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WHAT NEXT, BEING ABLE TO PLAY GREAT HITS LIKE PONG OR EVEN PAC-MAN ON THE COMPUTER?!
MUWHAHAHA -- Little did they know that they were sowing the seeds for the newspaper`s ultimate demise.
I actually don`t find it funny, really. It`s just so ironic to hear this guy talk about how the internet will affect newspapers` bottom lines.
It was also interesting how the older gentleman who had a computer in his home said that he could, "copy" the stories onto paper, instead of saying, "print" them onto paper. I dunno... I guess widespread use of that jargon wasn`t in place at the time.
At the risk of sounding like a crotchety old man anyone here under the age of 30 would be totally lost if you sat down in front of an old piece of hardware. You`re spoiled by the ease of GUI, and a 300 baud modem would have left you curled up in a corner whimpering.
And to try to end the argument once and for all, the first true precursor to the internet ARPANET went live in 1969. I believe it was limited to communication between UCLA and Stanford.
Anoyone who thinks it didn`t exist until the 1990`s needs to get a clue. Through my high school`s lab I had a VAX account at the University of Buffal
Silly boy, its a series of tubez...
It`s fun to look back and see what was high tech 30 years ago.
hahaha good old imperlialistic British arrogance!!!
hahahah it`s funny how that was a merit in itself to put under a persons name
Before you jump too hard on Baal, it depends what you define as "internet". Bulletin Boards were the rage from the early 80`s, and in 1985 Telstra (then Telecom Australia) introduced VIATEL. Viatel was more than a BBS, it was navigable and used block graphics to create visual pages very similar to today`s internet though obviously cruder. Unlike today`s internet, you PAID a certain cost per page, set by the creator of that page, for every page you visited.
Since Australia has always been the ass-end of the information superhighway`s dirt road tributaries, its a fair bet that if that was available in Oz in 1985, a similar service was in the US a few years before.
Read about it and see some examples here
That`s nothing compared to "Hashish" though, it says "A euphoric drug which affects Eastern and Black societies; it has no effect on those of British blood, however."
Now newspapers are failing and going out of business, Because they can`t compete with the internet.
It is ASTONISHING how far we advance in such a short amount of time.
Is it like a big netgear router or something?
Personally, I think when people ask "When was the internet invented", the 1989 date is what they are asking for, even though the more technical answer is either 1957 (when the theory was in place), or 1970 (when the machines were in place).
So I`m actually barely older than the internet. All of you in the 13-17 bracket weren`t even born when the internet was invented... scary thought.
I`m just waiting for my kids to ask questions like "What are CDs?" "You really had to carry your music instead of just putting it on your brain chip?! Wooooow!!!"
I actually have no idea how my job would have been done without it. I do country risk profiling and business analysis.
Seriously though, the amount of extra effort no net would mean... *shudder*.
Deng, what next! CNN.com? Pfft!
Thanks Al Gore!
lol! Although I shouldnt laugh ;)