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Since: 1.3.02
From: Worcester, MA

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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.46
For myself, it was back in 1991 when after debating with my mom, she let me sign on with Q-Link on my Commodor 64. It was a blast until I told my friends about it.

When you have a bunch of teens talking and someone that can type, it is a recipe for disaster. We lasted about a week before we got kicked off.

Unfortunately, I had to wait for AOL to launch to get back online. I kept trying Q-Link with no luck.



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Since: 23.7.04
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I think the first time I ever went online would have been late '98, looking at crappy wrestling websites.
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Since: 23.1.02
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.93
Definitely by '92. Maybe earlier.


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Since: 2.1.02
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My rich friends's house in high school, prolly around 93 or so. He wanted to show me some gay men's chat room where he would call them all homos & faggs & what not & piss them off. He thought it was the funniest thing ever, I didnt quite get the joke I guess.




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Since: 5.3.03
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Probably late-94, when a friend of mine showed me how to search for wrestlers real names. I remember it taking a good 30 minutes just to upload the page (and now, thanks to the dial-up connection on this laptop, it takes me only half that time!).

It wasn't until about mid-97 that I started surfing the Net more seriously.




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Since: 9.11.03
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1996, when we got our first computer (besides the old Commodore 64).



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Since: 16.1.02
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Mid-80s, with a 300-baud modem. (At least it wasn't one of those you had to stick the phone handset into.) I tried Prodigy and Q-Link briefly before settling down with CompuServe for a while. I got my first "real" Internet account via Panix around 1996.



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December 96 with a Compaq Presario 200mhz computer and a local dial up connection.




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Since: 23.5.02
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Well, ever since 95 when I was in Jr. High. We had a rotation of classes and we'd be in a new class every 6 weeks and one of those classes was a computer class we learned about all the usual 'puter stuff, RAM and bytes and such. But every friday we would be able to get on the internet.


The first thing i downloaded was a list of, as stated before, wrestlers real name. I printed it off and it was about 13 pages long. And one time I got in trouble because I downloaded a promo for the show Millenium and scared the shit out another kid in the next period. I forget what it consisted of.

And everyday during lunch I was always in the library on the internet. I spent a majority of my lunch time after that (Jr. and Sr. High). Then I got this thing, i've never really had a computer(I'm poor) but I like this and it does what I want it to dispute technical limitations.

And I used to be on all the crappy wrestling websites til I found Slash and Wrestleline and those were my main sites for a while til the both shut down. :)



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Since: 2.1.02
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It was on Compuserve back in 1984, on an IBM AT
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Early 90s, I tried out BBSing...and late 90s, I started up with the Internet.

And still to this day, I miss dialing into BBSes. Maybe I should start one up sometime.



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November 1996, and using AOL ever since. But I'm not proud of it!:-)



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Way back in the summer of 1984. I was given a Commie64 with a 300baud modem so I could dial out to local BBSs and play TRADE WARS. I was quite good at it too. I rather miss that game.

Does this count?
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Since: 11.2.03
From: Hackettstown, NJ

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I miss BBSs, too. I probably first tried on in the 80s, but I didn't have my own computer for it until about 91 or so. I was on a bunch of local BBSs, and was Co-SysOp of one. Local message boards, FidoNet, a few Internet newsgroups, and door games, basically.
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Since: 25.1.02
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@ high school in January of 1997 (junior year.) Brand new library (old one burnt down.) T1 connection. I fired up Netscape (3.0?) for the first time, saw a group of ten or twelve buttons for different search engines (having no idea what any of them were...or what a search engine was in the first place,) and clicked on the one labeled "Yahoo!" thinking, "Damn, gotta check that one out."

Dial-up at home came a few months later.



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Since: 2.1.02
From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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I remember Compuserve back when I had the Commodore 64. Also, via modem, I remember accessing the library at UWO in '91, although that was useless. ("Hey, that book hasn't been taken out! Alright!")

As far as the WWW, it was early '95 and I was working at Dell. I heard that there was an online community for Springsteen fans and I was intrigued. Strangely, I found myself drawn to the website for the Government of Ontario.

Funny story-after getting online access at home later in '95, I was showing my Dad all the information you could find-things he was interested in like golf and newspapers overseas. I left him alone for a while, only to come back to see that he had found some Russian mail-order bride website.
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Fall of 1995, when I was a freshman in college.

My friends and I would go to the computer center on campus and surf until closing. I would be chatting about the Seattle Mariners, who were a good team around that time, and look up Letterman Top 10 lists.

Then a bunch of us got some WebTV terminals and would chat there. I didn't break down and get a PC until about 1999 or so.



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    Originally posted by Java
    It was on Compuserve back in 1984, on an IBM AT


Me too. Except it is possible I was using an IBM PC. But I had a 1200 baud modem! That was also the year I started calling BBSes that that time, includng Ward Christenson's CBBS in Chicago. It wasn't long before I was running my own on a tandy 1000.



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Since: 20.9.02
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The first college class I ever took required it, so that would have been Fall of 1996. I've been hooked ever since, quite obviously.

Looking back, the funny part was the groans of disbelief when the prof announced it. I guess these kids were drama majors so that they wouldn't have to use computers. It wasn't a big class by any means, and all we did was continue class discussions which, naturally, turned into flame wars.

Or maybe the funny part was the fact that the guy who played the retarded kid in "Gigli" was in that class too.



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Since: 4.1.02
From: The Hague, Netherlands (Europe)

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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.58
Early 1994, college.
It was a simple Gopher system and a friend showed how to 'surf' onto the net using the various menus of all these colleges.
First he showed me the weather in Seattle. I was not impressed (it rained btw) and asked him where the games were.
An hour lated I was addicted to MUDs. Still am.
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