In July 2002 I started writing inane personal nonsense on Geocities.
I kept this up for about two years, for most of which I used a redirect
URL from cjb.net to make the domain a little more appealing. I got
a few hits from friends, but wasn’t really that bothered about how
many hits I got because it was rubbish I was publishing.
Around this time I started using the name dyefade, and on new years
eve 2003 I registered dyefade.net, with hosting from a company
called Blutek. Blutek were nice and reliable at first, but they
quickly descended into a service I found useless (didn’t reply to
support emails, unscheduled downtime etc.) I let the domain expire
after it’s two years were up, but will probably reclaim it once it
becomes available again. I tried a few blogging tools while using
dyefade.net, but quickly decided Wordpress was my favourite.
In the second year of my degree I and a couple of friends took a
module called History of Computing, and we were shown examples of bad
essay style. One of these essays was “bad” to the point of making no
sense, and included, as an entired paragraph, the phrase:
"The main industry of silicon valley used to be, fruit!"
This seemed unduly funny at the time, so I thought it’d be amusing to
use it as a URL. Plus, it’s nice to have private jokes sometimes.