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wow i can remember when it looked like that .... my older brother was a big internet geek back when i was in high school

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I was on the Internet for the first time in about 1993. At that time I thought it was about the dumbest and most lame thing I had ever seen. There weren't alot of sites and it seemed a big waste of time to set up a computer and get an internet connection in order to read the newspaper online when the real thing at that time cost 15 cents. You could tell that the some companies didn't grasp what the internet was going to become as Playboy, Penthouse, etc. put all of that month's pix online for free! Needless to say, the internet has come a long way since then and I use it daily.

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I got on in 1994 and not regularly until 1997.

I remember at one time thinking "Why does gatorade have a web site?"

Can you think of one thing that's changed the world and how we do things so much in such little time?

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I'm trying to remember the first time I used the internet, I think it was late '95 when we first got access at work. Even then, there was only one station at work online, so if you wanted to search, you had to wait your turn, and even then, it was dialup. I don't think we bothered to get a decent home computer until '97. But like Ronz said, we've used it every day since then.

What were the old search engines: Alta Vista, there was one with a spider as an icon...

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Originally posted by Oblong

Can you think of one thing that's changed the world and how we do things so much in such little time?

The Telegraph. The previous way of delivering communications, including mail, was the Pony Express. Once the telegraph was turned on, the Pony Express went out of business the next day.

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Originally posted by MelissaG915

What were the old search engines: Alta Vista, there was one with a spider as an icon...

Altra Vista (note the mispelling) was a porn site. :cheeky:

Another popular search engine was Lycos. The one with the spider was/is WebCrawler.

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Originally posted by The Ronz

The Telegraph. The previous way of delivering communications, including mail, was the Pony Express. Once the telegraph was turned on, the Pony Express went out of business the next day.

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Good call, Ronz.

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Originally posted by The Ronz

Another popular search engine was Lycos. The one with the spider was/is WebCrawler.

Yep, there was WebCrawler and something else...with a worm or something.

I saw the Lycos guy on an interview several years ago. He is quite possibly the most boring man alive.

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I've long maintained that the telegraph was *the* modern invention that changed the world of human communications. Everything that's come afterward (telephone, radio, television, home audio and video, Internet, etc.) is just a variation of the concept introduced by those dots and dashes.

Of course, Gutenberg's printing press was even more important in the long term, but that took a lot longer for that to catch on (and thus have a social impact) than the various electronic media have.

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I still think the fax machine is the most incredible thing. I can take a piece of paper, write something on it, & send a copy anywhere in the world. For some reason that is more amazing to me than the Internet or telephone.

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Originally posted by djhutch

I still think the fax machine is the most incredible thing. I can take a piece of paper, write something on it, & send a copy anywhere in the world. For some reason that is more amazing to me than the Internet or telephone.

I heard on Paul Harvey's "Rest of the Story" once that the fax machine was invented a long time ago.

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I started using the computer in 1995, at school. I was only 7 at time. Computers then were Macs, they used DOS, and we used them for "learning" games. I started using a computer at home for some DOS pinball game in 1997, then I started using the Internet in 1998. I can say that the computer has gotten me to an intellectual level above my fellow classmates >_>

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I remember Yahoo looking like that..... those days were much better..... you see back then the internet was about the free exchange of information. Look at that yahoo page ... do you see any ad banners? Do you see any popups? Nothing of the sort was common at all back then. Not to mention all the annoying and unneccesary flash animations and java applets people feel the need to put all over their page ....

Anybody remember Gopher servers? Basically a gopher server operated as a large hierchy of text-only menus that you had to navigate through to find what you wanted ...... I really liked the text only aspect ... no useless animations and images to waste bandwidth .... and best of all .. there was no such thing as an ad banner or a popup ... they simply didn't exist.

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