Seven years ago I was…

~ 14 August 2006 ~

  • A newlywed
  • Creating my first website in FrontPage 98
  • Running Mac OS 8.6 on my first Mac
  • Finishing up college while others were just starting high school
  • Oblivious to A List Apart and the standards movement Jeffrey Zeldman (and others) would soon ignite

What were you up to 7 years ago?



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1   Adrian L. ~ 14 August 2006 at 07:58 AM

Seven years ago I was…

- married for 4 years already.
- limited to 28.8k.
- the chief editor of a major e-com/catalog site.
- a father for a third time.
- 20 lbs lighter

2   Adam Spooner ~ 14 August 2006 at 07:58 AM

  • In 8th grade.
  • Riding a bicycle for fun…all the time.
  • Starting my first job at a bicycle shop.
  • Not interested in the internet.

3   Baxter ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:00 AM

  • Reporting for a daily paper
  • Figuring out I needed to drink less
  • Figuring out I was not going to go out in a blaze of glory before I was 30, and I needed to get on with doing something with my life
  • Figuring out that my girlfriend was my one true love.
  • Figuring out that hand-coding beats design view almost every time.

4   Sam Hardacre ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:09 AM

13 years old (a month away from 14)

- On summer break spending 8 weeks in the blistering sun with friends and skateboards

- Not a care in the world…

So much easier then….

5   Mike Rundle ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:10 AM

  • In 10th grade
  • Working at McDonald’s
  • Creating applications in RealBasic and writing JavaScript
  • Dreaming about doing exactly what I do right now

6   Jina Bolton ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:11 AM

Seven years ago…

  • I switched from wanting to go to music school to wanting to go to art school. This was when I decided I wanted to be a designer.

  • I was making websites as a hobby, and never dreamed that I would be doing it as a full-time job.

  • I was doing a lot of acting, as part of an improv acting group, and also being in plays such as Dracula, Arsenic & Old Lace, among many little church plays.

  • I was going to modeling school (Barbizon) and learning that it sucks to be short. I was going for acting anyway…

  • Was during my learning-phase with CSS, but only for turning off link underlines and coloring scrollbars, and positioning here and there… I had no clue that seven years later that I would master it (minus the scrollbar-coloring - I was so dumb…) and get paid for it.

  • I had the hugest crush on my Algebra teacher. (If you’re reading this right now, I still do!!!)

7   Colin ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:14 AM

  • 13 years old
  • Enjoying the final days of Summer at the river everyday
  • In football camp, building a body of which only remnants exist today…
  • Didn’t have a care in the world for building websites

8   Josh Byers ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:14 AM

  • Playing with something called GeoCities…
  • Bemoaning the retirement of John Elway
  • Getting my first computer with a DVD player
  • Buying my first DVD (The Ghost and the Darkness)
  • Seeing the Phantom Menace for the 9th time…

9   Jared ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:16 AM

  • Never even considering design
  • Playing in a punk band
  • Had 1/2” plugs in my ears
  • Waiting tables
  • Not quite partying like it was 1999

10   Carlos Porto ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:17 AM

  • Met my wife
  • Decided there was a new road to walk in my life
  • Worked at a dot com
  • Learned how to wrangle tables
  • Was also, Oblivious to A List Apart and the standards movement
  • Was still dancing with the best of them
  • And 30lbs lighter ;0)

11   David Hughes ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:17 AM

  • Engaged to my beautiful wife

  • Managing the websites of Psion (remember them?)

  • Driving a Golf GTi 16v Mk2. Sadly written off shortly afterwrds by another driver… I loved that car!

12   Terry Tolleson ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:17 AM

  • Married for over a year
  • Working as a production artist at Bozell Kamstra
  • Was using Dreamweaver and BBedit like a n00b
  • Discovered
  • Began loathing the needless use of technologies (Flash sites when just HTML would have been fine, and often times, better)

13   Steve ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:18 AM

7 Years ago… hmmm…

  • Finishing my bachelors degree

  • Newly engaged (or about to be maybe)

  • living in the hood of Trenton NJ and commuting to school

  • dreaming of a cool design job at the agency I was interning

  • learning how ot make a red ball move across a Flash stage with a tween

  • learning Dreamweaver

  • 3 years (to the day today) without smoking (today is 10 years)

  • 23

  • not a dad - that’s weird

Weird to think back 7 years… I do an anual reflection every January, but to stretch the memory mucles 7 years is pretty tough to do.

