Hsiao & Hunter, Inc.’s GIF News

While trolling through the internet archive I stumbled onto this ‘zine from back in the day, ‘gif news’.  I think it’s kind of interesting in a way, back from the time of dialup BBSes, although later in 1991 it did become available over the internet, but It’s original issue as below was availbale over dialup.  The early collection is here.

Domo Arigato! Thank-You! Gracias! Merci! Sheh-Sheh!

For taking the time to download the first 1990 issue of GIF News. I’d like to wish everyone a happy new year/decade! May the 90’s bring good fortune to everyone who reads GIF News. This issue has articles on: The Eighties, The Colonel’s Bequest, VGA Games, sound cards, and more!

And behold.


Of course it is reminiscent of web pages.  Back in the day, various online services wanted this kind of look and feel for news, and in some ways this news paper folio design carries on today.  Although this kind of thing may not have caught on, much like offline readers, everyone wants a live feed.  And we are so lucky living in the iPhone world, when we went from shitty annotated, and cut down websites, to having hand held computers that rival some desktops, but also a significantly fast enough internet connection.

I don’t think I would have bothered trying to setup something like this back in the day, but the barrier for random posts, much like this thanks to things like wordpress sure lowers that barrier, and a random thought can become a post, as easy as 1-2-3!

3 thoughts on “Hsiao & Hunter, Inc.’s GIF News

  1. For additional fun: I remember getting some of these on magazine CDs and, at one point, pirated shovelware CDs from late 1990s. I think I didn’t really understand what they were back then.

    • That would make perfect sense, as the directory I found some later ones + DJGPP 1.0 was a shovelware CD. It’s interesting how the past was inadvertently preserved

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