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2008-01-25 11:29:17 AM  
I remember those days....Back when every person who mastered the AOL interface thought they were a computer genius.
 
2008-01-25 11:37:08 AM  
UberDave: Back when every person who mastered the AOL interface thought they were a computer genius.

AOL was for losers. I was on Prodigy, so therefore I was a computer genius.
 
2008-01-25 11:45:21 AM  
Heh. My web page was so old, not even The Wayback Machine has it indexed.

I miss 1994- the halcyon days before AOL had web access...
 
2008-01-25 11:50:30 AM  
I always used local ISPs. Never touched AOL, CompuServe, Prodigy... ugh. And it was unlimited access for only $10.00 / month, which was almost unheard of back then.
 
2008-01-25 11:53:23 AM  
This is why I used lynx.
 
2008-01-25 11:56:10 AM  
I was on Prodigy too. Remember when they would assign you your e-mail address. I was X­59R­L8­E­Q[nospam-﹫-backwards]y­gid­or­p*com or something like that.

I would say those sites brought back a lot of memories but they didn't. I think I was looking more for International Donkey Shows than local McDonalds.
 
2008-01-25 11:57:33 AM  
Ah.. 1996.. back when IRC was fun... before they connected AOL to it.
 
2008-01-25 12:02:54 PM  
ah the days when the computer BBS was in its last throws.
 
2008-01-25 12:15:07 PM  
ahh yes, '96 on the internet... its where I met my wife.
 
2008-01-25 12:18:03 PM  
SilentStrider: ahh yes, '96 on the internet... its where I met my wife.

xtex: Ah.. 1996.. back when IRC was fun... before they connected AOL to it.


1996 is the year I met my ex-husband on the IRC! Ah, the misspent days of youth.
 
2008-01-25 12:24:05 PM  
holy crap, manbeef.com is indexed!

/back in the day
 
2008-01-25 12:29:07 PM  
And web pages had these in the margins of the all-too-large framesets:

cessna.com
[image from cessna.com too old to be available]
[image from cessna.com too old to be available]

Just in case someone needed to DOWNLOAD stuff to look at your site.
 
2008-01-25 12:43:55 PM  
Needs more under construction gifs.
 
2008-01-25 12:50:19 PM  
DarthBrooks: And web pages had these in the margins of the all-too-large framesets:

If you didnt have a browser, how would you view the site to download the browser?

/was too drunk in 1996 too remember 1996
 
2008-01-25 12:52:47 PM  
That mcdonalds page is hilarious.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2008-01-25 12:53:24 PM  
nobody felt comfortable doing anything more complicated than making a few animated GIFs.

But everybody felt comfortable making animated GIFs. I had a program to strip them out of my browser's cache. I also turned off javascript to avoid the animated status lines.

I remember when using the internet meant looking up a list of ftp sites.
 
2008-01-25 12:59:12 PM  
Prodigy was awesome back in the day. I enjoyed the Wildcat BBS series as well.

brap: I was X59RL8EQ(at)prodigy(dot)com or something like that.

I was NBKV11B.
 
2008-01-25 01:07:55 PM  
ultimatetaxi.comView Full Size
 
2008-01-25 01:09:03 PM  
What about the Sunny Delight scavenger hunt of '96?!? C'mon, got me a few CD's from cdnow.com for that.
 
2008-01-25 01:13:00 PM  
Searching BBSes for Doom II mods. Those were the days.
 
2008-01-25 01:13:01 PM  
I miss my balls. Chewbacca ate them.
 
2008-01-25 01:13:10 PM  
Ah, Lycos porn... Good times.

/what an age we live in
 
2008-01-25 01:13:41 PM  
I was really happy to go from 14.4 to 33.6 back in 96.

I'd just started using windows 95.

I don't think my pipe could have handled we pages as they exist today.
 
2008-01-25 01:16:47 PM  
aniktwo: 1996 is the year I met my ex-husband on the IRC! Ah, the misspent days of youth.

i met my wife on a telnet talker based out of Australia. Lots of fun. I spent WAY too much of my college days on that thing.
 
2008-01-25 01:20:05 PM  
Enuratique: Ah, Lycos porn... Good times.

/what an age we live in


no way... hotbot for the win.
 
2008-01-25 01:22:35 PM  
Gah, I worked for an internet 'shopping mall' back then -- clients were a huge pain, because they'd come to us with their products, we'd make nice pages with tables so the products would show alongside the text, with a handy "add to shopping cart" icon...

then they'd get home and check out their new storefront... with AOL's browser, which didn't properly parse the tags, and we'd get yelled at for making a huge mess for the amount of money they were spending.