14   Mark ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:18 AM

7 years ago I was…

  • a senior in High School

  • ignorantly making fun of Mac users

  • staying up past 11 pm

  • thinking I would never become a computer programmer (I hated it then)

  • pretty dogmatic about my religion

15   Mark ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:19 AM

* Living in Ithaca, NY for the summer
* About to start my senior year at Ithaca College
* Working two jobs/internships
* Doing db/publishing/web dev, starting my Microsoft technology path
* Taking on small web site clients that I’d soon cite on my resume
* Unattached
* Drinking like a fish
* Unaware that in a year I’d be living in/near Boston or that 7 years later I’d still be there

16   Criss Ittermann ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:30 AM

  • I had just turned 30
  • I had struggles with my two kids — my 4 year old was (still) throwing temper tantrums, my 1.5 year old was aspiring to be a sprinter ;)
  • I wasn’t working — unless mothering is work ;)
  • I was developing personal websites, creating huge repositories of information that people desperately needed, but had no idea that I would be the owner of a web design/programming business later
  • I was considering switching to psychology because of a hereditary degenerative nerve disorder — I was afraid I would never be able to work using my hands again
  • I was being herded into a small cult in NYC (I got the heck out a year later, and I’m mostly over the PTSD)
  • My partner (at the time) was pissing away nearly a quarter mil a year (for pissing references see above-mentioned cult?) and I was stupid enough not to sequester funds to a college savings for my 2nd child, into a savings for a home, or any other billion wise things to do with that type of cash flow — yay autonomy — I let him burn his money because (DUH) it was his.
  • I installed Yellow Dog Linux on a beige Mac, stared helplessly at the command line, and uninstalled YDL from the beige Mac (now I’m a Debain admin compiling kernels for PPC macs).
…and much much more

17   Jason Clement ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:37 AM

• building web sites on my blue and white G3

• working for a rapidly growing, soon to die ISP/web design firm/phone company

• overseeing a team of 4/5 soon-to-be unemployed web designers

• contributing to my soon-to-be defunct 401k

• trying to convince people to use Dreamweaver instead of Frontpage

• enjoying my new born son (2nd child)

18   Keith ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:38 AM

* Working at Boeing as a Lead Web Developer. I’d leave in just a bit to explore the dot com explosion, only to return a year and a half later.
* Wrote my first published article — for A List Apart.
* Was doing quite a bit of work with Flash.
* Was just learning how to design.
* Was journaling online. Blogging before I knew what blogging was.
* Worked on a PC. No Mac at that point.
* Was just about to adopt my cat, Danger.
* Lived in a killer apartment with a great view.
* Was travelling a whole lot.

19   Amanda Kern ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:43 AM

I was serving in the military and decided to make plans to get out of the miltary learn more about graphic, web and interactive design. I must say I’d much rather stress over browser wars than other wars!

20   Mb. ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:44 AM

Seven years ago I was:

  • Just married

  • Beginning to learn to speak German

  • Going to be moving back to Australia “next year”

  • Blogging at (long since dead)

  • The web department of a small ad agency

  • Happily working every day on a Mac

  • Designing and hand-coding (completely ignorant of standards) Barclaycard and Wolkenst�rmer (both relaunched since then)

  • Wondering if I’d have a mid-life crisis when I turned 30

21   Olly ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:56 AM

7 years ago I had just quit my job and was getting ready to go travel the world for a year…


I’ve definitely got the 7 year itch!

22   Pete Boere ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:58 AM


  • I was on my way to Ireland for what turned out to be a short career in a product design consultancy - prototyping models out of foam and resin.

  • Driving a disgusting pea green vauxhall nova, which was also rusting to pieces.

  • Didn’t know anything about the web or computers and was quite happy with this.

