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Friday THREAD: When'd U First Get On The Internet?  
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5418 times:

Question's pretty self-explanatory... funny how a lot of people don't even remember.

Mine was 1991, dial up, provided by CompuServe.
Bet none of ya can guess what my screenname was back then?  Wink


What about you types: when, what speed, and who was the ISP?
What say you?

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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8594 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5410 times:
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I first got on when I got my first capable laptop towards the end of 1999. I had dial up and it was painfully slow. I remember downloading music off Napster and it took hours to get anything. One night I left it downloading several songs and we had a thunderstorm, a lightning strike hit my laptop through the power and the phone line. Luckily Compaq repaired it under warranty!

Things have changed a lot since then, now I have ADSL, wireless throughout my house and a 3G card for access anywhere.

After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12362 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5409 times:

I first got on in 1994, with an IBM, that had a 75MHz processor and 4 KB RAM, a dial up modem at the blazing speed of 33.6 KBS, and windows 3.1

It took about 2 minutes to visit porn sites in those days.

.  rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

User currently offlineAverageUser From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5386 times:

In my college in Finland in 1985.

User currently offlineIH8BY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1148 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5382 times:

I think it was 1999. Might have been 2000. LineOne (at that time a joint venture between BT and News Corp, now part of Tiscali) dial-up service at something like £9.99 a month plus the cost of phone calls. Used to block the line, was laboriously slow, but seemed like the best thing since sliced bread.

I now have mobile web via 3G with T-Mobile on my Windows Mobile, and recently (I've just moved) got Tiscali Broadband. It was a struggle just trying to get BT to connect my line (they cancelled my application without telling me). In all it took almost a month to get on the net.

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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3125 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5379 times:

Although I was a child and using my parents computer/internet, I first got on in 1995. We had an HP Pavilion desktop equipped with Windows 95, 133MHz, 8KB RAM, and I believe a 10GB hard drive. I can remember my dad telling me it was "top of the line" when we bought it, costing about $3,000 dollars. Then, a month later, came the 166MHz model. He was not a happy camper.

I remember them using the ISP Calweb, which to my knowledge, no longer exists. Not sure on the speed, but it was probably your average dial-up in 1995. It wasn't until late 1999 early 2000 that we got high speed cable internet.

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User currently offlineSpeedBirdA380 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 539 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5375 times:

1997 was the first time I got the internet. Remember the days when it took about a minute to load every page.

5kb's second was all I could get out of the connection! - Those were the days.

Found this video- Painful memories-


User currently offlineStealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5896 posts, RR: 38
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5371 times:
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mmm... hard to recall

Had Compuserve back in 1988-89 but before that was using Tymnet to access information at work, downloaded price files and uploaded sales info as well as something called "eMail", that was about 1983 using a 300bps acoustic coupler.

Later on had Videotext wth the blinding speed of 1200/75bps.. yes 1200bps download and 75bps upload.. yes that's right 75 BITS per second.

Around the middle of the '80s wrote a custom script for an IBM 2701 emulator to obtain sales info etc from "Big Blue" (surprised a few IBMers that could be done)

Then Compuserve at 2400bps then around 1993 the first tentative steps into what we know as the Internet and WorldWideWeb.


If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8508 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5345 times:

back in about 1996 we got the internet. I think we were using a 386 pc...

User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4992 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5335 times:

First time on the net (newsgroups and email only back then) would have been in late 1991 or early 1992 through a dial-up BBS with internet connectivity. First time I found porn  Smile

First time on the web through dial up access would have been in early 1995 at my high school, using Netscape 1.1 and a 14.4k modem. First time accessing by broadband was in late 1996, also at school. I remember seeing a download speed of 26k/sec and having my breath taken away!

User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 11585 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5333 times:

1996 when my company installed its first computer with internet access. From 96 to about 98, when everyone got internet, we had a kind of in-house internet café.

User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5330 times:

Late 80's at some point. C64 with a 300 BPS modem. I want to say it was compuserve dial up and there was only a couple of sites on LI like the 4th protocol which my friend ran out of his bedroom. Coolest stuff.

User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5314 times:

My first Internet Email address was courtesy of FREDMail in 1991, a system that used primarially dialup lines and commodity Apple II hardware to relay messages once a day. (I was just finishing 1st grade...always have been a geek...also home to the first and ony account I ever hacked). I don't remember what that address was but I remember it was insanely long. (something like lincoln@blahblah.something.otherthing.thing.this.some.edu)

About a year later the family got Compuserve, with it's long distance call and per-hour usage fees but it provided access to content. Internet access via Compuserve came a after that. The first site I ever visitied (God, I wish I could remember the year) was http://www.discovery.com. The first commercial that I remember seeing an intenet address in was one for Discovery Networks.

