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(Topless Robot)   Seven ways the internet sucked in the 19--waiting for modem to respond--in the 1990s   (toplessrobot.com) divider line 85
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2012-07-25 01:45:53 PM  
www.websearchworkshop.co.uk

Not a bad search engine... for it's time.
 
2012-07-25 01:57:07 PM  
Well, it was available in your choice of green, orange, blue or off-white.

If you want to experience what the Internet was like in the early 1990s, borrow a Kindle keyboard model and try out their Beta web browser. It's a lot like the web was when I got my first ISP account in 1993-1994 or thereabouts. A lot of use of the up, down, left and right keys.

As someone who has used punchcards and Ye Olde Fortran, it was still a great step in the right direction. You could read entire books on it or print out ASCII pictures to amaze your friends provided they weren't blazé about ASCII pron after 20-25 years or so of the stuff.
 
2012-07-25 01:57:50 PM  

StrangeQ: keepitcherry: I got my first computer in 96 when I was 10 years old. A Compaq Presario with a 75mhz processor, 8MB of Ram and a 1 GB hard drive LOL. I remember making cheesy websites on GeoCities and I HATED real player too. Cool it was added to the list. I remember me and my friend would look up softcore Playboy images on Compuserve...that shiat would take like 10 minutes to DL a single pic. He used my printer and printed out a book - I think he still has it somewhere. Funny stuff.

/buffering........

Ohhhhh look at Mr. fancypants!

Got our first one around the same time...25Mhz, 4MB memory and a 200MB compressed drive... Could actually play some games on it after I installed another 4MB of memory, sort of.. It also had this wierd CD-ROM disk drive hybrid where instead of a tray you had to load the disks into special cases that looked like oversized 3.5" disks.


I remember visiting a friend who had a CD caddy and it totally blew my mind that he didn't just have a normal CD tray.
www.oldsoftware.com
 
2012-07-25 01:58:32 PM  
Oops! blaisé. Stupid mistake for a bilingual person to make.

Blazé is what people who share ASCII pictures with their friends are, if their friends have lighters.
 
2012-07-25 02:21:13 PM  
Late 1990s, early 2000s were the golden age of internet chatroom hook-ups. AOL and Yahoo chatrooms were loaded with chicks. Now its all facebook. Im very selective about who gets added to my FB, someone who was just a casual date or hook-up would not be on that list.
 
2012-07-25 02:27:56 PM  

StrangeQ: keepitcherry: I got my first computer in 96 when I was 10 years old. A Compaq Presario with a 75mhz processor, 8MB of Ram and a 1 GB hard drive LOL. I remember making cheesy websites on GeoCities and I HATED real player too. Cool it was added to the list. I remember me and my friend would look up softcore Playboy images on Compuserve...that shiat would take like 10 minutes to DL a single pic. He used my printer and printed out a book - I think he still has it somewhere. Funny stuff.

/buffering........

Ohhhhh look at Mr. fancypants!

Got our first one around the same time...25Mhz, 4MB memory and a 200MB compressed drive... Could actually play some games on it after I installed another 4MB of memory, sort of.. It also had this wierd CD-ROM disk drive hybrid where instead of a tray you had to load the disks into special cases that looked like oversized 3.5" disks.



I was 12 in 1986 when I got my first computer. It had 64 kilobytes of memory and a 300 baud modem

uknet.com

I can still hear the whirrrrrrrring of the hard drive
 
2012-07-25 02:32:49 PM  
BitTorrent Inc: the future of entertainment is RealPlayer

This is from today, not ten years ago. I sounds like a bad April Fools joke but apparently they are serious. Link
 
2012-07-25 02:39:10 PM  

enry: Canter and Siegel Green Card Lottery


I was there for that. Since they posted their fax number, a friend of mine faxed them a loop of black construction paper for about an hour.
 
2012-07-25 02:42:11 PM  

ltdanman44: I can still hear the whirrrrrrrring of the hard drive


I had the 800. The days I ditched my tape drive for a floppy, and when I got my 1200 baud modem were almost orgasmic.
 
