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2008-05-18 08:05:41 PM
They were on a BBS, not the internet.
 
2008-05-18 08:05:55 PM
maceinator: My wife and I met online, well before the Internet. We were both users of the same timesharing system (Wylbur, running on an IBM370) back in 1975. We got married in 1977, and we'll be married 31 years in September.

Now THAT's an old machine! Certainly not a punchcard system, was it? That would be something...
 
2008-05-18 08:05:58 PM
They are probably happy because they don't have any parasites (also known as children).
 
2008-05-18 08:06:17 PM
12.fl.oz.: So, what will the next 25 years bring to us?

I'm voting for a return to 110 baud modems so we can watch the text type out, like on all the SCI-FI movies. The future is slow.
 
2008-05-18 08:07:11 PM
Ow My Balls: Now THAT's an old machine! Certainly not a punchcard system, was it? That would be something...

I'm gonna take you home and fold, spindle, and mutilate you, baby.
 
2008-05-18 08:08:49 PM
actually went to a kids' birthday party today whose parents met online, that was way back in 1997 ...

It was still kind of a big deal even then!

It came up because my wife asked me how they met (I went to college with the guy, and was briefly roommates with both of them)

I had a couple other friends who met someone online about this same time, it actually got worked into the vows of one couple!

The pastor opened with: I have learned that WWW means - We Will Wed ...

Then he said, perhaps I should say: do you TXMustang take SunflowerGirl to be your wedded wife ... it was really cute!

Guess it makes sense that anyone hardly bats an eye at this today ...
 
2008-05-18 08:09:58 PM
I think when I started on AOL and Compuserve I racked up $900 bills in the first 3 months.
 
2008-05-18 08:10:14 PM
My wife and I don't count as an "internet" couple, because at the time my Usenet and email was going by UUCP.
 
2008-05-18 08:10:16 PM
Ow My Balls: maceinator: My wife and I met online, well before the Internet. We were both users of the same timesharing system (Wylbur, running on an IBM370) back in 1975. We got married in 1977, and we'll be married 31 years in September.

Now THAT's an old machine! Certainly not a punchcard system, was it? That would be something...


Oh yes, it had punch card readers (and real teletypes - 110 baud). We were privileged to use the new CRT terminals (just added), which is how we got to the timesharing system.

Good times. No, wait... it sucked ass. That's what I meant to say.
 
2008-05-18 08:10:44 PM
12.fl.oz.: So, what will the next 25 years bring to us?

Cerebral implants.
 
2008-05-18 08:11:42 PM
therewasahue
There are 2 types of women on online dating sites: Ugly runts and attractive bi-polar psychos.

THIS.
90% this.
 
2008-05-18 08:15:20 PM
Third_Uncle_Eno: therewasahue
There are 2 types of women on online dating sites: Ugly runts and attractive bi-polar psychos.

THIS.
90% this.


Is the remaining 10% the "women" who are really men posing as "women"?
 
2008-05-18 08:16:23 PM
espiaboricua: Is the remaining 10% the "women" who are really men posing as "women"?

5% "women."
5% cops.
 
2008-05-18 08:16:36 PM
ultraholland: 12.fl.oz.: So, what will the next 25 years bring to us?

Cerebral implants.


We can only hope that this technology will be used to better mankind and not to find different ways to hold us back.
 
2008-05-18 08:19:29 PM
Farking Sweet: Haha we had 28.8 modems, and WE LIKED IT!

Dude, I got that beat. My first experience on the internet was on a 2400bps modem.
I used to play MUDs on it :)

/MUDs. The original MMORPG.
 
2008-05-18 08:20:26 PM
Farking Sweet: 12.fl.oz.: 19 years for the Mrs. and me in June.

How many farkers here grew up without the internet when they were kids? My son is 12 and he has always had access to the net and a computer. He once asked me what games I played on the net when I was his age. I told him there was no internet when I was a kid. He gave me that look that said, Dad is trying to pull one over on me. I still don't think he believes it is a modern invention and these kids are the first to grow up in the internet age.

Haha we had 28.8 modems, and WE LIKED IT!


I had a 16bps modem for my TRS 80, and one for my Coco in those days. I think I was 9-ish (early 80s. Yes, modems existed then. No, not all of them required a phone handset). When I was 15 I moved into the "big time" and for a 2600bps modem.

Personally, I miss those days, it felt more like a frontier, and for the most part the individuals you interacted with, even those whom you despised, had some intelligence about them. Remember downloading the song off that Information Society album using 2 modems? If you answered Yes- then you probably remember all this with me.

