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2013-03-27 02:27:46 PM
DAMMIT!
Ten minutes already and this page still hasn't loaded. That's it. I'm getting a new 14.4 modem.
mentalfloss.com
 
2013-03-27 02:35:17 PM

jehovahs witness protection: DAMMIT!
Ten minutes already and this page still hasn't loaded. That's it. I'm getting a new 14.4 modem.
[mentalfloss.com image 640x430]



CSB:

Back in high school, I recommended that our family should buy a faster modem because "I don't want to wait a half hour just to bring up a search engine".

My Mom's actual response:

"You need to learn how to be patient."

ARGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!

/Fortunately, she's not like that anymore.
//Brother and I bought our parents an iPad for Christmas a while back.
///Mom hogs it all the time.
 
2013-03-27 03:10:40 PM
I had a homepage in 1995 so I'm getting a kick...

/certain I'm not even close to the most experienced user on Fark
 
2013-03-27 03:13:00 PM
Back in those days you were NOT cool, if you had an AOL or Compuserve email address. My first cool email was a hooked.net domain. Had to use Compuserves dial in numbers to get to it.
 
2013-03-27 03:13:29 PM
1995.  I was rocking a concentric.net shell account.  Then I got one with the local ISP and a job, shortly thereafter.
 
2013-03-27 03:15:10 PM
Damn...First ISP was a Prodigy account on a 14.4 modem around 1995.  Those were the days...
 
2013-03-27 03:16:44 PM
I remember when my mother used Q-Link on a Commodore 64. Suck it, Facebook!
 
2013-03-27 03:19:25 PM
animetoyboy.angelfire.com
 
2013-03-27 03:22:54 PM
The bbs I played a MMUD on was just getting telnet at around that time.
 
2013-03-27 03:24:42 PM
I hear the internet comes on computers now.
 
2013-03-27 03:31:27 PM
That's how many views your nude self-shot gets now.
 
2013-03-27 03:32:39 PM

Anastacya: I remember when my mother used Q-Link on a Commodore 64. Suck it, Facebook!


I used QLink on a C-64...  guess what QLink turned into....


AOL.

/Wondering if I ever saw your mother in Rabbit Jack's Casino.....
 
2013-03-27 03:33:05 PM
Getting a kick out of this because I was a cameraman on that show.   It was the biggest computer show on television at the time, seen all over the world on PBS and other outlets.   Back when people got their computer information from that thar teevee thing.
 
2013-03-27 03:39:16 PM
Ahhh, yes. The days when you would download a picture, and first her hair would appear, and then her forehead, and you would go make a sandwich and by the time you got back her eyes would be on the screen. Line by line your screen would fill up, and your anticipation would build up, until finally, GODAMMIT SHE'S GOT A PENIS! WHAT THE fark IS THIS BULLshiat?
 
2013-03-27 03:41:25 PM

SurfaceTension: /certain I'm not even close to the most experienced user on Fark


If you've ever seen a live nude woman, you probably are the most experienced
 
2013-03-27 03:42:15 PM

SurfaceTension: I had a homepage in 1995 so I'm getting a kick...

/certain I'm not even close to the most experienced user on Fark


I still have an electronic mail address from that era....that I check about once a year. I think it's filled with offers from Prodigy.
 
2013-03-27 03:44:25 PM

Smoky Dragon Dish: Anastacya: I remember when my mother used Q-Link on a Commodore 64. Suck it, Facebook!

I used QLink on a C-64...  guess what QLink turned into....


AOL.

/Wondering if I ever saw your mother in Rabbit Jack's Casino.....


Few people remember the early history of AOL.    And QLink didn't actually turn into AOL.  AOL was a separate service started by the same company, Quantum Computer Services in Vienna VA for Apple and PC users.    The C=64 and Amiga centric Q-link went away.   Some people online have resurrected the server software along with an emulator.

Aside from Rabbitjacks (which was really cool for the time) remember Club Caribe?  The first real avatar based social environment.   Also seen on Q-Link was a very early implementation of Easy-SAABRE which became Yahoo Travel.

The biggest suck factor of those early networks including compuserve, GENIE etc. is that they were all pay per minute usage for their premium features.   I spent a lot of time on local multi-line BBS's instead.  (galaticomm based systems which ran on 386's with serial card expansions - some had up to 32 lines using the galactibox serial port expansions.)
 
