What was your first exposure to the WWW ?
Jun 12, 2007 at 7:23 PM Post #16 of 39
Telnetting to my dad's account at the university and browsing the internet with lynx on a 2400 baud modem back in 1995. At junior high next year, we had a 56K ISDN line in the classroom with several new Macs, so I finally got a taste of modern web browsing. It took a year or two before my dad would buy a new computer and get a proper internet connection at home, though!
Jun 12, 2007 at 7:30 PM Post #17 of 39
First 'online' experiences were in the very early 90's local BBS scene. 2400 baud modems! If you could read fast you could practically outpace its download speed

First true web experience would probably be a very early version of AOL, but I quickly talked my parents into the 'real' internet not long after. My mom was pretty techie too so we were the first people I know of with broadband in the house (128Kbps ISDN, followed by 768Kbps SDSL), and I networked and shared it among our house. Not sure exactly when that happened, maybe 1995-1997?

Jun 12, 2007 at 7:45 PM Post #18 of 39
saw some .html files in www subdirectories on ftp.wustl.edu

When i asked what they were, the answer i got was "like gopher, with pictures"
Jun 12, 2007 at 7:47 PM Post #19 of 39
Oh, you mean the intertubes, not just http.

about 1985, iirc. 1200bps modem dialed into the university library VM/CMS mainframe. So slow you could go make a sandwich in the amount of time it took to load the email app (and i often did).
Jun 12, 2007 at 8:08 PM Post #20 of 39
In early 95 my father bought a computer (p100, originally 8mb, later upgraded to 16mb, 1.2gb hd). Then in autumn, we bought an 28.8kpbs modem, and signed up to compuserve. I remember the costs... 19.95$ per month, 2 free hours, and I think 1.95$ for every next hour. And I'm in switzerland, so dollar prices are something rather unusual - every month you were billed for a different amount, because you never knew what the dollar exchange rate would be. oh, and long distance call to the next PoP of compuserve was of course not included in this whole thing - this added another 3-4$ or so per hour. and compuserve only had 14.4kbps modems at their end.
then the speeds got faster and faster - we switched to a provider which provided 28.8kbps, and 98 or so we bought a new computer with a 56kbps modem. some time later, internet over tv cable came, first with 256, then 300, 500, 1000, 2000, and now 5000kbps.

And my first web browser was NCSA Mosaic. And there were NO ADS back then. Hard to believe.
Jun 12, 2007 at 8:18 PM Post #21 of 39
I have to laugh when I see people call the likes of Second Life innovative. We were doing that on MUSHes back in the 90s, and the people were friendlier and the moderation was better.

We even had griefing in the form of spam. Someone could kill a server simply by sending a flood of text. Good times, good times.
Jun 12, 2007 at 9:05 PM Post #22 of 39
You could kill anything with spam back in the day. Spamming shut down AOL chat rooms. Spamming logged people out in AOL. =T I was an AOL chat room bully.
Jun 12, 2007 at 10:02 PM Post #23 of 39
I came in a bit late, around '97 with AOL on a 28.8 kbps modem. The computer was a Packard Bell Pentium II 120MHz, with 8 MB of RAM and a 1.2 GB hard drive. Windows 95. I was in third grade.

AOL had a great database of computer game demos that you could download for free. I did that all the time.

My parents were paranoid about tying up the phone line, though. Always thought they were going to miss an important, emergency call (it never came). I was only allowed 10 minutes per day, so I would bookmark all the demos I wanted to try and then start downloading as soon as I signed on. Heh. "Signed on." I remember my sweaty hands as I waited for the 11th minute of one download to finish, hoping I wouldn't be caught. That was intense.
Jun 12, 2007 at 11:12 PM Post #24 of 39

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I have to laugh when I see people call the likes of Second Life innovative. We were doing that on MUSHes back in the 90s, and the people were friendlier and the moderation was better.

Oh boy don't get me started on that pile of crap! I did a big report that digs past the hype of Second Life for my agency and when I'm clear to release it you'd be amazed how much Lewis PR (their PR firm) has to do with their 'success'.

Jun 13, 2007 at 1:45 AM Post #27 of 39
I had Compuserve around 91. It was basically a requirement for work. We used to get online support for software. I also bought all of my airline tickets on Sabre. My first experience with the WWW was when Compuserve opened it up. I remember when a lawyer sent out the first spam ads, probably around 93 or 94. We used email in a government project I worked on in the mid 80s, but it was a proprietary email system, not on an external network like Arpanet. Although it was probably based on Arpanet. It ran on a VM/CMS mainframe.
Jun 13, 2007 at 1:51 AM Post #28 of 39
What year Netscape came out?

I used telnet and gopher, but I do not think that is www, even if it is a part of internet. My first internet experience i believe is some BBS in 1988.
Jun 13, 2007 at 6:51 AM Post #29 of 39
I got into the BBS scene back around 1987. Good times, I especially loved the message boards. Life was so much simpler at 1200bps.

As for the WWW, in 1995 we had access in the computer lab in grad school. It was interesting, but there wasn't that much out there then. I got online at home in 1997 and have been going since. Head-Fi is the only message board I post at, but I lurk several. Most of my time online is spent reading.

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