23   Jared Christensen ~ 14 August 2006 at 08:59 AM

Hmmm, 1999…

  • Single
  • Still using AOL and a 14.4 modem
  • Learning how to nest tables
  • Working on a Packard Bell PC with a whopping 830 MB hard drive
  • not doing web design for a living
  • Stomping on my apartment floor at 3:00 a.m., trying to get the girl downstairs to turn off her awful rap music.

24   Dorie ~ 14 August 2006 at 09:01 AM

Seven years ago I was…

  • an annoying little nine-year-old about to enter fourth grade
  • clueless when it came to computers
  • beginning to learn to type at school
  • not allowed to have my own e-mail account, IM account, or anything that required me to reveal any little bit of information about myself on the Internet (I had paranoid parents)
  • using dial-up on the old family computer running Windows 95 (or perhaps 98, I don’t remember)

25   Kylie ~ 14 August 2006 at 09:25 AM

I was 9.

I only drank out of this coke mug that I had.

I had a bike with a basket on the front. I liked to put kittens in it.

26   Rick Curran ~ 14 August 2006 at 09:28 AM

Seven years ago I was…

  • Just finished working as a Research intern at my local art college and was in my first year as a sole trader, with my business [wideopenspace].

  • Not married yet

  • Not a Dad yet

  • Not going to the chiropractor frequently for treatment of skateboard related upper back injuries

  • Probably as hairless as I am now

27   Andy Hawkes ~ 14 August 2006 at 09:30 AM

7 years ago I was:

  • Working for a food production company
  • Trying to figure out raw materials scheduling for 3 factories with hugely variable week-on-week demands
  • Trying to supress the urge to kill the abrasive, unprofessional Factories Manager on sight
  • Thinking “I wish I were building websites for a living instead of doing this crap”
  • Drinking more, smoking, and eating more fatty foods
  • Probably single
  • Spending more than I could afford to on nothing of consequence

28   Kristian Walker ~ 14 August 2006 at 09:34 AM

Let see…

Art Director for an Indiana ad agency, making sites in GoLive, using Quark for print. teaching college web design classes
Married for 7 years, three kids
Not totally hairless, yet
driving the

29   Olof Lönnroth ~ 14 August 2006 at 09:39 AM

Seven years ago… those were the times… I was…

  • …designing sites with tables and uploaded them to Tripod or GeoCities.
  • …preparing for the last year of gymnasial studies.
  • …switching from using trackers like FastTracker2 and ImpulseTracker, to using Cubase for music making.
  • …trying to learn some programming languages for the first time.
  • …still using PC/Windows

30   Jayson ~ 14 August 2006 at 09:40 AM

- Just graduating from college with a degree in Product Design

- Being told by a famous sneaker company that my senior thesis project was impossible of being produced (6 months later the basis of my design was being used by most sneaker companies)

- Just proposed to my wife

- Purchased a chocolate lab and was getting ready to move away from home

31   Joshua Brewer ~ 14 August 2006 at 09:40 AM

Seven years ago…

  • 24 years old

  • engaged to an amazing woman

  • taking 21 units at the University of Iowa to gradutate before getting married

  • using Windows cause I didn’t like OS 9 (call it immaturity)

  • more familiar with graphic design and sculpture than web design and standards

32   Megan ~ 14 August 2006 at 09:51 AM

Summer of 1999….

  • Working at my first web design job, as a co-op student for HRDC Canada (the government) - learned hand-coding, server side includes, and a little bit of javascript
  • living in Toronto for previously mentioned co-op job
  • Working on a few now-defunct personal websites
  • dating some guy I’d rather forget
  • a new member at the webmaster forum I now administer
  • still smoking
  • 25lbs heavier!

33   WhoIsThatDeafGuy ~ 14 August 2006 at 09:57 AM

7 years ago, I:
* was 33, single, not a dad yet
* still had hair
* realized I didn’t need to be a slave to work crazy hours for a major company so I quit
* started learning HTML, javascript, using tables for design layouts, GIF spacers, etc.
* was not able to run faster as I used to be
* joined a different martial art school for the 4th time
* still went for a monthly chiropractor visit *snaps* *crackles* *pops*

