The Last Outpost on the Web

In 2019, the World Wide Web turned 30 years old. Tim Burners-Lee wrote an initial paper describing his vision for the WWW in 1989, but it wasn't until 1991 that software was online and people outside of CERN were invited to join this new community. A year later, in 1992, The Last Outpost followed suit and opened its doors to the public for play testing. In 1993, CERN made the underlying WWW code available on a royalty-free basis, and that's when the web really took off.

The Last Outpost got its first page on the "World Wide Web" in late 1994.

The main design of our pages has been updated a few times over the years as the web technology has improved and as styles have changed. If we'd have realized back when we started this project that The Last Outpost would still be on line a quarter of a century later, I think we would have paid more attention to archiving the changes. That isn't to say that we'd have done it, however. Backing up data is easy and cheap now, but back in the early days it was a major hassle that usually involved stacks of floppy disks. We've got a few live backups of the "previous" site formats that were left over when we moved to an updated design, but we don't have snapshots of what the Last Outpost web pages looked like on a month to month basis.

Luckily for us, there is The Wayback Machine! The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web and other information on the Internet. It was launched in 2001 by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California, United States.

Here, for your enjoyment and for the sake of history is the oldest backup of the Last Outpost Homepage, and some Wayback links showing how our web pages have evolved over the last twenty five years.

Happy Birthday, World Wide Web!

The Very Beginning

The Last Outpost is a seriously old part of the Internet. Here, for posterity, is the oldest backup of the Last Outpost Homepage that I was able to find. It is a snapshot of the very first LO web pages that were hosted from starting in late 1994.

Wayback In Time...

These are links to the Wayback Machine archives of our homepage. The earliest archive looks like it probably came from an Alexa crawl, and doesn't include the main castle graphic that I drew using Adobe Photoshop 3.0 sometime in 1995.

The Future

I can't tell you what the Last Outpost web site will look like twenty five years from now, but if you want to see what it looks like right now, that's just a click away.

Thanks for enjoying and playing the Last Outpost!

-RahjIII, The Last Outpost Webmaster, 2019