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First Experiences On the WWW

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by mikeny, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    Like Stuart, we first "got connected" in the early '80's with Compuserve. We were using Tandy Model II's and receiving text at a frustrating slow speed, it seemed only slightly faster than the teletype bringing "wire service" stories at a newspaper I worked for in 1969. It wasn't really very useful but it was interesting. By the mid-90's we ended up on AOL after weird experiences with PC Link which was it's predecessor.

    Being a packrat, I still have a couple those early '80's computers and modems stored somewhere under the house and have a web page about them.
  2. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    My first internet experience was on December 26 1995. The day after I got my first computer. A shiny new IBM Aptiva with 4Mb of RAM, a 1GB hard drive, 2X CD-ROM drive and a 100MHz Intel Pentium processor and a 13" monitor. I remember unpacking the computer Christmas night and started to hook it up and asked my mother 'What is this for?' as I held a phone cable in my hand. She said 'I think it's for the internet' and I responded 'Why would I ever want to go on the internet?'

    The next day she signed up for a 100 hour free trial of Prodigy internet. The first website I ever visited in my life? Porn.com followed by sex.com. Here I am, 10 years old surfing porn on 19K dial up. Life was so friggen cool! The good old days, all the porn I could handle with no fear of spyware and viruses. Other then porn I didn't see what the big fuss of the internet was about, so we canceled Prodigy. A few months later we tried Compuserve, had that for a while, then a friend convinced us to switch to AOL, that was version 2.0. In about 1998 got sick and tired of AOL and went with a real ISP, Sprint Internet Passport, they were bought out by Earthlink, I kept Earthlink until 2004 when I got Road Runner.

    I remembering turning on the computer for the first time, and being prompted to choose between Windows 3.1 and OS/2, not knowing what either was I chose OS/2. Now I have two Pocket PCs and a cell phone that can run circles around that first computer. In 1999 when I got my second computer I couldn't believe at how blazing fast 56K was.

    I cannot believe at how much the net has changed since then. Even with all the stupidity like dancing babies, FaceSpace and Tweeters, there has been progress like complex database backends and CSS.
  3. HDJulie

    HDJulie Icon

    Aug 10, 2008
    My first was an IBM PS2 with 4 Mb of RAM. The processor was a 486SX25 & to upgrade it I added the math coprocessor which I think made it a 486DX25. The 486 processors were the predecessor to the Pentium, right? Y'all remember when the Pentium first came out & it had a problem calculating past a certain decimal point & Intel had to do a recall?
  4. Milkman

    Milkman Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    I started in the 80's on my Commodore. There was a service for Commodore computers called Q-Link. It was kind of like AOL for Commodore. You would get x amount of minutes per month for free (I forgot how many it was, but I think it was something like 200 minutes). After that, you are charged per minute.

    Well, one month between me and my brother, we racked up a $250 bill. My parents very quickly removed our Q-Link access. :)

    I was into BBS'ing for a while, and even ran my own (all on my Commodore).

    After that I got my first IBM compatible computer (which was an Epson 386). I kept going with the BBS'ing, and eventually got on to the Internet.

    Been doing forums and stuff on the internet, all the way to present. In all of my years of doing this, on all the various different types of BBS', forums, etc., I have never had to actually place someone on ignore, but that streak was broken just in the last couple of weeks. :(
  5. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    Yeah, I was in shock going from 28.8 to 56k. I was then blown away again when our university added the Ethernet.

    I had a few $200 & $300 AOL bills. Can you even see my post? :lol:;)
  6. ncxcstud

    ncxcstud Icon

    Apr 22, 2007
    Did y'all ever have a computer with a 'Turbo' button? Effectively making a 133mhz a 166mhz processor with a push of a button?

    I believe ours was a Packard Bell that had it? Wasn't custom built either...straight from the store...
  7. Milkman

    Milkman Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    Yup my 386, my 486 PCs, and maybe my first few Pentiums did too.
  8. dettxw

    dettxw MRVing

    Nov 21, 2007
    Choctaw, OK
    I had to call a kiddo to ask as I couldn't remember!

    Back when we lived in Grand forks (circa 1992-1993) we had a second phone line and #1 son ran a dial-up BBS. He actually had quite a few users for what it was.
    I can't recall if we kept up the BBS when we moved to Palmdale.
    I loved going down to Pomona to the LA Fairgrounds to the periodic Computer Marketplace where all the local Computer Shopper-type places would set up their wares at really good prices. Spent a lot of money there and saw my first Pentium chip on display.

