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The early internet...what do you remember?


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On a retro thread kick recently...

 

I Remember back when my dad got AOL on the family PC and i logged in to AOL kids. Won a nickelodeon sticker album on an official chat room.

 

Somethings from the early internet were kool id love to see make a return...

 

What stuff do you people miss/not miss from the early dial up days when porn was worth the 3 hour wait for that 1 minute video

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We had "freeserve" as our first internet provider, (this was when the internet was getting popular). Free after 6pm, and you couldn't use the house phone when you were online.

 

My major memory was using the likes of Kazaa and Limewire, to "obtain" some music......only to find out (following the 19 hours it took to download it) it was just the chorus repeated over and over again.....and that it was riddled with virus.

 

Ahhh, the 90's hah.

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It was 1997, and my three earliest internet memories are seeing a pixelated version of Bill Pullmans face from Lost Highway, trying to print a copy of a Corrs album cover for my ma and a picture of a nude, cartoon Lara Croft for myself, which I successfully and shamelessly printed out in a public internet house in Temple Bar, Dublin and brought home for scrutiny.

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My first access to the internet was through the library at College. I thought it was a fad so I used to print everything. I'd search WWF PPV history, Nitro results, episode guides for sitcoms I liked, whatever. And I'd print out everything and store it in lever arch folders. What a weirdo.

 

First experience of the internet at home was when I moved into my first flat and got hooked up. Ebay was a revelation. Especially at that time in early 2000 when stuff like Hasbros and Subbuteo would sell for a fortune because it was so novel to see it for sale. I'd waste my evenings in chatrooms, I was obsessed with those wrestlers drawn like South Park characters and discovering p2p sharing was a wet dream. As mentioned, half an hour downloading a 6 second clip of Goldberg delivering a spear with no context was awesome. Or waiting an hour for somthing to download only to find it was that Raven chairshot on Dreamer that some cunt had renamed. Again!

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Dial up on a Time Brand PC in 1999 that my Mam got through work somehow, used a internet CD Rom that came in the post for free off peak access. Would sneak down after my Mam went to bed to askjeeves 'Sable Playboy' and arse around on WWF.com and all the stuff a dull 12 year old kid gets up to. Oh and cheats for GTA London, as well. Cousin showed me how to use Napster but I wasn't that arsed with it.

 

We got a massive phone bill in late 2000 (CD had evidently expired) and that was my internet days over til 2003 or 2004 when we got ntl broadband in.

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I remember getting pulled into the head teachers office at primary school once in year four.

 

We'd had an American exchange teacher called Mrs Dykehouse from Wisconsin. After she'd done a term or so, she headed back to the states and I thought I would askjeeves 'Dyke house Wisconsin' on the school computer to see how she was doing

 

Ended up getting going on some lesbian dominatrix site by accident and got rumbled.

"Gus, you're very young to be watching this sort of thing"

"I swear I didn't know what that was miss and why she had a whip".

 

Urgh. Got off Scott free when it became abundantly clear I barely knew what a tit was at the time, let alone "autoerotic asphyxiation".

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Dial up on a Time Brand PC

"With a Time machine, you can see the future..."

 

I think my earliest Internet memory was reading that Sting had been killed in a hit-and-run outside the arena. This was before the infamous Hummer angle. So I learnt pretty sharply not to believe everything I read on the Internet.

 

Around the same time, it was fascinating reading about the Montreal Screwjob right after it happened, with WCWwrestling.com reporting that Bret had punched his unnamed "former employer" in the face.

 

But actually the very first thing I remember doing is downloading and printing a whole load of logos - WWF, Sega, etc - because the novelty of being able to use these proper, official logos in any way I wanted was just immense. Room on the loser step for one more, tiger_rick?

 

The Web also hooked me on something that would become a gratuitous obsession for many a teenaged boy with a one track mind, and I suspect you all know what I'm talking about: TNM7.

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The start to any conversation that you had on Yahoo chat. I just wanted to talk to people. You find out very wuickly that the Internet is full of fucking weirdos and potential nonces.

Not "hello" or "hi my name is...", nope "are you old enough to fuck? Are you the opposite sex to me? And how far away are the bushes outside your house in relation to mine for me to hide in"

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The first time i was ever meant to see the internet in action was at comprehensive school, there was a showcase type night for new pupils parents to come in and see what the school had to offer so a few of us were meant to demonstrate the internet for parents. Night came out and we couldn't figure out how to connect it so the demo never happened.

 

It was probably a few months before i got the internet at home, the boys in school use to generate fake internet accounts online that we all used to use. It was one of those dial up accounts that you could only connect after 6pm so on cue everyday around 6 of us would all try dialling up to connect using the same account, it worked too...sometimes! The accounts never lasted long and once they stopped working it felt like the world had caved in, i got hooked to it all very quickly.

 

A specific memory of internet porn was using The Hun's Yellow Pages (still going!). It was the only porn site we could use in college. I had boxes of floppy disks filled with smut, good times. The main reason i got through college was because the internet was available to me all day every day, i still couldn't get online at home till after 6 whilst i was there.

 

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I remember invading the private chat rooms on Yahoo Messenger and asking to view the webcam every single sprite that had a TV set on it. This one will be a naked woman, and not yet another middle-aged Indian man.

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Must of been 1998-1999 for me. Then eventually the free internet after 6pm was the big thing (although had to re-dial after 2 hours). 

I remember MSN Messenger being the main way of talking back then, its strange how the world has changed and how no one even uses it now, would have lots of friends and randoms I met online but what an amazing chat programme that was. I suppose its all Facebook chat these days right?

Then you would have things such as Faceparty/Face-Pics where you would chat to girls, I suppose it was probably the Tinder of yesteryear. Fucking hell. 

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