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    I've been using the internet since before 1996. Back then the big thing wasn't the web, it was just getting started. Newsgroups and MailLists were where people hung out, Information searches were done with programs like Archie and file sharing was done with ftp and cpio. Most everything interesting was done on the command line. Internet wasn't popular among "normies" because it was difficult to understand. AOL changed some of that when they introduced their internet access front end. It was a dark day on the internet when you started seeing @aol.com in reply to addresses. The regular users were vicious to aol users. To say they were dispised is an understatement.

    I also remember when internet access was billed by the hour at rates up to $20 an hour.
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    Al Gore claims that he invented the internet. Methinks thatís a truckload of bullshit... Entertaining though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    Why was the term "fags" added to it? I notice on 4chan and 8chan that they have all kinds of "fags"--it seems to be a general suffix but I can't think of why it would be.
    I guess it's the lingo they use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlaGator View Post
    I've been using the internet since before 1996. Back then the big thing wasn't the web, it was just getting started. Newsgroups and MailLists were where people hung out, Information searches were done with programs like Archie and file sharing was done with ftp and cpio. Most everything interesting was done on the command line. Internet wasn't popular among "normies" because it was difficult to understand. AOL changed some of that when they introduced their internet access front end. It was a dark day on the internet when you started seeing @aol.com in reply to addresses. The regular users were vicious to aol users. To say they were dispised is an understatement.

    I also remember when internet access was billed by the hour at rates up to $20 an hour.
    Yeah. I wonder though if anyone feels that early internet was kinda more fun due to the fact that many normies stayed away from the early internet because it was difficult to understand. I mean like the internet has become commercialized and mainstream and such and kid friendly in many parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hai View Post
    Yeah. I wonder though if anyone feels that early internet was kinda more fun due to the fact that many normies stayed away from the early internet because it was difficult to understand. I mean like the internet has become commercialized and mainstream and such and kid friendly in many parts.

    If you want to go back to as far as the 80s the most of the communications were done on bulletin boards (BBSs) using privates messages. Eventually, a system called Fidonet allowed the sharing of messages on message forums between BBSs. These forums could be local to a small geographic area to regional, countrywide or global. All of this was done by hobbyists on systems a diverse as Commodore 64s, Apple IIes, Radio Shack Color Computers and the first generation of IBM PC clones running MS-DOS. I ran a BBS and this is where I began learning to code. I wrote utilities for IBM clones and Color Computers that allowed them to interface to FidoNet and assist them in managing Fidonet mail. It was a really interesting time to get into computers because a single person could learn almost everything they need to know about computers. Now things are so complex people have to special is one or two areas and just get a working knowledge of others. Things have really change since I started back in the mid 80s.
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    I wonder if anyone remembers using napster,kazaa or such and finding a movie that isn't what they were looking for. One time i was looking for enemy of the state on napster or such and downloaded what i thought was enemy of the state,but was actually a russian movie.
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    When I was in college in 1983 on those old Texas Instruments computers(the old green screen), we were able to communicate with one another like a PM but it would screw up anything you were doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    Elspeth and ABC have been known to raise a glass on this very board!
    Ha! Ha! We have indeed!

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    Hi! Just to get back to topic at hand ... >blush<

    I have been on the internet, what there was of it, since 1997.

    First computer was an IBM "Think Pad" I think it was called. A tiny but heavy little laptop type thing.

    I learned how to use it (Windows 3.1) using this most helpful book :

    https://browse.startpage.com/do/show...NONE&t=default

    Most difficult thing to deal with as I recall was "File Manager" ... Arrgh!

    You had to go through hoops simply to make a file!!! But I did it!

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