    Our first dial-up internet in 1995 was from a local Oklahoma City provider Questar (now long out of business). Then came Cox@Home broadband cable, later taken over by Cox when @Home went under.
    Still using the Cox Cable internet service, but not their cable TV. :lol:
  9. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    I spent quite a bit of time on QuantumLink and Compu$erve early on but it was too darned expensive. I joined PeopleLink later to be amongst other Amiga users. I spent many hours on local BBSs doing much the same as I do now but with a considerably more "utilitarian" interface. I eventually became a "forum op" on the local public library BBS. We didn't seem to need moderators back then. At the high point we had eight lines running on an 80286.

    Does anyone remember the first modem they got that they couldn't read faster than?
  10. Marlin Guy

    Marlin Guy Hall Of Fame

    Apr 8, 2009
    There seems to be some technical liberties being taken with regard to the Subject Line.

    The World Wide Web did not come into being until late 1990, and even then it was limted to Europe, so it was hardly worldwide. The first server outside of Europe came online in December 1991.

    The Internet is a different story, as that has been around since the 60's.

    Being online and being on the WWW are not one in the same.

    I was never on the Internet prior to the advent of the WWW.
    I got on the WWW on the December 27th, 1996.
    I signed up with AOL.
    On December 30th, after a 45 minute phone wait, I canceled AOL and moved to a local upstart ISP.
  11. MIKE0616

    MIKE0616 Godfather

    Dec 13, 2006
    and from what I remember of AOHell, how long did you wait to cancel your account? :D
  12. FHSPSU67

    FHSPSU67 CE'er & Retired Engineer DBSTalk Club

    Jan 12, 2007
    Windber, PA
    "I loved going down to Pomona to the LA Fairgrounds to the periodic Computer Marketplace where all the local Computer Shopper-type places would set up their wares at really good prices. Spent a lot of money there and saw my first Pentium chip on display."

    There's some memories I can relate to. 150 mile roundtrips to Pittsburgh at least once a month.
  13. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    My first access to the Internet was in April-May, 1989 through a system called sactoh0. This was a AT&T box that was set up by a PacBell employee that had a dedicated connection. I could log in through my Apple //c through a terminal emulation for 90 minutes a day. You had to have some knowledge of Unix to use the system, and to retrieve files, I had to send a e-mail request. There was no such thing as www, but there was Usenet news.
  14. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Today's web was not the only instance of hypertext on the Internet. Many of us that have been around for a while remember gopher that popped out of its hole in 1991.
  15. tfederov

    tfederov Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    My first experience with the Internet is when I was in pre-school....

    Just kidding. :lol:

    I think I was fresh out of the Marines in '94 and we got AOL at my mom's house. I did some chat room stuff and that was it. To be honest, I wasn't really impressed but then again I didn't understand the whole potential of being online either. My second stint in the Marines in 95 is where I started learning about Yahoo! and the ability to pretty much pull down and learn whatever could come to mind. My first big thing was pulling down midis because I loved music.
  16. JcT21

    JcT21 Legend

    Nov 29, 2004
    my first experience online was with a webtv back in 1997. i was so overwhelmed with being online... feeling of pure excitement as i entered my first chat room... shewww i remember it well. up all night and all day ..just couldnt get enough of being "online". then in november 1999 i got my first desktop, a compaq loaded with win98, 64mb of ram and a 333 mhz amd k6-2 processor. i think it had a 4 gb hard drive. used compuserve for a long time before i got smart and got a cheaper local isp. kinda makes ya realize just how fast things change.
  17. Shardin

    Shardin Legend

    Nov 26, 2006
    Yeah, but mine made the 8086 (that's right, no 3 or 4 in front:lol:) boost from 4Mhz to 8Mhz
  18. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    How do you guys remember that kind of crap? I don't even know what the specs are on my current computer. I have no idea how much ram or gigs or what kind of drive it has. I'm pretty sure the monitor is bigger than 13' though.
  19. Shardin

    Shardin Legend

    Nov 26, 2006
    Dang 13 foot monitor!:eek2:
  20. rebkell

    rebkell Godfather

    Sep 9, 2006
    Bigger. :D

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