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.
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.
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.
"I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees." -- George W. Bush, Good Morning America, September 1, 2005
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. :)
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.
@ 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."
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.
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.
Once upon a time, a woman was picking up firewood. She came upon a poisonous snake frozen in the snow. She took the snake home and nursed it back to health. One day the snake bit her on the cheek. As she lay dying, she asked the snake, "Why have you done this to me?" And the snake answered, "Look, bitch, you knew I was a snake."
Originally posted by JavaIt 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.
We'll be back right after order has been restored here in the Omni Center.
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.
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. Eleven years on the same game called Avatar *boggle*
My decision was easy, my parents bribed me. My high school was essentially Purdue prep, with something like 240 of the 250 students in my class who attended college immediately after high school going to Purdue.