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Old 12-11-2015, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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This is what people really thought: "OMG free porn!"
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:29 AM
 
Location: USA
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Remember the Hayes modulator/demodulator (modem)?
We actually knew what baud rate meant.
1200, then 2400, then 9600, then the US Robotics 14,400 (I think).
And I thought that was pretty fast.
Eventually 56K. Wow! We were flying then!
Compuserv. AOL. Prodigy.
Altavista and Yahoo search engines.
Apple 2. IBM XT. Amiga (the best).
Early in my career, I learned GML/SGML and even PCL languages at work (mainframe).
Read about a small company, Netscape and HTML. Promising. Bought stocks.
Made a down payment on my first house, thanks to Netscape and MCI stocks.
Great memories!
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:02 PM
 
Location: USA
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Remember the Hayes modulator/demodulator (modem)?
We actually knew what baud rate meant.
1200, then 2400, then 9600, then the US Robotics 14,400 (I think).
And I thought that was pretty fast.
Eventually 56K. Wow! We were flying then!
Compuserv. AOL. Prodigy.
Altavista and Yahoo search engines.

Apple 2. IBM XT. Amiga (the best).
Early in my career, I learned GML/SGML and even PCL languages at work (mainframe).
Read about a small company, Netscape and HTML. Promising. Bought stocks.
Made a down payment on my first house, thanks to Netscape and MCI stocks.
Great memories!
Wasn't Excite (MyExcite) a search engine also?

Anyhoots, back in the day (94 - 95ish), in my place of employment, the only persons allowed to use internet were the supervisors/work leaders to check their email, and me thinking "what the heck is an email"?
Close to the Y2K craze, I noticed the schools were integrating it for students usage (homework, research, studies) and my son would have to have one eventually. Went out to the Gateway store (crazy cow spots design) and bought a desktop PC with a 13 inch monitor with a 10 GB capacity, and a Cannon b/w printer included, wow!
Total price was around $1,200 if I remember correctly.
Those were the days.

I admit that I started using the internet to download music around the beginning of the century (Napster anyone?), and read on current events worldwide.

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Old 12-11-2015, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Oceania
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I was to young to remember when The Internet started to catch on or become popular so I was wondering what were people reaction to the Internet when it started in the Mid 1990s?

One word....porn.
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Oceania
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Originally Posted by fastninja500 View Post
Remember the Hayes modulator/demodulator (modem)?
We actually knew what baud rate meant.
1200, then 2400, then 9600, then the US Robotics 14,400 (I think).
And I thought that was pretty fast.
Eventually 56K. Wow! We were flying then!
Compuserv. AOL. Prodigy.
Altavista and Yahoo search engines.
Apple 2. IBM XT. Amiga (the best).
Early in my career, I learned GML/SGML and even PCL languages at work (mainframe).
Read about a small company, Netscape and HTML. Promising. Bought stocks.
Made a down payment on my first house, thanks to Netscape and MCI stocks.
Great memories!

Lycos.

We had fiber at JHUAPL in the mid 90s and lots of nerd engineers were gaming online.
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:46 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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And I remember having to pay for AOL service by the hour. One could really run up a big bill in a short period of time. It was changed to unlimited in 1996.

AOL pricing draws fire - Nov. 1, 1996
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Old 12-11-2015, 01:55 PM
 
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The internet back then may not have been as exciting as it is today, but that's only because it didn't have much of a selection of things to do. There was no social media, no Youtube, etc. And webpages were very basic. Even so, the internet was interesting nonetheless because it was something new and different.

I do not understand why some people think the internet didn't begin to catch on until the late 90s/early 2000s. Where the hell were these people during the mid 90s?????? THAT is when the internet begin to catch on, not later. These people must've been living in Mayberry during the mid 90s.
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Old 12-11-2015, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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This is what people really thought: "OMG free porn!"
I remember it took forever to download pix with ftp!
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Old 12-11-2015, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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The internet back then may not have been as exciting as it is today
The internet back then was more exciting than it is today, thanks to 3 simple letters: IRC
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Old 12-11-2015, 03:48 PM
 
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Before the Internet browsers were invented, the Internet was text based, I believe, and was mainly used by researchers at universities and the like. I remember logging on back in the mid 1980s, through a connection made available by a University, but it didn't seem so exciting and so I didn't try that again. Instead, there were commercial services like Compuserve and Genie, both of which charged by the hour. And if you weren't careful, your monthly bill could run into the hundreds of dollars. Also, many people used an assortment of dial-up bulletin boards. This was all happening for me from about 1982, maybe 1983.

Fast forward to the mid 90s and things began to change. Was it Netscape that made the first web browser? Things developed fast after that, and many people began to get cable broadband connections. Of course, the hardware continued to improve. Some people caught on quickly, others eventually caught on, and some never bothered. Today. it's almost universal. One of the most important human inventions, ever.

The smart phones resulted in another giant leap forward, but that's another story.
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I was using Mosaic prior to Netscape.
Yep, Mosaic came out of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Marc Andressen was one of the developers, who then went on to found Netscape.

I was lucky to be at a university at that time. Email, bulletin boards/news groups and using Gopher to navigate a pre-Mosaic, text-based internet. I remember buying CDs from CDConnection using their text-only site via Gopher browser before a graphical browser existed. The newsgroups were busy, busy, busy.

The first web sites (true WWW sites) seemed to all have a grey background. I recall a few and even created some for the university. I still remember my boss showing how to mark up HTML on a Mac in his basement and say something like, "Yeah, that's all there is to it."

It was exciting, full of possibilities limited only by the technology (which we knew would improve but were impatient anyway) and the accountants. The accountants are still in the way.
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