(They were charging somewhere around $300/mo for the 'storefront space' on the webmall, through the use of two slick marketing guys who charged $600 admission to seminars where they'd talk about how YOU, TOO could become an Internet Millionaire... ) gah!

The $20/mo personal web site was only a few months down the line...
 
2008-01-25 01:24:54 PM  
bah hotbot and lycos, excite was where it was all at. That and Netscape's Cool Site of the Day.
 
2008-01-25 01:25:46 PM  
I met my wife online. In 1992.
 
2008-01-25 01:31:44 PM  
Lycos? Hotbot? Excite?

Bah! Infoseek, boys, Infoseek.
 
2008-01-25 01:32:03 PM  
FTA:Additionally, very few web designers had even the most rudimentary of aesthetic sensibilities, and nearly half of them were clinically retarded

The Internet may have changed but there are some things that haven't.
 
2008-01-25 01:32:22 PM  
What the hell was that plug for the SEO firm buried in the middle of this (under the NYTimes)? I think this whole article is a big fat linkbait and Fark bit.
 
2008-01-25 01:37:58 PM  
[image from geotex.com too old to be available]
 
2008-01-25 01:38:40 PM  
When our family first got onto the intrawebs, AOL was still charging per hour, so we chose to use an internet provider based on a monthly fee called WOW!. It served our purposes, though we were all total n00bs then.

Then AOL thought, "Hey, maybe people would actually like paying for a flat rate", did so, and we switched to AOL as WOW! lost customers. I can still remember the slowdowns caused by the mass migration to AOL because of that new flat rate.

I think it took us a year or so to figure out there was more to the internet than AOL's entertainment links.
 
2008-01-25 01:38:57 PM  
Anyone remember Mirsky? The demise of WOTW left a void unfilled until I discovered Fark.
 
2008-01-25 01:39:30 PM  
ZebZamboni

Webcrawler FTW!
 
2008-01-25 01:40:32 PM  
[image from i89.photobucket.com too old to be available]
damnit, george, you picked up while i was doing the internet

/prodigy's down... he's got total control of our geocities page...
//god help us.

video (new window)
 
2008-01-25 01:43:10 PM  
March_Hare Quote 2008-01-25 01:13:00 PM
Searching BBSes for Doom II mods. Those were the days.


This. That and seeing it took 15.7 minutes to download sexy_anal_babe.gif on my 33.k modem, and DOS 6.2 fit on three 3 1/4 floppies.
 
2008-01-25 01:43:37 PM  
Arxane

I never used it, but if I recall, WOW! was part of Compuserve. I was still on AOL when they were hourly, and even used the 20/20 plan (20hr for $20 per month) that they had for a little while before out and out flat rate.
 
2008-01-25 01:45:02 PM  
Ah yes, McDonald's, the dalmatian location. I always wondered what they made their burgers out of.
 
2008-01-25 01:46:03 PM  
dictyboy: Anyone remember Mirsky? The demise of WOTW left a void unfilled until I discovered Fark.

I miss Mirsky, too...

My favorite WOTW entry was from (I believe) the state of Nevada that said "WELCOME TO NEVADA" in big text across the top...followed immediately by a map of Winconsin.

Ahhhh...the good old days...
 
2008-01-25 01:46:04 PM  
Who needs this? If you want to see the 1996 internet, go to myspace.

/flashy sparkling animated image here
 
2008-01-25 01:51:22 PM  
Gopher. Lynx. 14.4.
 
2008-01-25 01:56:13 PM  
It was only a couple of years before that when I went to Unix Expo and saw a heavyweight panel discussion about whether or not it would be soon be permissible to use the Internet for commerce.

/does anyone need a basement full of empty Amazon boxes?
 
2008-01-25 01:59:16 PM  
 
2008-01-25 01:59:29 PM  
Hate Tank: /does anyone need a basement full of empty Amazon boxes?

I'll trade you for WebVan delivery bins.
 
2008-01-25 02:00:05 PM  
I was getting undressed last night & as I was pulling my tshirt over my head my thumb went right through it. Wondering how that happened I looked a little closer at the shirt & realized that it was one from a website that I got back in 97 or so.

/quite boring & meaningless I know
//highlight of my day yesterday - really sad
 
2008-01-25 02:01:15 PM  
What? No Hamster Dance?
 
2008-01-25 02:04:42 PM  
i worked for a now-defunct ISP "Internet in a Mall" at the time.

does anyone remember that one?
 
2008-01-25 02:04:44 PM  
Ding, ding, ding!!
Here comes the shiat mobile!
 
2008-01-25 02:05:00 PM  
AOL? Prodigy? I payed some mom and pop shop for a connection, where i had to manually type in the TCP/IP numbers.... you only needed a browser. Back then, i was using Netscape.
 
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