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Memories from the early days of the internet


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These days I find it hard to remember anything from the last millennium but I'll give it a go.

I do remember splashing out for a new shiny Dan Technology computer back in about 1994 and with my dial up modem rocking along at a blistering 28.8kb the world was my oyster.

However, in reality the oyster was actually fairly minuscule and I'm sure most of the content on the web was bollocks (bit like now really).

I definitely remember coming across an early version of ebay. If I recall correctly there were other competing selling sites as well at the time. I thought the first ebay site was a bit crap. Search for "books' for example, and there would only be 67 for sale in the whole of the UK. 

I will also confess that I was taken in by the "Ramones Name Generator" site. I'm sure others on dosbods remember this? It said something like what would your name be if you were a member of the Ramones? You typed in your full name, waited a few seconds and of course the answer was simply 'Sasquatch Ramone'. How we used to laugh....

There will be some more interweb memories in my cranium but it makes my brain hurt if I have to dig into it too much and it's nearly whisky time so over to you for your ancient stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I remember going to an older workmates house who had a bit of dosh and had got a PC,Freeserve and had got online.It was the first time i used the internet or even thought of it.He had a chat programme

What I remember: for five years in the latter half of the nineties it was The Wild West. There was a no-holds-barred land rush on and we stampeded with the herd. There was a tornado, a dust storm, a b

Porn was an interesting one during the dial up days, and when there was a shared family computer. I used to hide porn pics in the famly computer by pasting them into microsoft word documents, the

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I remember a colleague downloading some stuff at work in Munich, an archive of Usenet or something stupid, we got our access via the University of Dusseldorf who charged us by the byte. I got a call from the accounts dept woman to say it has cost 56,000 Deutschmarks ! (he was a contractor and I'd given him the authorization without knowing the costs).

I had to take the accounts woman to dinner etc. etc. and she buried the charge in the general bill for the department in exchange.

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Modern whipper snappers don’t have to worry about things such as the Baud rate. I rather miss listening to the hiss and crackle while the modem made the connection down the phone line. I remember having a utility that could run queries across the multiple search engines available back then. Much more interesting results then than the homogenised links  returned by Google, Bing etc. The internet is pretty much fully owned by the Man nowadays and all the erstwhile pioneers are just another set of corporate goons.

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My first use of the internet was in 1991 in the USA using an Apple Macintosh Classic. There was 1 computer among 10 post docs.

Then, the inernet was superb - it really arrived at the right time in my young career.

This won't mean much to many, but the following site was wonderful. It's now no more :-(

http://www.bio.net/hypermail/METHDS-REAGNTS/

Back then, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Genbank was easy to use i) because there were so few sequences and ii) the quality of them was reliable.

There were some great servers that were repositories of free Mol Biol software hosted by academics, many came to require funding from their universities that wasn't available and so they have folded, but some are still going http://evolution.genetics.washington.edu/phylip/software.html

But I really owe my career to a piece of DOS software called PRIMEGEN

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After the obligatory Spectrums I loved my trusty Atari STE 500 (512k upgraded to 1mb ram - my dad taught me to solder) before selling up and going to the Amiga 500 (loads of pirate games - a young lads wet dream). I used to buy computer shopper magazine (more like a book) all the time and used to build in my head the perfect system (didn't have the money). But I used to go round a mates with loads of unlimited AOL internet free minute discs (new accounts each time) and realised I had to upgrade.

I managed to get enough to start off on 14.4k (2400 baud) modem on a Cyrix 6x86 CPU system (competing against Intel/AMD). Shouts down the stairs were common "he's on the internet again!' blocking up the phone line. (my older brother was especially pissed off - no mobiles obviously - and at the age where girls were always ringing).

I was very skeptical of internet dating then, as the girls actually using the internet at that point were either nerds or nuts in my experience. I remember swapping numbers with a few on Lycos and AOL chat and remember one in particular. A late 30-odd year old mum who used to phone me and email me photos (she was pretty decent but I was 15 at the time) and used to send me dirty Nokia ASCII messages. She was always trying to meet up (never did - I had a girlfriend anyway but was scared shitless - but nobody bat an eyelid in those days).

One occasion however I agreed to go with a mate to meet an 'internet' girl. She was as I expected - a very rough poindexter although my mate didn't care (hotel already arranged). The bonus for me she bought her cousin along who was a stunner and had done some modelling (she also had no idea what the internet was) so naturally I tapped onto that and we went out after on other dates. So in all in all that was my first and only internet date - by proxy (if tapping up old classmates on Facebook doesn't count.)

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28.8 modem

That internet you could dial in free .. but it took ages

ICQ. My first photo of a Japanese dick. 

Pony chat on our lan at the block of flats i lived in. We had coax up and down the building. 

