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(The Atlantic Wire)   The internet hasn't changed much in 15 years, although the headlines are way more meta   (theatlanticwire.com) divider line 81
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2011-10-28 08:39:12 PM  
I don't know, in 15 years the number of GeoCities pages with animated flames on them has gone all the way to Zero. I'd call that a 1000% improvement just right there.
 
2011-10-28 09:19:30 PM  
Meta makes meta squared.

Where then?

Meta quadrubed?

Heh.

;)
 
2011-10-28 09:19:42 PM  
img205.imageshack.us
 
2011-10-28 09:23:38 PM  
beerspill.fark.com
 
2011-10-28 09:23:55 PM  
Meta? What an ass! Did subby just get here from AOL?

/nope, hasn't changed much
 
2011-10-28 09:24:15 PM  
Some things have greatly improved:

a652.ac-images.myspacecdn.com
 
2011-10-28 09:26:13 PM  
I think some people are forgetting just how insanely slow it used to be. A normal YouTube video would have taken days to download.
 
2011-10-28 09:29:14 PM  
www.ratemymotivational.com
hot, like an underage hand in your pants
 
2011-10-28 09:30:15 PM  

Russ1642: I think some people are forgetting just how insanely slow it used to be. A normal YouTube video would have taken days to download.


Thank god Youtube added that awesome buffering feature to compensate for the increased speed of modern networking!
 
2011-10-28 09:30:16 PM  
The difference is that the tubes of the Internet have now gotten very dirty from overuse and porn, and all need to be cleaned out. This will cost at least as much as Y2K, and of course the work will be done by the same people, but if it is not done soon, the Internet could start exploding, anywhere, leaking highly binary bits of information into the atmosphere, and then the population runs the risk of becoming overloaded with information, and humanity will become insane.
 
2011-10-28 09:35:02 PM  

styckx: Russ1642: I think some people are forgetting just how insanely slow it used to be. A normal YouTube video would have taken days to download.

Thank god Youtube added that awesome buffering feature to compensate for the increased speed of modern networking!


You have to buffer YouTube? Maybe it's time to cancel AOL and get a real ISP.
 
2011-10-28 09:36:16 PM  

Russ1642: I think some people are forgetting just how insanely slow it used to be. A normal YouTube video would have taken days to download.


In 2000 pages would load much faster because they wouldn't be hitting multiple servers and logging you into facebook and Google+ every webpage you hit. Also, I go to Youtube when I want to be reminded of what Internet video looked like in the 90s.
 
2011-10-28 09:37:04 PM  

Russ1642: styckx: Russ1642: I think some people are forgetting just how insanely slow it used to be. A normal YouTube video would have taken days to download.

Thank god Youtube added that awesome buffering feature to compensate for the increased speed of modern networking!

You have to buffer YouTube? Maybe it's time to cancel AOL and get a real ISP.


20MB/s here, YouTube still always stutters above 480.
 
2011-10-28 09:38:33 PM  

strathmeyer: 20MB/s here, YouTube still always stutters above 480.


Lemme guess, Firefox?
 
2011-10-28 09:44:42 PM  

strathmeyer: Russ1642: I think some people are forgetting just how insanely slow it used to be. A normal YouTube video would have taken days to download.

In 2000 pages would load much faster because they wouldn't be hitting multiple servers and logging you into facebook and Google+ every webpage you hit. Also, I go to Youtube when I want to be reminded of what Internet video looked like in the 90s.


You're delusional. There's no question the internet itself is orders of magnitude faster, video is far better, HD wasn't even dreamed of. I'm not saying that it's all puppies and unicorns now but I remember video where a slightly darker pixel was the only indication of a nipple, and you had to pray that your connection wasn't interrupted when downloading a 300 kB file, and it cost a couple hundred bucks for a 28.8 kbps modem. It was a huge upgrade!
 
2011-10-28 09:46:48 PM  

LordOfThePings: Lemme guess, Firefox?


20MB/s here with Firefox and youtube works great
 
2011-10-28 09:48:45 PM  

Mixolydian Master: [www.ratemymotivational.com image 500x400]

hot, like an underage hand in your pants



Ha, I get your reference to the hotlink pic -- but that quote, taken out of context, could get your tit in a wringer if you know what I'm sayin'.
 
2011-10-28 09:53:52 PM  
The internet is one of the greatest inventions ever.
 
2011-10-28 09:56:23 PM  
I like how there were already 'net addict support groups in 1996...I guess the dozens of BBS peeps who made the switch?

