Old folks: When did you first access the internet?

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Matrix Glitch
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07 Jun 2022, 3:53 am

I first accessed the internet October 1998 using WebTV.



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07 Jun 2022, 4:00 am

As soon as it became publicly available, can't remember when that was now. I tended to use USENET more than the Internet at the beginning as it replaced the old dial up bulletin boards.


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07 Jun 2022, 4:16 am

1995 using AOL dialup on a computer my parents loaned me while I was off work on disability leave.


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07 Jun 2022, 4:30 am

Probably at school when I was about 11. We had computers before then but didn't use internet.

And I never had internet access in my home until I was 19.


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07 Jun 2022, 5:05 am

Radish wrote:
As soon as it became publicly available, can't remember when that was now. I tended to use USENET more than the Internet at the beginning as it replaced the old dial up bulletin boards.


Going on Usenet was one of the first things I did. I remember being on alt.anger



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07 Jun 2022, 5:29 am

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I went on groups (probably forgetting exact format now) uk.rec.gardening and uk.rec.diy.


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07 Jun 2022, 5:47 am

I took a networking course as part of an MSCS program I was in part time (got degree in 1992). I remember the instructor had us looking at RFPs using accounts on the University system (Unix). Not exciting. I guess we were using ftp. The RFPs were on different University sites e.g. wustl.edu.

EDIT: actually we were logging on to remote servers using guest accounts. It took me a while to remember that, considering I do web programming every work day. So long ago, things were so different.


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07 Jun 2022, 7:50 am

MaxE wrote:
I took a networking course as part of an MSCS program I was in part time (got degree in 1992). I remember the instructor had us looking at RFPs using accounts on the University system (Unix). Not exciting. I guess we were using ftp. The RFPs were on different University sites e.g. wustl.edu.

EDIT: actually we were logging on to remote servers using guest accounts. It took me a while to remember that, considering I do web programming every work day. So long ago, things were so different.


Then AOL entered and "eternal september" began.



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07 Jun 2022, 8:23 am

Back around 1988-1989, when dial-up BBSs were just starting to provide links to the Internet.

Imagine trying to download a 640x480 16-color graphic image at 1200 baud.



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07 Jun 2022, 8:30 am

Unmoderated USENET was something else. All kinds of crazy fudes going on. And no one could put a stop to any of it. You couldn't edit or delete posts either.



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07 Jun 2022, 8:50 am

Matrix Glitch wrote:
Unmoderated USENET was something else. All kinds of crazy fudes going on. And no one could put a stop to any of it. You couldn't edit or delete posts either.
Even better, there was little to no anonymity.  I could find out right away who threatened me, and where they lived.



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07 Jun 2022, 1:22 pm

Problem with USENET after a while was the volume of spam and trolling. Some groups just drowned under the weight of the dross never to be seen again.


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07 Jun 2022, 1:25 pm

1997 in high school



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07 Jun 2022, 3:50 pm

Fnord wrote:
Matrix Glitch wrote:
Unmoderated USENET was something else. All kinds of crazy fudes going on. And no one could put a stop to any of it. You couldn't edit or delete posts either.
Even better, there was little to no anonymity.  I could find out right away who threatened me, and where they lived.


Were you a hacker? Usually the only thing to identify someone with was their ISP info. I remember a few disliked people in newsgroups I was in being doxed, but that was always based on them having posted their real name and other personal info.



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07 Jun 2022, 4:09 pm

In 1999, I was almost 29.


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07 Jun 2022, 4:53 pm

Late 90s in high school, looking up information for an assignment.


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