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2012-10-03 01:54:16 PM

Vegan Meat Popsicle: [www.blogcdn.com image 850x542]

/ I had ISDN, biatches


I had bonded ISDN.
 
2012-10-03 01:55:53 PM
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2012-10-03 01:55:55 PM
In 1998, token ring looked like it might work.
 
2012-10-03 01:56:04 PM

Pud: [t2.gstatic.com image 379x280] 

This was eating my life back then


no it wasn't. diablo 2 wasn't released until 2000. diablo came out in '96 though so you were probably playing that.
 
2012-10-03 01:56:11 PM

Vegan Meat Popsicle: [www.blogcdn.com image 850x542]

/ I had ISDN, biatches


man the AI sucked on that game and my S3 Trio 16MB could not keep up

How many times did my team mates have to get stuck in a damn door
 
2012-10-03 01:56:11 PM
1998. Hrm... Duke Nukem 3d deathmatches in the computer lab at school, playing lots of online text-based Mu*s and chatting online... OOH, and lots of Civ and Sim City.
 
2012-10-03 01:57:07 PM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: dahmers love zombie: 1998. My first cable modem. Which, incidentally, downloaded at a faster speed than this FARKING SUPPOSEDLY 4G PHONE AAGGHH...

You have access to the sum total of all human knowledge literally in the palm of your hand, and you can access it from virtually anywhere on the planet, day or night, and you're complaining that it's not fast enough for you? Jesus Christ! You're living in Star Trek and you don't even have to say "Computer..." before every command! It's goddamn amazing!


Meh...
 
2012-10-03 01:57:21 PM
Reminds me of this...

Unaired 24 Pilot
 
2012-10-03 01:57:29 PM
Would it be that hard to write an article like this about stuff that people actually used in 1998? Apparently.
 
2012-10-03 01:57:30 PM
I think X-Wing vs Tie fighter and Rainbow Six were my go-to games in '98. And, I wasn't too far off in ditching AOL when I got DSL in Jan '99. Pron was gotten via automated newsgroup downloads and every morning I'd have a new batch waiting. But, the SCSI error in burning CDs really hits home, can't tell you how many $20 coasters I made
 
2012-10-03 01:57:38 PM
I was probably hitting on Violet the Barmaid before heading out to the killing fields in LORD.
 
2012-10-03 01:58:58 PM
When I think of AOL, I think more of the 1994-1995 timeframe.  By '96 or so I had a real ISP (Netcom).
 
I would occasionally go on AOL for chatting still, you could actually meet real cool chicks.  Before it went all pervy.
 
2012-10-03 01:59:25 PM

unlikely: I mean I'm pretty sure 1998 was Ultima 8 territory


Try 1994... It took all my Packard Bell could do in order to run that game, but eating the mushrooms to have the screen go psychedelic was totally worth it.
 
2012-10-03 01:59:52 PM
Ah 98...I had dual-ISDN at my apartment (128kbits total) in Silicon Valley and I think a T1 at work. The cablemodem service @home was just getting going and was not widely deployed. DSL was starting to make an impact. LAN parties still abounded at that point. Thanks to posters above for reminding what games were hot at the time, I certainly played a lot of Diablo I and Half Life was just amazing at the time.

I'm with the other commentors, I don't think Kazaa was there yet but Napster may? have been around. It's all fuzzy now.

I had an account at Netcom (was one of their very early users in the early 90s, good old Bob Reiger's ISP) which was a basic unix shell account. Though I had probably moved to BEST internet by then, where some friends worked. Did plenty of usenet, IRC and web stuff.

No one who knew any better had AOL, though in 1986 I did have a QuantumLink account before moving to local BBS's. QM was a predecessor for AOL made for Commodore users, and AOL was started as a PC/Apple version by the same company, Quantum Computer Services in Vienna Virginia. This was long before their spectacular rise and fall as the always pilloried bottom-end semi-walled-garden ISP for grandmas. 

Most of the jokes featured in the link were experienced many years before, being bumped off dialup by call waiting or someone picking up the phone. And of course Oregon Trail is very anachronistic for 1998, as we were playing it in 1982 on TRS-80s (Trash-80!) and Apple II's in the classroom.
 
