I used to think David Siegel's homepage looked so cool. I never thought it would be an archive of how the web used to be. Check out his final journal entry. Look familiar? Everything old is new again. The collective memory of the www is only its e-folding rate.
While you're there, his essay on The Balkanization of the Web is worth reading. It's a non-linear essay, not very interlinked. It's got entry and exit tunnels. It works, dammit. There's a lot of text and it's actually readable. Then see Severe Tire Damage where Siegel lists improvements to be made to the www/browsers. Given so many of his suggestions have arrived, perhaps we could really make something out of the ones that haven't.