2013-03-27 03:45:12 PM
I remember those days.
 
2013-03-27 03:47:37 PM

Smoky Dragon Dish: Anastacya: I remember when my mother used Q-Link on a Commodore 64. Suck it, Facebook!

I used QLink on a C-64...  guess what QLink turned into....


AOL.

/Wondering if I ever saw your mother in Rabbit Jack's Casino.....


Good possibility. Her name was LoisLane. I remember Rabbit Jack's, too. I used to beg her to let us bop around on the "games". And Club Caribe. I remember the nude beach, as well.

My mom has a Fast Hackem' cartridge and we had hundreds of games. Hell, maybe even thousands. But I do remember her being on Q-Link a lot; in fact, it was how she met my stepfather. This August they will be married for 23 years... I think? Maybe 22. I can't remember if it was 1990 or 91 before we moved to Cleveland from Dayton.

/damn I feel old
 
2013-03-27 03:48:19 PM
And so went the sad sunset on the heyday of the BBS.  Those were some fun times.
 
2013-03-27 03:48:58 PM
I think my old concentric.net email exists out there somewhere- named after a William Gibson character, natch!
 
2013-03-27 03:51:56 PM

GoldSpider: And so went the sad sunset on the heyday of the BBS.  Those were some fun times.


Sure was.  With the local boards we'd get together once a month "IRL"...was nice to actually meet people, make friends and find out who was behind the handles.  It was real motley group of people of all ages and personalities, probably one of the most diverse group of humans you'll ever find, since the normal social prejudices were gone as we were only text handles, no pictures.   There were drunken parties with plenty of good looking women, it wasn't just the stereotype 'nerd' logging on.  A lot of high school kids, and then an older set of working professionals in Silicon Valley.
 
2013-03-27 03:55:17 PM

harlock: Getting a kick out of this because I was a cameraman on that show.   It was the biggest computer show on television at the time, seen all over the world on PBS and other outlets.   Back when people got their computer information from that thar teevee thing.


Well, I liked the show. I got a lot of info from it. So, kudos!
 
2013-03-27 03:56:33 PM

SurfaceTension: I had a homepage in 1995 so I'm getting a kick...

/certain I'm not even close to the most experienced user on Fark


That takes me way back. My history on the net from that era is somewhat murky, but I do recall having an AIM account in 1997 about 6 months after they started up (still have it, though I use XMPP these days). I bought my domain in 1999 -- it's 14 years old now. Makes me feel old. :/

I remember playing the tank game Bolo on a Mac over LocalTalk networks (or was it AppleTalk?) back in the late 1980s.

It's remarkable to see how many of the actually useful (as opposed to profit-driven) stuff from back then is still online.
 
2013-03-27 04:02:20 PM
Phhhht. Amateurs.

www.azog.org

I was using Q-Link for the Commodore 128 and PC Pursuit back in 1988!

When the text of BBS messages were scrolling by faster than you could read them, you knew you were going at warp speed.
 
2013-03-27 04:03:43 PM

GoldSpider: And so went the sad sunset on the heyday of the BBS.  Those were some fun times.


This.  I remember when we were on FIDONet and they first connected to "that ARPA InterNet thing" and we surfed Caltech's website for porn stories.  I do miss the good old days of local BBSes and the door games.  Hour upon hour of Tradewars, and then I got involved with making rooms for the local MUD.  Eventually, I started telnetting to Medievia.  Wow, back when.
 
2013-03-27 04:05:26 PM

GoldSpider: And so went the sad sunset on the heyday of the BBS.  Those were some fun times.



My one and only BBS experience was some nice guy sending me scans of old Hustlers and then telling me about this new rooftop deck he built and how I should come over and sunbathe nude on it with him.


/I was 12

//And a dude

///I didn't, before you ask
 
2013-03-27 04:08:31 PM
I miss the multi-line BBS days. £inq was the big one I used in Montreal.
 
2013-03-27 04:08:47 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-27 04:11:16 PM
Starting around 1986, I went from using my dad's 300-baud acoustical-cup modem attached to a thermal printer (no screen), to an Apple IIc 1200 baud, to an Amiga 500 2400 baud.  Those were the days, for sure.  My friends and I would call random phone numbers to see if any computers picked up.  Good times.
 
