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Thursday December 13, 2001
04:00 AM

Mining the Google archive

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You know, I'm starting to think that the google archive isn't that complete. For a start, I'm *sure* I remember posting more while I was at university. And for a second, I'm sure I remember the abbreviation FAQ being in use back when I first started posting in 1987.

However, google seems to think I'm wrong. In moment of curiosity I went in search of the first use of FAQ to mean 'Frequently Asked Questions' and I found this. From May 1989.

Surely the abbreviation is older than that...

Oh yes, I also found one of my favourite threads from that period. You've just got to love the response from the guy who worked for Boeing.

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  • No, it's certainly not complete.

    When I was in school, the phrase "...this is going to cost a lot of money. Are you sure you want to do this? [yn]" (or words to that effect) carried a lot more weight (would that it were still so). It took me about a week to get up the nerve to make my first post to comp.lang.c (something about algorithms for calculating pi). So, understand that I remember my first posts to the public groups in 1989/1990 quite well, and that as far as I'm concerned, their absense is note

  • As I said I couldn't find the original post for the first release of Perl in comp.unix.sources but as I recall there was some problems with usenet around that time so it may have gotten lost in the shuffle. I'm sure they'll add more over time but what they currently have is terrific in spite of the fact that it is mainly used by everyone looking for their own 'first post' :)

    I got notice of the google archive not from /. but from one of the linguist lists I'm on as there are a lot of excited linguists who

  • I know that I and a another of my coworkers both posted comments to the blowup computers referenced above, and none of them are there.

    Only a small fraction, less than 1%, of my postings in the pre-1988 timeframe are there (I haven't looked later than that).

    Even so, what is there brings back lots of interesting memories.