Official Morning News - Internet is 30 years old today ...

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  • @ustaknow Mar 12

    ... Well, more or less and it depends on how you define it.

    I go by the functional deployment, mass distribution, of an Internet Browser. One could argue, - by the functional use of it (Browser Interface), when mainstream media announced, reported on it as this "new" technology - not 😝

    So how long you been "online"?
    (Hard for some to believe it's not "that" old πŸ˜€ ? I love having a 20 something year old ask me "where" I learned what I know, -, - and they ask, "what's that? 😝 times, they are a changing... the answer is blowing in the wind!)

  • @helenseviltwin  Mar 12

    I first used it properly when I went to uni, so about 1998.

  • @ustaknow Mar 12

    For me, again pending definition circa 1989 - 90 ish; then commercially circa '95 ... what a long strange trip it has been!


    Ah, so, just couldn't help a 1 min write about the inter-net:

    Oh Internet, Oh Internet

    Oh internet, oh internet
    Noland that I love
    With sugar and spice
    And everything nice
    Where Trolls can war no more

    Oh internet, oh internet
    I pledge allegiance to
    Self gratification
    Love for self and no one else
    Where Trolls can war no more ... ... 😝

    And on and on ... it's a love/hate relationship isn't it πŸ˜€

  • @chipwithrow  Mar 12

    Yeah, I just saw that today's Google screen celebrates the anniversary.
    Completely love/hate - couldn't run our business (or do FAWM and 50/90) without it, then it lures you down rabbit holes for hours at a time in ways books or magazines couldn't do.
    First real use of it was 1996 when I met my wife because she was already so tech-savvy. I taught a super-basic web design class to middle school kids in about '97 or '98. The school itself wasn't fully online until '01 or even '02 - I remember listening to radio reports of Sept 11 in the classroom.

  • @timfatchen  Mar 12

    The Light Schooner went up in 1996, so i guess 1994. No wait....1992 I think.

  • @donna  Mar 12

    I started with it in about 1995. The first thing I did was use it to write letters to my sister. Checking out websites came a little later.

    Interestingly, last night I read an interview with the guy who 'invented' the internet. He said that - although it's contributed to people's lives in a lot of positive ways - he's very concerned about the extent to which it's resulted in a great deal of dysfunction in society on a number of levels.

    Ah well. Always two sides - or more - to a story, eh? πŸ˜‰

  • @pearlmanhattan  Mar 12

    I started on the internet in 1989, telnetting at 300 baud, and have lived there most my life. I type 120 wpm thanks to the internet.

  • @dasbinky  Mar 12

    I used Quantum Link on the Commodore starting in about 1988 or so. That's the service that eventually became AOL, but it was a little too insular to call "the Internet" until later.

    Back then, I posted SID music (the Commodore 64 version of MIDI) under the moniker "UltraDeath". Good times.

    @pearlmanhattan, nothing like hitting up BBSes at snail speeds. My dad had a 300 baud acoustic coupler modem in the early 80s. I rarely got to use it for anything other than watching him download some early text games for me, but it was cool-looking machinery.

  • @adforperu  Mar 12

    I remember the day quite vividly.. we got AOL at home. We basically sat there and said "errr, what do we do?". My mum got a Bryan Adams CD off the shelf and we typed in the website on there.. and as if by magic, it loaded! (eventually). Amazing scenes.

    A couple of hours later I found the chat rooms and started chatting to someone and I made them prove they were human (no idea how).

    Also remember playing 'trivium' in the early days in chat rooms, which was sort of an automated quiz done by users.. gooooooood "times".

  • @leomozi  Mar 12

    Pretty sure it was 1996, when I was in high school and spent a weekend with my sister and brother at the University of Colorado. My sis took me to the computer lab and got me to a search engine. I printed out a slew of U2 chord sheets and tabs. I'm happy that music was the first thing I thought to search for as a 16-year-old, not porn. πŸ˜‰

    It's fun reading everybody else's stories, and interesting to see that several others here started using the internet in the mid-90s like I did.

  • @darcistrutt  Mar 12

    I was working for 3M in the 80's. I helped migrate the plants from X.25 to TCP-IP in the mid to late 80's. I remember helping the 3M scientists with Archie. Then along came Mosaic in the early 90's and my first internet porn investigation since browsing was "easy"! Information security was "interesting" after that!

  • @dasbinky  Mar 12

    @darcistrutt Aww, man. I haven't thought about archie in forever.

  • @metalfoot  Mar 12

    My first WWW experience was frosh week in uni, so 1995?

  • @tcelliott  Mar 12

    Telnet back in the day. We're celebrating the WWW which is awesome in itself. I guess I'm dating myself a little.

  • @ustaknow Mar 12

    Here's a nice timeline, for those who don't hate wikipedia, -- the right side bar is a nice linear "page up" skim read... ahhh, memories πŸ˜€

    It's pretty comprehensive but not exhaustive, - that would be really long. For e.g., UDP/IP not there, - I worked on, packet level for those who remember Blackberry/Mobitex (still around, indestructjble - the DOD considered appropriating/buying it, 9/11 since remained up, unlike the Cell Phone system(s) and choke points in the internet, that week; ... side-note, I was one of the unlucky outside the US that day, - took me ~3 weeks to get back, - that sucked; but got a life lesson on how safe a US Citizen is, in a "3rd World Country" when krappe is hitting the fan, - not 😝 or, well, not me - everyone has their own experiences).

