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17 Abandoned And Forgotten Websites…

… and they still work!!

INTERNET EXPLORER IS EVIL! (1998)

 When Microsoft made its users install Internet Explorer One, one customer wasn’t happy about the change.

THREE RIVERS STADIUM (1998)

 Once home to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers, Three Rivers Stadium had a date with the wrecking ball in 2000. The website remains in denial.

AMANDA PLEASE (2002)

 Penelope Taynt’s obsession hasn’t waned, please.

YOU’VE GOT MAIL (1998)

 Warner Brothers still won’t close the book on the movie’s website.

THE ROBERT DENIRO PAGE (1999)

 Stay updated on what Robert Deniro was doing 14 years ago.

ARNGREN (2004)

 Includes: helicopters, Santa Claus, hovercraft, dinosaurs, robots, and one big design headache.

CNN’S O.J. SIMPSON TRIAL PAGE (1996)

 As eyes glued to the O.J. murder trial, CNN collected all of its coverage in this web portal.

SPACE JAM (1996)

 A starry background, cheesy graphics, and Michael Jordan? It’s like 1996 left us a time capsule of awesome.

FANTASY BASEBALL HOME PAGE (1996)

 For those of us hoping that Fred McGriff, Greg Maddux, Tino Martinez, and Mo Vaughn will make a comeback.

ASK DR. INTERNET (1996)

 Ask Dr. Internet is one of the oldest question-and-answer relics on the web. Take that, Jeeves.

FOGCAM! (1994)

 The oldest continuously running webcam on the interwebs, FogCam has loomed over a San Francisco State University courtyard since 1994.

ZOMBO (1999)

 Wait for it, wait for it…

STRAWBERRY POP-TART BLOW-TORCHES (1994)

 Are you worried that your Pop-Tarts will turn your toaster into a flamethrower? There’s a site for that. Thanks, 1994!

KLINGON LANGUAGE INSTITUTE (1996)

 From the beginning, the Internet has been the best place to nerd out.

WELCOME TO NETSCAPE (1994)

 Netscape may be gone, but the original communications site lives on. But remember, “To get around, just single-click on any blue or purple word or phrase.”

WASHINGTON POST’S “YEAR IN REVIEW” (1996)

 When the Macarena made front-page news.

BOB DOLE/JACK KEMP PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN (1996)

 In case Ross Perot is all you remember.

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Credit: Mentalfloss

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What It Looks Like Inside an Amazon Warehouse

As the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon needs somewhere to put all of those products. The solution? Giant warehouses. Eighty to be exact. Strategically located near key shipping hubs around the world. The warehouses themselves are massive, with some over 1.2 million square feet in size (111,484 sq m). And at the heart of this global operation are people (over 65,000 of them), and a logistics system known as chaotic storage.

 

Chaotic storage is like organized confusion. It’s an organic shelving system without permanent areas or sections. That means there is no area just for books, or a place just for televisions (like you might expect in a retail store layout). The product’s characteristics and attributes are irrelevant. What’s important is the unique barcode associated with every product that enters the warehouse.

 

Every single shelf space inside an Amazon warehouse has a barcode. And every incoming product that requires storage is assigned a specific barcode that matches the shelf space in which it will be stored. This allows free space to be filled quickly and efficiently. At the heart of the operation is a sophisticated database that tracks and monitors every single product that enters/leaves the warehouse and keeps a tally on every single shelf space and whether it’s empty or contains a product.

 

There are several key advantages to the chaotic storage system. First is flexibility. With chaotic storage, freed-up space can be refilled immediately. Second is simplicity. New employees don’t need to learn where types of products are located. They simply need to find the storage shelf within the warehouse. You don’t need to know what the product is, just where it is. Lastly is optimization. Amazon must handle millions and millions of orders. That means that at any given moment there is a long list of products that need to be ‘picked’ from the shelves and prepared for shipment. Since there is a database that knows every product required for shipment and the location of each product inside the warehouse, an optimized route can be provided to employees responsible for fulfilment.

 

Since Amazon deals with such a wide variety of products there are a few exceptions to the rule. Really fast-moving articles do not adhere to the same storage system since they enter and leave the warehouse so quickly. Really bulky and heavy products still require separate storage areas and perishable goods are not ideal for obvious reasons.

 

In this storage system a wide variety of products can be found located next to each other. A necklace could be located beside a DVD and underneath a set of power tools. This arbitrary placement can even help with accuracy as it makes mix-ups less likely when picking orders for shipment. Overall it’s a fascinating system that at its core is powered by a complex database yet run by a simple philosophy. 