I can remember dialing LD into massive *6* line BBSs for downloads, and the rare 32 line chat boards (some of the more famous match making websites today were originally 32 line regional chat boards, such as Matchmaker.com). I remember annual meet-ups in December- swap-meets. Everyone would bring a computer, a stack of disks, and copy copy copy. Our favorite spot was a La Petite academy one of the fellows "borrowed" (Saturday, empty). I remember ASCII bombing people in chat, via email, and leaving surprise bombs in forum posts. I remember that one of my systems- a simple Amiga, was immune.

How did we used to say back in '93/'94? I think it was "The 'net was a nicer place before you came along", all in response to the first migration of AT&T customers (80 million-ish offered service). The internet was this mystical place, a haven for nerds, where anything was permitted, and all things possible. We were the first (and so history tells us, the only ones concerned) to fight against Louis Freeh tagging on the "Communications Decency Act" to another bill during a midnight vote. I remember accessing the 'net as it was in the 80s via college-age relatives (former LoD member, you know), forums, and chatting with persons in other universities. Hmmmm.

Now it's all just taken for granted, over-commercialized, and for some reason a bunch of *you* people came into *our* space and attempted to subject us to your morals. Feh.

/shakes his cane
//ATDT *this*
 
2008-05-18 08:20:42 PM
Met my husband in 1991 on TSN (the Sierra Network). He was in New Hampshire, I was in Oregon. Still going strong. I work with old people who always ask how I met my husband. They STILL can't believe anyone met online.
 
2008-05-18 08:21:25 PM
DeathByGeekSquad: I remember my first 28.8, it was blazing fast.

I remember my first 300 baud, it was blazing fast.
 
2008-05-18 08:21:34 PM
This Dudes Army: It's not so uncommon anymore. I met my girlfriend online (new window) before I went to Iraq and we started dating the second I got off the plane. We're getting married not far in the future.

Mrs. GIRB and I "dated" online and by snail-mail before, during, and after Desert Shield/Storm.

I knew her only casually,(our sons took the same karate class), and when my unit got called up, we decided to be pen-pals.

/We married in June '91.
 
2008-05-18 08:23:12 PM
Farking Sweet: 12.fl.oz.: 19 years for the Mrs. and me in June.

How many farkers here grew up without the internet when they were kids? My son is 12 and he has always had access to the net and a computer. He once asked me what games I played on the net when I was his age. I told him there was no internet when I was a kid. He gave me that look that said, Dad is trying to pull one over on me. I still don't think he believes it is a modern invention and these kids are the first to grow up in the internet age.

Haha we had 28.8 modems, and WE LIKED IT!

/Pepperidge Farms knows
//Off the lawn kiddies
///AOL 2.0 FTL


I remember my first modem...it came with the computer, and I shiat you not, it was a 2400 Baud. Local BBS's were free. I remember searching for Harpoon scenarios & updates on them. Then Doom and AOL came along and I spent bux for a 28.8.

/get off my lawn before I get my BFG out.
 
2008-05-18 08:23:14 PM
12.fl.oz.: Dad is trying to pull one over on me

Hawt.
 
2008-05-18 08:23:24 PM
Um...300bps. 2400bps was a big upgrade when I finally got the cash for it. Seriously cool at the time. Many MANY an hour connected to one of the two (or perhaps three) lines on the S.N.A.F.U. BBS (in Belleville, IL since I'm sure there were many BBS' by the same name).
 
2008-05-18 08:25:30 PM
It'll never last.

/kidding
 
2008-05-18 08:25:56 PM
if they were a black couple, this picture would be considered racist. and actually, i'll probably be considered racist for pointing this out.

img359.imageshack.us
 
2008-05-18 08:26:08 PM
Cosmic Crab: DeathByGeekSquad: I remember my first 28.8, it was blazing fast.

I remember my first 300 baud, it was blazing fast.


HA! I remember getting my IBM PC/XT, w/twin 5-1/4 floppies!

My friends were sooooo envious!
 
2008-05-18 08:27:40 PM
Meet Us at the Stick: SilentStrider: damn, my wife and i have a bit of a way to go to beat that.

12 years for me and Mrs. Meet in July.


Going on 14 here - used to host trivia games on Prodigy and she was a regular competitor. She was smart, quick witted and able to spell and use grammar correctly.

I learned later that she also had big boobs. That sealed it.
 
2008-05-18 08:28:43 PM
tgregory 2008-05-18 08:25:56 PM
if they were a black couple, this picture would be considered racist. and actually, i'll probably be considered racist for pointing this out.


What I never understood is if blacks don't resemble apes, why do they get so upset when people make the comparison? If someone compared me to a penguin I wouldn't go ape shiat (no pun intended).
 
2008-05-18 08:28:49 PM
therewasahue: There are 2 types of women on online dating sites: Ugly runts and attractive bi-polar psychos.

My first though upon reading this statement was, "Yep, that's pretty much true of the women I've met from online dating sites." My second thought was, "Wait a minute, that's true of the women I've met, period." I'm not sure there's that much difference between the online dating pool and the general population of single people these days.
 