2012-10-03 01:59:55 PM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: dahmers love zombie: 1998. My first cable modem. Which, incidentally, downloaded at a faster speed than this FARKING SUPPOSEDLY 4G PHONE AAGGHH...

You have access to the sum total of all human knowledge literally in the palm of your hand, and you can access it from virtually anywhere on the planet, day or night, and you're complaining that it's not fast enough for you? Jesus Christ! You're living in Star Trek and you don't even have to say "Computer..." before every command! It's goddamn amazing!


You're ripping off somebody there...can't freaking put my finger on it though. Louis CK?
 
2012-10-03 02:00:58 PM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: dahmers love zombie: 1998. My first cable modem. Which, incidentally, downloaded at a faster speed than this FARKING SUPPOSEDLY 4G PHONE AAGGHH...

You have access to the sum total of all human knowledge literally in the palm of your hand, and you can access it from virtually anywhere on the planet, day or night, and you're complaining that it's not fast enough for you? Jesus Christ! You're living in Star Trek and you don't even have to say "Computer..." before every command! It's goddamn amazing!


I'm sick of people paraphrasing Louie's Everything is Amazing! and no ones happy argument.

If we all just accepted the status quo and went this is awesome! We would have no incentive to innovate and improve. Also, doesn't matter how fast a form of transport is if I have to be shoved in it cattle car style.
 
2012-10-03 02:01:30 PM
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Tandy's MOST.POWERFUL.COMPUTER.EVAR! 

1989 is when things were bad in the computing world. (Note the: Monitor and Mouse not included)
 
2012-10-03 02:02:11 PM
my favorite part was the ubuntu error message....
 
2012-10-03 02:02:21 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: dahmers love zombie: 1998. My first cable modem. Which, incidentally, downloaded at a faster speed than this FARKING SUPPOSEDLY 4G PHONE AAGGHH...

You have access to the sum total of all human knowledge literally in the palm of your hand, and you can access it from virtually anywhere on the planet, day or night, and you're complaining that it's not fast enough for you? Jesus Christ! You're living in Star Trek and you don't even have to say "Computer..." before every command! It's goddamn amazing!

You're ripping off somebody there...can't freaking put my finger on it though. Louis CK?


XKCD has had a few cartoons to similar effect.
 
2012-10-03 02:02:22 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: dahmers love zombie: 1998. My first cable modem. Which, incidentally, downloaded at a faster speed than this FARKING SUPPOSEDLY 4G PHONE AAGGHH...

You have access to the sum total of all human knowledge literally in the palm of your hand, and you can access it from virtually anywhere on the planet, day or night, and you're complaining that it's not fast enough for you? Jesus Christ! You're living in Star Trek and you don't even have to say "Computer..." before every command! It's goddamn amazing!

You're ripping off somebody there...can't freaking put my finger on it though. Louis CK?


It's Louis when he was on Conan.
 
2012-10-03 02:02:39 PM

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: whistleridge: Actually, Kazaa didn't exist then (or if it did, no one I knew was aware of it. I mean, Napster hadn't even come out yet!).

There was *some* sort of music P2P going on, because I distinctly remember downloading music in my dorm room using some interface like that, fall semester of 97.


Anonymous ftp, and I think audiogalaxy was around.

\I still miss audiogalaxy.
 
2012-10-03 02:03:27 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: sethen320: I was partial to Renegade.

WWIV was the big platform in the greater Wichita Falls metropolitan area in the early 90s but there was one Renegade board if I recall.


I used to run.the aoftware update board for the company I was interning at. I used Renegade ao cuatomers could download the updates.

There may or may not have been a seperate file area for people with "special" access.
 
2012-10-03 02:03:59 PM
Then mom gets a bill for $175 from AOL. Good times, good times
 
2012-10-03 02:04:42 PM

harlock: QuantumLink


Still have some Q-Link 5.25's and my GEOS 64 disks somewhere around here. Still have at least one modem laying around too.

Those were the days.
 
