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Re: First internets experience?

Postby pittsoccer33 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:33 pm

count2infinity wrote:all I really remember is the dial up and thinking, "wtf is that?"


if i wanted to use the phone when someone was online i just mashed the keypad repeatedly until they were booted.
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby offsides on Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:13 pm

Early 90s on a 286 or 386 (I forget) PC I built with a 24k internal modem. If someone called it kicked you off. Ended up getting two phone lines installed to be able to stay on the internet and phone at same time. Slow doesn't begin to describe it. Not even comparable to today"s standards.
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby viva la ben on Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:52 pm

In the early days of the internet windows 3.1 had no tcp/ip built in and you needed something called Trumpet Winsock to connect to the internet.

I had a macintosh and ran a hacker utility called Butt Trumpet that would crash any windows 3.1 pc if I knew the ip address. Good times.

/csb
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby ulf on Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:55 pm

i was like 7 and my dad told me we were getting it and tried explaining it. couldn't wrap my young head around what he was telling me. can't say i remember the first time actually using it though
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby Willie Kool on Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:16 pm

offsides wrote:Slow doesn't begin to describe it. Not even comparable to today"s standards.

:thumb: I've been online since 89. I was pretty excited when the 14.4K came out. :pop:
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby Chefpatrick871 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:20 pm

Willie Kool wrote:
offsides wrote:Slow doesn't begin to describe it. Not even comparable to today"s standards.

I've been online since 89. I was pretty excited when the 14.4K came out. :pop:

I think that was my first modem.
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby Willie Kool on Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:22 pm

It was a big upgrade. When loading a picture, you got a whole line or two of pixels at a time.
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby offsides on Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:26 pm

Chefpatrick871 wrote:
Willie Kool wrote:
offsides wrote:Slow doesn't begin to describe it. Not even comparable to today"s standards.

I've been online since 89. I was pretty excited when the 14.4K came out. :pop:

I think that was my first modem.


I am such a hoarder, I still have a few modems in a box somewhere around here. Some internal, some external, 28k and 56k. I really thought I was flying high with those 56k babies.
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby Chefpatrick871 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:34 pm

offsides wrote:
Chefpatrick871 wrote:
Willie Kool wrote:
offsides wrote:Slow doesn't begin to describe it. Not even comparable to today"s standards.

I've been online since 89. I was pretty excited when the 14.4K came out. :pop:

I think that was my first modem.


I am such a hoarder, I still have a few modems in a box somewhere around here. Some internal, some external, 28k and 56k. I really thought I was flying high with those 56k babies.


Oh getting the 56k was like the best day of high school.
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby Lt. Dish on Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:57 am

Mid-20s in early '90s in grad school at Pitt: Dells and Gateways, I think, with Netscape Navigator (not sure). (My Smith Corona paper-writing days ended with WordPerfect and MacWrite II 4-5 years earlier.)

In the middle of winter, the horses and sleighs couldn't get through the snow, so I walked 5 miles in my stocking feet to get to the computer lab (and I liked it!).
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby DontToewsMeBro on Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:31 am

surfing the Pokemon website on Netscape Navigator. Those were the days.
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby Puffymuffin on Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:14 am

It was at high school, so 1995/6 or something like that. Back then we only got computer lessons in the first 2 years of high school but then they didn't have proper computers at my school (no hard-disk, those big floppy floppydisks, etc..). So we had this project week at my school and we had to do something for the school newspaper and were allowed to get some information from the net. Naturally in less than 15 minutes people were browsing sites I'm not allowed to link tohere (you know, alien autopsies, dead Tupac photos etc... ) :P
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby bh on Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:47 am

DontToewsMeBro wrote:surfing the Pokemon website on Netscape Navigator. Those were the days.
Netscape! I totally forgot about that browser. :D
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby bh on Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:49 am

I actually can't remember the first time I went online. Must not have been anything great. I know I loved games back then, so it was probably to play/find a game.
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby Gabe on Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:35 am

blackjack68 wrote:
Gabe wrote:back in 91-ish, We got a 386 Packard Bell with a 2800 baud modem from JCPenney. With it, we got a free 100 minutes of Prodigy service. I logged into the JCPenney catalog and it was boring. :)


Guess you didn't go to the Bra section.


It took forever for a picture to download
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby shafnutz05 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:36 am

I used to spend a lot of time on the WWF pages back in the late 90s, on AOL and the net.
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby Gaucho on Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:37 am

Internet? I remember playing Centipede on the ZX 81.

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Re: First internets experience?

Postby mac5155 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:44 am

i cant remember the first internet time. It was at least third grade which would have been 97ish? I used to go online and print out information about the titanic. myself and a friend were going to write a book about the titanic.

I also remember getting up earlier than my parents to look at pron. then getting caught and saying my friend made me do it. lol
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby mikey287 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:45 am

My first real internet experience was with AOL in the mid 90's...I remember looking up sports stuff, finding it fascinating that all of this historical info (that is, standings from the past years) had already been compiled when I had been doing it using encyclopedias already...

I had so many of those free AOL minutes CDs it was ridiculous...towards the end of AOL's dominance, I used them as targets to practice shooting hockey pucks in my backyard...

My family quickly jumped to cable internet - I think we were the second people in my county to get it, they had to run new wires on the poles just to get to us... /csb
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby mac5155 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:57 am

I remember when we got cable internets, was around 2001. I was top dog cause I could download music of Morpheus in minutes.
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby canaan on Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:15 am

viva la ben wrote:In the early days of the internet windows 3.1 had no tcp/ip built in and you needed something called Trumpet Winsock to connect to the internet.

I had a macintosh and ran a hacker utility called Butt Trumpet that would crash any windows 3.1 pc if I knew the ip address. Good times.

/csb

sub7 was awesome for this kind of stuff, and also flipping the person's monitor screen, printing from their printer, and ejecting their cd tray with a pop up that said "here is your free cup holder" type stuff.
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby tifosi77 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:21 am

redwill wrote:
tifosi77 wrote:(my addy was mas222@psu.edu)


Was that your choice? Kansas State actually let us choose our username. Those were the days. Mine was "fetish." So I was something like fetish@bitnet.blahblah.edu :lol:

Haha, no its an autogen. First, middle, last initial and a random 3-digit number. Not sure if they use the same protocol today.
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby mac5155 on Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:29 am

As of 2006 it was 4 numbers. Not coincidentally mine was mac5155
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby TheGhostofGoulet on Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:53 am

Dear Penthouse Forum,

Oh wait, wrong thread.
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Re: First internets experience?

Postby JeffDFD on Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:06 pm

I think my earliest memory is AOL chat rooms and playing sounds in them by typing something like "/drop"

I can also remember actually being "faster" than most people playing team fortress classic online with a 56k modem. I can remember feeling cool when we upgraded to cable.
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