2012-07-25 02:46:37 PM  
My first internet experience was in 1995. I was house sitting for a friend of my aunt's and I noticed she had an old Packard Bell computer. That night I started it up to see if it had any games on it and the Netscape Navigator icon caught my attention.

I remember hearing the modem dialing out and making a ruckus (fracas!) for the first time and being watching the animated Netscape throbber and its meteors as the page tried to load...forever. Felt so futuristic at first, but after waiting like 20 minutes for the home page to load I got bored and watched Groundhog Day instead.

drfreeware.com
 
2012-07-25 02:47:09 PM  
images.cryhavok.org
 
2012-07-25 03:00:34 PM  
You could get naked pictures of Agent Scully.

i105.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-25 03:09:48 PM  
I used to play Descent co-op with a friend of mine over the modem...it was fun and actually decently fast as our houses were only a couple of miles apart.
 
2012-07-25 03:18:42 PM  
The kid that wrote that article and just STFU. The Internet didn't suck back then, that's just the way it was.
 
2012-07-25 03:24:37 PM  
I remember the 90's. I remember AOL, I remember all that shiat actually.

/I also remember reading porn, like a story.
//I also remember Dial up Diablo.
 
2012-07-25 03:24:43 PM  
Ah, memories. My first online experience was with AOL in 1993 when I was still in high school. I got online with a Mac Performa 405 (all of a 40 MB hard drive on that one) and an external 2400-baud modem. Only had AOL for a couple months. Far too expensive.

Two years later I was out of high school and had my own PC. A Compaq Presario Pentium 75 with a whole 8MB of RAM, 725 MB hard drive, and an internal 14.4 modem. My first ISP was cts.net in San Diego for $30/mo and a whole 30 hours of time! And my own IP address! But there really wasn't much to do on the web then, so I never used that much.
 
2012-07-25 03:37:26 PM  

Skyfrog: I remember hearing the modem dialing out and making a ruckus...


I have that modem music set as my start-up sound file. I fired up one morning with the IT guy in my office and the confused expression on his face was priceless.
 
2012-07-25 03:49:52 PM  
I remember going over to a friends house in the mid 80s to get on the BBSs using his Commodore. Nothing really there but BS, but I thought it was cool. When I got to college in 92 someone told me I should go to the library, log into the mainframe, and get on the internet, you can find everything! Like guitar tabs! And recipes for drugs! All on a greenscreen mainframe terminal connected to dot matrix printers. Later someone showed me Netscape and downloading VGA porn. Party time.
 
2012-07-25 03:50:16 PM  

ltdanman44: StrangeQ: keepitcherry: I got my first computer in 96 when I was 10 years old. A Compaq Presario with a 75mhz processor, 8MB of Ram and a 1 GB hard drive LOL. I remember making cheesy websites on GeoCities and I HATED real player too. Cool it was added to the list. I remember me and my friend would look up softcore Playboy images on Compuserve...that shiat would take like 10 minutes to DL a single pic. He used my printer and printed out a book - I think he still has it somewhere. Funny stuff.

/buffering........

Ohhhhh look at Mr. fancypants!

Got our first one around the same time...25Mhz, 4MB memory and a 200MB compressed drive... Could actually play some games on it after I installed another 4MB of memory, sort of.. It also had this wierd CD-ROM disk drive hybrid where instead of a tray you had to load the disks into special cases that looked like oversized 3.5" disks.


I was 12 in 1986 when I got my first computer. It had 64 kilobytes of memory and a 300 baud modem

[uknet.com image 640x518]

I can still hear the whirrrrrrrring of the hard drive


You rich kids and your fancy Atari computers! ;) "We had it tough" (python sketch)...got TI99/4A after they became $50 after rebate. Wore shoes from Kmart...
 
2012-07-25 04:09:40 PM  
hampsterdance.spacebison.comhampsterdance.spacebison.com
 
2012-07-25 04:47:52 PM  
Well, there were no "STAND WITH SHERIFF JOE" ads in the 1990s, so that was nice.
 
2012-07-25 05:01:06 PM  

StrangeQ: keepitcherry: I got my first computer in 96 when I was 10 years old. A Compaq Presario with a 75mhz processor, 8MB of Ram and a 1 GB hard drive LOL. I remember making cheesy websites on GeoCities and I HATED real player too. Cool it was added to the list. I remember me and my friend would look up softcore Playboy images on Compuserve...that shiat would take like 10 minutes to DL a single pic. He used my printer and printed out a book - I think he still has it somewhere. Funny stuff.