Then came the local ISP run by a newspaper, and the shortest email address I ever had -- lincoln@pe.net. Newspaper branched out into DSL, so the family migrated to high speed in...1999?


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User currently offlineN867DA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5315 times:

I got online in 1994 or 1995.

[ding] You've got mail!

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User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3094 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5286 times:

1997, when I first went to university. The computer room was full of first-time internaughts, emailing each other from across the room! Bear in mind that it was the Modern Languages dept of a university, not the tech-savvy Computer Science dept!


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User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5284 times:

I think about 1994 - with a 14.4kbps modem on an old mac performa.

Those were the days. Didnt get broadband until 2004!

User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13265 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5270 times:

I can't remember when I used the Internet first, but I'd estimate it was around 1998; I joined A.net in August 1999 and I think it was only very shortly before that, that I had Internet access at home.

User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5267 times:

Fall of 1997 in college. Didn't get it at home until May of 1998 I think. Had a 56k modem but was lucky to get 44k speeds out of it.

User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5262 times:

Quoting ConcordeBoy (Thread starter):
Mine was 1991, dial up, provided by CompuServe

Ha ha yep , it was around 92 with CompuServe. Amazing though by 93/94 we were running maint documents online. We were also listing AOG inventory and crew location information. By 96 we were basically fully networked between maintenacne and operations so we could all look at information. Man it happend fast .

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User currently offlineA332 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5250 times:

March 1995... 14.4 kb dial-up modem on a 486DX with 4 mb ram and a 40 mb hdd... wooot!

And.. there was none of this unlimited access stuff... I had to pay $50/month for 100 hours, with a charge of $1 per hour for everything over the 100 hour allotment.

Who could forget the great deal of anticipation waiting for a 400x300 image to finally reveal itself, especially if there was a pair of breasts back there!  Wink

Bad spellers of the world... UNTIE!
User currently offlineSv7887 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1025 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5248 times:

1995 with a Mac Powerbook 520 black and white with 14.4K modem. I think they had something called eWorld preinstalled on it. I used AOL and with the same screen name I use to this day! lol.

By 1996 I had moved up in the world to a Compaq Pentium 150 MHz with a 33.6K modem. I remember running to the store to get a 56K modem and being wowed with the speed lol.

I have Verizon Fios now, it's fiber optic service and pretty steady 10 MBs download.

Now for some celebrity responses:

"Internet? I created the internet!"

Al Gore

"Internet? What's that? I still read newspapers or have Cindy read stuff to me!"

John McCain

User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5245 times:

Whats even funnier ... I remember this guy came to visit us in like 89/90 and was trying to explain the internet to us. It seemed like some wild idea that we would all be networked via phone lines. At that point we were still enamored by faxes ! How do they do that ?

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User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 9101 posts, RR: 37
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5237 times:

I think 1997. .

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User currently offlineVhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1607 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5199 times:

Well on our home computer we brought a couple of Internet trail kits provided by AAPT which lasted for a week on two occasions around 2000/2001. Didn't get proper Dial up Internet until 2004 with a ISO called Dodo. Got ADSL for the first time Late 2006/Early 2007. However I first accessed the net in 1998 at School.


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 23757 posts, RR: 60
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5190 times:

1992 or 1993 with Prodigy. I still remember that I was PSMG75C@prodigy.com.

