Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8407 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4142 times:
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.
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IH8BY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1140 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4114 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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JetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3057 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4111 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.
StealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5582 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4103 times:
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.
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CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4771 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4067 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
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!
NIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4062 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.
Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4046 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 email@example.com)
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 -- firstname.lastname@example.org. Newspaper branched out into DSL, so the family migrated to high speed in...1999?
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Signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2978 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4018 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!
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12291 posts, RR: 35
Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4002 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.
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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AGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3977 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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Vhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1441 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3931 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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