Not to bite the hand that feeds me, or so the saying goes, but sometimes I wonder why I continue to use Geocities. I mean, way back when (like 3 years ago or so) when I created my first webpage, It wasn’t so bad. Sure there were pop up ads, but hey, everyone has those. Actually Geocities was great. it IS great. What is bad is Yahoo/Geocities. You see back in 1999 (about the time that Pokémon webpage stopped being updated) Yahoo bought out Geocities. This created my first complaint, though it’s probably my fault.
It fucked up my passwords. You see now you had to merge your Geocites account into a Yahoo account. Part of the end result was I lost the password to my Pokémon webpage, although this was really a welcome thing in the end as I was getting tired or working on it and wanted an excuse to no longer have to make up Pikachu replies. Though I’m still somewhat disappointed because just as it was really starting to take off it was forced to be killed. I had such great ideas for it, I had done a lot of that really nice walkthrough. Then again, I probably would have given up when Gold and silver came out, since it would mean twice as much walkthrough and 100 more monsters to create tidbits about. also when I registered the site with Anipike it was like the third Pokémon site listed that wasn’t just an article about Porygon’s CHILD SEIZURE ATTACK.
Another annoyance came from the little Java garbage pop ups they installed. Chances are there is one right now in the upper right hand corner. These aren’t so bad though because at least it’s not another window and they can be closed just as easily. Also there was that whole Boycott Yahoo For Stealing Other People’s Work crusade. I think I used the whole even as an excuse to not update for a while.
And so the latest problem comes from an apparently recent event. File transfer limits. While I’m sure they used to have some sort of limit in effect before, it has become evident that they must have greatly lowered the amount of data one website can send before being closed temporarily. I’ve never seen anything official about this myself, but then again all those helpful notices Geocities sends me are directed to a hotmail account I never check that has most likely been shutdown by now. Anyway, lately it seems like every time I try to access a site located on Geocities that has any sort of substantial content, I get messages about file transfer limits. These messages suggest returning in an hour, and after returning several times during several hours and days later and still never finding a hole I have to say that this limit is way to strict. People loose visitors, people leave. Unless the site is like this one and takes up a grand total of about 100k, it’ll be down forever. I suppose there are good reasons for this, such as preventing people from hosting warez or MP3s within Geocities, but personally those lame blocks Angelfire and Tripod use are somewhat less annoying because then you can actually still actually get to the site if you need to. Plus this limit works rather badly against site with real content like say a SIMS skin site. I mean fuck I’ve been trying to access this place for a week now I think. Perhaps it’s time to make up my own anti-Yahoo page, though I’m not exactly hosting 15 megs of shit here.