34   Jason Calleiro ~ 14 August 2006 at 09:59 AM

Seven years ago i was…

  • Singing and touring for a band called Glasseater

  • Creating my first websites using ultradev

  • Dating my now wife

  • Weighing a lot less

  • Discovering how great macs are

  • Quitting jobs left and right

35   Jonathan E ~ 14 August 2006 at 10:11 AM

  • 15
  • Preparing to start 11th grade
  • Working my first job in a bakery at a grocery store
  • Making websites as a hobby and wondering how I could turn it into a career
  • Fighting with tables, font tags and spacer gifs.
  • Questioning the hype surrounding “Y2K”

36   Dave Foy ~ 14 August 2006 at 10:21 AM

August 1999… wow, seems like yesterday but thinking back…

  • Lived on my own in a brand new 2 bedroom flat I’d bought earlier in the year - I now live in a 150-year old 6-bedroom house as father of 2 children with a wife to boot!
  • Was a primary school teacher, teaching 7 year old children - I now run my own web development company
  • Was still 3 months away from buying my first ever computer - a cheapo PC with 16MB RAM - and barely knew how to switch a computer on - I now run a G5 PowerMac and also own a Mac Mini and an iBook
  • Was still 9 months away from starting to build my first website in Front Page - I now build websites for a living as well as provide consultancy to larger web firms too
  • Was a bit bored to be quite honest! - now… Bored? What’s that!?
  • Surprisingly, I’m about the same weight I was then!

37   Chris Griffin ~ 14 August 2006 at 10:27 AM

  • I was about to start my junior year of high school
  • Couple months previously I got my first car (Red 1992 Ford Mustang 4 cyl notchback) which would be the reason for many tickets to come (red cars suck).
  • I was working my first job as a ride operator at Miracle Strip Amusement Park (closed in ‘04 to make way for condos) at Panama City Beach, FL (one of the most fun jobs I ever had)
  • I stopped using the internet for awhile after I got my new car and job
  • Using Windows 98 on dial-up
  • Life was so much simplier…

38   Dennis West ~ 14 August 2006 at 10:53 AM

I was:

  • Married for 7 years
  • Preparing to adopt our second child.
  • Had been working as a print graphic designer for 5 years.
  • Not connected to the internet at home.
  • Well into building my (and the lighting company I was working for’s) first website.
  • Had been working at the afore mentioned lighitng company for over two years, which at the time was a time-spent-at-one-job record for me. I like to change a lot.
  • Still on the high of new Star Wars movies being made and released.
  • Spending more money on toys than a guy my age should.
  • Attending Thunderlizard’s Web Design World in Seattle for the second time.

39   Bryan Veloso ~ 14 August 2006 at 10:53 AM

  • Um… just starting high school. :)
  • Moving into a new area to start at the new high school.
  • Running for freshman class president at the new high scool.
  • I hadn’t bought avalonstar yet.
  • I was running a site about Final Fantasy off my parent’s AT&T WorldNet account.
  • I was a lot dorkier.

40   Joe Dolson ~ 14 August 2006 at 10:57 AM

Fun! Seven years ago I was:

  • About to begin my senior year of college
  • Preparing my honors thesis in music composition
  • Doing a lot of college acting
  • Had never owned a computer or seriously considered buying one

41   Joshua ~ 14 August 2006 at 11:08 AM

  • Just learning what the internet was.
  • In high school.
  • Doing a lot more physical activity than I do now.

42   Jan ~ 14 August 2006 at 11:16 AM

  • used FrontPage 97 for ugly web pages with white Comic Sans text & bright blue background
  • High School lazy-ass
  • online with 28k via proxy on dad’s notebook about once a week
  • had my second win98 PC
  • started playing Counter-Strike all day instead of Half-Life
  • wasted nights at Friend’s playing over 10m networks

43   Jeremy Fuksa ~ 14 August 2006 at 11:24 AM

  • Getting divorced for the second time
  • Making the third version of in Adobe GoLive
  • Starting my first agency job doing After Effects work for local car commercials
  • Getting my life on track after so much college aimlessness
  • Learning the joys of broadband
  • Learning ASP
  • Struggling to learn Flash 4
  • Having a quarter life crisis

Things are much better seven years later. :)

