Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1917 times:
I started reading newsgroups in 1993, as part of a class project. I started using text-only websites (via Mosaic/Lynx) in 1994. It wasn't until 1996 that I discovered full-color, image-containing websites and started to "surf."
Ybacpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1913 times:
1993. I also remember bitnet, hytelnet, and gopher. (bonus points to anyone else who remembers them, even more if you know what 'bitnet' actually stands for). Before that I was on Prodigy (remember the cool 4 colors?) from about 1991 or 1992 through 1993.
Oh the pains of downloading with a 2400 baud modem (for the youngeons that is about 1 / 600th the speed of a T1 or a typical Cable / DSL's fastest speed).
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Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1884 times:
Fall 1995, that was the year the library @ college installed their first internet access computers, for "research purposes only". The had them in the computer labs in the library before that, but I never really was interest then, because usually you'd only get use of a computer for about an hour (I was typing research papers) or so before they'd kick you off, so I never really became an addict until Fall 1995.
Jhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1842 times:
When Prodigy provided internet access, that was my first time on the net. I believe this was around 1993 or 1994. I also think Prodigy was the first major ISP, as they provided net access before AOL, Compuserve, or any of the other big brands did. I also used gopher, telnet, ftp, and a few unix based applications. I frequented BBS systems from 1989 until the Internet was more widely used. I even ran a BBS during the first Gulf War.
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