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2DREZQ
09 Apr 08,, 06:16
Can anybody beat this?

I started back on COMPUSERVE (remember them?) back in 1985. I was using a TRS-80 model 4 with 128K of RAM and a 4mHz Z80 CPU 2 single-sided 184K 5&1/4 floppy drives and an external 300 baud (0.3K) modem.

I actually purchased some model train cars from a hobby shop in the "mall".

It was all text-only and the nearest "portal" was in Rapid City, SD about 350 miles away, yep, long distance.

I moved up to a Tandy 1000 (8088) and later a 1000TX (80286 & a 20 meg HD) with internal 1200 baud modems, man was that fast!

gunnut
09 Apr 08,, 07:00
I got online late. My first modem (that I actually used) was a US Robotics Winmodem. It was 28.8k software upgradable to 33.6k. The realistic speed was 31.6k. ISA interface on my Pentium 133 with 16MB of RAM. I still have the modem. It's in my Baby AT box running a Pentium 233MMX. I think I bought the modem in 1996 or 1997. Then I moved to cable modem around 1997 or 1998.

ameer
09 Apr 08,, 09:11
I'm sure I had used the internet a little bit in the 90s but I didn't become a regular user until 2001 when I started posting at forums and started the one that can be considered as the grandaddy of this one we are on posting right now.

dalem
09 Apr 08,, 11:02
Dorked around on a local BBS via something called Frognet (I think) a bit on my dad's 8086, probably back in 1988 or so. A few years later I had a 14.4 modem and used Prodigy for online arguing, moved through 28.8 to DSL and local dialin access. Then in 1997 I actually went to work for ANS just before we were bought by Worldcom, and I spent more time troubleshooting and configuring modems and routers than I did using them for my own purposes. :)

Once I moved here (MN) in 2001 I switched to cable modem and never looked back. I think I still have some old modem cards in my closet somewhere. One of them might even work. I have a Cisco 2501 in there too, I think.

I was aware of usenet and MUDs and the like but somehow avoided them.

Ahh, the interwebs...

-dale

Southie
09 Apr 08,, 11:08
Can anybody beat this?

I started back on COMPUSERVE (remember them?) back in 1985. I was using a TRS-80 model 4 with 128K of RAM and a 4mHz Z80 CPU 2 single-sided 184K 5&1/4 floppy drives and an external 300 baud (0.3K) modem.

I actually purchased some model train cars from a hobby shop in the "mall".

It was all text-only and the nearest "portal" was in Rapid City, SD about 350 miles away, yep, long distance.

I moved up to a Tandy 1000 (8088) and later a 1000TX (80286 & a 20 meg HD) with internal 1200 baud modems, man was that fast!

I definitely remember COMPUSERVE! Before that we used this machine called a typewriter to type of the ID card applications! Now when I use a typewriter it seems so foreign!

Repatriated Canuck
09 Apr 08,, 11:11
Do those old text games count from the late 80's early 90's?

dalem
09 Apr 08,, 21:30
Do those old text games count from the late 80's early 90's?

The online ones?

-dale

rm444
21 Apr 08,, 21:33
First got on-line in '97.
AOL-itis set in big time.Wife and I used to scrap over who was on.
Good times.

crooks
21 Apr 08,, 21:48
Jesus Christ I went online in 2005, I feel like a dinosaur :eek:!

gunnut
21 Apr 08,, 21:56
Do those old text games count from the late 80's early 90's?

You mean MUD, Multi User Dungeon? I suppose that would count.

Back in the old days, before the internet reached our homes and Al Gore invented the World Wide Web, there was this thing called Network 23 in my area. A guy literally bought 23 phone lines and connected 23 modems on a computer to let people call in and talk to each other over the computer. It was the earliest form of "chat room" we have today. I suppose that counts as being online.

No, I was never on it. My friends have though. I don't use chat rooms even to this day.

Martin
21 Apr 08,, 23:32
1996, MSN dial up 9,600kbit which then rapidly became 33kbit. Because of where I lived I only got broadband in 2003!

ChrisF202
21 Apr 08,, 23:57
First use of computers: early 1990s (I was only born in 1987)
First use of internet under parental supervision: late 1990s
Regular use of internet under parental supervision: 2000ish
Unmonitored regular use of the internet: 2001ish

Ray
22 Apr 08,, 00:42
My first computer was a Sinclairs ZX which ran on audio tape!

Ironduke
22 Apr 08,, 00:46
I first used the internet in 1995 at the latest. I used to play green-screen games on my dad's IBM in 1989.

Parihaka
22 Apr 08,, 01:00
February 99.

Jay
22 Apr 08,, 01:27
I got my first computer in 95 and gone online in 97. It was waay expensive in India at that time, I managed to get it (my dad bank rolled me though)

tim52
22 Apr 08,, 13:16
I purchased my first computer in the early 80's but didn't get on-line till 95.

Fiona Shrot
22 Apr 08,, 13:30
in the year 1999 when I was 11-year-old:))

YellowFever
30 May 13,, 08:28
Five years

One month

And twenty days

Wow.

But you're OK because the Gunny's slacking

Doktor
30 May 13,, 08:35
21 minutes and he is a slacker now?

Wow.

YellowFever
30 May 13,, 09:15
21 minutes and he is a slacker now?

Wow.

Ummm....

Yeah....

Huh?

tankie
30 May 13,, 10:48
1998

Doktor
30 May 13,, 10:51
1998

Ha... I am older then you.

Thinking about it... Is it a good thing?