It’s hard to believe this video is only 14 years old, because for many of the internet generation it will feel like ancient history.

Yesterday Arlington put a county television news item from 1997 on its YouTube page. The video discusses the county’s newly-redesigned web site (or, in the parlance of the time, “home page”), which was described as “easy to use,” “updated and improved” and more “dynamic” than the previous web site.

Check out the early web graphics, the oversized cursor, the early Netscape browser (running on Windows 3.1), and the explanation of what a “URL” is.


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