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2012-10-03 10:40:27 AM  
16 votes:
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2012-10-03 10:07:10 AM  
6 votes:

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

You're welcome.

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2012-10-03 10:08:16 AM  
5 votes:

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

I hope you tipped him well.
2012-10-03 01:38:06 PM  
3 votes:


Anyway, there was anonymous FTP at the time.

2012-10-03 09:56:11 AM  
3 votes:
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.
2012-10-03 09:55:31 AM  
3 votes:
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2012-10-03 09:52:02 AM  
3 votes:
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 05:11:52 PM  
2 votes:
What a crappy evening in 1998 looked like, by somebody who obviously was not there.
2012-10-03 04:13:40 PM  
2 votes:
2012-10-03 02:54:20 PM  
2 votes:

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2012-10-03 02:24:43 PM  
2 votes:
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 01:48:08 PM  
2 votes:
Could have been worse. The user could have been using:

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

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2012-10-03 11:57:49 AM  
2 votes:
It usually started like this:

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2012-10-03 11:03:52 AM  
2 votes:
that was a bit too close to my actual evenings in 1998 for comfort.
2012-10-03 10:21:00 AM  
2 votes:

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 08:01:12 PM  
1 vote:
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I played lots and lots of this.
2012-10-03 07:45:58 PM  
1 vote:

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 04:53:55 PM  
1 vote:
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2012-10-03 03:44:00 PM  
1 vote:
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Leisure Suit Larry
2012-10-03 03:41:22 PM  
1 vote:

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 03:35:23 PM  
1 vote:

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Agent Sm

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

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2012-10-03 03:21:16 PM  
1 vote:
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 03:20:57 PM  
1 vote:
I was still playing this in 1998:

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2012-10-03 03:20:18 PM  
1 vote:
Anybody else play this one?

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2012-10-03 03:17:57 PM  
1 vote:
I know it is off by 2 years but....

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2012-10-03 03:02:39 PM  
1 vote:
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
ParamRec : ParamRecord;
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);

2012-10-03 02:45:12 PM  
1 vote:
I was 21 in 1998, this is what most evenings consisted of.

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2012-10-03 02:44:23 PM  
1 vote:
Oh, fond memories of 1998. I was playing:

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2012-10-03 02:41:36 PM  
1 vote:
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2012-10-03 02:37:38 PM  
1 vote:
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 02:29:00 PM  
1 vote:

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


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:

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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 02:17:04 PM  
1 vote:
1998. My college roommate got busted whacking it to porn in the computer lab in our dorm. Good times.
2012-10-03 02:15:02 PM  
1 vote:

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 02:05:50 PM  
1 vote:
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2012-10-03 02:02:11 PM  
1 vote:
my favorite part was the ubuntu error message....
2012-10-03 01:57:38 PM  
1 vote:
I was probably hitting on Violet the Barmaid before heading out to the killing fields in LORD.
2012-10-03 01:57:21 PM  
1 vote:
Reminds me of this...

Unaired 24 Pilot
2012-10-03 01:51:19 PM  
1 vote:
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/ I had ISDN, biatches
2012-10-03 01:48:57 PM  
1 vote:
If you got this in 1998:

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

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2012-10-03 01:42:50 PM  
1 vote:

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 01:10:42 PM  
1 vote:
1998 was when I was discharged from the military under DADT.

2012-10-03 12:59:06 PM  
1 vote:
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 12:29:29 PM  
1 vote:

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 11:20:08 AM  
1 vote:
Here's what 1998 looked like:

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2012-10-03 10:01:26 AM  
1 vote:
I was in the datacenter making some of this sh*t run for you imbeciles.

You're welcome.
2012-10-03 09:59:19 AM  
1 vote:
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This was eating my life back then
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