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2012-10-03 09:52:02 AM
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!).

Also, no one wanted anything to do with any Apple product back then, because 1) they were heinously overpriced and 2) they sucked balls for doing anything worthwhile.

As I recall, 1998 was endless LAN games of Quake II if you were lucky and had friends who could LAN with you, and endless games of Phatasmagoria or Doom II, if you were alone/your computer was too slow for Quake. Then Starcraft came out, everyone upgraded their computers, and no one in my dorm went to class for about 2 weeks straight.
 
2012-10-03 09:55:31 AM
i1123.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-03 09:56:11 AM
1998 for me was losing my virginity to a bisexual stripper, having a high paying job in software engineering and our biggest national problem was our President getting a blowjob. It all went down from there.
 
Pud [TotalFark]
2012-10-03 09:59:19 AM
t2.gstatic.com 

This was eating my life back then
 
2012-10-03 10:01:26 AM
I was in the datacenter making some of this sh*t run for you imbeciles.

You're welcome.
 
2012-10-03 10:02:18 AM
Ugh, high school.
 
2012-10-03 10:04:10 AM
1998. My first cable modem. Which, incidentally, downloaded at a faster speed than this FARKING SUPPOSEDLY 4G PHONE AAGGHH...
I'm better now. Anyway, the thrill of checking out eBay for the latest Beanie Baby deals, the discovery of things called "binaries" on Usenet (OK, so that was a few years earlier -- the cable modem simply made them usable). Budget surpluses, no significant wars, the internet bubble, yeah, it was a pretty interesting time.
 
2012-10-03 10:04:19 AM
I graduated high school in 98.
 
2012-10-03 10:07:10 AM

Generation_D: I was in the datacenter making some of this sh*t run for you imbeciles.

You're welcome.


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-03 10:08:16 AM

Mugato: 1998 for me was losing my virginity to a bisexual stripper


I hope you tipped him well.
 
2012-10-03 10:15:05 AM
Ahh.....Such vivid memories of dial up service.
 
2012-10-03 10:21:00 AM

Dogberry: Mugato: 1998 for me was losing my virginity to a bisexual stripper

I hope you tipped him well.


I hope so. He said it paid for your dental work.
 
2012-10-03 10:40:27 AM
30.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-10-03 10:54:48 AM
Was anyone still playing Oregon Trail in 1998?
 
2012-10-03 10:56:46 AM
I mean I'm pretty sure 1998 was Ultima 8 territory
 
2012-10-03 11:03:52 AM
that was a bit too close to my actual evenings in 1998 for comfort.
 
2012-10-03 11:07:01 AM
Let see, I was doing the Satanic goth thing. I was in the Church of Satan AOL chatroom and IRC channel. Netscape was cool. Civ2 was great. High school sucked. A pornographic picture took a bit to load, but we had the Starr Report.
 
2012-10-03 11:20:08 AM
Here's what 1998 looked like:

s9.postimage.org 

and...

s12.postimage.org

and....

s7.postimage.org

and...

s13.postimage.org
 
2012-10-03 11:57:49 AM
It usually started like this:

www.chud.com
 
2012-10-03 12:04:05 PM

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.
 
2012-10-03 12:18:45 PM

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: 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.


I thought I remembered someone in the dorms around the '97-'98 time frame having a P2P program, but maybe I'm not remembering it correctly.

Peer-to-peer file sharing began in 1999 with the introduction of Napster

Anyway, there was anonymous FTP at the time.
 
2012-10-03 12:29:29 PM

impaler: Anyway, there was anonymous FTP at the time.



Yep.  Warez chat rooms in IRC, also ones that distributed mp3s.  Total wild west.  I'm sure porn via FTP too... but I was one of the first to get a cable modem (we were a test market)... so normal porn sites worked for me without the buffering...  buffering...  buffering...  
 
2012-10-03 12:49:20 PM
Sounds like the author hates his mommy.

impaler: Anyway, there was anonymous FTP at the time.


and NNTP
 
2012-10-03 12:59:06 PM
Depending on which half of 1998 it was, I was a junior or senior in HS. My family still had AOL dialup internet. You were cool if you had a pager. (I didn't.) Cell phones weren't really widespread yet. My family got a DVD player that year that was marked down from its regular $400 price because it was the display model.
 
2012-10-03 01:09:42 PM

impaler: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: 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.

I thought I remembered someone in the dorms around the '97-'98 time frame having a P2P program, but maybe I'm not remembering it correctly.

Peer-to-peer file sharing began in 1999 with the introduction of Napster

Anyway, there was anonymous FTP at the time.


Well, and IRC bots, etc.

But I have a very firm memory of sitting in a particular place in our shared geeky dorm room and a friend showing me how to use a P2P app to download Motley Crue songs (64k).

Thing is, I was not in that dorm room, nor was that friend still in college, in 99.
 
2012-10-03 01:10:42 PM
1998 was when I was discharged from the military under DADT.

I WIN
 
2012-10-03 01:38:06 PM

impaler:

Anyway, there was anonymous FTP at the time.




f**k_the_deleter!!.txt
thanks_alot_moron_deleter.lzh
stop_leeching_and_upload_something_already!!!!!!.z
this_place_is_dead.lz
where_r_the_filz.lzh
 
2012-10-03 01:38:11 PM
I was high every single day in 1998. I don't think I woke up in the same bed twice in a row the entire summer.

Best.summer.ever.
 
2012-10-03 01:40:51 PM

Dancin_In_Anson:


I was partial to Renegade.
 
2012-10-03 01:42:38 PM
I can't remember if it was 98 or 99, but I was playing Ultima Online about that time. Then Everquest came out and blew my mind. We also never used AOL. We had some local ISP that we connected to.
Other than that and not using Kazaa till the next decade, pretty accurate.
 
2012-10-03 01:42:50 PM

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!
 
2012-10-03 01:43:25 PM
In some ways TFA is confusing 1998 with 1988.


1984: img.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-03 01:43:58 PM
Renegade was for folks who were afraid of Maximus. SQUISH IN OUT SQUASH.

Also I scrolled down well into the "comments" section before I realized this was a part of the web page as it exists today and not another example of the horrible horrible dark days of the internet.

/Thank you Jef for many months.
 
2012-10-03 01:44:00 PM
Who's grandmother is that in the unfinished porn photo?
 
2012-10-03 01:45:24 PM

sethen320: Dancin_In_Anson:

I was partial to Renegade.


He was a cop, and good at his job...

Oh, wait, you mean the other thing?
 
2012-10-03 01:45:35 PM
Good times....
 
2012-10-03 01:45:37 PM
I don't recall ever having that issue with Encarta.
 
2012-10-03 01:45:57 PM
Went off the rails a bit at the music downloading part. In '98 he'd have been using Napster, and Linkin Park wasn't around to suck yet.
 
2012-10-03 01:47:17 PM
And today, "poor" people have broadband at home and at least 3G on their cellphones.

Cry us a river.
 
2012-10-03 01:48:08 PM
Could have been worse. The user could have been using:

stepsandleaps.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-03 01:48:57 PM

If you got this in 1998:

s3-ec.buzzfed.com


a GNOME(1999) pop up on Ubuntu(2004)

www.pakkotoisto.com
 
2012-10-03 01:49:04 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Went off the rails a bit at the music downloading part. In '98 he'd have been using Napster, and Linkin Park wasn't around to suck yet.


Hmmm...I was a year too soon there on Napster. But Kazaa sure as hell wasn't around either.
 
2012-10-03 01:49:16 PM

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.
 
2012-10-03 01:49:55 PM
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.
 
2012-10-03 01:49:55 PM

Mugato: 1998 for me was losing my virginity to a bisexual stripper, having a high paying job in software engineering and our biggest national problem was our President lying to a federal grand jury about getting a blowjob. It all went down from there.


FTFY
 
2012-10-03 01:51:19 PM
www.blogcdn.com

/ I had ISDN, biatches
 
2012-10-03 01:51:29 PM

Agent Smiths Laugh: Could have been worse. The user could have been using:

[stepsandleaps.files.wordpress.com image 800x600]


Oddly, that's not much worse than the crappy skeuomorphism Apple's inexplicably been putting into their app designs lately.
 
2012-10-03 01:53:05 PM
My eBay account is from 1998.

I remember buying a Sony VAIO 505 and one of those little Canon portable printers in '98.

Had either DSL or Cable internet by then. Had a cell phone through Houston Cellular.

1998 really wasn't that bad.. everything was taking off toward 1999/2000 iBubble.

As for 1991, well.. THAT is something else entirely.
 
2012-10-03 01:53:10 PM
Oh, how I miss you, 1998. Single best year of my life. 1999 was pretty good too, but it was all downhill from there.
 
2012-10-03 01:54:14 PM
1998, I think I had cable internet, I bought a Gateway system for $1500. Downloaded countless music from Napster when it was cool, I still have some of the porn I downloaded back then. Spending an hour just to get a fat girl to undress in chat rooms, then immediatly closing them out and blocking them. Was Countersrike at that time? I did a tag hack, so many people were complaining because I used a naked grandma and tagged every wall I could all the time, some people started to get sick from seeing it so much. Feels like another lifetime ago.
 
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
www.mathewmullen.com

+

www.bier028.nl

=

internet.
 
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
img.izismile.com

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

MrJesus: +



=

internet.


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

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

+

[www.bier028.nl image 631x298]

=

internet.


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]

+

[www.bier028.nl image 631x298]

=

internet.

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?
 
2012-10-03 02:20:01 PM

Curry and beer: 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


I believe that this is a NT4 bluescreen. It's hard to find a good source that details all the different bluescreens.
technet.microsoft.com
 
2012-10-03 02:20:58 PM
Lawnchair:
Of course, he missed the real media memory of 1998-99. Zip disk goes 'click', 'click', 'click'. OMGWTFBBQ!!!


Ugh, yea. ZIP disks were always sketchy at best, though I think they got better towards the end.

The predecessor to ZIP disks were Syquest drives. They were fairly reliable if you took care with everything. I had one on my Amiga at one time. it was a cartridge hard drive with the platter in the enclosed cartridge, 5.25".
 
