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(Fark)   What would you have done differently pre-internet had you known for certain the internet as we now know it was coming? (Aside from investing in tech stocks or creating an internet company first)   (fark.com) divider line
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2022-05-15 4:47:49 PM  
The internet as it is now, or the internet as in using dial up, or some point in between?  Even early broadband wasn't a flicker of what it is now.
 
2022-05-15 5:13:51 PM  
 Taken a dick pic, had the roll of film processed at K-Mart, put it in an envelope addressed to some hot babe, and licked stamps to put on it for postage.
 
2022-05-15 5:24:39 PM  
Move to a more civilized country. The internets have impacted the entire world, but many countries are still sane. US not so much.
 
2022-05-15 5:25:45 PM  
Gotten in a lot less trouble as a kid for the huge long distance phone bills from bbs's.

I scraped barnacles off of boats all frakking summer to pay off those damn bills. I lived in a wetsuit that year.

/No! There was no ASCII pron involved. Why do you ask?
 
2022-05-15 5:29:30 PM  
Not paid for pr0n.
 
2022-05-15 5:38:24 PM  

dstanley: Not paid for pr0n.


Wait... there's pr0n on the internet?
 
2022-05-15 5:45:09 PM  

Unobtanium: dstanley: Not paid for pr0n.

Wait... there's pr0n on the internet?


So I'm told.
 
2022-05-15 6:11:29 PM  
I'd probably have done nothing differently, since we basically did know it was coming. Maybe not to the last detail as far as exact tech and who would wind up on top, but we had an idea of what it would be.
Every new tech has a wild west start, lots of small companies getting into the game, some go nowhere, some get bigger, and the bigger ones buy the more successful or promising smaller companies. Then you are left (mostly) with a few big players.
Same as cell phones, or cars, or any other new tech.
 
2022-05-15 7:05:16 PM  
I would have established on day one the graphics interchange format is pronounced *JIF* like the peanut butter. The world would be a much happier place if we had sorted that out sooner.

Also if 3dfx had accepted DirectX they might still be in business
 
2022-05-15 7:11:54 PM  
So other than making money, or making google or whatever, what would we do?

I can't help but think the answer is literally nothing different. What's the alternative
 
2022-05-15 7:13:08 PM  

12YearBid: Gotten in a lot less trouble as a kid for the huge long distance phone bills from bbs's.

I scraped barnacles off of boats all frakking summer to pay off those damn bills. I lived in a wetsuit that year.

/No! There was no ASCII pron involved. Why do you ask?


It only took 18 hours to download. Worth it.

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2022-05-15 7:18:09 PM  
Set fire to a lot more telecom infrastructure.
 
2022-05-15 7:22:19 PM  
Remained childless.
/Kidding, my girls are a joy.
 
2022-05-15 7:49:32 PM  
Invested in tech stoc...

/Oh.
 
2022-05-15 8:16:03 PM  
Not purchased so many reference books.
 
2022-05-15 8:22:35 PM  

Unobtanium: dstanley: Not paid for pr0n.

Wait... there's pr0n on the internet?


Why do you think the internet was made?
 
2022-05-15 8:27:57 PM  
Buy up a heap of dot com addresses like sec.com and cool.com and maybe even fark.com
 
2022-05-15 8:28:32 PM  

mjjt: Buy up a heap of dot com addresses like sec.com and cool.com and maybe even fark.com


*sex.com
 
2022-05-15 8:31:02 PM  
Yeah, what kind of question is this?

It's not like the internet magically solves some problem that everyone spent a lot of time on PRE-internet.

Though, as was mentioned in earlier posts, the entire "adult entertainment" industry was *completely* transformed.
 
2022-05-15 8:32:47 PM  

IgG4: I would have established on day one the graphics interchange format is pronounced *JIF* like the peanut butter. The world would be a much happier place if we had sorted that out sooner.

Also if 3dfx had accepted DirectX they might still be in business


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2022-05-15 8:50:31 PM  
Written to a lot more of those outfits in High Weirdness By Mail.
 
2022-05-15 8:58:06 PM  
Actually having given this some real thought. I would have stopped at usenet.
 
2022-05-15 9:06:04 PM  

punkwrestler: Unobtanium: dstanley: Not paid for pr0n.

Wait... there's pr0n on the internet?

Why do you think the internet was made?


They knew that already at least as far back as 2003.

The Internet Is For Porn - Avenue Q - Original Broadway Cast
Youtube LTJvdGcb7Fs
 
2022-05-15 9:15:00 PM  
First PC was a Mac Performa 630 , games were scarce replacement stuff or upgrades were damn expensive.I think I would go with a windows machine instead in hindsight.