2012-10-03 02:05:13 PM
I was still playing The Realm (Official Site) back in 98, though I'd switched to Asheron's Call (Official Site) the next year. I can't believe both those games are even still open these days, especially AC considering AC2 failed so miserably.
 
2012-10-03 02:05:42 PM

zipdog: I was probably hitting on Violet the Barmaid before heading out to the killing fields in LORD.


How often did you get slapped?
 
2012-10-03 02:05:50 PM
imageshack.us
 
2012-10-03 02:06:31 PM

UberDave: Here's what 1998 looked like:

[s9.postimage.org image 425x353] 



Red Alert 2 didn't come out until 2000. This is what 1998 looked like on my computer:

3.bp.blogspot.com

one year later:

i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-03 02:06:49 PM

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I remember fighting with fossil drivers...holy cow its been forever since I've heard that term.

I think it was X00 (?) which came along and it just worked.
 
2012-10-03 02:08:48 PM
It's funny reading 'articles' written by someone who clearly wasn't around/involved at the time.

/Simuntronics was consuming my life in '97-98
 
2012-10-03 02:09:45 PM

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Someone was running Renegade in 2009??
 
2012-10-03 02:09:50 PM
Dammit.

*Simutronics
 
2012-10-03 02:09:53 PM
Well, if you're listening to Linkin Park, then of course you're gonna have a crappy night.
 
2012-10-03 02:10:17 PM
The bluescreen is from a Windows NT variant.
The version in 1998 was NT4.
NT4 didn't have the "F8 for safemode" option.

Also, the timestamp - 36b072a8 - is Thu Jan 28 1999
 
2012-10-03 02:10:40 PM

styckx: MrJesus: [www.mathewmullen.com image 500x329]

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Someone was running Renegade in 2009??


LORD.
 
2012-10-03 02:11:12 PM
we got our first computer in Christmas 1997.... In 1998 I was playing things like duke nukem 3d, star trek starfleet command, and 3D helicopter flight simulators.... Porn took a while to download, but it usually finished... we also got a dedicated internet phone line...

Windows 95
200mhz amd k6
16 megs of ram
a HDD a few gigs in size
a blazing 33.6k modem
and a fancy ass CD-ROM

I broke that computer so often that I eventually learned how to fix it, and we have never had to buy a store bought computer or call tech support since...
 
2012-10-03 02:11:36 PM
I was not expecting AOL. I was expecting Dharma & Greg and Suddenly Susan.
 
2012-10-03 02:12:33 PM

Fark Rye For Many Whores: [imageshack.us image 654x388]


and being reminded, even as a teenager, I did not have the foulest imagination on the planet.

and

imageshack.us
 
2012-10-03 02:12:35 PM
ManRay: 1998...In retrospect it was a good time for me. I was 25, and although I make more money now my living expenses were at historical lows. I had no GF or other responsibilities so most of my paycheck went towards wine, women, and song. It was pretty awesome now that I look back on it.

Wow, we are the same age, and I too share memories similar to yours. I rented a house for $250 a month, had a band, played and partied every weekend. Crazy times indeed, being 25 was the best.
 
2012-10-03 02:13:15 PM
Also, 1999 was the peak era for the Voodoo graphics cards from 3DFX. Getting those to work properly was sometimes fun. The 2D card was daisy chained through the voodoo card via SVGA, and would swtich over when you started a supported game.

The graphics accelleration was quite revolutionary at the time and allowed for a great increase in graphics quality for FPS games such as Unreal and Unreal Tournament.

The single player Unreal was one of the first games to take advantage of the card in a very big way and had the beautifully lit environments which we now take for granted.
 
