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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Hiker, Oct 12, 2017.
Is it the Internet that old? Say it isn't so!!!
Kids in my classes don't know a time before Internet.
I've been using it 21+ years, as I'm sure many of us here have. Maybe I should buy it a drink!
May, 1997 here.
It was more than half the homes at that time in the U.S. We miss dial-up, right?
I was working at Microsoft when it "came out". One of the guys I knew came over to my place and installed a modem and Mosaic (the first browser?). 24k modem. Dial up. Slow as molasses.
We used to go to Barnes and Noble to get Internet Directories that literally listed URL's like the yellow pages. Pre-Google, Pre-Ask Jeeves...pre-everything!
I remember thinking I was cool with a 56k modem.
The Internet goes back to the 60s. I was aware of mailto:, ftp: and news: protocols being used internationally when I was at university in the UK in the early 80s.
The Web, which I think is what you're writing about, indeed dates to the 90s.
Generationally, what shocks me is that the young 'uns I teach at university are the first generation I've met who are useless with computers. Computers have been superseded by smartphones.
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Ah, the memories of connecting to the Cambridge Ring via a split baud modem on a BBC Master. Bang-paths for email addresses, living in a cardboard box at the bottom of a lake, eating a handful of cold gravel.
We've come a long way in a short time.
And yet, I still can't get broadband at my house.
300 Baud modems FTW.
I ran a dial up BBS system in Houston back in the mid 80s called The Hobbit's Hideaway, we specialized in pirated Apple II games.
This was way before "The Internet" was invented, but those early BBS systems were certainly a precursor.
Yep, I remember using what was a called Freenet on a dial up modem at 2400 back in 1995. We used to watch quicktime videos the size of a postage stamp at like 10 fps. Now I can stream a 2 hour video in 4k. Pretty cool, not sure if it's progress though.
I remember spending HUNDREDS of dollars a month to call Tokyo from Shikoku to connect to a service provider...
We didn't get access till the late 90s, when I was 16 or 17.
But now, my 3 year old asks if places have WiFi... Last night out for dinner, "I want to watch YouTube. Does this place have WiFi?"
I was doing electronic personal banking in 1984 as a trial in Silicon Valley. That was when my stepdaughter was born and now she has a 6 year old.
300 baud modem at home about 1982. If you did not do that, you do not know what the word, "slow" means.
Had to walk a block to another building to FAX to Japan about then too.
Unrelated, but my dad has the best story though. A programmer/systems manager in the late '50s, he had to make a presentation to the board of directors of a company to talk them into buying 5K more of memory.
After decades of avoiding having a TV in my dwelling space, which meant finding roommates with the same values, I now can't imagine living without internet at home.
Pretty sure I've caught something and I want to stay sick.
Should only be about fifteen minutes - I see a shoulder!
They installed the gigabit fiber at my house Wednesday.
We've come a long way since the party line we had when I was young.
I remember the school librarian in 1995 or so, Grade 5 for me, trying to get us to learn how to run searches "properly" like she knew anything about the internet (she was maybe 900 years old). Think Google put her out of business.