2012-10-03 02:23:06 PM

harlock: Lawnchair:
Of course, he missed the real media memory of 1998-99. Zip disk goes 'click', 'click', 'click'. OMGWTFBBQ!!!

Ugh, yea. ZIP disks were always sketchy at best, though I think they got better towards the end.

The predecessor to ZIP disks were Syquest drives. They were fairly reliable if you took care with everything. I had one on my Amiga at one time. it was a cartridge hard drive with the platter in the enclosed cartridge, 5.25".


Ever heard Futuristic Sex Robots' "Back in the Day"?

Your post reminded me of it.
 
2012-10-03 02:24:43 PM
I miss 1998.

Being 15 years old, it seemed every girl I ran into on AOL was a cheerleader. Man, there must've been a lot of sports teams back then
 
2012-10-03 02:26:25 PM

Chuck Wagon: I believe that this is a NT4 bluescreen.


It is. Build 1381 is NT4.
 
2012-10-03 02:26:36 PM
My 1998 mostly consisted of playing Final Fantasy 3 (and a few other ROMs) on ZSNES. Oddly enough, I'm listening to the sound track from that game right now at work. Highly recommended.

My Pentium 2 333mhz with a 3DFX Voodoo 3500 video card and 64MB of RAM was insane ($$$$) at the time, but I still enjoyed emulated games more than anything modern. That machine actually lasted me six years before I upgraded.
 
2012-10-03 02:26:39 PM

harlock: 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.


It's totally possible that I kicked your ass at Quake, then. Just kidding; I was actually pretty bad on a fair playing field.

Yes, I forgot, I think it was in 1998 as well that I discovered the Google beta that was running locally on some Stanford server. But it might also have been 1999, not sure.
 
2012-10-03 02:26:59 PM

harlock: 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.


There are folks still playing with the those Link
 
2012-10-03 02:28:20 PM
You didn't have cable internet in 1998? lol
 
2012-10-03 02:28:35 PM
Let's see.... 1998 I think I was playing:

t0.gstatic.com

Slaughter these villagers? Archers, HO!

t1.gstatic.com

You encounter a dragon! You are slain!

t1.gstatic.com

and of course:

t2.gstatic.com

finally I always played this no matter how old:

t1.gstatic.com

Because cutting people down with a chainsaw mounted on the front of your taxi cab never got old.
 
2012-10-03 02:29:00 PM

PallMall: [img.izismile.com image 470x600]

Tandy's MOST.POWERFUL.COMPUTER.EVAR! 

1989 is when things were bad in the computing world. (Note the: Monitor and Mouse not included)


The really sad part is that this was also around $8500 in 1989:

cdn.hondanews.com

The last laptop I bough cost me $250, and it was pretty decently outfitted (a Sandy bridge based Celeron, 15.6" screen, 4 GB of RAM, and a 320 GB hard drive). It boggles my mind that people used to buy a computer that cost as much as a new car and was hopelessly outdated within 5 years.
 
2012-10-03 02:29:45 PM

H31N0US: 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.


I loved my little O2 back then (its name was durango), and the Onyx was all kinds of awesome. My O2 had 128MB of RAM, and the Onyx had 512! I even had a section with O2-praising haiku on my web site back then.
 
2012-10-03 02:30:47 PM
1998 ... minor amphetamine psychosis and the death of a lover. Think I'll skip the nostalgia for that year.
 
2012-10-03 02:30:58 PM
In 1998, I went from dialup PPP to whatever pipe my alma mater used in the first-year residence at the time. I played a lot of Quake II, spent far too much time on Usenet and IRC, and tried Linux for the first time (Mandrake 5.2, IIRC), while going out, getting drunk once I reached drinking age, and sometime early in '99 getting laid and trying other fun substances.

If only I knew where things would go from there...
 
2012-10-03 02:31:01 PM
I was in my 3rd year working for "IT" by then.
 
2012-10-03 02:32:53 PM
In 1998 I had a cable modem and my evenings when my girlfriend wasn't spending the night were taking up with upload.wikimedia.org and upload.wikimedia.org I was extremely good always scoring in the top five of every game.
 
2012-10-03 02:34:36 PM

Zeno-25: 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:



Damn...I probably grabbed the wrong screen. Hell, I was still playing C&C (first) in '98. Don't patch it with the update or you won't be able to sandbag-in your base. :)

Speaking those games, I had a lot of fun with Dune 2000 as well. Loved the holo-tanks.
 
2012-10-03 02:34:38 PM
Great times, UT and Quake on PC, and Dune and Gran Turismo on PlayStation. Driving around didn't cost a fortune. And I looked a lot like James Van Der Beek back then
 
2012-10-03 02:36:13 PM
Jesus.

The internet was a little more exciting than AOL and Oregon Trail in 1998, FTA.
 
2012-10-03 02:37:26 PM

Generation_D: I was in the datacenter making some of this sh*t run for you imbeciles.

You're welcome.


Seeing as in 1998 I was 15 and had just gotten my first computer that had a modem:

Thank you. For real. People like yourself made the hell of high school bearable for nerdy chicks like me.
 
2012-10-03 02:37:38 PM
I was busy teaching myself HTML from the big orange book and building my sweet "WELCOME TO MY WORLD!" homepage on Geocities. I had a busy background, animated GIFs, embedded .wav files...and curiously, no real content. It was awesome. Then I learned how to use PSP and made my own mouseovers in javascript. That was when my web design skillz really peaked. Seriously, they have not improved since.
 
2012-10-03 02:37:41 PM

Demetrius: Generation_D: I was in the datacenter making some of this sh*t run for you imbeciles.

You're welcome.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]


*sigh* MOVE!
 
2012-10-03 02:37:49 PM
In 1998 I was in some weird space chatroom and actually met a girl who lived the next town over (fairly rare to randomly find people, let alone cute girls from your town on AOL). Ended up losing my virginity to her a few years later when we ended up at the same high school.

Played a lot of doom, command and conquer, and N64.
 
2012-10-03 02:38:11 PM
I literally printed out the entire source code for Quake and read it at work when it was slow.
 
2012-10-03 02:39:49 PM

Doc Ok: harlock:

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.

It's totally possible that I kicked your ass at Quake, then. Just kidding; I was actually pretty bad on a fair playing field.

Yes, I forgot, I think it was in 1998 as well that I discovered the Google beta that was running locally on some Stanford server. But it might also have been 1999, not sure.


Haha, actually I wasn't very good either because I didn't play often enough. I had a couple of friends who were AMAZING and just blew me out of the water, but it was good to learn from them. I remember that in the labs was the first time I experienced mouselook, and had to get used to that all over again.
 
2012-10-03 02:40:21 PM

Mad_Radhu: The really sad part is that this was also around $8500 in 1989:

[cdn.hondanews.com image 500x326]

The last laptop I bough cost me $250, and it was pretty decently outfitted (a Sandy bridge based Celeron, 15.6" screen, 4 GB of RAM, and a 320 GB hard drive). It boggles my mind that people used to buy a computer that cost as much as a new car and was hopelessly outdated within 5 years.


What's nuts is that I believe you could buy that thing at RADIO SHACK!!!
 
2012-10-03 02:41:20 PM
I was 20 and going to community college in Eugene, Oregon. No computer at all so my crappy evenings consisted of me getting stoned and/or drunk at my buddy's house where we all played Golden Eye on his N64.

/RCP90s and Proximity Mines
 
2012-10-03 02:41:30 PM

Gothnet: 1998 ... minor amphetamine psychosis and the death of a lover. Think I'll skip the nostalgia for that year.


[debbie_downer.jpg]
 
2012-10-03 02:41:36 PM
home.comcast.net
 
Pud [TotalFark]
2012-10-03 02:42:32 PM

enderthexenocide: 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.


It looks like you're right. I was thinking that Diablo II came out earlier than that. Either way, they both were a life drain for me.
 
2012-10-03 02:42:33 PM
s3-ec.buzzfed.com

This most definately did not happen in 1998
 
2012-10-03 02:43:58 PM

PallMall: Mad_Radhu: The really sad part is that this was also around $8500 in 1989:

[cdn.hondanews.com image 500x326]

The last laptop I bough cost me $250, and it was pretty decently outfitted (a Sandy bridge based Celeron, 15.6" screen, 4 GB of RAM, and a 320 GB hard drive). It boggles my mind that people used to buy a computer that cost as much as a new car and was hopelessly outdated within 5 years.

What's nuts is that I believe you could buy that thing at RADIO SHACK!!!


My dad paid somewhere between $2k and $5k for a PC/XT in 1982 and took several years to pay it off. besides programming in basic, the most fun I had with it was playing a game called Sentinel Worlds. It was an EGA game and very well done for the time. Linky
 
2012-10-03 02:44:23 PM
Oh, fond memories of 1998. I was playing:

www.technopat.net

and

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-03 02:44:31 PM

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!).

Also, no one wanted anything to do with any Apple product back then, because 1) they were heinously overpriced and 2) they sucked balls for doing anything worthwhile.

As I recall, 1998 was endless LAN games of Quake II if you were lucky and had friends who could LAN with you, and endless games of Phatasmagoria or Doom II, if you were alone/your computer was too slow for Quake. Then Starcraft came out, everyone upgraded their computers, and no one in my dorm went to class for about 2 weeks straight.


In 1998 I used telnet for music. Kazaa when it came out was awesome comparatively speaking. On a 56k modem a song didn't take 2.5 hrs. 20-30 mins maybe...back then I guess that was something. Porn loaded ok provided it was jpg. I did play a lot of starcraft via LAN. IIRC it played fairly well via the old battlenet even on 56k dial up, you just had to find a game with good latency. Maybe it did suck as bad as the guy in the article said and I'm just looking at it through rose colored glasses. I had just graduated college a year before and my first apartment with no roommates at that point so I didn't have to worry about mom picking up the phone or walking in on me surfing the pron.
 
2012-10-03 02:45:08 PM

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!).

Also, no one wanted anything to do with any Apple product back then, because 1) they were heinously overpriced and 2) they sucked balls for doing anything worthwhile.