44   Kyle Talbott ~ 14 August 2006 at 11:36 AM

  • building my first flash site
  • had just celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary
  • expecting our first child (she’s 6.5 now!)
  • getting ready to blow up in the internet market (much to my chagrine, the fall brought the dot-com-bomb)
  • working at least 2 jobs
  • using a failing Mac Powerbook (OS 8)
  • had been out of college for a while (damn I’m old…)
  • pondering whether Zeldman was a cranky old man and if WASP was going to pull it off

45   Kris Hull ~ 14 August 2006 at 11:43 AM

Seven years ago I was�

  • Trying to decide whether to buy a house or quit my job
  • Single
  • Geeked up for the impending release of Halo for the Macintosh
  • A hardcore GoLive fan
  • I believed wysiwyg website editors would get so good that learning to write HTML would be about as usefull as learning to write PostScript.
  • Still in love with flash.

46   Raz Schwartz ~ 14 August 2006 at 12:03 PM

Already a year through my army service.

Bulilding my first html website with internal css.

Listening to Macy Gray’s first album.

Meeting my first love.

47   Thomas ~ 14 August 2006 at 12:19 PM

7 years ago I was:

  • In high school (16 at the time)

  • Telling a girl I’d been in love with since age 5 that she shouldn’t talk to me again

  • Growing afraid that the occasional thump in my chest was something more serious than I initially thought

  • Teaching myself C++ just because

  • Writing the eight billionth story that I’d never finish

48   Tom ~ 14 August 2006 at 12:39 PM

  • Starting work on my first classic ASP application, which is still alive and kicking today and still in classic ASP, even though it wouldn’t validate if my life depended on it
  • Living in a big house in Omaha, Nebraska with 2 friends
  • Smoking a pack a day
  • Working for the same company I do now
  • Still on dial-up
  • Learning SQL Server
  • Churning out some relatively despicable code on a daily basis, in hindsight
  • Waiting for my current fiance to break up with her boyfriend
  • Only 10 lbs lighter, which I consider a victory
  • A lot less healthy

49   Duncan ~ 14 August 2006 at 01:03 PM

* 7 years old
* 3 years away from learning my first bits of HTML

* too young to remember most stuff

50   Julian Bennett Holmes ~ 14 August 2006 at 01:08 PM

Knew nothing about HTML.

51   Stephen McKenna ~ 14 August 2006 at 01:10 PM

7 years ago? Let’s see, I was:

  • A newlywed
  • Creating my first website in Dreamweaver 2
  • Running Mac OS 8.6 on my first Mac (7200/120)
  • Finishing up college
  • Oblivious to A List Apart and the standards movement Jeffrey Zeldman (and others) would soon ignite

52   Steven Ametjan ~ 14 August 2006 at 01:25 PM

Seven years ago I was:

  • Starting my senior year of high school
  • Writing Javascript, PHP, and HTML
  • Using CSS for text management
  • Deciding whether to be a web designer or an architect.

53   gb ~ 14 August 2006 at 01:59 PM

  • Entering my first year of college
  • Discovering that no one in the engineering department had any idea what to do with me. (Way too artistic to be programming, but they’d just thrown all that money at me)
  • Beginning to lose my mind (see programming above)
  • Constantly fixing my crappy pickup. Last truck I’d ever buy.
  • Living with the folks, trying to convince them that this new “cable modem” thing would be totally worth the money.
  • Working at a college radio station
  • Giving a damn about what went on at the school.

54   Dave Simon ~ 14 August 2006 at 02:10 PM

  • At the wedding of two very good friends from high school, figuring out that we’d be married a year later (my 6th anniversary is September 2nd.
  • Working at ILX Lightwave
  • A few months from my 25th birthday
  • Using a Mac clone Radius 81/110 (got a G4 tower about 3 months later)
  • Like Josh Byers, bemoaning the GOAT’s retirement. John Elway = GOAT (Greatest of All Time)
  • Under the delusion that even with Griese at the wheel, the Broncos could 3peat.
  • Driving a 1993 Chevy Cavalier
  • Still renting

55   John Meloy ~ 14 August 2006 at 02:34 PM

Getting ready to start my last year of college
Still driving cars… the days before motorcycles!
Just dipping my toe into the waters of freelance graphic design
Lots of HTML coding for a local design house
Proud new owner of a 400mhz PowerMac G4 (in a month or so)

56   Dan Rubin ~ 14 August 2006 at 03:18 PM

  • 21.
  • Recovering from the shock of my father almost dying.
  • In a relationship.
  • Learning how to be a chorus conducter/director.
  • Teaching myself web standards.
  • Not in as good shape as I am now.
  • Running a one-man Mac service/tech support company to pay the bills.
  • Using a Power Computing Power120 Mac clone.
  • Doing print design more than I am now.
  • Completely uncertain about my future.