  • @darcistrutt  Mar 13

    @ustaknow My memory is faulty. So it was the 90’s already when Archie and Gopher were out! Interesting article and a trip down memory lane. My brother ran a BBS for our family and that’s my first experience β€œnetworking”. Hadn’t thought about those early days in a long time. I can shake my cane at these young folk and say back in my day we used cards to program, and paper tape...dang I’m old in computer years.

  • @ajna1960 Mar 13

    I first used a 'PC' at work in the late 70s ! You wouldn't recognise it as such now, but by the early 80s it had turned into something the younger generation might vaguely recognise lol

  • @ustaknow Mar 13

    @darcistrutt yes, I almost forgot about the old BBS dial up boards; likely the origins of what's now the "dark web" 😝 - never went away.

    It's really amazing how it all came together, - groupware, internet code. I remember putting together initial html forms to cgi and one of the companies didn't know what to call it, internet, intranet, extranet, people calling it the interweb 😝 so funny.

    I do remember getting code chunks from moscow to nasa - doesn't happen today. I miss the days hand written html was "special" 😝 I also remember when windows NT came out and Microsoft finally put out a server that had virtual drives rather than adding a third party patch to Netscape Commerce Server to map them. It was "fun" to put out job req's that stated "must have 10 Years experience" --- and all the resumes came in with 10+ πŸ˜€ of tech, not yet deployed.

    Gosh, so many things... one could build a career on DOS first 640K memory management, .bat .sys file editing; or Novell Netware "certified" (omg, some of the least knowledgeable people I ever met, "what's an IRQ conflict?")

    Well, rabbit holed that! πŸ˜€

    Fun stuff... oh, one last one πŸ˜€ the best place to scrape the latest "code" - porn sites 😝 --- always the first best use of "tech", "porn" πŸ˜€ (CD-ROM tech accelerated from that industry need to distribute... ah, humans, so predictable!)

  • @darcistrutt  Mar 14

    BBS, I’m remembering something about duct tape dot hampster doc com.... 😬

  • @darcistrutt  Mar 14

    I’m fighting to remember the BBS link so hopefully someone will confirm or correct. The internet was about sharing information and porn from the beginning.

  • @misterd Mar 14

    I first used the Internet in an β€˜Internet cafe β€˜ in Seattle in 1994 . It was kind of amazing because I had been reading about it in some magazines . I then did a short course . I moved to a rural part in Australia to start high school teaching and in my first year there in 1998 I bought a computer for $3000 ! It was huge . It was on a dial up network and I was amazed at how I could find information on many of my interests that previously required trips to the library and bookstores . It was pretty time consuming in the evenings after work for a long while . I had an MP3 site that a lady from Long Island working in the same school in the tech area set up for me . It was fantastic . I uploaded 4 track songs and there seemed to be a lot more freedom and creativity and individuality in the internet in those days before the domination by Google , Facebook and amazon . FAWM actually reminds me of the type of friendly and helpful online community that was around in those early days of

  • @ustaknow Mar 14

    My first PC that I owned was a 386-25 because I wouldn't pay extra for the 33 πŸ˜€ , with Windows!, dot matrix printer and "all" 😝 First thing I did was strip it down to the motherboard and put it back together "just to see". I guess that's what they call A+ "certified" now 😝 (only goes together one way, never was rocket science). Mine cost me $1650.00 USD at PC Warehouse main highway of that town, I think was just starting out? I never owned a Brand Name PC until my Chromebook, about a year+ ago, an HP... I think it was ~ $200 😝 O M G! (My cars back then didn't cost $1600)

    Back then, loading your PC with all your friends software was a piece of cake πŸ˜‰

    So, an MP3 site back in 1994 [misterd] wow; so you have a Pre-FAWM history then πŸ˜€ !

    I think kids were lucky to have teachers like that back then. I remember as a kid and seeing those little cassette deck units (no idea what those were) circa late '60's, early'70's, and the teachers saying, don't worry you'll never have to use one! (Computer) They were not for "regular people", - yeah, I guess not πŸ˜€

    I'm pretty irregular πŸ˜‰

  • @jamkar  Mar 15

    Back about '90, my uncle and I did simple file transfers over rickety phone lines. Then about '92, I was building my house, and I could get better weather forecssts online. '94 NPR started talking up the web and I got in to local server, yahoo etc. Back then you could visit every site on the web, in just a few hours.

  • @darcistrutt  Mar 15

    @ustaknow my first programming was in High School in the late 70’s! It’s funny because my small school still had manual typewriters for typing class but already partnered with a University for dialup computer access. What a contrast! I feel blessed to have had such teachers!

    My first PC was a portable Osborn Executive,about the size of a sewing machine with two floppy drives. I commuted daily to college so traveled with it...and my modem.

  • @adforperu  Mar 15

    ..and just after its 30th birthday, someone uses the internet to live stream themselves shooting up a mosque. Just - awful.

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