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Old 10-19-2007, 05:21 PM   #1
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Question Who did what/when??

Just wondering if you could recall when you first sign onto the "Internet" ?
Let me dial'er up..
Here's our time-line..first..
My first computer to computer exchange was during the mid-80's using the BBS host that were local calls for us.(at 300 baud)
Tried to use CompuServe but the cost and, long delays in connect ruled out this for us. Finally, I gave it up all together as my son was using the computer to play games with his network friends on the BBS.
Then, in 1995, I was starting to hear great things about the latest computers and, the Internet being compared to the WILD WEST DAYS. My son begged and begged for a newer, more powerful puter to replace his tired, old IBM.
Researched through all the available computer publications of the day for weeks. Finally, the day came to place an order with a company called Micron.
Ordered a puter built to specifications just before July, 1995. (It arrived the very day we were leaving for a vacation trip out West~!!)
I60mg processor,SCSI Controllers, 2 gig SCSI harddrive, 256k ram, floppy drive, Plextor CD/RW, tape B/U drive, fancy keyboard, ATI video board, color monitor, 28k dialup modem. Loaded with the latest WIN95 and, all the other bells/whistles programs. COST? slightly over 4k$..
Thus begin my internet.

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Old 10-19-2007, 05:26 PM   #2
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Oh, yeah - bbs in mid '80s, trying to figure out TRS-DOS (can you say "old cs1 in") Then learning from your Univ sys-op that the program you want is available online? And that I have a free account if I want it?

Wondering what the heck is out there? And then it is gui? I wish I had my TeleVideo luggable.

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Old 10-19-2007, 05:26 PM   #3
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First time I heard the word gigibyte, I thought was a joke, made up word.
Mouse had funny name the heck is that?
Browser was some name like mozaic...something

Oh and unix was like martian
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Old 10-19-2007, 05:33 PM   #4
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My first computer was at work, late '80s.
Mac SE with 40 mb hardrive. We upgraded to 80 mb, woo hoo.
Mostly used for word processing and incident reporting.
That was long ago and we now have a real Tech dept. Our home use followed what we were doing at work by a few years, as money allowed.
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Old 10-19-2007, 05:41 PM   #5
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my first computer was an apple IIc, a smaller version of the IIe. i was in eighth grade so it was probably 82 or 83.

*by asking the above question,
i verify that i have already used
the search feature to the best of my ability...
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Dial up, 300 baud with an acoustic coupler on a Vic 20 with a home made 32k memory expansion. Compuserve at, what, $.10/ minute (i think)? Probably 1984. I still have the computer (it's newer than my Airstream)
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Old 10-19-2007, 06:06 PM   #7
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We should have a VIC-20/Apple 11e
My puter will beat your's..
Still have the box it came in and, the tape drive..Grrrrrrr
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Old 10-19-2007, 06:51 PM   #8
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Don't recall the year I first was on the Internet, but it was well before they had hyperlinks and all those fancy pictures. Armed with the Magnavox IBM and my smoking hot 300 baud modem, it only took about 20 minutes to load a page with a picture.
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Old 10-19-2007, 07:37 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by 53flyingcloud
Just wondering if you could recall when you first sign onto the "Internet" ?
Talk about an invitation to reveal your inner geek.

1982 - Got IBM PC - two floppy disks, no waiting. BASICally played games until "C" compiler came along.
1983 - Started to UUCP at the site with more than 7 letters in its name
1985 - Discovered something 'better' (Rogue. no wait, I meant the Internet) (no...the Internet didn't have sex then...definately Rogue.)
1987 - Started working on one of the earliest TCP/IPs on PCs. On 'real' Ethernet thanks to a 3C500 card. Back in the day when TCP/IP in 20K was magic.
1989 - Wrote RFCs - IP over NetBIOS and IP over IPX

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Old 10-19-2007, 08:44 PM   #11
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Thumbs up Learn something new everyday~

Here's a short quotation from ISOC's website of the early days:
As the Internet evolved, one of the major challenges was how to propagate the changes to the software, particularly the host software. DARPA supported UC Berkeley to investigate modifications to the Unix operating system, including incorporating TCP/IP developed at BBN. Although Berkeley later rewrote the BBN code to more efficiently fit into the Unix system and kernel, the incorporation of TCP/IP into the Unix BSD system releases proved to be a critical element in dispersion of the protocols to the research community. Much of the CS research community began to use Unix BSD for their day-to-day computing environment. Looking back, the strategy of incorporating Internet protocols into a supported operating system for the research community was one of the key elements in the successful widespread adoption of the Internet.
One of the more interesting challenges was the transition of the ARPANET host protocol from NCP to TCP/IP as of January 1, 1983. This was a "flag-day" style transition, requiring all hosts to convert simultaneously or be left having to communicate via rather ad-hoc mechanisms. This transition was carefully planned within the community over several years before it actually took place and went surprisingly smoothly (but resulted in a distribution of buttons saying "I survived the TCP/IP transition").
TCP/IP was adopted as a defense standard three years earlier in 1980. This enabled defense to begin sharing in the DARPA Internet technology base and led directly to the eventual partitioning of the military and non- military communities. By 1983, ARPANET was being used by a significant number of defense R&D and operational organizations. The transition of ARPANET from NCP to TCP/IP permitted it to be split into a MILNET supporting operational requirements and an ARPANET supporting research needs.
Thus, by 1985, Internet was already well established as a technology supporting a broad community of researchers and developers, and was beginning to be used by other communities for daily computer communications. Electronic mail was being used broadly across several communities, often with different systems, but interconnection between different mail systems was demonstrating the utility of broad based electronic communications between people.
The full report can be read here~
Internet Society (ISOC) All About The Internet: History of the Internet
This so interesting from many aspects, the teamwork that brought it together, etc.
Even as a ham radio operator, I fondly remember packet radio and how solid it performed..
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Old 10-19-2007, 09:21 PM   #13
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My first personal computer was also an Apple IIc. The year after we bought it, Susan bought me a second floppy drive for Christmas! Woo Hoo! Also got a spell checker program on three disks. You had to change the floppies out to check an entire document.

First time on the internet would have been around 78 or 79 (in the military). Obviously, that was in the days when it was still closed to most folks. I think DARPA put together the early version of the internet around 1968.

First time on the World Wide Web was around 96(?). Been a loyal Mindspring (Earthlink) customer ever since.

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Old 10-19-2007, 09:45 PM   #14
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In '96 I left the Chicago Sun-Times & wanted to freelance. It felt as if the Internet had just been invented. Don't know what kind of computer it was but I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to load AOL onto a machine I knew zip all about, a procedure complicated by the fact that 3 out of 4 AOL discs shipped back then were faulty but a newbie had no idea where the whole process was breaking down.

But once I had AOL & a story was sent from one computer through thin air to mine & I could SEE IT WITH MY OWN EYES, it felt like true magic.

It still does. Check out my homework assignment for 3D modeling this week. We had to draw an actual paperclip, which is easy, then do something to it with the rendering tools (background, light source, applied materials). OK, so it represents 8 hours of my life I'll never have back but I used to look at illustrations like this & wonder how those geniuses went from a blank page to realistic perspective objects. Now I'm one of those "geniuses"!

Then again, my beautifully designed resume with a specially chosen font for the headers, done in Microsoft Word, will not transmit correctly in Microsoft Word. It comes out looking Plain Jane with no right-hand justification. So there are still days I hate computers.
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