2008-05-18 08:29:30 PM
The_Wilde_Yoh: 12.fl.oz.: Dad is trying to pull one over on me

Hawt.


I must really remember to preview my posts.

Salute to you sir.
 
2008-05-18 08:31:05 PM
I'm madly in love with a woman I met online, so I'm getting a kick...
 
2008-05-18 08:33:04 PM
G.I.R.B.: Cosmic Crab: DeathByGeekSquad: I remember my first 28.8, it was blazing fast.

I remember my first 300 baud, it was blazing fast.

HA! I remember getting my IBM PC/XT, w/twin 5-1/4 floppies!

My friends were sooooo envious!


Tragic the IMC PC/XT was slow as snot. My Amiga 1000 was faster, my 2000 would smoke it, heck, even an older 500 could trump it.

I didn't make the switch to Pcoontil the 486, until then I was never impressed with them. Seriously- slow, fewer programs, able to be attacked by, well, everything. Tsk, tsk, not for me son. I mean, multitasking was not something, as was well known at the time, any IBM hardware was capable of.

While you had to pay through the nose for such luxuries as a CGA video card, and even sound beyond the internal speaker, I had 64000 colors, stereo sound, could upgrade my RAM cheaper, didn't have to operate out of a command line, and on and on.

PC's of the 80s= fail.
 
2008-05-18 08:34:13 PM
StillH2O 2008-05-18 08:28:49 PM
therewasahue: There are 2 types of women on online dating sites: Ugly runts and attractive bi-polar psychos.

My first though upon reading this statement was, "Yep, that's pretty much true of the women I've met from online dating sites." My second thought was, "Wait a minute, that's true of the women I've met, period." I'm not sure there's that much difference between the online dating pool and the general population of single people these days.


Yeah, pretty sad isn't it? I've gotten over it. I don't need a woman to be happy and I'm not going to encourage their asshattery by dating one.
 
2008-05-18 08:35:46 PM
5.5 years for my partner and I. I kickbanned him from a gay porn swap room because he was typing in color. I noticed his hostname was local so I said hi.

Very awkward story to tell my family.
 
2008-05-18 08:37:46 PM
Ceph 2008-05-18 08:35:46 PM
5.5 years for my partner and I. I kickbanned him from a gay porn swap room because he was typing in color. I noticed his hostname was local so I said hi.

Very awkward story to tell my family.


I have absolutely no idea what you just said.
 
2008-05-18 08:38:09 PM
Ceph: 5.5 years for my partner and I. I kickbanned him from a gay porn swap room because he was typing in color. I noticed his hostname was local so I said hi.

Very awkward story to tell my family.


Just think of all the people that met as a result of 4chan bans...
 
2008-05-18 08:40:40 PM

The only thing I'll never get about internet dating is the people who swear they've found THE ONE and that they're totally in love *before* ever meeting in person. I mean, I've done the internet dating thing and I've a lot of friends that I know only through the net.


But going so far as to say you're actually in love with someone who you've never even looked in the face in person... I dunno, man. Maybe I'm broken, but that just doesn't feel like it'll ever be something I could do.

 
2008-05-18 08:41:35 PM
espiraboicura
Is the remaining 10% the "women" who are really men posing as "women"?

No.
the other 10% were women, just like the other 90% were.
but these 10% were different, because they were very nice and were NOT ugly OR psycho [unlike the other 90%].

thanks for playing.
 
2008-05-18 08:42:19 PM
therewasahue: I have absolutely no idea what you just said.

I was a chat room operator on an IRC network. I was monitoring a chat room where people swapped porn with each other. My partner's chat program let him type in color, which was against the channel rules and was just plain obnoxious so I kicked him and banned him from the room. I noticed his ISP was the same ISP as mine so I sent him a private message saying 'hi'.

That better?Barakku: Just think of all the people that met as a result of 4chan bans...

I can only imagine the boyfriend holding the only key to the bedroom with the door having a "Tits or GTFO" sign on it.
 
2008-05-18 08:46:51 PM
Hate to rain on their parade, but there were *plenty* of chat to RL meetups going on in the 1970s. And Compudumb was not the beginning of the internet.

Cept: IRC has channels, not rooms.

My virtual lawn, let me kick you off it.
 
2008-05-18 08:48:14 PM
Aldo the Wonder Dog: Meet Us at the Stick: SilentStrider: damn, my wife and i have a bit of a way to go to beat that.

12 years for me and Mrs. Meet in July.

Going on 14 here - used to host trivia games on Prodigy and she was a regular competitor. She was smart, quick witted and able to spell and use grammar correctly.


GTFO. Seriously. We met playing trivia on AOL. For awhile I hosted games on Prodigy, too. We probably know you.

/Mrs. Meet
//doesn't really have big boobies
 
2008-05-18 08:48:18 PM
What will the next 25 years bring, funny you asked...

