In college, the computer science students were given a Tomcat directory that we could use to host our own web space. I really hadn't dabbled much in HTML, so I took the opportunity to use that space to do some dabbling.
I built out the entire site from scratch. It was certainly nothing spectacular, but it was still cool I build it completely on my own and created all the artifacts on my own as well!
Every few months or so (since graduation, that is), I would check back to see if the college had removed my Tomcat directory--and for over 2 years, it evaded any attempts made by the school to free up some disk space.
It was a pretty impressive run, but the day has finally come. Today I went to go check if my old site was still around, and alas! It was finally removed...
For some reason, I feel like this is a significant loss. It's not like I never expected this day to come. But now that the site is finally gone, I can't help but feel a little nostalgic.
The real tragedy is that I don't think I have any of the image artifacts (or even screenshots) from the site laying around to keep its memory alive. Even Google doesn't have a cache history of it! (Evidently my SEO game was a bit weak...)
On the plus side, there was virtually zero content on the site to lose. All I had was the site's visual foundation and navigation implemented. In my site-building naiveté, you can imagine how it was all basically HTML chock full of needlessly-high-res image artifacts. But hey! The site-hosting was free!
Anyway, I ask that we now take a brief moment of silence in
mythe memory of that first little venture into HTML.
Rest in peace.