As I recall, 1998 was endless LAN games of Quake II if you were lucky and had friends who could LAN with you, and endless games of Phatasmagoria or Doom II, if you were alone/your computer was too slow for Quake. Then Starcraft came out, everyone upgraded their computers, and no one in my dorm went to class for about 2 weeks straight.


Completely and exactly THIS. It was my freshman year....ahh memories.
 
2012-10-03 02:45:12 PM
I was 21 in 1998, this is what most evenings consisted of.

thebeergearstore.com
 
2012-10-03 02:45:59 PM
i.ytimg.com
 
2012-10-03 02:46:24 PM

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


That steaming pile of dogshiat came out in 95 or 96. Isometric jump puzzles. Whoever dreamed that up deserves a kiek in der kok.

'98 for me - searching through the public folders of other students on the network looking for cool mp3s or realplayer files of South Park. Saving up money for a DVD player.
 
2012-10-03 02:46:58 PM
Hmmm, 1998... I was too cheap to pay for internet, was willing to put up with crappy NetZero ads to get it for free.
 
2012-10-03 02:46:59 PM
Heh.

I had ISDN in '98, NEVER had AOL.



And I've had Macs since '91, Apple II before that. I only had to deal with fixing BSOD on other peoples' garbage PCs. Anybody with half a brain had a Mac then, because they WORKED, unlike M$ garbage.
 
2012-10-03 02:47:23 PM

Zeno-25: 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 image 540x322]

one year later:

[i.imgur.com image 700x525]


Holy crap that's a lot of Tiberium defense....maybe that's why I was never too good at RTS games...
 
2012-10-03 02:48:01 PM

stuhayes2010: [s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 625x400]

This most definately did not happen in 1998


I guess you never had the displeasure of using the first edition of Windows 98 or Windows 95 (which was in widespread use at that time.)

Thankfully, I knew how to carefully choose my hardware, set my jumpers, and also knew how to properly write my config.sys and autoexec.bat files, and on top of that knew which driver types to not mix, since it caused IRQ or DMA conflicts.

16 years old and knew more than most. Now I'm 30 and most 16 year olds know more than me, except when it comes to that now-obscure stuff.
 
2012-10-03 02:48:08 PM
t1.gstatic.com
 
2012-10-03 02:48:50 PM

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

That steaming pile of dogshiat came out in 95 or 96. Isometric jump puzzles. Whoever dreamed that up deserves a kiek in der kok.

'98 for me - searching through the public folders of other students on the network looking for cool mp3s or realplayer files of South Park. Saving up money for a DVD player.


The guy who wrote Ultima was friends with my parents. That being said...I've never played any of the games.
 
2012-10-03 02:48:50 PM
i was living in Jersey in 98 and converting Novell to NT 4.0 servers. ah, memories.
 
2012-10-03 02:48:52 PM
BBS owner here; i remember when we could telnet to IRC from our bbs's. Good times.


/LORD
 
2012-10-03 02:50:06 PM
www.20id.org

Stealth Slippers + Sawed Off
Stealth Slippers + Throwing Knives

Still no games with real leg damage.
 
2012-10-03 02:50:12 PM
Damn, my grammar was bad in that last post. Please go easy on me.
 
2012-10-03 02:52:16 PM

soakitincider: BBS owner here; i remember when we could telnet to IRC from our bbs's. Good times.


/LORD


That is one of Seth Able's best works, ever. I had that for my BBS (Nucleus in Memphis - 901-360-0236) WAY back when.

I almost want to start up an internet BBS. I still have my LORD codes.
 
2012-10-03 02:52:46 PM

sethen320: indylaw: unlikely: I mean I'm pretty sure 1998 was Ultima 8 territory

That steaming pile of dogshiat came out in 95 or 96. Isometric jump puzzles. Whoever dreamed that up deserves a kiek in der kok.

'98 for me - searching through the public folders of other students on the network looking for cool mp3s or realplayer files of South Park. Saving up money for a DVD player.

The guy who wrote Ultima was friends with my parents. That being said...I've never played any of the games.


Most of them were good. Then Richard Garriott (aka "Lord British"), the creator, sold out to EA and the company started forcing out half-finished drek. Eh, I guess once he made enough money to buy a spot on a Russian space flight he stopped giving a shiat about making good games.
 
2012-10-03 02:53:45 PM
Also, there weren't a whole lot of consumers burning CD's in 1998, the drives and CD's were prohibitively expensive for most people, and that was still the era where burned discs wouldn't be compatible with all CD players.
 
2012-10-03 02:53:45 PM
ATDT, biatches!

www.pcmuseum.ca
 
2012-10-03 02:54:20 PM
DAMMIT MOM.

s3-ec.buzzfed.com
 
2012-10-03 02:55:02 PM
Party like it's 1998...

imageshack.us
 
2012-10-03 02:56:14 PM

indylaw: sethen320: indylaw: unlikely: I mean I'm pretty sure 1998 was Ultima 8 territory

That steaming pile of dogshiat came out in 95 or 96. Isometric jump puzzles. Whoever dreamed that up deserves a kiek in der kok.

'98 for me - searching through the public folders of other students on the network looking for cool mp3s or realplayer files of South Park. Saving up money for a DVD player.

The guy who wrote Ultima was friends with my parents. That being said...I've never played any of the games.

Most of them were good. Then Richard Garriott (aka "Lord British"), the creator, sold out to EA and the company started forcing out half-finished drek. Eh, I guess once he made enough money to buy a spot on a Russian space flight he stopped giving a shiat about making good games.


Ultima V is the best tile-based computer RPG I've ever played. VI is a close second. FARK THE HELL out of VIII and VII/2. The first one was pretty fun, too!

Took me 19 years to beat Ultima V. Tough game until you learn how to farm the chests in the castle basement and game the magic keys in Minoc, and even then still tough finding out all that you need.
 
2012-10-03 02:56:19 PM
I was a kid in middle school hanging out on White Wolf's HTML World OF Darkness chatooms. My parents highly regulated it. So I was only on for an hour each day.
 
2012-10-03 02:57:24 PM

bhcompy: [www.20id.org image 850x635]

Stealth Slippers + Sawed Off
Stealth Slippers + Throwing Knives

Still no games with real leg damage.


Urban Terror has bodily damage. Leg damage drastically slows your movement until you bandage yourself.
 
2012-10-03 02:57:44 PM
In 1998 I had a 30 Mbps cable connection that costs $30/mo.

Now I have a 15 Mbps cable connection (same ISP in fact) that costs $60/mo.
 
2012-10-03 02:58:13 PM

Bobbi Wickham: I was a kid in middle school hanging out on White Wolf's HTML World OF Darkness chatooms. My parents highly regulated it. So I was only on for an hour each day.


Damn, now that brings back memories.
 
2012-10-03 02:58:41 PM
I usually did situps and pushups while I waited for sh*t to download back then.
AOL had me in the best shape of my life.

"Paintshop Pro is going to take 18hours to download from this warez site? I'll wait it out and do some crunches."

An hour later, "F*ck this I'm going to skate the parking garages downtown."
 
2012-10-03 03:01:46 PM

Mirrorz: I usually did situps and pushups while I waited for sh*t to download back then.
AOL had me in the best shape of my life.

"Paintshop Pro is going to take 18hours to download from this warez site? I'll wait it out and do some crunches."

An hour later, "F*ck this I'm going to skate the parking garages downtown."


I had ISDN and 5mbit cable back then, I was a mad leech with pixsucker and newsgroups. Oh the porn I could get while I made deals with my high school pals for porn CDs.
 
2012-10-03 03:01:57 PM

khyberkitsune: Thankfully, I knew how to carefully choose my hardware, set my jumpers, and also knew how to properly write my config.sys and autoexec.bat files, and on top of that knew which driver types to not mix, since it caused IRQ or DMA conflicts.

16 years old and knew more than most. Now I'm 30 and most 16 year olds know more than me, except when it comes to that now-obscure stuff.


At any given moment, I may not know where my car keys are, but I will *always* remember the memory addresses and default interrupts for the first four COM ports.
 
2012-10-03 03:02:34 PM
I rented quite a bit of porn back then. Yes, you read that right kids...I rented it. As in paid money to see it. We had these things called "video stores" in those days. If you wanted to watch porn, this is what you had to do:

1. Go to a video store
2. Casually walk into the adult section (usually behind a curtain or french doors)
3. Mill around with all the other perverts and select your videos. This involved physically picking them up and touching them...knowing full well that they likely had remnants of of someone else's jizz on them (because I highly doubt the video clerks ever bothered to wipe them down).
4. Go stand in line with the regular video customers while holding your porn (not a big deal if you only got one video. But if you were like me and rented three on average...it could get unbearably awkward).
**Bonus: sometimes the video clerk would be a cute college girl who could barely hide her contempt for you and your ilk.
5. Get home, prioritize which videos you were going to watch first, settle into a comfy chair, get your tissues, and commence to spanking.
**Extra Bonus: If you rented VHS...often times the tracking would be horrible and you'd get a crappy picture. If you rented DVD...the disc might be scratched and it simply wouldn't load.

Sure, there was porn on the internet. But the best stuff cost money, and the free stuff gave you viruses or took forever.

tl;dr - you kids don't know how good you have it

/my lawn...get off it
 
2012-10-03 03:02:39 PM
1998 was one of the years I was a young traveling consultant on a big project with a nearly unlimited budget. This was when we were building the support infrastructure for the Iridium satellite phones.

Think $300,000,000 budget NOT counting the satellites.

I remember using dial-up to connect to my ISP in the US from Australia. And Holland. And all over the US. Expensed it without a second thought.

We spent St. Patrick's Day in Sydney for that project. I literally do not remember anything that happened after breakfast. We started drinking - at the client's insistence mind you - at 7:00AM at our "team breakfast".

At night we'd play the mini-bar game. Our project manager would randomly pick someone's room and we'd go there and empty the mini-bar. Then he'd approve it on the expense report. It was something like $400 a shot.

