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Old 05-16-2011, 02:59 PM
 
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My earliest "net" days were connecting to some local BBS's. One of my friends dad's ran one, so that is where I headed most of the time. TradeWars FTW!

After that it was AOL 2.5 which I believe was the first version that let you leave the AOL "walled garden" and browse the actual internet. It really wasn't nearly as interesting as chatting with girls from other states and playing Neverwinter Nights though, lol.

A little after that, I remember Warcraft coming out and it being one of the first games that easily let you connect with friends and play via modem.
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Old 05-16-2011, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Free AOL 3.5 floppies, then CDs. They were all over the place including cereal boxes
CNN.com - Campaign: Send AOL CDs back - Oct. 17, 2002
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Old 05-16-2011, 04:11 PM
 
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Free AOL 3.5 floppies, then CDs. They were all over the place including cereal boxes
And get one in the mail at least once a month.
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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Free AOL 3.5 floppies
Not 25 yr old yet, but getting there.
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Old 05-17-2011, 03:10 PM
 
Location: CLT native
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I ran a BBS for IBM PCjrs called the Peanut Farm, this was ~1985.
It was a swap area for files, mostly BASIC.
Lighting fast 300 baud modem.
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Old 07-26-2011, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Southwest Arkansas
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Watch Wargames
While they did fabrocate some things it wasn't that different
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:25 PM
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Location: Ohio
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I always cite this as an example of what mid 90's web sites looked like.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Fido BBS

FidoNet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bulletin board system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-27-2011, 12:35 AM
 
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I always cite this as an example of what mid 90's web sites looked like.
No ads, no redirects, no malicious code....

The web page was self contained....
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Old 07-27-2011, 12:39 AM
 
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Dial-up BBS's, ASCII graphics, Z-Modem downloads..

Massive 100K file downloads......

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