haven’t been archived on certain dates.

  3. rayutube says:

    2000 was such a long time ago in internet years. A lifetime ago – pre 9/11. Such an innocent time

    1. John Chow says:

      And everything was wired back then. Wireless hadn’t came out yet!

      1. It’s crazy thinking back to that time. On August 17, 2000, I was about a week away from going to college for freshman year, where I would have broadband for the first time. All dial-up to that point. Definitely no wi-fi. Remember the sound of a dial-up modem?

        1. Alex Dumitru says:

          I hated dial-up my whole life and I couldn’t believe how fast broadband can be when I got it.

          1. d3so says:

            Oh yeah, dial up lol, I would hog the phone line.
            Broadband DSL was barely starting up.

      2. @ rayutube

        Like the way said “innocent time”

        But at that time also people polluted web with meta tags and all. 🙂

        1. rayutube says:

          Actually, about that time the dot com bust was about to start. I remember JDS Uniphase and Nortel. Bad memories.

      3. Yeah, I remember having to buy rolls of cat5 from radio shack so I could string them through the ceiling…

  4. Peter J says:

    hahaha, that was awesome – the music went so well with the flashy url’s going around. Well done 😀

  5. All the pages I remember from that era pernamently had the black and yellow under contruction stripes and silly flaming rotating skulls all ovet the place! As well as horible frames and color schemes you have nightmares over!!

  6. Abhik says:

    Not bad for the year 2000.
    You did it yourself or hired someone to do that for you?

    1. Not bad … this one is awesome …

      Even if you will use it now … people will ask you that they also want to add such things in their website.

    2. Alex Dumitru says:

      Considering the way it looked, I think he did it himself 🙂

      1. Lakhyajyoti says:

        I think John did it himself.

  7. Krystle says:

    Wow. That intro video just brought me back to the 90’s. Somehow it reminds me of the game Pacman, and I don’t know why. Must be the music. lol

    1. d3so says:

      Yeah, it has the old skool arcade feel.

  8. saul says:

    Good video John Chow , in my opinion your new website is the best of internet marketing money in the internet, you have very good informative Post’s.
    I’m trying to learn with you.

    1. Lakhyajyoti says:

      I am also learning from you.Still have to learn lot from you

  9. 8/17/2000 –

    Back when many respectable people were saying the Internet was just a passing bubble – ha! Yes it got bloated at the time, but they just didn’t see the long term.

    It’s cool that you could go back and grab that – take us down memory lane.

    Nothing against the old site, but I like your site much better now 😉

    1. d3so says:

      Considering how sites looked back then most sites look way better now due to improvements in graphic design and coding.

  10. I have saw that to few years ago.

  11. Nice article 🙂

  12. asadisae says:

    wah … ‘m remembering the past, maybe a change is necessary to progress the blog

  13. fas says:


  14. I have used WayBack Machine for a long time. It comes in handy checking old domains to make sure there is no “questionable material” from the sites past.

  15. marita says:

    Looks like you had a lot of fun creating the site!! 2000 seems like an eternity ago…
    Where in Germany are you?

  16. Luke says:

    haha…that’s awesome! I used to have a sweet flash site for my “blog” as well. Not SEO friendly at all 😛

  17. Lakhyajyoti says:

    Really John,it is very useful tool.

  18. Essays says:

    Waybackmachine has the data since 2000? They are famous to capture and save text of your website but it is amazing to know that they have saved your flash presentation.

  19. Free Picks says:

    That time the internet speed was slow, not even wirless and wimax

  20. Corey says:

    Great history lesson. Really cool.

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