/BBSed
//needs help
 
2011-10-28 09:57:42 PM  
Can anyone out there come up with a text-based representation of the excruciating sound of the dial-up modem?
 
2011-10-28 09:58:54 PM  

some.old.lady.: Can anyone out there come up with a text-based representation of the excruciating sound of the dial-up modem?


Which rate? I think my 2400 baud didn't make much noise...but by the time I got to 56k....YIKES!
 
2011-10-28 10:02:31 PM  

some.old.lady.: Can anyone out there come up with a text-based representation of the excruciating sound of the dial-up modem?


The best was getting a voice yelling at you when you were trying to connect. It was always some basement dweller's mom who was screwing up his BBS. "Ma'am us little kids connect to your son's BBS to download porn and show it to our other ten year old classmates at school, so could you hang up and not pick up when we dial in? Thanks."
 
2011-10-28 10:06:55 PM  

some.old.lady.: Can anyone out there come up with a text-based representation of the excruciating sound of the dial-up modem?


Wheeoo wheeaa ssssSSSS DONG DONG DONG DONG!
 
2011-10-28 10:07:25 PM  
High school hand out? They must not have had spell checkers.

The yung ones here can tell us lawners about that.

/under people can post what they want
//so I'm doing it
 
2011-10-28 10:10:14 PM  
Yeah, and I subsidized every GD step along the way.

/spent thousands and thousands on 14.4 baud modems, Compuserve chatrooms, BBS memberships, a second phone line, dot matrix printer paper, among other things
//FidoNet veteran
///yes, I'm old
 
2011-10-28 10:15:55 PM  

LordOfThePings: strathmeyer: 20MB/s here, YouTube still always stutters above 480.

Lemme guess, Firefox?


20MB/sec over FIOS and it'shiat or miss for me. Doesn't matter which system or browser I'm using. Some videos are lightning quick, but alot of them stutter like micheal j. fox after downing 3 cappuccinos.
 
2011-10-28 10:18:11 PM  

saturn badger: High school hand out? They must not have had spell checkers.

The yung ones here can tell us lawners about that.

/under people can post what they want
//so I'm doing it


Ironic? I just don't know anymore.
 
2011-10-28 10:26:45 PM  
Before the 1990s, I never would have dreamed that September could last for fifteen years.
 
2011-10-28 10:40:31 PM  

Russ1642: You're delusional. There's no question the internet itself is orders of magnitude faster, video is far better, HD wasn't even dreamed of. I'm not saying that it's all puppies and unicorns now but I remember video where a slightly darker pixel was the only indication of a nipple, and you had to pray that your connection wasn't interrupted when downloading a 300 kB file, and it cost a couple hundred bucks for a 28.8 kbps modem. It was a huge upgrade!


It's called 'latency'. It's better under a 28.8kbps modem than anything faster. Also, welcome to the Internet.
 
2011-10-28 10:41:45 PM  

LordOfThePings: strathmeyer: 20MB/s here, YouTube still always stutters above 480.

Lemme guess, Firefox?


Sure, until I switched to Chromium. What's your point? Youtube doesn't work using the most popular browsers?
 
2011-10-28 10:46:01 PM  

blazemongr: Before the 1990s, I never would have dreamed that September could last for fifteen years.


Come on not all of Adult Swim's programs are that bad.
 
2011-10-28 10:46:36 PM  
*grumble grumble misses Gopher and Archie and Zmodem (ZOMG SO MUCH BETTER THAN X/Y MODEM).....*

/My digital lawn, off it.
 
2011-10-28 10:55:14 PM  

Huggermugger: Yeah, and I subsidized every GD step along the way.

/spent thousands and thousands on 14.4 baud modems, Compuserve chatrooms, BBS memberships, a second phone line, dot matrix printer paper, among other things
//FidoNet veteran
///yes, I'm old



If FidoNet's even still around, I imagine the only one who's still there is a bitter old man biatching about how Phil Katz stole his source code...
 
2011-10-28 11:04:00 PM  
bbsdocumentary.dreamhost.com

Yes it's real, and worth watching.
 
2011-10-28 11:10:46 PM  

some.old.lady.: Can anyone out there come up with a text-based representation of the excruciating sound of the dial-up modem?


That's the ringtone on my phone. Seriously.

Say what you will, the sound gets your attention.
 
2011-10-28 11:19:55 PM  

Farabor: *grumble grumble misses Gopher and Archie and Zmodem (ZOMG SO MUCH BETTER THAN X/Y MODEM).....*

/My digital lawn, off it.