The first Windows computer we had was from PeoplePC which came with dial up service , although if you were on too long you would get auto disconnected , simply reconnect to fix that.

That on top of watching ZDTV show's to help along with all this new technology and internet stuff (new to me) I think it went well enough from there to not change anything other than the first PC we got.
 
2022-05-15 9:26:12 PM  
I would have never, ever, EVER helped a boomer with a computer problem.  If they wanted to be online, they should have figured their shiat out just like I did.
 
2022-05-15 10:16:03 PM  
I would have forced every person on earth to watch Forbidden Planet so that they would know what was coming.
 
2022-05-15 10:50:51 PM  
How would we know what to do, since we didn't work in computers  and didn't know what they did?  And if you did work in computers, you probably already invested in them.

It's not like you can say, I would invest in Grumpy Cat, because this cat  stuff is going to be huge.
 
2022-05-15 11:31:15 PM  

punkwrestler: Unobtanium: dstanley: Not paid for pr0n.

Wait... there's pr0n on the internet?

Why do you think the internet was made?


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2022-05-15 11:46:11 PM  
I would not have bought so many CDs and DVDs.
 
2022-05-16 12:24:38 AM  

realmolo: Yeah, what kind of question is this?

It's not like the internet magically solves some problem that everyone spent a lot of time on PRE-internet.

Though, as was mentioned in earlier posts, the entire "adult entertainment" industry was *completely* transformed.


Now the real story can be told.

Back in the late 80's there was a strict conservative Christian lady, the kind that would borrow books from the library just to rip out pages that had even remotely suggestive or sexy content.

Anyways, she found a magic lamp and summoned its genie.

Being a Good Christian Woman, she devoted her wishes to removing carnal sin from society.

For first wish, she demanded that the phone sex industry collapse.
For her second wish, she told the genie she wanted the strip club industry to suffer greatly.
For her third and final wish, the Good Christian Lady wished for men all over the world to stop buying magazines  full of naked ladies and porn. Yes, to wipe out Playboy, Hustler, Penthouse, and all those sinful magazines!

Being a Good Genie, the genie did what genies do best: He granted all of those wishes, adding in a clever twist. In fact the genie granted all three wishes by doing only one thing.

Thats right! The Genie invented the Internet.

/ also, a few years later the genie became vice-president in the Clinton administration
// And now you know....the Rest of the story
 
2022-05-16 4:43:51 AM  
Wired the house for broadband and cable.

Yeah, I know we mostly have wifi now....but hardwired is a bit faster.
And it has to get signal to the wifi in the house somehow.

Oh...and a Masterbatorum with a large screen TV with hand shower and pressure washer hookups.
 
2022-05-16 7:26:27 AM  
I would have bought hundreds of acres of forested land in a place like Montana or northern Maine. Then I would have built me a cabin and become a hermit. I would never have to see the internet.
 
2022-05-16 7:48:48 AM  

bababa: I would not have bought so many CDs and DVDs.


I think I am still a member of Columbia House
 
2022-05-16 8:46:33 AM  

Burn_The_Plows: Not purchased so many reference books.


I hear ya on that. God knows how many weird trivia books I hoarded just to have at my fingertips the kinds of questions you can't just ask a librarian

Thanks Uncle Cecil!
 
2022-05-16 8:47:52 AM  

realmolo: Yeah, what kind of question is this?

It's not like the internet magically solves some problem that everyone spent a lot of time on PRE-internet.

Though, as was mentioned in earlier posts, the entire "adult entertainment" industry was *completely* transformed.


One that it solves is wondering what the name of an actor in a given film was and whether he was in other ones you didn't know about. The sort of thing that could keep you up nights, or fighting in bars.
 
2022-05-16 9:03:11 AM  

Meat's dream: I would have never, ever, EVER helped a boomer with a computer problem.  If they wanted to be online, they should have figured their shiat out just like I did.


Piss poor attitude.
 
2022-05-16 9:20:11 AM  

WTFDYW: Meat's dream: I would have never, ever, EVER helped a boomer with a computer problem.  If they wanted to be online, they should have figured their shiat out just like I did.

Piss poor attitude.


Ok boomer.
 
2022-05-16 11:54:25 AM  

Chompachangas: I would have bought hundreds of acres of forested land in a place like Montana or northern Maine. Then I would have built me a cabin and become a hermit. I would never have to see the internet.


No you wouldn't.  You'd be right here on the internet, checking real estate prices, trying to figure out how much money you could get for your hundreds of acres, now that you're a land baron.  Or else you'd declare yourself a sovereign citizen and stop paying for anything except for the things that you want to have.

That's how we got here.  Men.
 
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