Oh, and when we did work I wrote somewhere along the lines of 200,000 lines of pascal-ish code using DOS text editors:

PROCEDURE ExportSalesLeads (VAL parent:WINDOW) IS
VARIABLES
ParamRec : ParamRecord;
ACTIONS
IF DlgBox(parent,'SLEXP.DFC[EXP_PARAMS]',$Nullhandler{ParamRec},ParamRec) > 0 THEN
SQLSelectInto('SELECT COUNT(*) FROM DEMOGRAPHICS WHERE ENTRY_DATE=' & SQLFormat(ParamRec.export_date),Paramrec.$SQLColumn_1);
DlgBox( $DeskTop, 'SLEXP.DFC[PROCESSING]',SLEXP_Event{Paramrec}, ParamRec);
END;
END;


/csb
 
2012-10-03 03:04:25 PM

whistleridge: ... Also, no one wanted anything to do with any Apple product back then, because 1) they were heinously overpriced and 2) they sucked balls for doing anything worthwhile...


It's comforting to know some things never change.
 
2012-10-03 03:04:36 PM

DannyJunior: I was busy teaching myself HTML from the big orange book and building my sweet "WELCOME TO MY WORLD!" homepage on Geocities. I had a busy background, animated GIFs, embedded .wav files...and curiously, no real content. It was awesome. Then I learned how to use PSP and made my own mouseovers in javascript. That was when my web design skillz really peaked. Seriously, they have not improved since.


You've described my experience almost to the letter, heh. I still haven't improved but nobody at the job where I'm a graphic / web designer seems to have noticed. Muahahah!

My old site was on Angelfire though. Wonder what happened to it.
 
2012-10-03 03:04:46 PM

WienerButt: In 1998 I was in some weird space chatroom and actually met a girl who lived the next town over (fairly rare to randomly find people, let alone cute girls from your town on AOL



Really?  I remember finding AOL chat to be the easiest to find local people.  Maybe I'm mis-remembering.  I thought they had local rooms or something.
 
Anyway, I do remember me writing a script in IRC to locate everyone from local college domains and other obviously local domains (*.chicago.ix.netcom.com or whatever).  That worked wonders at getting dates.
 
2012-10-03 03:04:59 PM

khyberkitsune: bhcompy: [www.20id.org image 850x635]

Stealth Slippers + Sawed Off
Stealth Slippers + Throwing Knives

Still no games with real leg damage.

Urban Terror has bodily damage. Leg damage drastically slows your movement until you bandage yourself.


UT kind of is the successor to AQ2, but do people even play it anymore? I mean, that was original Unreal Tourny engine..
 
2012-10-03 03:06:20 PM

xanadian: 1998 was when I was discharged from the military under DADT.

I WIN


No doubt. Were you an asker or a teller?
 
2012-10-03 03:06:25 PM
Battlezone on cdn-static.cnet.co.uk

/Still can't figure out how some people were so good at sniping.
 
2012-10-03 03:08:09 PM

khyberkitsune: stuhayes2010: [s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 625x400]

This most definately did not happen in 1998

I guess you never had the displeasure of using the first edition of Windows 98 or Windows 95 (which was in widespread use at that time.)

Thankfully, I knew how to carefully choose my hardware, set my jumpers, and also knew how to properly write my config.sys and autoexec.bat files, and on top of that knew which driver types to not mix, since it caused IRQ or DMA conflicts.

16 years old and knew more than most. Now I'm 30 and most 16 year olds know more than me, except when it comes to that now-obscure stuff.


I remember building my first computer. I was 14. It was a 200 mhz Pentium MMX. I had a Matrox Millenium with the supplemental Matrox M2 card. That thing screamed for its day. I think it was also the first time I used DIMM sticks. The jumper settings were insane. A few months ago I had the displeasure of taking an Alienware machine apart and replacing a graphics card and was dumbfounded by the insane wiring inside one of those pieces of garbage.
 
2012-10-03 03:09:52 PM
Not one mention of Myst or Riven in this thread? Really?
 
2012-10-03 03:10:21 PM
Ah, Half Life 1. Brought my computer to a screeching halt.
 
2012-10-03 03:10:33 PM

DeathByGeekSquad: 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


I actually went back and poked around Gemstone 3 and Dragon Realms a year ago, nostalgia is a powerful force.
 
2012-10-03 03:11:01 PM
1998 had its moments.

www.xblafans.com
 
2012-10-03 03:11:23 PM
images1.wikia.nocookie.net

i'm your silicon
 
2012-10-03 03:11:24 PM

unlikely: Was anyone still playing Oregon Trail in 1998?


Better question is who isn't playing Oregon Trail today.
 
2012-10-03 03:11:25 PM

bhcompy: [www.20id.org image 850x635]

Stealth Slippers + Sawed Off
Stealth Slippers + Throwing Knives

Still no games with real leg damage.


I know you are probably just referring to FPS, but in Die By the Sword you could chop off a leg and the person would hop around on one leg and sometimes fall down when they tried to jump.

t2.gstatic.com

/Ya hit like a kobold!
 
2012-10-03 03:12:18 PM

Mr_Fabulous: Not one mention of Myst or Riven in this thread? Really?


Myst and Riven were boring.

There. They got mentioned.
 
2012-10-03 03:12:59 PM

I Browse: I rented quite a bit of porn back then. Yes, you read that right kids...I rented it. As in paid money to see it. We had these things called "video stores" in those days. If you wanted to watch porn, this is what you had to do:

1. Go to a video store
2. Casually walk into the adult section (usually behind a curtain or french doors)
3. Mill around with all the other perverts and select your videos. This involved physically picking them up and touching them...knowing full well that they likely had remnants of of someone else's jizz on them (because I highly doubt the video clerks ever bothered to wipe them down).
4. Go stand in line with the regular video customers while holding your porn (not a big deal if you only got one video. But if you were like me and rented three on average...it could get unbearably awkward).
**Bonus: sometimes the video clerk would be a cute college girl who could barely hide her contempt for you and your ilk.
5. Get home, prioritize which videos you were going to watch first, settle into a comfy chair, get your tissues, and commence to spanking.
**Extra Bonus: If you rented VHS...often times the tracking would be horrible and you'd get a crappy picture. If you rented DVD...the disc might be scratched and it simply wouldn't load.

Sure, there was porn on the internet. But the best stuff cost money, and the free stuff gave you viruses or took forever.

tl;dr - you kids don't know how good you have it

/my lawn...get off it



Yep, totally!  However, I was lucky to have an adult video store with a huge selection.
 
The only thing that felt awkward is when you rented a few videos, and then returned them like 4 hours later.
 
"Ok, I'm done with these, thanks!"
 
2012-10-03 03:13:21 PM
Back in 2001 I was at a wargaming convention and participating in a WWII game. The scenario was the U.S. attacking a series of German pillboxes. I noticed that all of the pillboxes were built on circular bases. I also noticed that some of the other terrain features were similarly mounted on circular bases. This was just a little bit odd as square or rectangular bases is the norm. After the game I asked the guy running the game about it. He picked up one of the pillboxes and showed me the bottom of the base. It was an old AOL free trial CD. He had collected them from all of his friends over the years and used them as free bases.

================================================================

Also, I remember getting one of their trial CDs and it was offering something like 2,000 free hours over a 90-day period. I thought this excessively high and did the math and you would have to be on the internet for 22+ hours a day to use up all those free hours.
 
2012-10-03 03:13:23 PM
Also... the day I figured out how to right-click the grenade launcher in Unreal and bank-lob the grenades off of walls to kill Skarjs around corners without being seen... that as one of the proudest days of my life.
 
2012-10-03 03:13:54 PM

downstairs: WienerButt: In 1998 I was in some weird space chatroom and actually met a girl who lived the next town over (fairly rare to randomly find people, let alone cute girls from your town on AOL


Really?  I remember finding AOL chat to be the easiest to find local people.  Maybe I'm mis-remembering.  I thought they had local rooms or something.
 
Anyway, I do remember me writing a script in IRC to locate everyone from local college domains and other obviously local domains (*.chicago.ix.netcom.com or whatever).  That worked wonders at getting dates.


Right. They did have local rooms however this was random and it turned out to be a girl my age and a bike ride away. That was the rarity.

Funny because I remember you could search AOL profiles and that's how I met my first girlfriend. She said my profile was funny and she lived in my town. This was years before dating sites took off.
 
2012-10-03 03:14:38 PM
Police Quest II FTW

t0.gstatic.com
 
2012-10-03 03:15:46 PM

WienerButt: downstairs: WienerButt: In 1998 I was in some weird space chatroom and actually met a girl who lived the next town over (fairly rare to randomly find people, let alone cute girls from your town on AOL


Really?  I remember finding AOL chat to be the easiest to find local people.  Maybe I'm mis-remembering.  I thought they had local rooms or something.
 
Anyway, I do remember me writing a script in IRC to locate everyone from local college domains and other obviously local domains (*.chicago.ix.netcom.com or whatever).  That worked wonders at getting dates.

Right. They did have local rooms however this was random and it turned out to be a girl my age and a bike ride away. That was the rarity.

Funny because I remember you could search AOL profiles and that's how I met my first girlfriend. She said my profile was funny and she lived in my town. This was years before dating sites took off.


Yeah, and I remember it was awkward to explain to people in real life that you met someone on the internet.  Kinda came off creepy. 
 
 
2012-10-03 03:17:57 PM
I know it is off by 2 years but....

www.nobodygoeshere.com
 
2012-10-03 03:20:18 PM
Anybody else play this one?

www.glidos.net
 
2012-10-03 03:20:57 PM
I was still playing this in 1998:

www.ohgizmo.com
 
2012-10-03 03:21:16 PM
BRB, my ICQ icon is flashing. UH-OH!

CSS: my husband and I met via ICQ in 2000. 7th wedding anniversary is in 2 weeks!
 
2012-10-03 03:22:14 PM

xanadian: 1998 was when I was discharged from the military under DADT.

I WIN


You weren't in the Navy on the Cape St. George, were you?
 
2012-10-03 03:24:18 PM
I was struggling to learn how to fly a hot air balloon. I was doing a lot of community theater. I had been working twenty years at my present job. I hung out at the old Fire Dog Bar in Bay St. Louis, which was destroyed by Katrina.

