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rpaske
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Joined: 2002-09-09
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Location: Slinger, WI/ USA

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 6:17 am Reply with quote Back to top

Happy Birthday to the 'Internet. Ten Years old!

Anyone else remember 'pine', Oak, and 'elm'?
 
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Green Bay Paddlers
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Joined: 2003-10-12
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Location: Green Bay, WI

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:23 am Reply with quote Back to top

LOL - Where would we be today without Al Gore?! Image
 
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OuttaHand
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Joined: 2003-05-19
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Location: Elkhorn, WI USA

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:09 am Reply with quote Back to top

I don't remember those

But I do remember having Windows 3.1
Having one program installed that would dial and connect.
Then opening another program to get to web sites (believe it was Netscape)
Didn't have any e-mail. Or anyone to e-mail back and forth with for that matter!
I remember paying over $100 for a 14.4 modem because it was FAST!!!
I remember newsgroups being the most interesting thing out there because web sites just had not become popular.
I remember places that did have sites saying them as "http://www....." because back then you had to type in the http:// in front of the www. If someone had just said "blahblah.com" the average person never would have known what they were talking about.
 
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OuttaHand
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:34 am Reply with quote Back to top

Forgot to add this:

The nearest internet service provider was AOL with a Milwaukee dial-up number. That was long distance for me.

At that time, AOL was charging about $49/month for a limited number of minutes.

So between the $49/month to AOL and my long distance phone charges, I was paying about $100 - $150 per month to use the internet!
 
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jthorson
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Location: Pewaukee, WI, USA

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:39 am Reply with quote Back to top

The authors would flunk my networks class.

Internet was born 1969.
WWW (which is not the same as the Internet) born ~1990.
First porn site, 5 minutes later.
 
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WISearchers
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Joined: 2002-12-23
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 9:35 am Reply with quote Back to top

Did anybody have one of the old compuserv (or was it prodigy?) emails? 984253.98458@compuserv

How did people ever use(or remember email that way??

I didn't have one; I was a bit young, but not too young to remember them.

Speaking of AOL, remember when their first disks were out and they were giving away a whole 5 free hours?? Wow! LOL


My first experience with anything internet related was in High School in the late 80's. Our library had the old modem where you put the receiver on it and then dialed in to the university or regional library to check out books for interlibrary loan. I believe it was a blazing 9600 baud.

Then in 1995, I wanted to do some research on Mardi Gras, and my employer at the time had a connection to this thing I had been hearing about: The Information Superhighway!

Several all night chats in chat rooms commenced. Conversation was had by all. Many Free hours at AOL were blown. The End.

Image Mr. WISearcher.
 
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kbraband
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Joined: 2002-02-19
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Location: Mequon, WI US

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 7:42 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Charter member of AOL. Joined in 1989.
 
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Green Bay Paddlers
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 8:52 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Used to log onto a variety of bulletin boards on my 2400 baud modem back in the mid-80's... Then I upgraded to a 4800 baud modem and got prodigy. Yep - that was living...

Of course - I also had my 8088 processor with monochrome graphics, 256 MB RAM and two low density 5 1/4" disk drives. What was a hard drive? No such thing...
 
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Buy_The_Tie
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Joined: 2002-07-12
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Location: New Berlin, WI

PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 9:11 pm Reply with quote Back to top

quote:
Originally posted by Green Bay Paddlers:
... with monochrome graphics, 256 MB RAM and two low density 5 1/4" disk drives...


I believe you ment 256 kB of RAM.
 
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Miata
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Joined: 2002-02-20
Posts: 860
Location: Neenah, WI

PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2005 4:05 am Reply with quote Back to top

That sounds more like it! Image

quote:
Originally posted by Buy_The_Tie:
I believe you ment 256 kB of RAM.


 
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Green Bay Paddlers
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 12, 2005 6:24 am Reply with quote Back to top

LOL - Yep.. definitely meant 256K of RAM. And I double-checked my museum in the basement - my original modem was 1200 baud...

I still remember the day we upgraded to CGA graphics. Ah... that was huge.

And to think that I was profoundly jealous of my friend down the streat who had a PC jr. Boy - I really thought that was the future of computing! LOL

 
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