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Articles written 1990 to 1999 that Hacker News still talks about.
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1999A cab ride I'll never forget (kentnerburn.com)
1704 points | 1 year ago with 165 comments
1997NSA Backdoor Key from Lotus-Notes (cypherspace.org)
1623 points across 4 posts | 10 months ago with 167 comments
1991They're Made Out of Meat (mit.edu)
1555 points across 3 posts | 7 months ago with 168 comments
1998Cool URIs Don't Change (w3.org)
1470 points across 5 posts | 1 year ago with 120 comments
1995Netscape and Sun announce JavaScript (web.archive.org)
1086 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 301 comments
1991Pre-industrial workers had a shorter workweek than today's (groups.csail.mit.edu)
1083 points across 2 posts | 2 years ago with 405 comments
1997Lessons I wish I had learned before teaching differential equations [pdf] (web.williams.edu)
1081 points across 3 posts | 8 months ago with 243 comments
1993A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto (what.cd)
925 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 175 comments
1995Foundations of Databases (webdam.inria.fr)
915 points across 2 posts | 3 years ago with 53 comments
1999Why I Wrote PGP (philzimmermann.com)
904 points across 4 posts | 2 years ago with 5 comments
1994The Unix-Haters Handbook (web.mit.edu)
824 points across 4 posts | 5 years ago with 157 comments
1992Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming (github.com)
802 points across 5 posts | 1 year ago with 81 comments
1995Netscape and Sun Announce JavaScript (web.archive.org)
755 points | 3 years ago with 455 comments
1997Graphics Programming Black Book (github.com)
693 points across 3 posts | 3 years ago with 42 comments
1996Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (opendocs.github.io)
665 points | 4 years ago with 142 comments
1995Does memory leak? (groups.google.com)
647 points across 2 posts | 4 years ago with 279 comments
1999Doom as a tool for system administration (cs.unm.edu)
625 points across 4 posts | 6 years ago with 31 comments
1998Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years (norvig.com)
614 points across 3 posts | 1 year ago with 110 comments
1998Cool URIs don't change (w3.org)
606 points across 2 posts | 3 years ago with 140 comments
1998Alan Kay: Smalltalk is not about objects, it’s about messaging (lists.squeakfoundation.org)
558 points across 2 posts | 4 years ago with 174 comments
1998The sad story of Heisenberg's doctoral oral exam (aps.org)
517 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 145 comments
1999Get a cable modem, go to jail (telecom.csail.mit.edu)
510 points | 10 months ago with 455 comments
1998How Complex Systems Fail (how.complexsystems.fail)
507 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 33 comments
1999Future Blues – Emily's Cowboy Bebop Page (futureblues.com)
492 points | 1 year ago with 182 comments
1993Space After Periods (1997.webhistory.org)
478 points across 6 posts | 1 year ago with 178 comments
1996The Anti-Mac User Interface (nngroup.com)
440 points across 2 posts | 3 years ago with 149 comments
1991The WorldWideWeb application is now available as an alpha release (groups.google.com)
438 points | 12 years ago with 125 comments
1997The Cold Hard Facts of Freezing to Death (outsideonline.com)
437 points | 11 years ago with 184 comments
1990Choosing a Name for Your Computer (rfc-editor.org)
432 points across 5 posts | 1 year ago with 200 comments
1999In the Beginning was the Command Line (cristal.inria.fr)
426 points across 3 posts | 3 years ago with 64 comments
1990RFC 1178: Choosing a name for your computer (tools.ietf.org)
425 points across 2 posts | 3 years ago with 121 comments
1995Threads Are a Bad Idea for Most Purposes (web.stanford.edu)
423 points across 2 posts | 4 years ago with 234 comments
1990Google’s Jeff Dean’s undergrad senior thesis on neural networks (drive.google.com)
413 points | 5 years ago with 98 comments
1998The Guy I Almost Was (electricsheepcomix.com)
410 points across 2 posts | 3 years ago with 203 comments
1993The Early History of Smalltalk (worrydream.com)
407 points across 6 posts | 2 years ago with 26 comments
1991What would you like to see most in minix? (groups.google.com)
398 points | 10 years ago with 186 comments
1996“I am literally losing sleep” over Java (twitter.com)
396 points | 2 years ago with 403 comments
1996John Carmack on QuakeWorld latency and business model (raw.githubusercontent.com)
395 points | 5 years ago with 162 comments
1998Back Orifice (web.archive.org)
389 points | 2 years ago with 221 comments
1999Big Ball of Mud (laputan.org)
389 points across 4 posts | 1 year ago with 31 comments
1998A Beginner’s Guide to the Mathematics of Neural Networks (citeseerx.ist.psu.edu)
384 points across 2 posts | 5 years ago with 2 comments
1998Why ML/OCaml are good for writing compilers (flint.cs.yale.edu)
381 points across 2 posts | 7 years ago with 147 comments
1997The Right to Read (gnu.org)
379 points | 3 years ago with 100 comments
1993Brand-new Linux release, which I'm calling the Debian Linux Release (wiki.debian.org)
378 points | 11 months ago with 131 comments
1992A Fire Upon The Deep By Vernor Vinge (archive.org)
374 points across 2 posts | 11 months ago with 51 comments
1999Windows Refund Day (marc.merlins.org)
370 points | 3 years ago with 136 comments
1993The Development of the C Language (bell-labs.com)
369 points across 2 posts | 1 year ago with 323 comments
1998A 1970s Teenager's Bedroom (rocketroberts.com)
369 points | 6 years ago with 135 comments
1996"Invisible Electrostatic Wall" at 3M adhesive tape plant (amasci.com)
367 points across 2 posts | 11 years ago with 23 comments
1996Will Wright on designing user interfaces to simulation games (donhopkins.medium.com)
367 points | 1 year ago with 74 comments
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