Back in 1994/1995 I was working for Faludi Computing Inc. as a consultant and we wanted to play around and get familiar with DNS. So, we decided to put a basic webserver up with a funny domain name to test configurations and how the DNS propagated out to the rest of the internet. The domain name I chose was
Robert Faludi (founder of the appropriately named Faludi Computing) allows me to put the site up on our super fast (at the time) ISDN line. It was a very slow, pretty old Mac IIci with like 8 megs of RAM running WebStar and using basic html files. We had a CGI in there that would just take form submissions and email them to me so I could save them as html and post them back to the site.
Basically, people could submit the things they got angry about and I would post them unedited on the net. We got a lot of traffic. We got put on the ‘Cool Sites of the Week’ back in 1995 and then on Netscape (remember them?) ‘What’s Cool’ list. This basically shutdown the ISDN line for the business and nuked the IIci running MacOS 7 or an earliy version of 8 at the time. Anyway, got through that and went to an immediate publishing system with FileMaker and Lasso and WebStar. People could post directly to the web, which was big at the time. We also gave out free email addresses at @angry.org and got some press in a book back in the day from Hank Duderstadt on the world’s weirdest webpages (ISBN-13: 9781886411128)
More to follow as I remember the details…
The Internet Archive has some info and pages from angry.org way back when, but not so much. Work a look if you are interested.
Also, we had some people created satellite sites that amazingly have continued to persevere in the absence of angry.org. I know one still seems active @ angry.net. Pretty cool. Oh, and the reason I shut it down was because people got mad and starting to send threating legal letters, and I wasn’t making any money of it.
Sucks how that works.
If you have any good ideas on how angry.org could make a comeback and/or if you would like to assist or buy the domain outright and go with it.
Misc past links around angry.org