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10 Years of

Rohdesign LogoThis morning iCal beeped at me, as it sometimes does, though today's message kinda surprised me: 10 is years old!

Wow, 10 years! Time has passed qucikly since registering in 1997.

So much has changed. When I first registered the domain, I was using Adobe PageMill to build my sites, fighting with layout quirks and strange code that seemed to appear when layouts got a bit too complex. What painful days they were.

I had a "Home Page" back then, and I was migrating from a tiny bit of space on AOL's servers, provided as a subscriber. I'd run into limitations with the space, was struggling with PageMill and it was time to take the next step.

I was playing with BBEdit by then, learning how HTML code worked, how to create fast-loading images, exploring FTP posting to my new space with Anarchie.

1997 was also the year I seriously considered joining Matt Henderson in his new company ExpoNet, which later became MakaluMedia, and visited Germany for the 3rd time, to attend the wedding of my friends Martin and Thea.

It's wild to see how far the web has come since 1997, and how I and my friends have changed in 10 years. In some ways I could never have imagined how different 2007 would look, while in other ways, how many things have remained the same.

Happy birthday! :-)

Reader Comments (16)

Congratulations Mike! What a great 10 years of Rohdesign.
September 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJordan Arentsen
In 2017 I will post on your 20 years cellebration newsbit with a Minority-Report-like interface! :) Congrats :)
September 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos
Congratulatons Mike! 10 years is a long time to keep a site going single-handed -- no mean feat!
September 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNeal Dench
This is a very important achievement! My warmest congratulations for your good work ... and please do not stop it ;-)
September 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJavier
Congratulations Mike!

I think I found your site 'back in the day' when I was still into Palms and have enjoyed it ever since and the music recommendations even more...

Here's to the next 10 years.
September 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Hughes
Wow Mike, 10 years of fun here at Rohdesign! Very nifty look back. The furthest I could find going back in the archives was when you said you were engaged to Gail. Small change since then, huh? Nice "landing page" too.

Here's to at least 10 more years of great design, great sketches, and great thinking!
September 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPhil Gerbyshak
Wow, ten years! What a great achievement. Congratulations, Mike.
September 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Topley
Hey guys, thanks so much for your kind words! Hard to believe 10 years has gone by... on to the next 10!
September 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Congrats and more decades of pixel-pushing to come!
September 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAllan Reyes
Thanks Allan! :-)
September 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Congrats! Impressive time to be bloggin'
September 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJuan
10 years....Congratulations!Cheers from chinchorrero
September 21, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterchinchorrero
Congrats Mike!
September 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRub�n Lozano
Thanks guys!
September 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Congratulations and Bravo Mike,From cycling to coffee to Palm related musings, I've enjoyed every entry since I found your site six years ago. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with all of us around the world. Your site remains in my "Best of the Best" bookmarks folder.Here's to your next ten.Cheers,Neil, Vancouver,BC

September 24, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNeil
Thanks for the kind words Neil!!
October 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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