57   Brandon Eley ~ 14 August 2006 at 03:34 PM

7 years ago I was doing mostly desktop publishing on my Mac. When a co-worker asked, “Can you design a website, too?” I said, “Uh, I think so.”

And so I became a web designer like so many other people… without knowing a darned thing about web design. I had a little background in programming and interface design, so it wasn’t too bad of a transition.

It’s been a great run, though. I’ve been self employed for most of the time, starting my first e-commerce business in ‘99. I had just met my future wife (and mother of our two wonderful children) and we were starting an exciting journey together.

I had a Performa 5100CD all-in-one and later in ‘99 I got a G3 333Mhz Powerbook. Man, that was the sweetest laptop Apple ever made!

Anyway, fun times for sure. Of course, I’m still having a ton of fun. I think the future still has a lot in store for us - especially the future of the web. I have a feeling the next 7 years are going to make the last 7 seem slow and boring :)

58   Brandon ~ 14 August 2006 at 03:51 PM

  • I was 23
  • I was living in my college town - Davis, California. Go AGs!!!
  • I was 2 years away from even meeting my wife. Wow, sorry sweetheart!
  • I was working off a G3 Mac with the Yosemite color combo. At the time, it was high style for Mac users. ;)
  • I was just getting wind of Flash and Dreamweaver and I could not write HTML for squat. I was still heavy into print design - Illustrator, Photoshop and Quark were my tools of choice. Ughh!!!
  • I was in my final course at college, had to take one final summer school class to get my degree. BTW - it really sucked to walk at graduation and then go to class 2 days a week in summer. All the while, I was trying to job hunt, versus all the other graduating designers. The worst part was asking my future employers that I needed the mornings of Tuesday and Thursday to be flexible for me to come in since I had that one class to go to those two days in the morning. Worse than that it wasn’t even a design class. It was a upper level nothing class - I just needed the units.

Thanks Cameron - reflection is so necessary in life.

59   Addam ~ 14 August 2006 at 05:16 PM

  • … about to start college
  • .. working at a beach
  • … driving the same car
  • … just learning wtf flash was
  • … cracking my first illegal version of web editing software (shhh…)
  • … wanting to be an architect
  • … loving bad rap music (yikes)
  • … and pretty much didn’t care about anything

those were the days…

60   Mark ~ 14 August 2006 at 05:44 PM

  • 3 years and 1 month into my marriage
  • employed as sr. multimedia designer
  • doing freelance work for some schmuck who had every reason in the book for why he couldn’t pay on time
  • finishing construction on my new home
  • enjoying my brand new 4-wheel drive, black Ford Expedition
  • one year and 4 months from the birth of our first child

61   Patricia ~ 14 August 2006 at 05:57 PM

  • In my early 40s
  • On tour during the summer with the Central Band of the Canadian Air Force as a reserve musician (bassoon)
  • Trying to figure out what was the next step as I was getting tired of the freelance musician thing (6 month later I was in a one year intensive Web Development program which led to present job (5 and a half years now) as webmaster/IT support at a non-profit)
  • Playing around with a personal site after taking an HTML class in cont ed
  • Working on an AMD k6-2/450mhz PC
  • Hanging out on the Wise-Women list
  • Working a 28.8 modem with dialup service

62   Jesse C. ~ 14 August 2006 at 07:25 PM

  • Enjoying my 5 year-old
  • Directing a wild show for PBS called Zoboomofoo
  • Founding a live theatre in my neigbourhood - beginning a slow process of shirt-losing
  • Discovering I could design the theatre’s web site using an app I bought online called HotDog
  • Being shocked when I discovered that I could … code - by - hand…
  • Wishing I was in my first year of high school

63   chuck ~ 14 August 2006 at 07:32 PM

Hmmm … let’s see … another life ago it seems … 7 years ago I was:

  • 26 yrs old
  • Not a dad (at least not for another 6 months anyway)
  • Worked at a mortgage company as a supervisor in the call center
  • Thinking the coolest thing about the internet was the ability to right-click on an image and make it tile as your desktop background.
  • Not owning a computer
  • Clueless as to what the next 7 years would bring

Makes me wonder what 7 years from now will look like.

