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2013-03-27 04:55:15 PM

tripleseven: 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.


Hate to admit it, but I still have a 7 character Yahoo username...with a 4 digit password.
I use it to sign up for shiat and NOTHING else.
 
2013-03-27 04:59:23 PM

Rwa2play: 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  I'm not nostalgic for the early Web; it's been superseded.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.


Not really. The really cool part of Usenet is that moderation was minimal. If I wanted to ask a question or start a discussion, I simply posted it. I don't ever remember having a post rejected. Today, that's not so easy. Yeah, we've got various web sites that try to do the same thing, but none of them are even remotely as useful as Usenet.
 
2013-03-27 05:00:13 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-27 05:01:30 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?


ROFLMAO!  yer right
 
2013-03-27 05:08:17 PM

jehovahs witness protection: tripleseven: 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.

Hate to admit it, but I still have a 7 character Yahoo username...with a 4 digit password.
I use it to sign up for shiat and NOTHING else.


Losers.

4 character Yahoo username.  Only used for spam possible login creations.
 
2013-03-27 05:16:54 PM
Interesting.  Apparently someone is using my yahoo username for their iTunes.  There are a bunch of receipts for songs purchased.

I wonder if I can do a password reset on her account.....naw.  That would be cruel.
 
2013-03-27 05:21:40 PM

BizarreMan: Interesting.  Apparently someone is using my yahoo username for their iTunes.  There are a bunch of receipts for songs purchased.

I wonder if I can do a password reset on her account.....naw.  That would be cruel.


Deleting all the contacts and important emails would be very cruel...
 
2013-03-27 05:31:18 PM
For me, the main thing online back then was Usenet. Man, I miss Usenet. B(

/have to use groups.google now, and it sucks
//hardly any posts these days anyway
 
2013-03-27 05:41:14 PM
I had a xoom site AND a geocities site.  Those sites had lots of important information on them, let me tell you.

/dancing baby.gif
 
2013-03-27 05:45:16 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.


The USENET still exists, its now part of the modern internet (instead of riding the ARPANET). Sadly very few ISPs offer USENET access anymore- you can thank its rise as a file sharing system for that.
 
2013-03-27 05:46:07 PM
I miss that sense of excitement.
 
2013-03-27 05:47:36 PM
Sadly, my first page from that era is gone.

It was on members.aol.com and it used frames.
 
2013-03-27 06:00:01 PM
www.webkinglasvegas.com
the old web still exists in some dark, remote corners. The fact that this guy actually has paying customers given his prices and FrontPage creations always blew me away.
 
2013-03-27 06:02:32 PM
LONG LIVE PIMP WARS
 
2013-03-27 06:04:13 PM
blogs.sfweekly.com
 
2013-03-27 06:06:55 PM

Rockstone: 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.

The USENET still exists, its now part of the modern internet (instead of riding the ARPANET). Sadly very few ISPs offer USENET access anymore- you can thank its rise as a file sharing system for that.


They don't offer it because they don't want to maintain the servers.  Every ISP has to have their own usenet servers if they want to serve  UUCP content, or they have to give money to someone else to use theirs.
 
2013-03-27 06:08:02 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 met my wife in an AOL chat room.

harlock: 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.


Back in the days before profile pictures. It was nice. Then came the day when people (particularly girls) wouldnt chat with you without a picture.
 
2013-03-27 06:09:35 PM
People's homes had webpages?  Truly that was the halcyon age of the internet.
 
2013-03-27 06:10:19 PM

vegas_greaser: www.webkinglasvegas.com
the old web still exists in some dark, remote corners. The fact that this guy actually has paying customers given his prices and FrontPage creations always blew me away.


webkinglasvegas.com
webkinglasvegas.com
webkinglasvegas.com

LMAO
 
2013-03-27 06:10:31 PM
I wasted my life away on IRC

/#nyc
//jokemassdeop
 
2013-03-27 06:11:18 PM
So, the whole interweb looked like a birther web page?
 
2013-03-27 06:14:56 PM
Back in 96 I worked at a company that spoofed games with LAN connections to work over the Internet. We had Quake, Duke Nukem, Command & Conquer, Civ II and a few others. When we'd do server load testing with customers people would constantly ask "How the hell do you have a 25 millisecond ping time??" Sitting 20 feet from the server, FTW.

Those were good times.
 
2013-03-27 06:16:11 PM
www.digibarn.com

If you didn't use one of these, get off my lawn.
 