2013-03-27 04:13:23 PM

RangerTaylor: GoldSpider: And so went the sad sunset on the heyday of the BBS.  Those were some fun times.

This.  I remember when we were on FIDONet and they first connected to "that ARPA InterNet thing" and we surfed Caltech's website for porn stories.  I do miss the good old days of local BBSes and the door games.  Hour upon hour of Tradewars, and then I got involved with making rooms for the local MUD.  Eventually, I started telnetting to Medievia.  Wow, back when.


FrontDoor was the beginning and the end for the "local" BBS.

Somewhere in NJ exists three Colorado tape backups of Death Star BBS - Edison, NJ. A Renegade board, naturally.

//also was on Medievia
///it's somehow still alive. and somehow still hasn't implemented any of the ridiculous "features" they claimed were coming... 10 years ago.
 
2013-03-27 04:14:16 PM

harlock: Sure was. With the local boards we'd get together once a month "IRL"...was nice to actually meet people, make friends and find out who was behind the handles. It was real motley group of people of all ages and personalities, probably one of the most diverse group of humans you'll ever find, since the normal social prejudices were gone as we were only text handles, no pictures.


I was an awkward teenager living in a relatively remote, sparse area.  It was my only link to the outside world.  This is the time period I suspect us old(er)-timers will reflect fondly upon when asked by our children and grandchildren about "the time before the Internet".
 
2013-03-27 04:16:40 PM
i86.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-27 04:18:11 PM
Ahh I miss playing Gemstone 3 sometimes
 
2013-03-27 04:18:30 PM

SurfaceTension: I had a homepage in 1995 so I'm getting a kick...


I ran a personal website in 1993.  That was back when "home page" meant "the page that your browser takes you to when you click the Home button", and not "your personal website".
 
2013-03-27 04:18:38 PM
I avoided computers in 1995 cause in that year, my GF of 4 years left me for someone she met...online.  The mere soud of a modem generated a wash of emotion.
I was convinced they were THE GOT-DAMN DEBIL! .


I was back by 1996, and working professionally in IT the next year.
Still have my 6 character yahoo address which I picked up in 97?

I was an early adopter of online banking.
I have a first initial last name username.  And my last name is common enough...

leet I am.
 
2013-03-27 04:20:13 PM
I was there and don't miss it at all, actually. Nostalgia is the cancer of memory.
 
2013-03-27 04:23:18 PM

Valiente: I was there and don't miss it at all, actually. Nostalgia is the cancer of memory.


I'm nostalgic for BBSes and Usenet; in both cases, I think some things were lost in the transition to the modern Web.  I'm not nostalgic for the early Web; it's been superseded.
 
2013-03-27 04:25:38 PM

harlock: Smoky Dragon Dish: Anastacya: I remember when my mother used Q-Link on a Commodore 64. Suck it, Facebook!

I used QLink on a C-64...  guess what QLink turned into....


AOL.

/Wondering if I ever saw your mother in Rabbit Jack's Casino.....

Few people remember the early history of AOL.    And QLink didn't actually turn into AOL.  AOL was a separate service started by the same company, Quantum Computer Services in Vienna VA for Apple and PC users.    The C=64 and Amiga centric Q-link went away.   Some people online have resurrected the server software along with an emulator.

Aside from Rabbitjacks (which was really cool for the time) remember Club Caribe?  The first real avatar based social environment.   Also seen on Q-Link was a very early implementation of Easy-SAABRE which became Yahoo Travel.

The biggest suck factor of those early networks including compuserve, GENIE etc. is that they were all pay per minute usage for their premium features.   I spent a lot of time on local multi-line BBS's instead.  (galaticomm based systems which ran on 386's with serial card expansions - some had up to 32 lines using the galactibox serial port expansions.)


Technically, yes.  I do remember getting a message on QLink asking about if we would support a QLink port to PCs, around 1989.  Although QLink didn't morph into AOL exactly, I give a lot of credit to QLink for at least kicking down the door for the AOL service.

I don't remember Club Carribe.  I may have gone to college by then... 1990.  By then, I had the internet to play with, mostly usenet and e-mail.
 
2013-03-27 04:27:02 PM

Ambitwistor: I'm nostalgic for BBSes and Usenet; in both cases, I think some things were lost in the transition to the modern Web.


Users of the "proto-Web" like us know better than anyone how good we have it now.
 