God, how depressing.
 
2012-10-03 03:25:05 PM

DeathByGeekSquad: 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


Lots of gemstone 3 on aol for years for me.
 
2012-10-03 03:25:36 PM
in my town, ICQ was all the rage, hardly anyone used AIM, I used to have my ICQ # committed to memory, wish I could log back in just to see what stupid shiat I had in my profile in 8th grade. I still have all the specific sounds embedded in my brain (even beyond the uh-oh every time you got a message)

there were some html websites that you could download mp3's from back then, I also remember spending 5-6 hours downloading the hannukah song by adam sandler in .wav format

I was still learning the fine details of accessing and removing evidence of surfing for porn, my extreme difficulty was that my families computer was in my parents room, this lead to some rather exciting fap times, oh shiat why is mom home from the grocery store 10 minutes early?

oh and in my mind me and my friends were real l33t haxorz, and by this I mean using netbus and getting dumb girls to install the patch files so you could open and close their CD drive magically. I also remember breaking into people's hotmail accounts in 1998...one of their password recovery questions was: what is your favorite color? ....brilliant

also cheating at diablo

that pretty much sums up 1998 for me
 
2012-10-03 03:26:14 PM

Bobbi Wickham: I was a kid in middle school hanging out on White Wolf's HTML World OF Darkness chatooms. My parents highly regulated it. So I was only on for an hour each day.


!! I had been there a few years by the time you got there, youngun. :D
 
2012-10-03 03:28:01 PM
1998! Was playing Descent over the Internet via Kali/2 on OS/2 Warp!
Why OS/2? You couldn't multitask DOS apps in any other OS. I could leave IRC up in the background, and if I got bored, just put the game in a window and chat with my buddies. Not the 'full screen window' crap that DOS apps did in Win95. In OS/2 if the game was 320x200, you can be damn sure OS/2 will put it in a 320x200 window on your desktop.

good times.

Havok - Kali serial #144 - out.
 
2012-10-03 03:28:29 PM

downstairs:

Yep, totally!  However, I was lucky to have an adult video store with a huge selection.
 
The only thing that felt awkward is when you rented a few videos, and then returned them like 4 hours later.
 
"Ok, I'm done with these, thanks!"



Been there, bro. Been there. In those cases, I always used the video drop-off slot if they had one.

/damn video clerks...and their judgmental stares
 
2012-10-03 03:28:40 PM
Old news, I saw this on Gopher last week and posted the UUEs on alt.binaries.humor.

Wait, that was 1988, via Compuserve.
 
2012-10-03 03:29:45 PM

Johnnyflash: 1998, I think I had cable internet, I bought a Gateway system for $1500.


1998 was the year I moved to South Dakota to work at Gateway 2000 as a computer programmer. There's a chance I was in the catwalks watching the assembly line as your computer was built.


Also, $1500 wasn't getting you much of a machine in 1998... even the P2 Celerons started around $2k.
 
2012-10-03 03:30:29 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.


Damn. Sounds about right. I was making about 1/3 of what I do now, surviving solely on beer, weed and pizza and partying every freaking night. Running through new girls once every couple of weeks. Copious drugs and boobs constantly. Sometimes, I miss those days.

And Civilization ruled. I played the hell out of that.
 
2012-10-03 03:33:38 PM

sid244: Anybody else play this one?

[www.glidos.net image 850x658]


Still playing it. :)

Descent as First-Person Shooter
 
2012-10-03 03:33:51 PM

I Browse: /damn video clerks...and their judgmental stares


I used to thank the pissier ones for helping to make pr0n freely available. They loved that.
 
2012-10-03 03:34:45 PM
aol punters/pinters/email bombs/trojans/pw stealers/
 
2012-10-03 03:35:23 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Agent Sm


Give it enough time and we'll be using highly simplified systems:

www.eupodiatamatando.com
 
2012-10-03 03:35:35 PM
i.ytimg.com
(I still miss that one, wish there were a re-release that runs on non-museum hardware)

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-03 03:35:49 PM

Havokmon: 1998! Was playing Descent over the Internet via Kali/2 on OS/2 Warp!
Why OS/2? You couldn't multitask DOS apps in any other OS. I could leave IRC up in the background, and if I got bored, just put the game in a window and chat with my buddies. Not the 'full screen window' crap that DOS apps did in Win95. In OS/2 if the game was 320x200, you can be damn sure OS/2 will put it in a 320x200 window on your desktop.

good times.

Havok - Kali serial #144 - out.


I'm still sad that OS/2 lost the war with Windows 95/98, which were inferior by any technical comparison. Imagine how things would have been if it had been the other way around!
 
2012-10-03 03:36:10 PM

khyberkitsune: indylaw: sethen320: indylaw: unlikely: I mean I'm pretty sure 1998 was Ultima 8 territory

That steaming pile of dogshiat came out in 95 or 96. Isometric jump puzzles. Whoever dreamed that up deserves a kiek in der kok.

'98 for me - searching through the public folders of other students on the network looking for cool mp3s or realplayer files of South Park. Saving up money for a DVD player.

The guy who wrote Ultima was friends with my parents. That being said...I've never played any of the games.

Most of them were good. Then Richard Garriott (aka "Lord British"), the creator, sold out to EA and the company started forcing out half-finished drek. Eh, I guess once he made enough money to buy a spot on a Russian space flight he stopped giving a shiat about making good games.

Ultima V is the best tile-based computer RPG I've ever played. VI is a close second. FARK THE HELL out of VIII and VII/2. The first one was pretty fun, too!

Took me 19 years to beat Ultima V. Tough game until you learn how to farm the chests in the castle basement and game the magic keys in Minoc, and even then still tough finding out all that you need.


19 years? Wow. My best friend and I bought that game in middle school - after we beat Leisure Suit Larry in 12 hours, and returned it to Egghead because it was too easy :P Ultima V took us 10 weeks to beat, and we lost to our other friends by a day. We were at the end first, but our characters weren't strong enough to beat the demons in the ladder room - if I knew that ladder was the final action of the game, I'd have just gone down it :( DAMNIT! So close!
 
2012-10-03 03:37:16 PM

DeathByGeekSquad: 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


Good lord, yes. Right up until 2001 or so when I joined the military.
 
2012-10-03 03:38:03 PM
Still in school.

Gee, were things really that different 14 years ago? Time sure moves fast now.
 
2012-10-03 03:38:06 PM
We had the bandwith of a small nation with the OC line going in to my college in 98'. But when I first started going there it was still dialup in the dorms. That was a switch. Music sharing was sick. Network gaming was awesome. Kegs all around and you didn't get kicked out for that sort of thing. Easy hot girls. I'd go back to 98' in a second.

/now is good too.
 
2012-10-03 03:39:00 PM
I was 13 years old. I played Twisted Metal, hacked on Diablo, UO, and Psx I think.
 
2012-10-03 03:40:45 PM
I didn't have a computer in 1998, but a friend had a N64 and I was fully content playing Goldeneye every single day. Also, I bought my Honda civic that year and I'm still driving it today.
 
2012-10-03 03:41:22 PM

downstairs: Yep.  Warez chat rooms in IRC, also ones that distributed mp3s.  Total wild west.  I'm sure porn via FTP too... but I was one of the first to get a cable modem (we were a test market)... so normal porn sites worked for me without the buffering...  buffering...  buffering...


Good luck finding a decent FTP site that didn't have something like 1:3 dl/ul ratio PER SESSION. And of course they FTP site would have a dick sysop, who would boot you off immediately after you finish uploading.
 
2012-10-03 03:43:52 PM

Doc Ok: Havokmon: 1998! Was playing Descent over the Internet via Kali/2 on OS/2 Warp!
Why OS/2? You couldn't multitask DOS apps in any other OS. I could leave IRC up in the background, and if I got bored, just put the game in a window and chat with my buddies. Not the 'full screen window' crap that DOS apps did in Win95. In OS/2 if the game was 320x200, you can be damn sure OS/2 will put it in a 320x200 window on your desktop.

good times.

Havok - Kali serial #144 - out.

I'm still sad that OS/2 lost the war with Windows 95/98, which were inferior by any technical comparison. Imagine how things would have been if it had been the other way around!


Yeah, OS/2 and Netware for me. I recently implemented nightly snapshots instead of tape backup, and people are surprised how quick a restore is. That's so sad - Netware allowed user-based Salvage 20 years ago, and it was for any overwritten file.
 
2012-10-03 03:44:00 PM
media.tumblr.com

Leisure Suit Larry
 
2012-10-03 03:44:48 PM
A bunch of kiddies in my management class think Google became the top search engine because of it's "amazing algorithm." They weren't around in the mid-late 90s when dialup was the standard slow-ass way most of us got online. Because Google's stripped down page didn't have a bunch of links, pics and other crap, it loaded waaaay faster than all the competing search engine pages. Sheer speed was what got us all hooked on Google.
 
2012-10-03 03:49:44 PM

sid244: Anybody else play this one?

[www.glidos.net image 850x658]


Is that the highest form of patriotic?
 
2012-10-03 03:52:41 PM

BuckTurgidson: [i.ytimg.com image 480x360]
(I still miss that one, wish there were a re-release that runs on non-museum hardware)

[upload.wikimedia.org image 400x258]


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-03 03:56:39 PM

Magook: BRB, my ICQ icon is flashing. UH-OH!

CSS: my husband and I met via ICQ in 2000. 7th wedding anniversary is in 2 weeks!


I have a six-digit ICQ account number. I didn't use it in forever and forgot the password. Out of the blue a few weeks ago, I remembered the password but now I have no idea what to do with an ICQ account.
 
2012-10-03 03:58:05 PM

Doc Ok: sid244: Anybody else play this one?

[www.glidos.net image 850x658]

Still playing it. :)

Descent as First-Person Shooter


I *love* the way the girl/computer says "solaris" when you select the missiles.
 
2012-10-03 04:01:43 PM

sid244: Anybody else play this one?


Of course, it's the highest form of patriotic.
 