2013-03-27 06:31:15 PM

BizarreMan: jehovahs witness protection: tripleseven: 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.

Hate to admit it, but I still have a 7 character Yahoo username...with a 4 digit password.
I use it to sign up for shiat and NOTHING else.

Losers.

4 character Yahoo username.  Only used for spam possible login creations.


5 here and still in use. Yes, I do suck
 
2013-03-27 06:31:52 PM
I liked AOL. I rarely had to buy any floppy disks because they must have sent me about 75 of them.
 
2013-03-27 06:33:30 PM

Mixolydian Master: [i.imgur.com image 480x324]


Version 3.0 was okay. Everything from 4.0 and up sucked major donkey balls.

/Former AOL tech support
//The horror...the horror...
 
2013-03-27 06:56:51 PM

harlock: 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.


 My best friend & I used to do that.
None of our parents seemed to think that two 14/15 year old girls meeting up with internet strangers (all guys) alone really late at night in some cafe was odd or a bad idea.  They would just drive up to the meeting place, drop us off and drive away.
 
2013-03-27 07:22:38 PM
www.cs.umd.edu

You have to admit, Yahoo! was pretty well organized back then.
 
2013-03-27 07:27:43 PM
also.kottke.org
 
2013-03-27 07:42:42 PM
I had a Jurassic Park BBS that did nothing.  Spent a lot of time MUD'ing on Star Wars MUD as a Twi'lek named Mott who built speeders.
 
2013-03-27 07:48:59 PM
i.imgur.com

/2013 Year of the Linux Desktop.
 
2013-03-27 07:56:54 PM
One of my sentimental posessions is a dot matrix printout of Mortal Kombat 2 movesets I got off some newsgroup.
I have one for Virtua Fighter as well.

When the vast majority of information was still stuck in video game magazines, which took a while to publish and ship, I was a God with my little booklet of directions.
Other kids had friends or sex or something, but I knew the real prize.
 
2013-03-27 07:57:49 PM

Sultan Of Herf: I met my wife in an AOL chat room.



I met a bunch of people's wives in AOL chatrooms... and occasionally in parking lots in the middle of the night, afterward.

A/S/L ?

What are you wearing?
 
2013-03-27 08:05:48 PM

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

 My best friend & I used to do that.
None of our parents seemed to think that two 14/15 year old girls meeting up with internet strangers (all guys) alone really late at night in some cafe was odd or a bad idea.  They would just drive up to the meeting place, drop us off and drive away.


heh. I remember doing that. I remember my mom dropping me off everywhere, asking what time to come pick me up, and then driving off, not thinking twice about it. Mall, Library, random shopping center (village center) in the area, wherever.

2. Pimpwars. Food Fite, Tradewars, LORD. Some of the greatest games around. The original notsoMMOs.

3. Gemstone 3, started playing on GEnie, switched to Dragonrealms (still paying $6.95 an hour during primetime). I think Simutronics games going to a monthly flat fee was the real reason I was happy about the internet at the time.

4. ANSI Art. ACiD and iCE. The Art Scene. There was some really nice ANSI art back in the day. I think ACiD still has an archive up with their acidpacks. The drama of the art scene back in the day (not to mention the pirate groups) was hilarious.

5. BBSing. I LOVED customizing BBS software. Got started into BBSing with WWIV, then started playing with Renegade, then got into Celerity, Oblivion/2, and finally towards the end, PCBoard. I'd download them, mod the hell out of them, and never start a board with them. I'd just pick a different one and do it all over again.

6. FILE_ID.DIZ
 
2013-03-27 08:10:05 PM

FlashHarry: [blogs.sfweekly.com image 500x326]


DEE DA DEE DA DOO DA DOH DOH... DEE DA DEE DA DOO DA DOW...
 
2013-03-27 08:11:13 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.


My first time trolling was on some packet newsgroup Deadly Sins BBS picked up. Some UFO forum. I told long story about a space ship that landed in my backyard. It looked like an ASCII rendition of a tyderian shuttle. I claimed a 9 meter tall from thing was trapped in my basement. I actually got a few incredulous bites. I knew then that this internet thing was how i was going to get my jollies from fools.
 
2013-03-27 08:17:35 PM

tripleseven: 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.


I had a 6 digit ICQ number...
 
2013-03-27 08:21:33 PM

Mantour: [www.cs.umd.edu image 551x613]

You have to admit, Yahoo! was pretty well organized back then.