2013-03-27 04:27:06 PM

Frozboz: Starting around 1986, I went from using my dad's 300-baud acoustical-cup modem attached to a thermal printer (no screen), to an Apple IIc 1200 baud, to an Amiga 500 2400 baud.  Those were the days, for sure.  My friends and I would call random phone numbers to see if any computers picked up.  Good times.


War dialing.  I never tried it, since I would have killed my parents phone bill.
 
2013-03-27 04:32:32 PM

MrJesus: RangerTaylor: GoldSpider: And so went the sad sunset on the heyday of the BBS.  Those were some fun times.

This.  I remember when we were on FIDONet and they first connected to "that ARPA InterNet thing" and we surfed Caltech's website for porn stories.  I do miss the good old days of local BBSes and the door games.  Hour upon hour of Tradewars, and then I got involved with making rooms for the local MUD.  Eventually, I started telnetting to Medievia.  Wow, back when.

FrontDoor was the beginning and the end for the "local" BBS.

Somewhere in NJ exists three Colorado tape backups of Death Star BBS - Edison, NJ. A Renegade board, naturally.

//also was on Medievia
///it's somehow still alive. and somehow still hasn't implemented any of the ridiculous "features" they claimed were coming... 10 years ago.


I was a co-sysop on a Renegade board based out of central Oklahoma in the mid 90s.  There were about a dozen local boards I was on, and enjoyed immensely.  I remember finding people similar to me and my friends, which I didn't think existed, all over the state.  As the decade wore on, more people would make mention of getting internet access.  After a few weeks, they would drift off, and we'd never see them again.  It was like this black hole that stole a few users each week.

Then I found out why.  It was a nice bridge to cross, but I did miss playing LotRD and Falcon's Eye.  I miss trolling download zones and chatting with sysops and trading ASCII artwork.  But once you cross over, you lose the connection to the local boards.  It's just inevitable for most people.  Fond memories, though.
 
2013-03-27 04:35:02 PM
I wonder which amusingly archaic episode of "Computer Chronicles" Mental Floss will feature tomorrow...
 
2013-03-27 04:36:55 PM

SurfaceTension: I had a homepage in 1995 so I'm getting a kick...


Did it look like this:

upload.wikimedia.orgupload.wikimedia.orgupload.wikimedia.orgupload.wikimedia.org

?
 
2013-03-27 04:38:07 PM

Pick: Back in those days you were NOT cool, if you had an AOL or Compuserve email address. My first cool email was a hooked.net domain. Had to use Compuserves dial in numbers to get to it.


I always knew I wasn't cool.

/ga­njs­mokr­[nospam-﹫-backwards]l­oa*com
 
2013-03-27 04:39:04 PM

SurfaceTension: I had a homepage in 1995 so I'm getting a kick...

/certain I'm not even close to the most experienced user on Fark


I didn't put up a web page until 1997. I haven't updated it in a very long time.
 
2013-03-27 04:40:04 PM

Pick: Back in those days you were NOT cool, if you had an AOL or Compuserve email address. My first cool email was a hooked.net domain. Had to use Compuserves dial in numbers to get to it.


Netcom.com, biatches!
 
2013-03-27 04:40:05 PM

DVDave: SurfaceTension: I had a homepage in 1995 so I'm getting a kick...

Did it look like this:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 200x150][upload.wikimedia.org image 200x150][upload.wikimedia.org image 200x150][upload.wikimedia.org image 200x150]

?


Or this?

24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-03-27 04:41:30 PM

Ambitwistor: Valiente: I was there and don't miss it at all, actually. Nostalgia is the cancer of memory.

I'm nostalgic for BBSes and Usenet; in both cases, I think some things were lost in the transition to the modern Web.  I'm not nostalgic for the early Web; it's been superseded.


Ahhhh, Usenet.  Fark before FARK came into being.
 
2013-03-27 04:42:02 PM

rumpelstiltskin: Ahhh, yes. The days when you would download a picture, and first her hair would appear, and then her forehead, and you would go make a sandwich and by the time you got back her eyes would be on the screen. Line by line your screen would fill up, and your anticipation would build up, until finally, GODAMMIT SHE'S GOT A PENIS! WHAT THE fark IS THIS BULLshiat?


My boss reads Fark? There goes my job.
 
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