H/S Link was the shiat! Play Tetris while downloading!!
 
2011-10-28 11:22:12 PM  
Making shiat happen, everyday.

Word.

;)
 
2011-10-28 11:25:10 PM  

strathmeyer: It's called 'latency'. It's better under a 28.8kbps modem than anything faster.


Pure bullshiat.
 
2011-10-28 11:34:16 PM  

styckx: Farabor: *grumble grumble misses Gopher and Archie and Zmodem (ZOMG SO MUCH BETTER THAN X/Y MODEM).....*

/My digital lawn, off it.


Z Modem was the pinnacle!!! Wasn't that when we first got resuming d/l?

PROCOMM+ anyone?
 
2011-10-28 11:35:41 PM  
I remember the good old days, 80 mb hard drive, 1200 baud dial-up modem...sniff.
 
2011-10-28 11:38:04 PM  

The_Time_Master: [bbsdocumentary.dreamhost.com image 400x565]



Yes it's real, and worth watching.


Thanks for turning me onto that....TO THE TORRENTS!!!
 
2011-10-28 11:44:14 PM  

slimfast: I remember the good old days, 80 mb hard drive, 1200 baud dial-up modem...sniff.


80mb? What...you a trust-fund kid?

Once again I trot out the specs to my first PC

July, 1989, for $895 Mom got me:
8088 XT clone (with Turbo button!)
DOS 3.3
640k RAM
ONE 5 1/4" drive (when they actually WERE floppy lol)
20mb Seagate ST-225 (think it was 1/2 height)
CGA (later upgraded to VGA with stolen CC#!)
2400 baud modem
14" monitor

Thankfully, there were 2 or 3 BBS in the local dialing area of Louisville at the time. Pirate board was called The Shack, can't remember the oterh two..was active on all three.

Tradewars anyone?

/met sysop of the one in New Albany
//was creepy and kinda sorta hit on me
 
2011-10-28 11:50:40 PM  

strathmeyer: It's called 'latency'. It's better under a 28.8kbps modem than anything faster. Also, welcome to the Internet.


What the hell are you talking about?
 
2011-10-28 11:51:42 PM  

Hector Remarkable: The difference is that the tubes of the Internet have now gotten very dirty from overuse and porn, and all need to be cleaned out. This will cost at least as much as Y2K, and of course the work will be done by the same people, but if it is not done soon, the Internet could start exploding, anywhere, leaking highly binary bits of information into the atmosphere, and then the population runs the risk of becoming overloaded with information, and humanity will become insane.


If this was a movie, it would star Dean Cain, and it would induce aneurysms upon watching it.

Better copyright that shiat before SyFy steals it.
 
2011-10-28 11:57:03 PM  

some.old.lady.: Can anyone out there come up with a text-based representation of the excruciating sound of the dial-up modem?


EEEEEEEEEEE-awwwww-kaCHUNGkaCHUNG-aaawwwwww.
 
2011-10-29 12:01:05 AM  

23FPB23: styckx: Farabor: *grumble grumble misses Gopher and Archie and Zmodem (ZOMG SO MUCH BETTER THAN X/Y MODEM).....*

/My digital lawn, off it.

Z Modem was the pinnacle!!! Wasn't that when we first got resuming d/l?

PROCOMM+ anyone?


I was a Qmodem Pro type of guy.
 
2011-10-29 12:01:11 AM  

Russ1642: styckx: Russ1642: I think some people are forgetting just how insanely slow it used to be. A normal YouTube video would have taken days to download.


Download? Who had the gear to even play it back?
 
2011-10-29 12:01:32 AM  

strathmeyer: Sure, until I switched to Chromium. What's your point? Youtube doesn't work using the most popular browsers?


Some of the "most popular browsers" have become steaming piles of bloatware.

YouTube started to become painful to use in FF4 and 5.
 
2011-10-29 12:11:52 AM  

LordOfThePings: strathmeyer: Sure, until I switched to Chromium. What's your point? Youtube doesn't work using the most popular browsers?

Some of the "most popular browsers" have become steaming piles of bloatware.

YouTube started to become painful to use in FF4 and 5.


It did?

/FF user since version 1 and no problems with YouTube
//Also, when the hell did we get all the way up to version 7?
 
2011-10-29 12:42:02 AM  

Fireproof: It did?


1 or 2 second freezes on most embedded video or animation. An app restart cleared it up briefly. This was noticeable on two different machines, one Nvidia, one ATI.

No idea if it's better with more recent versions since I gave up on FF.
 
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