64   Ryan Romero ~ 14 August 2006 at 10:09 PM

  • Junior in High School with dreams of being the first asian in the NBA

  • Suddenly lost 30 pounds after getting sick and losing my apendics

  • First programming class using C++

  • Breakdancing in talent shows and at school dances

  • My first car - drove my uncle’s 1985 Checy Spectrum - a car that beeped when put on reverse.

65   Paul R. Redmond ~ 14 August 2006 at 10:47 PM

7 years ago….

Because I was a missionary I luckily missed…

  • Netscape 4

  • Internet Explorer 5.x

  • Win 98

  • The start of reality TV

66   Brian Sweeting ~ 14 August 2006 at 11:42 PM

  • Going to Dixie College
  • Working in my first web job as a “webmaster” for the City of St. George, Utah
  • Also running OS 8.6 on my first Mac (a beige G3 tower with 17” monitor)
  • Just starting to date the girl who would become my wife

67   paul ~ 14 August 2006 at 11:44 PM


  • First learning about a thing called Photoshop

  • Embarking on a love of design

  • Never married wishing for 10 kids


  • First time posting on Cameron’s site (finally)

  • About to embark on a life-changing overseas adventure

  • Still not married and still wishing for 10 kids

68   Blake Haswell ~ 14 August 2006 at 11:48 PM

7 years ago I…

  • was 11 years old, and starting my first year of high school.

  • thought I was awesome because I could create crappy web pages in FrontPage (not having any idea what I was doing).

  • had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, but was adamant that it would not involve I.T.

  • could draw really well.

69   kimblim ~ 15 August 2006 at 01:26 AM

7 years ago I was…

  • 23 years old.

  • single

  • learning to drive

  • about to start school again to learn how to create websites

  • celebrating Manchester Uniteds triple

70   freaksauce ~ 15 August 2006 at 05:57 AM

7 years ago I was…

  • In my first job after graduating with a bachelor of music degree!?
  • Using Adobe Pagemill to code html
  • Thinking that frames were amazing
  • Using Photoshop 4 to create heaps of bevels
  • Oblivious to Netscape 4 for a while
  • Followed by… loathing Netscape 4

71   Jeff L ~ 15 August 2006 at 06:45 AM

7 years ago?

I was

  • Starting my last year of college
  • Creating websites for some 3 years already, but was just starting to get paid for it
  • Was soon to meet the woman who would become my wife
  • Completely unaware that 7 years later, I would have been through 5 professional jobs and laid off twice

72   Colin D. Devroe ~ 15 August 2006 at 07:25 AM

I too was married 7 years ago (but not on this very day, since that will have to wait until the 27th of the current month).

73   Aleksandar ~ 15 August 2006 at 07:31 AM

- Got my life in order, after NATO stopped attacks on my country
- Started working in off-shore division of Chicago-based dot-com-busted company
- Got in love
- Bought new PC
- Abandoned university, for good

74   John ~ 15 August 2006 at 02:18 PM

-Gearing up for senior year of art school.

-Driving a rusty Crown Victoria.

-making $12 an hour

75   Brian Zollinhofer ~ 15 August 2006 at 03:45 PM

On August 14, 1999 I was:

- 8:00 am - eating breakfast with my fiancee.
-10:00 am - playing 18 holes of golf
-4:00 pm - showing up at the church to get my picture taken.
- 6:00 pm - getting married to my fiancee (then making her my wife).
- 7:00 pm - going to the reception.
- 1:00 am (next day) - stopping at Wendy’s because I didn’t get to eat anything at my reception!