2012-10-03 04:03:53 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-03 04:07:22 PM
A bad day in 2012:
Wireless high-speed internet has intermittent connectivity issues, so the music streaming radio keeps stopping, which is annoying. Instead of listening to music from the bathtub you have to go sit on the couch and play your PS3 on your 42" tv. The problem with this is you're a noob and you keep getting called names by 12 year olds. So to blow off some steam you go watch streaming porn videos on your tablet. But wait, the wireless keeps going out!
 
2012-10-03 04:07:52 PM

Genju: I remember building my first computer. I was 14. It was a 200 mhz Pentium MMX. I had a Matrox Millenium with the supplemental Matrox M2 card. That thing screamed for its day. I think it was also the first time I used DIMM sticks. The jumper settings were insane. A few months ago I had the displeasure of taking an Alienware machine apart and replacing a graphics card and was dumbfounded by the insane wiring inside one of those pieces of garbage.


I worked at a small computer-building business in the early 90s, and I loved it when computers finally started using SIMM chips for RAM. Prior to that, I was spending all day trying to stuff SIPP chips into 386s (or before that, DIPP chips into 286 machines). 286s were the worst, because you had to install something like a dozen DIPP chips to get 1 MB of RAM, and it seemed like either one of the chips was bad, or I bent a pin trying to get it in.

The first computer that I built for myself was an AMD 386-40 MHz. That was the first time that AMD actually pulled ahead of Intel in the speed wars, rather than just duplicating existing Intel chips. I initially used a 40 MB hard drive, but upgraded it almost immediately to a 120 GB Conner hard drive.

My biggest gaming memory from that era was playing "Wing Commander". That game probably sold more sound cards than any other up to that point. Mine was the 8-bit "Ad Lib" card.
 
2012-10-03 04:09:58 PM

LanguageLikeBonsais: Battlezone on [cdn-static.cnet.co.uk image 540x300]

/Still can't figure out how some people were so good at sniping.


www.asis.com

/ex mplayer
 
2012-10-03 04:10:17 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Went off the rails a bit at the music downloading part. In '98 he'd have been using Napster, and Linkin Park wasn't around to suck yet.


No.

The service, named after Fanning's hairstyle-based nickname, operated between June 1999 and July 2001.

Yes.

Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005 and multi-platinum in several other countries.
 
2012-10-03 04:10:26 PM

finnished: downstairs: Yep.  Warez chat rooms in IRC, also ones that distributed mp3s.  Total wild west.  I'm sure porn via FTP too... but I was one of the first to get a cable modem (we were a test market)... so normal porn sites worked for me without the buffering...  buffering...  buffering...

Good luck finding a decent FTP site that didn't have something like 1:3 dl/ul ratio PER SESSION. And of course they FTP site would have a dick sysop, who would boot you off immediately after you finish uploading.



I had a decent time finding ones that allowed leeching.
 
2012-10-03 04:12:31 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

I was playing Carmageddon and my friends were telling me they would never ride with me again.
 
2012-10-03 04:13:40 PM
a/s/l?
 
2012-10-03 04:14:55 PM

ScottRiqui: Genju: I remember building my first computer. I was 14. It was a 200 mhz Pentium MMX. I had a Matrox Millenium with the supplemental Matrox M2 card. That thing screamed for its day. I think it was also the first time I used DIMM sticks. The jumper settings were insane. A few months ago I had the displeasure of taking an Alienware machine apart and replacing a graphics card and was dumbfounded by the insane wiring inside one of those pieces of garbage.

I worked at a small computer-building business in the early 90s, and I loved it when computers finally started using SIMM chips for RAM. Prior to that, I was spending all day trying to stuff SIPP chips into 386s (or before that, DIPP chips into 286 machines). 286s were the worst, because you had to install something like a dozen DIPP chips to get 1 MB of RAM, and it seemed like either one of the chips was bad, or I bent a pin trying to get it in.

The first computer that I built for myself was an AMD 386-40 MHz. That was the first time that AMD actually pulled ahead of Intel in the speed wars, rather than just duplicating existing Intel chips. I initially used a 40 MB hard drive, but upgraded it almost immediately to a 120 GB Conner hard drive.

My biggest gaming memory from that era was playing "Wing Commander". That game probably sold more sound cards than any other up to that point. Mine was the 8-bit "Ad Lib" card.


As was mine. The first time my pc games made noise that wasn't the internal speaker. It was glorious.
 
2012-10-03 04:19:52 PM

Genju: Let's see.... 1998 I think I was playing:

[t0.gstatic.com image 256x192]

Slaughter these villagers? Archers, HO!

[t1.gstatic.com image 256x192]

You encounter a dragon! You are slain!

[t1.gstatic.com image 259x194]

and of course:

[t2.gstatic.com image 259x194]

finally I always played this no matter how old:

[t1.gstatic.com image 259x194]

Because cutting people down with a chainsaw mounted on the front of your taxi cab never got old.


I still load up some Lords of the Realm and Lords of the Realm 2 from time to time. I also bought Lords of the Realm 3 when it came out. I was disappoint.
 
2012-10-03 04:19:56 PM

ScottRiqui: Magook: BRB, my ICQ icon is flashing. UH-OH!

CSS: my husband and I met via ICQ in 2000. 7th wedding anniversary is in 2 weeks!

I have a six-digit ICQ account number. I didn't use it in forever and forgot the password. Out of the blue a few weeks ago, I remembered the password but now I have no idea what to do with an ICQ account.


OMG. Now I'm going to rant. I had a 6 digit number too - until I went to this website that another admin recommended to consolidate IM clients. I asked him if he vetted the site, and he said it was great. It worked, but I felt like I had just given my password to a hacker. Sure enough, a week later I lost access to my ICQ account and all my info was changed. Turns out that was just the first - I was cleaning up after that guy for years.
 
2012-10-03 04:21:11 PM
Got my first cable modem in 1998, good times.
 
2012-10-03 04:21:48 PM

ScottRiqui: Magook: BRB, my ICQ icon is flashing. UH-OH!

CSS: my husband and I met via ICQ in 2000. 7th wedding anniversary is in 2 weeks!

I have a six-digit ICQ account number. I didn't use it in forever and forgot the password. Out of the blue a few weeks ago, I remembered the password but now I have no idea what to do with an ICQ account.


I had a 5-digit number. I had a password consisting of random numbers and letters, all mixed up.

One day some Turkish guy took over my account, I know not how, and that was the last time I had a 5-digit ICQ number.
 
2012-10-03 04:22:10 PM
Ok...ok....anyone else lose a few hours with these two?

s3.amazonaws.com

or

www.abandonia.com
 
2012-10-03 04:23:57 PM
0verhyped.files.wordpress.com

I was playing Rebellion a few months ago.
 
2012-10-03 04:27:05 PM

rkallister: Oh, fond memories of 1998. I was playing:

[www.technopat.net image 640x480]

and

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x480]


The Star Craft barracks sound is still used as a sound effect in movies today...Granted most of those are the made for TV movies are on the Sci-Fi channel, but still.

/Kinda like the sound effect when the storm trooper falls in the shaft on the Death Star from SW:ANH.
 
2012-10-03 04:29:08 PM

miltonbabbitt: Party like it's 1998...
[imageshack.us image 367x419]


I have that, and still play it on my computer once in a while. It looks and sounds like real pinball. Pinball, for you kids, was this game where......oh fark it. You had to leave the house to go play pinball. THE HORROR.

1998 I was--let's not talk about that either.
 
2012-10-03 04:29:51 PM

ScottRiqui: Magook: BRB, my ICQ icon is flashing. UH-OH!

CSS: my husband and I met via ICQ in 2000. 7th wedding anniversary is in 2 weeks!

I have a six-digit ICQ account number. I didn't use it in forever and forgot the password. Out of the blue a few weeks ago, I remembered the password but now I have no idea what to do with an ICQ account.


I'd sell it on eBay -- for some reason, people will pay a few bucks for a six-digit ICQ number.

/Mine was seven digits
 
2012-10-03 04:32:07 PM

sid244: rkallister: Oh, fond memories of 1998. I was playing:

[www.technopat.net image 640x480]

and

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x480]

The Star Craft barracks sound is still used as a sound effect in movies today...Granted most of those are the made for TV movies are on the Sci-Fi channel, but still.

/Kinda like the sound effect when the storm trooper falls in the shaft on the Death Star from SW:ANH.


Its history goes a bit further than that.
http://hollywoodlostandfound.net/wilhelm/index.html
 
2012-10-03 04:33:53 PM
i.chzbgr.com

/1998? oh, sorry, thought you said 1978
 
2012-10-03 04:34:17 PM

impaler: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: 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.

I thought I remembered someone in the dorms around the '97-'98 time frame having a P2P program, but maybe I'm not remembering it correctly.

Peer-to-peer file sharing began in 1999 with the introduction of Napster

Anyway, there was anonymous FTP at the time.


I remember using Hotline in 1998/99... on dialup... on the shiatty phone lines in Sutherlin, OR. The lines where I lived were so bad that there were many times I sat there trying to dial in, listen to the handshaking noise as it connects successfully, then immediately disconnects due to line noise. Many nights were spent not getting on the Internet when I lived in that shiathole.
 
2012-10-03 04:38:14 PM
My bad, wrong scream, meant this one:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howie_scream
 
2012-10-03 04:38:41 PM

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

/ I had ISDN, biatches

I had bonded ISDN.


I worked for ADTRAN then and I also had bonded ISDN. Got the adapter for free ( was a scrapped unit that I refurbed) and I was always the Diablo and Starcraft host.
 
2012-10-03 04:46:46 PM
A/S/L? A/S/L? A/S/L?
 
db2
2012-10-03 04:53:55 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-03 04:56:05 PM
1998?

livingwithanerd.com
 
2012-10-03 04:56:36 PM
That was stupid on so many levels.
 
2012-10-03 04:58:02 PM
1998? Netrek baby!!!! The first true multiplayer internet game.

I swear I nearly flunked out because of that game.

//ogg the base! ogg the base!!
 