2012-10-03 02:13:32 PM
1998 was good. The summer I spent at University of California writing my Master's Thesis. I didn't have my own computer in the room I sub-leased from another grad student, but we had the most biatching systems in the lab. An SGI O2 on every desk, and an SGI Onyx2 with four R10K CPUs and two Infinite Reality 2 engines driving our virtual reality workbench. Because everyone was spending all their time in the lab (this wasn't a public lab, but private desks and cubicles) there was a lot of LAN gaming going on. Initially slot cars on the O2s, then we found SGI's 3D tank battle game, which was a graphically-spiffed up version of battlezone, and towards the end we played a metric asston of Quake. Quake was still big in the general population at the time, but because we had graphics workstations with hardware-accelerated 3D graphics and a direct connection to the Internet, much ownage was had whenever we went on a public server. There was one particular server running at Stanford that gave us like 20ms ping, and most everybody else had upwards of 150. Total curb-stomp battle.
 
2012-10-03 02:15:02 PM

ScotterOtter: But, the SCSI error in burning CDs really hits home, can't tell you how many $20 coasters I made


Yeah, it wasn't the time or anything. It was that one CD-R cost a lot of money. There's still a pack we float around the office here, a unopened 5-pack from '99 or so, with a $39.99 price tag.

Of course, he missed the real media memory of 1998-99. Zip disk goes 'click', 'click', 'click'. OMGWTFBBQ!!!
 
2012-10-03 02:15:04 PM
I was a freshman that year. Cool times, man. Cool times. I can't believe it's already been fourteen years.

And yeah, we had AOL back then. But it was less of the issue with someone picking up the phone, and more of having the local PoP number ringing up as being busy for hours at a time. That always prompted me to throw a huge "FFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU~!!"
 
2012-10-03 02:15:26 PM
1998 was when I bought my Playstation. Everything else is just a blur. AOL was still pretty widely used. I remember that much.
 
2012-10-03 02:16:44 PM
The bluscreen isn't right. In 1998 a home user would likely be running either Win 95 or Win98. The blue screens for those operating systems had a message about pressing ctrl-alt-delete to reboot. This one doesn't. I believe that is a WinXP bluescreen but I am not sure.
 
2012-10-03 02:16:44 PM

Maul555: I broke that computer so often that I eventually learned how to fix it, and we have never had to buy a store bought computer or call tech support since...


yep, this is how I learned as well
First Windows system (~96) was a:
Pentium-S 133 with turbo button!
4gb HD
36K modem
4MB video card I think
Win 95
2nd was in the same case:
K6-2 500 MHZ no turbo button :-(
S3 video card
40GB
Win98se (ya USB support)
 
2012-10-03 02:16:50 PM

Doc Ok: 1998 was good. The summer I spent at University of California writing my Master's Thesis. I didn't have my own computer in the room I sub-leased from another grad student, but we had the most biatching systems in the lab. An SGI O2 on every desk, and an SGI Onyx2 with four R10K CPUs and two Infinite Reality 2 engines driving our virtual reality workbench. Because everyone was spending all their time in the lab (this wasn't a public lab, but private desks and cubicles) there was a lot of LAN gaming going on. Initially slot cars on the O2s, then we found SGI's 3D tank battle game, which was a graphically-spiffed up version of battlezone, and towards the end we played a metric asston of Quake. Quake was still big in the general population at the time, but because we had graphics workstations with hardware-accelerated 3D graphics and a direct connection to the Internet, much ownage was had whenever we went on a public server. There was one particular server running at Stanford that gave us like 20ms ping, and most everybody else had upwards of 150. Total curb-stomp battle.


I played quake in the SGI labs at Stanford thanks to a friend who was doing a CS major there. At the time Larry and Sergy were students and sometimes part of that group. I don't know that I ever met them though.
 
2012-10-03 02:17:04 PM
1998. My college roommate got busted whacking it to porn in the computer lab in our dorm. Good times.
 
2012-10-03 02:17:55 PM

Doc Ok: An SGI O2 on every desk, and an SGI Onyx2 with four R10K CPUs and two Infinite Reality 2 engines driving our virtual reality workbench.


Hah...silly con graphix. We had those at work (Mechanical design engineer) running Pro Engineer. Started on an Indy in 1994, by 1998 we had O2s and Onyx boxes all over the place.
 
2012-10-03 02:19:50 PM

PC LOAD LETTER: I had bonded ISDN.


You were the guy in the lobby with the 150ms ping time who went on to pistol me to death on the map, weren't you?
 
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