/buffering........

Ohhhhh look at Mr. fancypants!

Got our first one around the same time...25Mhz, 4MB memory and a 200MB compressed drive... Could actually play some games on it after I installed another 4MB of memory, sort of.. It also had this wierd CD-ROM disk drive hybrid where instead of a tray you had to load the disks into special cases that looked like oversized 3.5" disks.


Lol that's crazy to think about nowadays - a 200mb compressed drive. I remember upgrading to 16mb of ram and a 200mhz and being blown away.
 
2012-07-25 05:31:55 PM  
i.ytimg.com
 
2012-07-25 07:47:57 PM  

dittybopper: How's that radio working out for you?


I'm addicted to air traffic control, and I stumbled across about 3 seconds of a numbers station the other night. It's AWESOME.

FloydA: You could get naked pictures of Agent Scully.


Well, you just kicked in some circa 1995 PTSD flashbacks. Please send a valid mailing address for the psychiatry bills.
 
2012-07-25 08:19:04 PM  
Ran a BBS on a TI-99/4a. We had nekkid wimmins and everything. Fark was our idea. We developed it and called it alt.nuke.the.USA on USENET. My lawyers will be visiting shortly to correct this injustice, Mr. Curtis.
 
2012-07-25 09:07:52 PM  
alt.evan.dando.must.die.die.die
 
2012-07-25 11:21:32 PM  
Winmodems

/my blood pressure just spiked remembering those.
 
2012-07-25 11:32:56 PM  
I started on a C64 300 modem with Compuserve. I guess technically that was not the internet.

The internet started on my Amiga. I was an unofficial tech support on Usenet for AmiTCP 4. It had a bug in the installer. I told people how to easily fix it provided they told five others. When it started it would do a "run amitcp" which forked off a process the rest of the stack couldn't see. Remove the run and you were good to go. I eventually made a web page for it. There were numerous posts on Usenet about the install problems but a few months after I started my crusade they mostly went away.

Had to write my own connection scripts.

And aminet still exists.

And my old posts on Usenet are still there. The earliest I could find was 1995-04-30 but there were more before that. I found a FAQ that listed my web page.

/good times
 
2012-07-25 11:48:31 PM  

trotsky: Leave it on allllllllllllllllllll night, man. And pray that your connection doesn't drop.


Good times.

Every now and again people ask me how fast my Internet connection is at home. shiat, man, I don't know. I can download a Linux distro in 10-20 minutes (it's been a while since I did it), and it used to take all night and then some - if the connection didn't drop - so it's fast enough.
 
2012-07-26 01:29:33 AM  

Fano: Door games were far superior to Farmville


LORD or TEOS?

Because we both know it was one of the two Seth Able games.
 
2012-07-26 02:55:13 AM  

Mr_Fabulous: First home computer was a CompuDyne with a 386 processor and 14.4 modem. I was so excited the first time I logged onto Prodigy.


Oh man that takes me back to 1986. First computer was a C-64. 1200 baud modem. Used my television for the monitor. The only site I could go to was a local BBS called the Gyroscope. Good times.
 
2012-07-26 04:34:06 AM  
#2 is still being done to some extent today in the form of videos and ads with sound that start playing when the page loads without the user telling it to.
 
2012-07-26 07:21:59 AM  
Gods the internet farking rocked in the 90s. How can anyone who was there think it did not.
 
2012-07-26 07:41:32 AM  

Gonz: dittybopper: How's that radio working out for you?

I'm addicted to air traffic control, and I stumbled across about 3 seconds of a numbers station the other night. It's AWESOME.


Here is a website you might like:

HF Underground

It's a wiki-type page that has information on all kinds of stuff like numbers stations. Here is their page on numbers stations. You probably heard V2, out of Cuba. Was it in Spanish?
 
2012-07-26 03:38:22 PM  
Sucked most when i was playing starcraft and someone PICKED UP THE PHONE!!!!
 
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