What Was The Dawn Of Your Internet?

Submitted by: littlemissqt 4 months ago in Misc Tech


Somewhere around the early-to-mid 1990s. Were you on Prodigy or CompuServe or AOL? Did you think it would just be a fad or did you realize it would change everything? 
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Male 4,490
My family had a computer that wasn't a Windows; it wasn't a Mac, either. I don't even know what it was (I was about 5; this was 1992). The menus were all text based, then it crashed, and we put some type of OS that was similar to Windows with a GUI, but again, I don't think it was Windows.

Then we got a Windows 95 machine. Man that was awesome! We got AOL, and off we went. Then I had that computer until about 2000, when I convinced the computer teacher at my school to burn us a copy of Windows 98, and we put that on.

I didn't get DSL until after I started college, then I didn't get Cable Internet until last year. (Not a lot of options around here)
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Male 18,342
Compuserve. But before that I had dial-up. Before that, I used to access the internet connected IBM mainframe through a VD10 terminal. Before that I used an Apple IIe. Before that I used punched cards to program Fortran 77. Before that? I have some punched tape from Jodrell Bank that predates even that I allegedly purloined on a field trip. Any further back than that and we're talking wooden or plastic slide rules, swirly patterns on cardboard discs, or beads on a wire.
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Male 2,868
BYTEnet run by BYTE magazine. Then Applelink Personal edition which went on to become AOL. 56k modems that were 144k with compression! Oh my! I'm gonna spew!
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Male 5,281
i was in IT before the internet but from the moment I first experienced it knew it would change everything. Literally everything. 
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Male 163
Mid 1980s, acoustic coupler and tying up the phone for long distance calls to Compuserve at 75/1200 baud.
I partially agree with the comment about Arpanet, however that was US based and government centric rather than the global public access that the Internet provided.

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No, all your answers are when you first were exposed to and used the internet. the real answer is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARPANET
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I remember BBS
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Male 18,342
dm2754 I remember when IP came in and the big thing was saucy pictures on USENET. It was a big upgrade from bulletin boards that charged by the minute and had really slow download.  
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Male 9,505
CompuServe, as I remember. 1991, I think? *bee-dooo! bee-doooo! ksshhhhhhhh!* I recognized that it was going to change everything: I was accessing major libraries for grad school research over the internet. You could see there was no going back to card catalogs, even back then.
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Male 1,869
I remember lookin up mars pics on the discovery channels site. 

And yes I see the coincidence 
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Female 6,716
1984 it took about 10-20 minutes for an email to get from CA to Japan.  
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Male 18,342
melcervini yes, I remember when fax was more practical. I STILL have a fax machine and a dedicated fax line.  
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