Joviale wrote:ok, confess, where did you get your smiley, it's not on the list!
the short answer is: it's one i uploaded to -
[to see where an image is hosted just right click on it and select 'Copy image location', then paste it into Notebook or whatever]
as for the longer answer... smileys? animated gifs? to quote Sonny Boy Williamson, "Don't start me to talkin'..."
in 1996 Alan Mills (RIP) suggested i put together some agifs gathered from the web to show to potential clients of Venus Internet -- within a year the "Venus Animated Gifs Archive" had become one of the largest and most used online collections -- unfortunately the archive attracted a huge amount of traffic, which took up much of the available server resources, and this interfered with other web sites also being hosted by Venus -- (bandwidth was scarce in those days) -- so the archive was moved to some spare web space they had on a Verio server in the States -- i eventually transferred my pages at alt.venus.co.uk/weed to wussu.com but never got round to putting the gifs archive back up again -- it was no longer so important as by then there were plenty of other pages supplying people with free images (tho i don't think any of them were quite as cute lol) -- [remnants of the Venus archive can be found on the Wayback Machine, but without the music, the frames, the search facility and the scripts]
anyway i continued collecting quality gifs up to a few years ago, and still have thousands of them to hand -- (the categories were arrows, art, artifacts, balls, bars, birds, boats, books, bugs, buttons, cats, computers, construction, counters, dinosaurs, dogs, entertainment, explosions, eyes, fish, flags, flames, food, frogs, hearts, leisure, lights, limbs, "links", livestock, logos, magic, mail, mammals, monsters, multi-image, music, "new", nature, patterns, planes, planets, plants, pumpkins, reptiles, science, skulls, smilies, stars, symbols, text, vehicles, "welcome", yule)
here are a couple of agifs which were added to the archive during March 1998 -- the "under construction" came from It's Alive (used when building web sites, to convey a page isn't finished), and the gymnast from Ms Tanya (this one only works for a limited amount of time, and its rotation speed depends on your browser version and or CPU speed) -
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[i think the first online animations were created by Royal E Frazer Jr in 1995 -- it was rumoured that he discovered a bug in Netscape 1.1 which allowed several images contained within a single GIF89a format file to be displayed in rapid succession, and thus an animation could be created -- information about them spread via Usenet, mainly on the newsgroup comp.infosystems.www.authoring.images -- animated gifs quickly became popular, so much so that not only did the 'bug' became a 'feature' of subsequent releases of Netscape (then the dominant web browser), but Microsoft too were forced to incorporate the 'bug' into the recently developed Internet Explorer, so their users could also view them]