It has been a wild week of mindless copying and pasting from the old Go Inside website — to the New And Improved Go Inside Magazine blog — but we are pleased to announce we have over 750 articles dating from 1996, and before, right here for you to search and read and enjoy once again! Gordon Davidescu imported all 140 articles he wrote over the last decade or so and we now have 510 “Guest Author” articles that still ring with authenticity and authority.
There are about 250 articles — most of them are mine — that didn’t make the cut, and they were of roughly of a single kind: Software and Hardware reviews that were outdated and packed with images.
I’m not shy about posting old text to help preserve the historical record, but all those images in disparate places made the easy “Copying and Pasting” import something that was untenable at this time. If we can find a way to “bring over” those image-packed reviews, we’ll do it.
It was an amazing to re-read the work we published so long ago in the slow copy and paste process.
I chuckled at my 1996 PageNet review:
The PageNet Motorola Gold FLX alphanumeric pager is simply the best service and pager you can buy today — that’s a mouthful to read, but as you take in an eyeful of it all above, you’ll soon understand how the secret to screening the world can rest in the palm of your hand.
I loved our prescient review about Cable Modems in 1998:
Cable modems have speeds of 100 to 1,000 times faster than telephone modems! My cable modem uses a 3Com 10Mbps PCI Ethernet XL network interface card which allows for much faster data transmission than standard COM ports. Cable modem speeds can vary in their transfer capabilities. My LANcity cable modem can transmit data at speeds up to 10 Mbps. Put another way, I can transfer a 10-Megabyte file in 8 seconds. A 56-Kbps telephone modem would require 24 minutes; 128=Kbps ISDN requires 10 minutes; a 1.54-Mbps T-1 would take 52 seconds. Websites download in a matter of seconds; full screen images download as fast as any background; inline graphics “zoom load.”
In 2004, we predicted DVDs would be our future:
DVD (digital versatile disc) has come of age as the defacto crossover medium from the waning days of analogue to the waxing years of digital. But it hasn’t been an easy drive by any means, and the road ahead is still far from certain.
This article will explore the development of DVD from its early days as a video-only medium to its present incarnation as jack-of-all trades. I’ll try making sense of the contenders for the DVD recordable crown, and chart the likely future of the medium with its challengers already looming on the technology horizon.
Our political analysis of the — Transparent Election of Governors in Venezuela — in 1998 is as insightful today as it was then:
The “whole” world has been mighty worried about the election year the country of Venezuela is having in 1998. Why is it so? It is so because after four decades and a bit more the Venezuelans have gotten super tired of false promises. We may call those false promises mere LIES.
I think that we all can relate to the Venezuelans’ feelings from time to time . . . right? Oh yes, one thing is to try to do the best for a country, and another thing is to become the beast of the country.
The most astonishing work is the timelessness of some of the more reflective pieces we published, like this example from 1997 about Scars:
I run my fingers across the scars
like an alcoholic caressing
the cool neck
of the dark bottle,
knowing the smooth, fleshy surface
is a blind ditch
for the truth.
This lament from 1995 over the early loss of a son still stings:
He knew too much
He felt too deep
The pain of humanity.
He could not live
With the agony
Knowing the cause of it.
He understood too much
Or this shocking remembrance of a Dying Roommate in 1991:
he was being put back together again
a new hip to get him down the road a little further
when his heart gave up…
letting go some small crumb
that burst a vessel in his head
and everything stopped while they jumped started him
leaving him for the time being without his right hip
and without his beard of fifty years
because it got in the way
of the new growth of wires and tubes
like vines in some fertile rite of the Spring
designed to continue the functions
he no longer could on his own
It’s all there again — all ready for your fresh eyes again — and if you find something missing now, get in touch and let me know, and we’ll find it again and get it back online again for the enriching viewing.