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Old 06-03-2020, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Honolulu,Hawai'i
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Because back then you had to know how a computer worked before you could get on the internet. And back then everything required a seperate irq# and if something had the same irq it would brick the computer and when modems came seperate. The only way back then you would get on the internet is if you were a college student,military,worked for the government or knew someone in those fields. And back then you couldn't get on the internet using a cell phone.
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Old 06-03-2020, 06:02 PM
 
Location: 5,400 feet
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By the early-mid 1990s, I was using a dial up ISP on a desktop with an internal modem at home. I think it was a Dell. In the office we had a LAN with internet access, which was a fairly common set up in the corporate world. Cell phones at the time made telephone calls, if you could lift one.
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Old 06-03-2020, 07:16 PM
 
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By the early-mid 1990s, I was using a dial up ISP on a desktop with an internal modem at home. I think it was a Dell. In the office we had a LAN with internet access, which was a fairly common set up in the corporate world. Cell phones at the time made telephone calls, if you could lift one.
I was the same, but with a Gateway 2000. 56K modem which was a big upgrade from my previous 9600, 1200 and 300 bps modems.

By the mid 90’s the company I worked at had internet access via a fractional T1 line (256K speed for a company of 90 people).

My first cell phone was around 1991, which was like a brick, and cost a fortune.
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Old 06-04-2020, 04:38 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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It was dialup internet using something like AOL. I kinda liked AOL, but once we got cable, I completely forgot about dialup and I do not miss it.
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Old 06-04-2020, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Bologna, Italy
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It was good because it was new, free and wild. You suddenly had access to so much. And it did not impact your life in a negative way.


Now is a completely different story (not that I don't like the internet, it's just become massively influential in every aspect of life that it's hard to remember how it used to be, and sometimes you just miss it).


I would say though that the big change was the introduction of smartphones and 3G. 2007 was not that different from 1997 in a way.
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Old 06-04-2020, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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You enjoyed irq conflicts?
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Old 06-04-2020, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Florida -
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Ahhh ... the good old days when Mosaic, Netscape and AOL were kings of the worldwide web on the new 'information highway!'
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Old 06-04-2020, 08:21 AM
 
Location: The DMV
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Because back then you had to know how a computer worked before you could get on the internet. And back then everything required a seperate irq# and if something had the same irq it would brick the computer and when modems came seperate. The only way back then you would get on the internet is if you were a college student,military,worked for the government or knew someone in those fields. And back then you couldn't get on the internet using a cell phone.
And how does any of this make it better than today?

I remember having to write batch commands to bind protocols to network cards (NE2000 anyone?), being on my hands and knees looking for open BNC connections that broke the entire network bus, resolving IP conflicts when DHCP was simply not really used, or configure the comm timing for CSU/DSUs on T1 lines (Cisco 2100 routers?)... I'm not sure I would call those "good times" though.
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Old 06-04-2020, 08:38 AM
 
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I was the same, but with a Gateway 2000. 56K modem which was a big upgrade from my previous 9600, 1200 and 300 bps modems. .
Yes! The old Gateway 2000 with the cow boxes! Loved that thing... it replaced our Amega, which replaced our Commodore 64. (Although, I think we actually still own the older 2, and I think they still work.)

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Ahhh ... the good old days when Mosaic, Netscape and AOL were kings of the worldwide web on the new 'information highway!'
Yes! And Lycos and AltaVista were my search engines of choice.
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Old 06-04-2020, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Honolulu,Hawai'i
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You enjoyed irq conflicts?

Well on some sites i used to get bullied by people who have told me to go outside of the house.

I have gone outside of the house to take walks and such.


But i think they have a different definition of "going outside the house" than me.


Funny that they never got in trouble for it.



I wonder if the people who were insulting me were around when the internet was first getting started.


There was a lot less people who were normies back then, vs the early adopters.




Early adopters


Prefer niche media
- Described as weird or strange
- Consume media at a slower pace
- Extremely observant and aware
- Prefer quality content and functionality




normies.


The majority
- Target audience for the mainstream
- Like easy to consume media
- Trend Followers
- Prefer what's popular and trending


I think i mostly like the early internet, is that back then there were less people telling me to get a life.
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