 

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13 Extreme Houseboats You’ll Want To Live In…

 Train Car Houseboat

The entire center of this Sausalito houseboat is made from a 50-foot, 120-year-old reclaimed train car that the owners cut in half, arranged in a “V” shape and fastened to a concrete hull. The home retains the train’s original roof, exterior wall and stovepipe, used for heating. The springs and beams that formed the train car’s undercarriage can still be seen from the master bathroom.

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 Modern Wooden Houseboat

Technically a barge since the residence cannot propel itself (though it can be moved via tugboat), this contemporary home with sleek, wooden exterior sits on the Eilbekkanal in Hamburg. A single wall spirals from the boat’s exterior to the interior dividing the space: rooms for public use form the outermost part of the interior, while bedrooms and bathrooms are located in the core for increased privacy.

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 Cosmic Muffin Boeing Houseboat

A 1930′s Stratoliner owned by Howard Hughes, this plane was once the highest-flying jet. To turn the aircraft into a watercraft, the wings and tail were nixed and electrical, plumbing, sanitation and air conditioning systems were added. The original interior, designed by Raymond Loewy with some help from Rita Hayworth, was updated with restored airline chairs and a classic leather-top bar.

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 Three-Story Houseboat

This 4,000 square foot multi-level home is the largest of the 400-500 houseboats in Sausalito. If the remarkable roof deck views aren’t getting them close enough to the water, the home’s owners can launch their kayaks straight from the second-level living room at high tide. An indoor atrium filled with plants stretches all three floors of this on-the-water mansion.

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 Car Ferry Houseboat

Architect Olle Lundberg salvaged an Icelandic car ferry to create this one-of-a-kind residence. A loft-like living room and bedroom now stand on a sunny deck once filled with cars and trucks. Lundberg installed a glass garage door that accentuates the extremely high ceilings and adds to the home’s industrial feel. While currently docked at Pier 54 in San Francisco, this masterpiece can move.

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 Lusatian Lake District Houseboat

Designed with the shape of a sail in mind, the curved roof of this prefab houseboat gives the home a super modish look. Made to blend seamlessly with the water, a sleek aluminum shell covers a mostly-steel body. Large windows, multiple skylights and a sun deck roof terrace result in loads of light.

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 The Silberfisch

Clean lines and atypical angles make this zero-emission home in Oldenberg, Germany rather arresting. Eco-friendly attributes include rain barrels, hemp and wood insulation and a water-saving toilet. Since living at sea shouldn’t mean you don’t have some greenery, the designers added a rooftop terrace that functions much like a lawn. Large front windows not only offer panoramic views, but also allow light to reflect off the white minimalist interior.

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 Remodeled Seattle Houseboat

Once a dilapidated residence, this 840 –square-foot compact home is now an entertainer’s dream with light, open spaces that flow perfectly and a large roof deck with views of the Cascade Mountains. The steel, cedar and concrete materials used in construction were designed to weather so that the new houseboat will blend in with the old industrial waterfront. Though completely made over, the home retained two original floats, one of which can be seen through a window in the floor.

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 Sleepless in Seattle Houseboat

While you may not recognize this house, we bet your girlfriend would. Featured in the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan classic Sleepless in Seattle, this charming 2,075-square-foot, four-bedroom home on Lake Union has a 360-degree wrap-around deck that offers awesome views of both the water and city.

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Karala Houseboat

Called Kettuvallams, the massive houseboats in Kerala, India are typically rented out to tourists. With hulls made of long wooden planks tied together with coconut fiber and cane, plus wood and bamboo interiors, these floating domiciles as are natural as you can get. While traditionally steered by two men, most modern Kettuvallams are motorized.

 Ijburg Floating Neighborhood

This private district in Amsterdam contains 75 mixed income units that vary in height but maintain a consistent subdued color palate. Each home has an upper deck that faces the water and a veranda dockside. Colored plastic or glass panels can be inserted into each home’s metal frame for a custom look. A triangular dock and varying distances between rows ensure that though similar, the development isn’t entirely uniform.

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Piet Boon House

Dutch architecture firm Piet Boon, known for simple but sophisticated style, designed his beautifully crafted three-story houseboat in Noorderplassen, Netherlands. Vertical slats on the home’s exterior regulate light while a pump warms the icy water below to create a radiant heating system in the bungalow’s underfloor.

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Watervilla IJburg

Another Waterstudio construction, this split-level, three-story houseboat in a residential area east of Amsterdam has simple lines that create a clean, distinct shape. Large vertical windows and a roof terrace offer fantastic views of the surrounding area.

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