Yahoo's homepage redesign sucks.

I had a three character geocities username. I had to move my homepage from lookup.com because they weren't offering free pages anymore.

angelfire, xoom... sucked.

I had 5000 hits on my collection of links webpage before 1996... I was pretty proud of that.
 
2013-03-27 08:37:09 PM

Magnanimous_J: 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


CSB:
That sound similar to my experience. Had not one, but two sysops call my house at very early hours in the morning, wanting to know if my parents were around and getting really cagey when I said "yes." Why they thought my parent wouldn't be standing right there when they called the house looking for me at 7:30 in the morning, I don't know, but it was pretty bizarro. One of 'em said "fark it" and started talking dirty to me anyways.

Mom didn't even have to tell me that the local BBS scene probably wasn't the best place for a 12-year old boy to make friends - I figured it out all on my lonesome.
 
2013-03-27 08:39:12 PM

tripleseven: 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.


I own my own domain today that is my last name with dot com at the end. My email is fi­rs­tna­me[nospam-﹫-backwards]em­antsa­l*c­om.  There can't be that many people who have that.

Funny that the guy streaming his band in that video said that would only be possible for a year or so "before the shutters come down" and no one would be allowed to do that any more. I wonder what he'd have thought if you told him about Youtube...
 
2013-03-27 08:40:27 PM

harlock: 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.


The money I spent on TAPCIS was probably some of the best $ I ever spent to manage my CI$ account. I can still pull up some old LISTSERV entries by searching that address. I think I opened that account in 1992 or 1993, with our external 14.4 25-pin serial modem. Surfing the early web using Spry was... painful.

Back when our office "computers" were all 3270 terminals, and the "network" was coax.

/Out of curiosity, i just checked. Google will not let me create a #####.####@ address, nor will aol, but it looks like outlook.com will.... Hmmmmm...
 
2013-03-27 08:46:18 PM
i18.photobucket.com

Anyone else?
 
2013-03-27 08:58:29 PM
There is a textfile I wrote in 1985 archived on textfiles.com, talk about made me feel old when I found it.

I have theflatline at all the major mail services, and have owned the domain since 1997.  I do nothing with it.
 
2013-03-27 09:06:45 PM
spinningflamingskull.com spinningflamingskull.com spinningflamingskull.com spinningflamingskull.com spinningflamingskull.com spinningflamingskull.com
 
2013-03-27 09:08:20 PM

Flint Ironstag: I own my own domain today that is my last name with dot com at the end. My email is firstnameemantsalcom.  There can't be that many people who have that.


Me! I had someone in Australia asking me about purchasing the domain off me quite a few years ago. Nothing else since.
 
2013-03-27 09:23:01 PM
lord.nuklear.org

cymonsgames.com

In 1995, I was playing these over a modem.  Didn't have internet at home.
 
kth
2013-03-27 09:36:47 PM
I remember going to the computer center after the bars closed with a buddy of mine in 1994. I know we used telnet to get to the OU server, and go to something called (either our name or the informal name or something) the Undernet. We'd go to some chat room. I remember my friend brought some girl to town that he met there and she looked just like his sister.  I was one of like five girls there.

It's where I learned to type fast.
 
2013-03-27 09:41:50 PM

Khellendros: 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.


Thanks for the memory! I was one of those people out there, similar to you and your friends. Same time frame, same shiat. I lived in Arkansas though, but there used to be so many good boards! There were 6-7 in my town alone, and many more just a phone call away.

I remember one time I called a board that I used to call all the time, but they had moved and changed their number. I didn't think much of it, until my parents confronted me with a $300 phone bill! I wouldn't change a thing though...I had a  sweetL.O.R.D. character.
 
2013-03-27 09:47:53 PM

rhiannon: Flint Ironstag: I own my own domain today that is my last name with dot com at the end. My email is firstnameemantsalcom.  There can't be that many people who have that.

Me! I had someone in Australia asking me about purchasing the domain off me quite a few years ago. Nothing else since.


Nobody's offered to buy mine!

I almost got my first name as a dot com as well, since it's fairly unusual but someone beat me to it.

On the other hand I can't get my name as a Twitter name because it's too long and they don't accept hyphens. Bastards.
 
2013-03-27 10:06:48 PM

whipbambucket: I had a 6 digit ICQ number...


Same.  Wonder if I still do.
 
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