PC power to increase a million-fold
Posted by Ash Dosanjh at 11:35AM, Thursday 15th May 2008
Fujitsu Siemens predicts that within 25 years, the average computer will be running at three petahertz and feature 100,000 cores or more.

The desktop PC of 2033 will be a Goliath beast, according to Fujitsu Siemens Computers.

The IT manufacturer has predicted that the current rates of
development in computing systems will see the power of a desktop PC increase a million-fold.

Fujitsu Siemens Computers is foreseeing a growth in available
bandwidth by 200,000 times over the next 25 years.

Senior technology strategist at Fujitsu Siemens Computers Dave
Pritchard believes that computers in 2033 will be vastly different to their modern day contemporaries and will take on a multitude of customised portable forms.

"A quarter of a century on, PCs will have taken on many different
shapes and sizes," he said. "The ordinary PC will be running at the equivalent of three petahertz, it'll have 100,000 cores or more, a petabyte of memory, half an exabyte of storage and connect to the internet with a bandwidth of over a quarter of a terabyte."

Fujitsu Siemens Computers also said that PCs may alert and 'talk' to their users. The IT manufacturer said it is conceivable that in a quarter of a century people will be using small electronic implants that enable the computer to alert them to the arrival of important new information through some form of physical or mental stimulation.

"We may also see more advanced sensory devices that enable you to
control the computer just by 'thinking' the commands. This may seem far-fetched at the moment but the technology is already being
developed and has been proven to work. It will simply be a matter of training your mind to work in that way," Pritchard said.

"IT technology is still in its infancy, and if likened to the
development of mankind, we have yet to discover fire. Discovering fire will be the point at which computer systems start to think for themselves, once this happens we will see an even greater increase in the speed of development," Pritchard added.
 
2008-05-18 08:49:06 PM
My older cousins on my dad's side met their spouses the old fashioned way - in person. So far, me and two of my other cousins (that I know of) met our spouses online. For us younger folk, it's not such a big deal anymore.
 
2008-05-18 08:49:25 PM
therewasahue: If someone compared me to a penguin I wouldn't go ape shiat (no pun intended).

"No pun intended" is a phrase I've never liked. It's either saying "look at how clever I am with my puns" or "sorry for the pun, I'll try not to let it happen again".

Be proud of your puns! Mean every one (even if you really didn't). But be subtle and don't go around pointing them out.
 
2008-05-18 08:49:27 PM
Meesterjojo: G.I.R.B.: Cosmic Crab: DeathByGeekSquad: I remember my first 28.8, it was blazing fast.

I remember my first 300 baud, it was blazing fast.

HA! I remember getting my IBM PC/XT, w/twin 5-1/4 floppies!

My friends were sooooo envious!

Tragic the IMC PC/XT was slow as snot. My Amiga 1000 was faster, my 2000 would smoke it, heck, even an older 500 could trump it.

I didn't make the switch to Pcoontil the 486, until then I was never impressed with them. Seriously- slow, fewer programs, able to be attacked by, well, everything. Tsk, tsk, not for me son. I mean, multitasking was not something, as was well known at the time, any IBM hardware was capable of.

While you had to pay through the nose for such luxuries as a CGA video card, and even sound beyond the internal speaker, I had 64000 colors, stereo sound, could upgrade my RAM cheaper, didn't have to operate out of a command line, and on and on.

PC's of the 80s= fail.


I think you missed my sarcasm, and I didn't buy it, the Sheriff's Dept. did.

The piece of crap blew chunks, and with IBM playing their software compatability games, a royal pain to try to get our mainframe to talk to it. I was seriously tempted on many occasions to chuck it out my third floor window. After threatening to do so, and in most uncertain terms, IT gave me back my Tandy.
 
2008-05-18 08:55:00 PM
She looks like Paul Giamatti.
 
2008-05-18 08:57:05 PM
Can I get a ruling on something?

I met my wife at a party thrown by a radio show about computers. I lost her number but she tracked me down via the official show website. Does this count as meeting through the computer?
 
2008-05-18 08:57:48 PM
Generation_D: Cept: IRC has channels, not rooms.

My virtual lawn, let me kick you off it.


Yes. Drunk too. can't type my name right either so :P
 
2008-05-18 08:57:53 PM
NubianzWithAttitude: She looks like Paul Giamatti.

With the uterine cancer, probably closer to John Adams Giamatti.
 
2008-05-18 08:59:49 PM
I sent my wife an email for one of our first dates, using one of the first versions of PINE.

//not that old.
 
2008-05-18 09:02:14 PM
I spent $80 on a 2400 baud modem (from Egghead's) for the family's PC clone back in the day. Didn't really see the need for a faster one since it transferred text as fast as I could read it.

/no imagination or just too young to consider porn?
 
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