Those free CDs with AOL on. My friend covered his ceiling with them. We used to go to Dixon's in the arndale to pick up as many as we could get.

Pc format magazine. 

.Net magazine. Which is where I got a legitimate copy of Dreamweaver from. Which replaced the copy we got from someone's brother who worked for freeserve. 

Freeserve email address.

My yahoo account. 

 

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2 hours ago, Sasquatch said:

 

I definitely remember coming across an early version of ebay. If I recall correctly there were other competing selling sites as well at the time. I thought the first ebay site was a bit crap. Search for "books' for example, and there would only be 67 for sale in the whole of the UK. 

 

Yahoo Auctions. I bought loads of retro gaming stuff on there in the early 2000s, could get some real bargains at the time.

I still remember my 7 digit ICQ account number!

I remember playing lots of Quakeworld from about 96 onwards, initially using compuserve/AOL free discs, then later I think I used Nildram or Pipex on dial up. All ended up with big phone bills. Lusted for an ISDN line.

Remember buying a 3Dfx voodoo and using to play GLQuake which was mindblowing - filtered textures and 640*480 resolution.

I remember in 97 downloading the Quake 2 demo which was I think about 30megs. Gargantuan and took a few sessions to download it all.

Then along came 'redhotant' which was a dial up ISP with an 0800 number...

 

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I remember playing with ftp and telnet around 1991 at uni, where we had internet connections to our own rooms in the halls of residence.  I remember when the WWW came along, accessible via a comand-line text only browser called Lynx, and thinking.."I reckon this could catch on".

I remember cybersexing on IRC with various American college girls, and chatting to a deaf girl called Jan who was in a cabin in the mountains in California.

Exciting times. Is Gen-Xers have been lucky to have straddled the old, pre-internet world and the new.

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Stubbing up 50% share of a fixed line.

I'd like to say E1 but I doubt it.

Must have been primary rate isdn.

About 1mb/s

It cost something stupid like 1k/month back in 92ish.

Before that, we had gopher set up at work, so  just have been 92ish.

And early shit version of mosaic. I have vague memories of a tcl/tk tool. Based on a sparc box.

I also remember humming n hahhing about bothering to learn sockets or TLS networking. I bought the Steven's book so went with sockets and an early version of bsd.

I remember someone getting colour monitor at wok whilst I was still using a green black x25 terminal - I'd kill for its keyboard today.

I remember the bloke showing me the windows system- this was Solaris. Then he showed us usenet porn.

 

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1994. Doing an extra degree. Forced to tackle computers..learn to type..get an email.

Going home that Christmas and telling my brothers about www.

Its going to be big. The opposition was vociferous. 

The discorvery of usenets dark dodgy picture libraries. Not sure I would have imagined that this would be financed in a big way..along with further channels just digging deeper.

I lived in a real shit hole at this time with some real twats.

Some son of a senior Scottish Civil Servant. He refused to drive the almost new Ford his parents got him. Stayed outside untill they changed it to a SAAB. 

The best mate of the son of R. Cook MP. Incredulous cretin.  The former.

Some wadded guy from Cheshire and a huge inheritance. At Uni for the experience. 

Relevance...they were twats. So my 24 hr library pass was sanctuary for that year. And I found the net.

They taught me a lot. I learned how not to get laid.

 

 

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And who can forget their first encounter with Tubgirl....O.o

Most of my time in the early internet days was jacking off to dubious porn downloaded from KazAa/winmx or going on shock sites and gore like Rotten.com. 

Either that or playing games on Zone.com. Particularly Age of Empires on multiplayer. 

I can still remember a lot of the old usernames 20 odd years later (I even joined a clan...)and once in a blue moon wonder to myself what some of my old gaming friends are up to. Online gaming is crap now there's no community feel.

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I loved Age of Empires.  Recently had a go at playing it again - there is a "definitive edition", but no LAN version, it demands to connect o a central server and continually crashes.  Tried Civ VI as well, as I used to enjoy that, but now seems really tedious waiting for the other player to finish

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2 hours ago, sarahbell said:

28.8 modem

That internet you could dial in free .. but it took ages

ICQ. My first photo of a Japanese dick. 

Pony chat on our lan at the block of flats i lived in. We had coax up and down the building. 

Those free CDs with AOL on. My friend covered his ceiling with them. We used to go to Dixon's in the arndale to pick up as many as we could get.

Pc format magazine. 

.Net magazine. Which is where I got a legitimate copy of Dreamweaver from. Which replaced the copy we got from someone's brother who worked for freeserve. 

Freeserve email address.

My yahoo account. 

 

My wife was fascinated with ICQ and cuseeme.  The question was how long before the dick pick turned up, usually only seconds.

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