2012-10-03 05:01:22 PM

MaxAwesome: I still load up some Lords of the Realm and Lords of the Realm 2 from time to time. I also bought Lords of the Realm 3 when it came out. I was disappoint.


I still have it installed. One of the few games of old that still works on current gen OS. Warlords III also runs. I haven't tried Quarantine but I doubt it since it was DOS based and MS gave up the DOS emulation after Win98.
 
2012-10-03 05:01:39 PM

Doc Ok: sid244: Anybody else play this one?

[www.glidos.net image 850x658]

Still playing it. :)

Descent as First-Person Shooter


You're my new hero. I loved that game. Wasted so many hours on it. I'd love to see it re-done with all these fancy modern graphicals that my three year old laptop will struggle to run.

And Tie Fighter and X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter. So many hours spent mastering them with my sweet, sweet Gravis joystick that I saved for months for.

www.andovercg.com
 
2012-10-03 05:11:42 PM

bhcompy: khyberkitsune: bhcompy: [www.20id.org image 850x635]

Stealth Slippers + Sawed Off
Stealth Slippers + Throwing Knives

Still no games with real leg damage.

Urban Terror has bodily damage. Leg damage drastically slows your movement until you bandage yourself.

UT kind of is the successor to AQ2, but do people even play it anymore? I mean, that was original Unreal Tourny engine..


classic. played for =LL=.
 
2012-10-03 05:11:52 PM
What a crappy evening in 1998 looked like, by somebody who obviously was not there.
 
2012-10-03 05:20:05 PM

Mad_Radhu: PallMall: [img.izismile.com image 470x600]

Tandy's MOST.POWERFUL.COMPUTER.EVAR! 

1989 is when things were bad in the computing world. (Note the: Monitor and Mouse not included)

The really sad part is that this was also around $8500 in 1989:

[cdn.hondanews.com image 500x326]

The last laptop I bough cost me $250, and it was pretty decently outfitted (a Sandy bridge based Celeron, 15.6" screen, 4 GB of RAM, and a 320 GB hard drive). It boggles my mind that people used to buy a computer that cost as much as a new car and was hopelessly outdated within 5 years.


Well, I cannot think of a personal computer that cost $8500 any time, much less in 1989. but in the early days, if you wanted a computer, you paid what you had to pay, since everything was shiny new and the computer companies had to recoup R&D costs. My first computer was a TRS-80 and a friend and I went halfs on it. We paid about $800 in 1977 dollars. My next computer was an Apple IIe. It cost $3200 (but $400 less than the Compaq portable). But I used it for nearly 10 years. Next it was an IBM PS2 for $2800, which I used for seven years. Then a Gateway for $1400 and it was a POS that lasted maybe three years. At work, I had a Sun SPARCStation 10, which costs us $22,000, but ran for 15 years. Also a Silicon Graphics Indigo, which cost $45,000, which may still be running for all I know. After the Gateway disappointment, I bought a Sun 150 workstation for $1300. The power supply just died on in a few months ago after 10 years of continuous uptime. Next a iMac, which I've been using now for three years without a single problem (also up continuously). My wife's iMac is five years old, up continuously and has never had a problem. And finally a 17" Macbook Pro for $2700, which I've been using for two years without a single issue.
 
2012-10-03 05:23:33 PM
I remember 1998 fondly for a lot of reasons. First of all I got my A-Level in 1998 and wasn't drafted due to being short-sighted. Yai One! Therefore I had much time for friend, which led to RPGing sessions without end and LAN sessions without end, railgunning your best friend into the head. Yai Two!
Another really impressive game of 1998 was I-War, a game that was worth its money for the intro alone and a very cool and I think unique space flight feeling.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-War_%28Independence_War%29

And since I was earning good money I could afford a Sony Vaio C1 at the price of a decent second hand car. Yai Three!

http://renaissancechambara.jp/2012/04/28/throwback-gadget-sony-vaio-p c g-c1-series/

This was one of the best investments of my early life, because this machine has worked without any hiccups (except for a degrading battery) for ten years until I replaced it by piece of crap called Dell XPS 1330 in 2008.

There was of course more, but the theme of this thread is technical, so I'll stick with that. 1998 - my favourite year of the 90ies!
 
2012-10-03 05:41:35 PM

Vegan Meat Popsicle: / I had ISDN, biatches


I had DSL, on of the very first installs, so I had 1Mb and a static IP. If you were still on dialup AOL, your ass was poor as shiat.
 
2012-10-03 06:11:25 PM
We didn't get Internet until 2001. What the hell did I do for fun before then?

In 1998 I was a dorky fifth/sixth grader. I read a shiat ton of books as my entertainment (and was summarily ostracized for being a bookworm).
 
2012-10-03 06:15:57 PM
1998 was my annus horribilus, and I wouldn't have had it any other way.

/second year uni
 
2012-10-03 06:23:36 PM
What 1998 may have looked like...

i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-03 06:27:20 PM
Elastomania thread?
 
2012-10-03 06:33:11 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-03 06:47:11 PM
1998 had a bunch of good ages. Fallout II came out that fall for instance. A year later these gems:

upload.wikimedia.org

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-03 06:54:44 PM
My ICQ is 7 digits, only it's linked to a now defunct Juno email and I can't get it to resend me my password. Argh...
 
2012-10-03 06:55:04 PM

electronsexparty: We didn't get Internet until 2001. What the hell did I do for fun before then?

In 1998 I was a dorky fifth/sixth grader. I read a shiat ton of books as my entertainment (and was summarily ostracized for being a bookworm).


ytrewq.com
 
2012-10-03 07:22:20 PM
Didn't have a computer .Spent a lot of time raving.Doing lots of drugs ,lots of booze and lots chicks .

/Guess that's why I got fired from two jobs that year.
//Damn it was a great year .
///The year I met my ex wife .
 
2012-10-03 07:25:53 PM

sid244: Anybody else play this one?


Yay! Descent!
 
2012-10-03 07:28:50 PM
Everyone talking about AIM vs ICQ... who had both and used Trillian?

For PC non-MMOs I don't remember exactly which were when, but around that time I liked Warlords I & II (I never got into any of the later ones), Global Conquest, all the Id games (even Heretic), all the Civs (maybe just I & II back then?), all three Eye of the Beholders, a couple gold box games (never got into those much either), Perfect General I & II, and still liked the Infocom games even if they were a few years old and all or mostly (Journey) text-based: Zorks of course, Planetfall, Stationfall, Spellbreaker, Enchanter, Sorcerer, Moonmist, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Leather Goddesses of Phobos, Seastalker...
 
2012-10-03 07:29:35 PM
1998 was actually a pretty good year for me. It was my senior year in HS, and I had many successes including deans list my first semester at FSU. It went downhill from there.
 
2012-10-03 07:37:57 PM

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

/ I had ISDN, biatches

I had bonded ISDN.


Same here, I was one of the l33t ones ;) I was tearing apart computers when I was 10 years old starting with the original IBM PC 8086 and one of my first games I remember that I loved was Ultima (on 5.25 floppies w/ the cloth map!)

/Yes I'm a female nerd extreme!
 
2012-10-03 07:45:58 PM

biyaaatci: ATDT, biatches!


That's actually pre-ATDT. My first modem was similar except you actually plugged the phone line into it. You would dial the number, listen on the handset for carrier then flip the switch to "originate" or "answer" depending on which side of the call you were on.

I still remember the glee when I got my first AT command capable modem. "Wow! It dials the number BY ITSELF!!" (Around mid-1985, 1200 baud I think, talking to BBSes via an Apple II+ with a Super Serial card.) I meticulously saved the threads from those days using the capture command and have several floppies full of them, which I believe I converted to disk images on the PC with Apple Disk Transfer. I'll have to look 'em up sometime and see if there was anything interesting.
 
2012-10-03 07:49:14 PM
www.blujay.com

Wow!! Actually found a PICTURE of my first modem! Rocker switch was used to go between Answer, Off and Originate.

300 baud, baby!
 
2012-10-03 07:59:58 PM

destrip: I still remember the glee when I got my first AT command capable modem. "Wow! It dials the number BY ITSELF!!" (Around mid-1985, 1200 baud I think, talking to BBSes via an Apple II+ with a Super Serial card.) I meticulously saved the threads from those days using the capture command and have several floppies full of them, which I believe I converted to disk images on the PC with Apple Disk Transfer. I'll have to look 'em up sometime and see if there was anything interesting.


This thread is full of win. I got my first modem, a 14.4, with paper route money. Christmas tips, specifically. $70 at Wal-Mart.
 
2012-10-03 08:01:12 PM
www.gamershell.com

I played lots and lots of this.
 
2012-10-03 08:02:37 PM

sid244: Anybody else play this one?

[www.glidos.net image 850x658]


Holy memories....
 
2012-10-03 08:05:39 PM

Genju: Because cutting people down with a chainsaw mounted on the front of your taxi cab never got old.


Oh man, Quarantine! If you installed the CD-ROM version of the game, it came with a few music tracks beginning at track 3. You could also pop in any other music CD and it would play that -- but only starting from track 3.

I had several CDs that I only knew from track 3 onward because they were excellent background for that game: Gang of Four's "Entertainment!", Soundgarden's "Louder Than Love", Mystery Machine's "Glazed". I had also just bought each of these, so it would be another couple years before I heard the deadly-excellent opening track on Louder Than Love.
 
2012-10-03 08:22:18 PM
Goldeneye was my life back then.

Pistols and License to Kill.
 
2012-10-03 08:38:03 PM

PallMall: [img.izismile.com image 470x600]

Tandy's MOST.POWERFUL.COMPUTER.EVAR! 

1989 is when things were bad in the computing world. (Note the: Monitor and Mouse not included)


I paid a lot for my Apple II GS, but not that much. That's actually a pretty fast processor for the time.

/ $3500 maybe?
 
2012-10-03 08:40:24 PM

ConConHead: 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.


Civ and Sim City here, too. Every day. Every flipping day.
 
2012-10-03 09:03:24 PM
I think I spent most of my time playing Wolfenstein 3D and Doom 2.
 
2012-10-03 09:37:01 PM
Spending every waking hour playing Goldeneye.
 
