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You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when...
    #4399299 - 07/13/05 12:29 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

...when you remember a time when no one had to put numbers in their nicknames...because there were still so many names not being used.


Anything else?

Oh!


If "gopher" means something other than "animal" to you...you know you're an Internet Oldtimer :smirk:


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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: trendal]
    #4399312 - 07/13/05 12:36 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Heh, gopher...ahhh sweet text.


I remember my 2400 baud modem like it was yesterday!


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Acid doesn't give you truths; it builds machines that push the envelope of perception. Whatever revelations came to me then have dissolved like skywriting. All I really know is that those few years saddled me with a faith in the redemptive potential of the imagination which, however flat, stale and unprofitable the world seems to me now, I cannot for the life of me shake.

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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #4399317 - 07/13/05 12:38 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Haha! Yeah I remember my first 2400 baud modem, too!

The speed was BLAZING! :lol:


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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: trendal]
    #4399318 - 07/13/05 12:39 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

My dad got us AOL right when they went from being a regional company around Virginia to advertising around the country. Man, those were the days. I even remember my first internet friend, her name was Shari and her screenname was MoRAM22.


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Acid doesn't give you truths; it builds machines that push the envelope of perception. Whatever revelations came to me then have dissolved like skywriting. All I really know is that those few years saddled me with a faith in the redemptive potential of the imagination which, however flat, stale and unprofitable the world seems to me now, I cannot for the life of me shake.

-Erik Davis


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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: trendal]
    #4399324 - 07/13/05 12:42 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

I used to trade DOS games on a dialup BBS using my "Zenith Data Machine."

My first AOL screen name was five letters and no numbers.  It was AOL 1.0.

"warez" and pirated software used to be hosted on free websites- because NOTHING was bigger than 5MB.

Credit card fraud was rampant because there was no way to validate the info.

You could whistle commands to your modem via your house phone on the same line.

Good ol' days.  :grin:


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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #4399330 - 07/13/05 12:45 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

You know that AOL started out as a BBS?


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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: Drink_Punk_Soda]
    #4399331 - 07/13/05 12:45 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

I still use my original screen name from AOL 2.1.X.


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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: trendal]
    #4399332 - 07/13/05 12:45 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

I remember paying for access to, and then using for about 69 hours straight (for downloads) the TOTSE dial-in BBS back in the dizay.


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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: trendal]
    #4399338 - 07/13/05 12:46 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Nope I didn't trendal...I used to use a program called GEnie that was all text and no graphics at all before I ever used AOL.  I remember it so clearly, they had awesome games you could play, text-based RPG's and trivia games...I just hung out in the music rooms to be cool like my sisters. :smirk:


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-Erik Davis


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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #4399356 - 07/13/05 12:57 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Yeah a GOOD number of the early ISP's all started out as local BBS systems. As the technology to link networks of BBSs together got off the ground, it became possible to link your BBS to the Internet.

People started paying to use these BBSs, at first FOR the BBS but later increasingly for the INTERNET that was available ON the BBS. Eventually a lot of these decided to scrap the BBS part of their business and just give out dialup Internet access. Thus the local-ISP was born!


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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: trendal]
    #4399360 - 07/13/05 12:59 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

And the Shroomery is keeping the BBS tradition alive, in a psychedelic fashion.


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-Erik Davis


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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #4399364 - 07/13/05 01:01 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Exactly!

First we had the BBS. Then BBS with net access. Then we just had net access. Now we have internet with BBS access.

It all comes full-circle :wink:


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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: trendal]
    #4399390 - 07/13/05 01:06 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Next up...telepathy!


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-Erik Davis


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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #4399396 - 07/13/05 01:08 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

And then, BBS via telepathy! :grin:

Imagine "running" something like a BBS from your own brain!


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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: trendal]
    #4399401 - 07/13/05 01:10 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

I think I just had a near-aneurysm trying to process that...I'm not ready!


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Acid doesn't give you truths; it builds machines that push the envelope of perception. Whatever revelations came to me then have dissolved like skywriting. All I really know is that those few years saddled me with a faith in the redemptive potential of the imagination which, however flat, stale and unprofitable the world seems to me now, I cannot for the life of me shake.

-Erik Davis


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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #4399405 - 07/13/05 01:12 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Before we have telepathy, we'll need the telepathic equivalent of
routers and dedicated servers.

i.e. dishes of cloned neurons stacked twelve high, or in a honeycomb
configuration, connected to a high-power version of our own implanted
neural antenna.

Somebody call William Gibson!


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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: trendal]
    #4399407 - 07/13/05 01:12 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Definitely, I remember downloading game patches that were less than a 1mb, and it taking over 30 minutes, and I thought it was pretty quick. Technology is scary.


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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: Penguarky Tunguin]
    #4399412 - 07/13/05 01:14 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

I remember getting my first isp. Netcomplete in 93. My first modem was a 14.4k external texas instrument modem.

man those were the days.


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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: trendal]
    #4399423 - 07/13/05 01:19 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

...when your ICQ number only has 7 digits.

...when you still use ICQ. :smirk:

Or maybe that's more like an 'internet old fogey'.

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Re: You know you're an Internet Oldtimer when... [Re: trendal]
    #4399432 - 07/13/05 01:24 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

I'm not an old timer... but definately middle ager....

I still have my first AOL screenname, lets see here, I was in 6th grade that would make it nine years ago. I dont have ICQ anymore, but I had a five digit number.
Me and my buddy played Duke Nukem 3d over modem.

We hadn;t figured out how to turn off call waiting yet... and as you may know if someone calls you get kicked off. It still remains that way I think. My friends babysitter was calling every ten minutes and I cussed her out. She came and bitched at my mom, and my mom flipped her off.


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