76   Christian ~ 15 August 2006 at 05:12 PM

7 years ago i was…

* a teenager geting into University
* experimenting html on NOTEPAD
* discovering Macromedia Fireworks
* about 20 kg(Mexican meassure) less

77   Robert ~ 16 August 2006 at 12:11 AM

I like your words, but something I have to say here is my prefer is the warcraft powerleveling .

78   Shane Guymon ~ 16 August 2006 at 10:51 PM

-Preparing to leave to Brazil for two years
-Working at a pool cleaning company
-had an intrest in design, but had no real clue what I was doing.
-Living with my mom!

79   bliss ~ 17 August 2006 at 11:28 PM

- not sure about my future
- was introduced to the web designing
- and finally, it was my first year to the life long journey into computers!

80   Kim Siever ~ 18 August 2006 at 11:22 AM

  • A father
  • In a new city
  • In a new house
  • About to go back to my second year as a mature university student
  • 2.5 years as a web designer and still not using WYSIWYG editors

81   Sid ~ 18 August 2006 at 03:50 PM

  • Nine.
  • Had just left Uganda for America
  • Was in a new place
  • Learning “American” English
  • Starting to get into the web

82   Digiguru ~ 19 August 2006 at 01:31 AM

1. Deciding between continuing to be a personal fitness trainer and becoming a graphic designer.
2. Teaching myself Coreldraw
3. Was wondering how the hell Frontpage worked
4. Just making enough money to pay my mom rent and pay for dialup.
5. Was using a friends PC
6. Could not understand what all the hype about photoshop was …
7. … discovering what all the hype about Photoshop was :)

83   Michael ~ 19 August 2006 at 10:07 PM

1. 7 years younger

2. 40-50 lbs heavier

3. unemployed

4. graduated with my Associate degree in art

5. playing around with (aka learning) Adobe Pagemill, Photoshop and Flash (have never ever touched Frontpage. Lucky me!) :)

84   Shawn Blanc ~ 20 August 2006 at 08:52 AM

1. Driving my new (to me) Honda
2. Thought AOL was cool
3. Teaching Martial Arts to little kids
4. Playing drums in a local rock band
5. One of three 18 year olds in my senior class
6. Still hadn’t asked out my H.S. crush

85   Brian ~ 20 August 2006 at 03:19 PM

1. I was 12;
2. leaving Elementary School for Junior High;
3. making new friends, but also losing old friends in the process;
4. and a lot shorter than I am now.

Here’s a question to ponder: what will our lives be like seven years from now?

For me:

1. I will be 26;
2. a graduate with my B.SC in Biology;
3. possibly upgrading my degree (PH.D or Masters);
4. and entering the medical field, hopefully.

86   heather ~ 21 August 2006 at 05:06 PM

1. Buried in physics studies.
2. Working at an ISP.
3. Trying to figure out how much I loved my (ex)boyfriend.
4. Wondering what I wanted to do after college.

87   josh ~ 21 August 2006 at 09:44 PM

Seven years ago I was:

  • opening Photoshop for the first time

  • opening Illustrator for the first time

  • opening Authorware or the first time

  • opening Director for the first time

  • opening Flash for the first time

  • looking at code for the first time

heh, I thought I was going to be getting into video production. I was a late bloomer, but I’m cool with those above choices instead…


88   Justin ~ 23 August 2006 at 08:02 AM

  • Finishing up my junior year of high school
  • Discovering my identity
  • My high school got their first macs for their art classes
  • First time I opened Photoshop
  • Started to learn HTML for the first time

I know there was a broken heart in there too from a high school love. Good thing that did not last for seven years.

89   Andrew01rizA ~ 24 August 2006 at 10:58 AM

I was 14 wayback then

I was still in high school

I got into programming like turbo pascal and turbo c

Played a lot of starcraft!

90   Birgit ~ 27 August 2006 at 08:26 AM

…living on a farm with the next house 3 km away and the next village 30 km away

…seeing more cows and horses each day than humans

…just returning from a 6-week holiday back home in Germany

…fluent enough in Icelandic to take an active part in conversations

…preparing for equine horse studies course at Hólar University College

…not able to get near a computer in weeks, err… months.

Quite some changes since then.


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