2012-10-03 09:48:26 PM

freewill: This thread is full of win. I got my first modem, a 14.4, with paper route money. Christmas tips, specifically. $70 at Wal-Mart.


That's what I get for being an early adopter - I think my first four modems (300, 2400, 9600 and 14,400 baud) were about $300 each. Of course, everything was crazy-expensive back then. A combo card for my Apple IIe that gave me 80-column display capability and an additional 64 kB of RAM was about $300, and I think I spent that much upgrading my Intel 8086-based AT&T 6300 from 128 kB of RAM to 640 kB.
 
2012-10-03 09:48:46 PM

JackieRabbit: Well, I cannot think of a personal computer that cost $8500 any time, much less in 1989. but in the early days, if you wanted a computer, you paid what you had to pay, since everything was shiny new and the computer companies had to recoup R&D costs.


That depends how early. In 1982 you could buy a 48K Spectrum for £175. The price dropped not long afterwards. In 1989 you could spend thousands on a high-end DOS based PC, but I can't see why anyone would unless they absolutely needed to run DOS based software.

The rest of us could manage quite well, better really, with an Amiga or Atari ST for a small fraction of that cost.

Also, the games looked and sounded better on the Amiga (and the ST) then. (pops)
 
2012-10-03 10:56:16 PM

sariq: PallMall: [img.izismile.com image 470x600]

Tandy's MOST.POWERFUL.COMPUTER.EVAR!

1989 is when things were bad in the computing world. (Note the: Monitor and Mouse not included)

I paid a lot for my Apple II GS, but not that much. That's actually a pretty fast processor for the time.

/ $3500 maybe?


I feel ya. I remember the 1571 Disk Drive for my Commodore 64 needed a head alignment... $475! The damn drive was near $700!! The 1541 was $400, so f**k the 1571 and its extra speed or sleek case.

Remember when dot-matrix printers were $350+? You can buy a printer (with ink AND THE CABLE!!) for $30-$40 now all day long!
 
2012-10-03 11:09:31 PM

This text is now purple: 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.


I remember using scour.net before Napster and I think that was '98 but I'm not sure.
 
2012-10-03 11:12:16 PM

Mugato: 1998 for me was losing my virginity to a bisexual stripper, having a high paying job in software engineering and our biggest national problem was our President getting a blowjob. It all went down from there.


What was his name?

/I hope I was the first...
 
2012-10-03 11:26:06 PM

thisispete: [www.gamershell.com image 800x600]

I played lots and lots of this.


Oh, that brings back memories. Loved Civ 2. I'd come home from studying after thinking about playing it all day, only to find my MOTHER playing it on my computer! She'd always fight with another country, and the first thing she'd say to me was "Hey, they started it!"

Oh, and I forgot to mention one more game that was still pwning the scene in 1998 (even though it was released in 1997) Whoever owned this and didn't play the hell out of it was either lying or a moron.

images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-10-03 11:38:29 PM

rkallister: thisispete: [www.gamershell.com image 800x600]

I played lots and lots of this.

Oh, that brings back memories. Loved Civ 2. I'd come home from studying after thinking about playing it all day, only to find my MOTHER playing it on my computer! She'd always fight with another country, and the first thing she'd say to me was "Hey, they started it!"

Oh, and I forgot to mention one more game that was still pwning the scene in 1998 (even though it was released in 1997) Whoever owned this and didn't play the hell out of it was either lying or a moron.

[images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 850x637]



Well its 2012 and I'm playing Ff7 today.
 
2012-10-03 11:38:31 PM
In 1998 I worked at a business that may as well have been a cash printing machine. It was run by an alleged (although he admitted it in the papers) former drug smuggler who figured out he was actually a technical genius and did some data things that had really never been commercialized before. He was also a visionary. He made tons of money. I was paid well.

And I was 33 and was banging a 21 year old.

I knew the relationship wouldn't last too long but hell, I had money, a hot young chick who just loved to party and fark, and not a lot to worry about.

I did not have any crappy nights in 1998.

/subsequent years, however, had crap-o-plenty lol
 
2012-10-03 11:51:59 PM
I got into my first car accident - and the only one I've ever caused (black ice) in 98 or 99.

I told this to one coworker yesterday and preemptively said "shut up" to another who unconsciously had a quizzical look on his face, because he was 5 or 6 then. Good times, damn precocious 18 year olds.

Also, dial up, had mp3s, 56k was so much faster omg yeah I don't think cable was even an option yet where we were.
 
2012-10-04 12:37:32 AM

Zeno-25: 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 image 540x322]

one year later:

[i.imgur.com image 700x525]


Big ups to you Westwood folks - played the hell out of those games.
 
2012-10-04 12:50:45 AM

destrip: biyaaatci: ATDT, biatches!

That's actually pre-ATDT. My first modem was similar except you actually plugged the phone line into it. You would dial the number, listen on the handset for carrier then flip the switch to "originate" or "answer" depending on which side of the call you were on.

I still remember the glee when I got my first AT command capable modem. "Wow! It dials the number BY ITSELF!!" (Around mid-1985, 1200 baud I think, talking to BBSes via an Apple II+ with a Super Serial card.) I meticulously saved the threads from those days using the capture command and have several floppies full of them, which I believe I converted to disk images on the PC with Apple Disk Transfer. I'll have to look 'em up sometime and see if there was anything interesting.


Yeah, I know it. I couldn't find a picture of the acoustic coupler I used with my VIC-20, and I will be damned if I could remember what I had to do to dial into the BBS.
 
2012-10-04 01:29:04 AM
We didn't have a computer in '98. I was a sophomore in high school and I...let me think... I read a lot. My evenings consisted of *flip*...*flip*...*flip*. Well, that and I lost my virginity that year, but no one knew because kids didn't post that shiat to facebook or take pictures or any of that dumb shiat.
 
2012-10-04 02:51:53 AM
Oh yeah well in 1998 I was running a box with windows 3.1. I used to use the middle school computer lab to find heavy metal .mid files. My friend was absolutely convinced that the one I had of My Own Summer by The Deftones was a song from Duke Nukem 2. That wasn't too far of a stretch considering Megadeth did Duke3d. I think that was around the time I found Leisure Suit Larry III in a box of old 5.25"s my uncle gave us. Holy crap I was jealous of the games I played at my friends houses, but at least I had Kings Quest with boobies.
 
2012-10-04 03:21:35 AM
I was actually a thirteen year-old girl.

Had been into MUDing/MUSHing for a few years by that time. (Pern, mostly. Because I'm a girl.)

Had moved from Geocities to building websites professionally.

Livejournal. (Then diaryland.) ICQ. Lied about my age and did a lot of have-a-seat-over-here stuff with other guys that I met mostly through MMOs.
 
2012-10-04 07:18:00 AM

BuckTurgidson: (I still miss that one, wish there were a re-release that runs on non-museum hardware)


Dos Box works for Tie Fighter at least.
 
2012-10-04 10:49:01 AM
dirtyhippiegirl: I was actually a thirteen year-old girl.

Had been into MUDing/MUSHing for a few years by that time. (Pern, mostly. Because I'm a girl.)

Had moved from Geocities to building websites professionally.

Livejournal. (Then diaryland.) ICQ. Lied about my age and did a lot of have-a-seat-over-here stuff with other guys that I met mostly through MMOs.


You sound like a dirty girl, :). So I had to click to see if you had a pic, :(. No pic but your in my town, assuming it's KS that is. I think your the first farker I've seen in OP.
 
2012-10-04 12:07:28 PM
www.awesomehq.com
 
2012-10-04 12:17:52 PM
As others have pointed out, TFA was one anachronism after another -- which suggests the article was written by one of those annoying young teens that lately bizarrely try to pretend they remember the '90s or even '80s.

No, you don't have fond memories of blowing on 8-bit cartridges "back in the day"; stop saying shiat like that. Wtf is up with this kind of bullshiat nostalgia? I don't recall people in my generation pretending to remember living through Nixon's presidency.
 
2012-10-04 07:06:39 PM

Isildur: As others have pointed out, TFA was one anachronism after another -- which suggests the article was written by one of those annoying young teens that lately bizarrely try to pretend they remember the '90s or even '80s.

No, you don't have fond memories of blowing on 8-bit cartridges "back in the day"; stop saying shiat like that. Wtf is up with this kind of bullshiat nostalgia? I don't recall people in my generation pretending to remember living through Nixon's presidency.


You can always tell them apart because while they might pretend to remember the blowing of 8-bit cartridges, they don't remember wiggling them side to side in the old NES loading bay, or just barely putting the cart in far enough to lower it into place, nearly ripping off the front of the cart. Oh the things we did to get rid of the solid black, green, artifact-ridden, or reset-looping screens.
 
2012-10-04 07:43:24 PM

Genju: Isildur: As others have pointed out, TFA was one anachronism after another -- which suggests the article was written by one of those annoying young teens that lately bizarrely try to pretend they remember the '90s or even '80s.

No, you don't have fond memories of blowing on 8-bit cartridges "back in the day"; stop saying shiat like that. Wtf is up with this kind of bullshiat nostalgia? I don't recall people in my generation pretending to remember living through Nixon's presidency.

You can always tell them apart because while they might pretend to remember the blowing of 8-bit cartridges, they don't remember wiggling them side to side in the old NES loading bay, or just barely putting the cart in far enough to lower it into place, nearly ripping off the front of the cart. Oh the things we did to get rid of the solid black, green, artifact-ridden, or reset-looping screens.



I actually tended to avoid blowing, because early on, someone told me breath moisture could gradually mess up the contacts yet more. I didn't own an NES of my own, though; my first (and only) console was an SNES. (I played NES and Genesis a lot at summer camp and friends' homes, however.)
 
2012-10-06 12:31:57 AM
Was anyone worth talking to in 1998 on AOL?
 
2012-10-06 12:33:18 AM

UberDave: Here's what 1998 looked like:

[s9.postimage.org image 425x353] 

and...

[s12.postimage.org image 425x310]

and....

[s7.postimage.org image 425x310]

and...

[s13.postimage.org image 425x319]


Half Life is still a good game today.
 
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