25 StasisLAX : Late 1994 with my brand-new state-of-the-art IBM Aptiva computer that I got on sale from the QVC outlet store in Frazer, PA.. I think I paid about $12
26 B747forever : Wow, this is a really hard question: I cant actually remember
27 ZANL188 : 1987 - using the FTP & SMTP protocols long before the HTTP (www) protocol came along.
28 Blackbird : I think around 1993 or 1994. Blakbird
29 LTBEWR : Probably at work in 1996 using PC and Apple computers and early high speed lines. At home, in May 1997 using a 166P, 3.2 GB HD, 32 MB RAM, Quantex bra
30 JetMech : I think it was about '95 or '96 when I first used the internet, although I do remember seeing one of my friends using it many years earlier. I didn't
31 Texan : Back in the late 1980s...don't recall the exact year. Some friends of the family were connected via Prodigy or CompuServe (gimme a break I wasn't even
32 Post contains links Diamond : In 1991 my parents got three Videotel terminals in our house. I was 11 years old. Within a couple of months all of our friends had them too. I don't r
33 MCOflyer : I think it was 96 when we got it at home; however I got it at elementary school in 95. Hunter
34 Jhooper : Our family joined Prodigy in 1989 or 1990, I guess. As soon as Prodigy began offering Internet service with their own WWW browser was the first time I
35 Lincoln : Not to mention a mobile phone with internet access! Even in the late 90s/early 2000s I was one of very few pepole in my high school with a cell phone
36 STT757 : 1995, local library. First website I went on was flycontinental.com, I noticed it in my Onepass statement and decided to check it out. Next was 1997 i
37 JetMech : Let's just say that the people with mobile phones in my high school days used them because they had businesses on the side . LOL. We may well look ba
38 Gemuser : Depends on what you mean by "Internet" My first exprience was in 1984/85 via RCPM systems and Fidonet, after that we got access at work via the Royal
39 ME AVN FAN : - throughout the 1990ies, we used "Videotex", a system which was based on the French system dominant in France in those times. I only got onto the in
40 ZANL188 : I would define it as anything that uses TCP/IP. But from the looks of things here I would say most folks here would define it as using the http proto
41 Jetblueguy22 : I first went online when I was 5 in 1997 with a super fast AOL dial-up connection. I was on it so much my folks had to get another line and my own com
42 Virgin744 : When Mosaic was the browser before Netscape. Not many sites existed and the page used to load with the text first and the pictures followed much much
43 ME AVN FAN : - - Sorry, but do we need to know technicalities in order to use internet ? Do we need to know technical details in order to use a telephone ? Do we
44 KLM672 : We got internet in 1999 or just before because this was one of the first websites I found. We were on dial up. Now in 2008.......we are still on dial
45 Af773atmsp : Probably around 1999. We had AOL dial-up connection. Back then I would only go on the internet to look for toys for my birthday and Christmas.
46 Gemuser : What about NCP? Gemuser
47 SkySurfer : 1998, just after i got compensation money from being run over by a speeding motorbike in 1987! Got a gateway pc n i got us connected in the UK on DEMO
48 Fbgdavidson : 1994 through my father's Compuserve account on our 486. He was at home during the week and I came home from school and he showed me the home office hi
49 Vikkyvik : I want to say the first time I went online in any capacity was in the late 80's/early 90's. It wasn't exactly the web as we know it now. There was som
50 HangarRat : I'd have to say 1990 or '91 on Prodigy. We had a Zeos 386 PC with a 40 mb hard drive that we later expanded with a second 120 mb drive. I had a Sound
51 DocLightning : HAHAHAHA!!! I disocvered that in 1996. It was mostly free back then, too.
52 Revelation : As usual, it's all an issue of definition. I had access to computers that could directly access the Internet via telnet, ftp and smtp in the 80's when
53 Lincoln : Oh, God. The memories. I had mostly forgotten Mosaic (NCSA Mosaic, if I remember the full name correctly)... Wow. The days before I knew what a "PDF"
54 ME AVN FAN : - I mean, it depends on needs, countries, customs etc. In the 1990ies, we in our office used a very nice system, the Videotex, based on an excellent F
55 Pawsleykat : Sometime in 1999 If I remember correctly. We had a Packard Bell computer with shit performance. I think it was like Pentium 1 or something. AOL provid
56 ZANL188 : I'd expect any car driver to know the basics of how his/her car works... Internet users should know the basics of how the internet works - otherwise
57 PlymSpotter : 1995 I think, on a uselessly slow PC which was the only one in the entire school of 400 kids to have internet access. First started surfing at home in
58 ME AVN FAN : - You expect expect too much
59 AirframeAS : Ah! I remember exactly when I first used the internet. September 1996, in college at Seattle Central Community College. Ah, the good 'ol days! The me
60 ConcordeBoy : ...you must get disappointed quite a bit then--- as I've run across soooooooo many drivers who don't know anything beyond turning the key, pressing t
61 WESTERN737800 : 1996 my junior year in high school. The good old days.
62 Vikkyvik : Wow, really? Absolutely no one I knew had a cell phone in 1995 (when I was 13). I think my mom got one in maybe '98 or so. For myself, I held out unt
63 Steeler83 : Early February 2001 for me... I remember hooking up to Libcom. It was a local inexpensive dial-up internet provider to the Pittsburgh area. Now, my fi
64 IFlyTWA : 1996 133mhz IBM Aptiva AOL 3.0 28.8k dialup S/N TWA MD83 Ahh the good old days of chatting in the "Flight Simulations" board on AOL. hahaha!
65 Solnabo : Bought my 1st computer 1995 w/ dial-up modem, my phonebill skyrocketed 200% *lol* Was an IBM that´s all I remember. Pure crap! //Mike
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