Surfing like it’s 1997

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I’ve just been looking at the traffic statistics for my new website – the LightwaveRF Community at

Looking at the browser stats there appears to have been during January, believe it or not, a couple of accesses from Netscape Navigator 4 which was released mid 1997. See above for a reminder of what that looked like at the time (and remember, this was the Internet at its best!)

This got me thinking about what else happened in 1997. I was 22, fixing thin-net networks at work, studying part time for a degree (or might have been a HND at the time), driving my first car (a Citroen BX) and renting a room off a friend.

Bill Clinton was president of the USA; a young Tony Blair returned Labour to government for the first time in 18 years with a landslide victory over the tories (and I stayed up late celebrating); Katrina and the Waves won Eurovision for the UK; Hong Kong was handed back to Chinese rule; Diana, princess of wales, is killed in a car crash in Paris and Steve Jobs returned to Apple.

It seems so hard to think that that was 15 years ago!

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chrisChris works as an IT Security Specialist for a large FTSE 100 company. He is a geek at heart and loves nothing more than trying to automate his home. The problem is, his wife simply doesn't get it and can't understand why they can't have 'normal' lights like everyone else! Chris is dedicated therefore to implementing automation in a family friendly way.View all posts by chris →

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