I miss the early days of the internet...

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I miss the early days of the internet...

Post by FireAza » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:48 pm

Where you back in the early days of the internet? Specifically, 2002, just before RLF moved over from Ezboards. If you were around back then, chances are you spent a lot of time on the internet, what did you do? What are your early internet memories?

I remember being in high school and being a fresh face (I never had major acne problems in my teens) on the internet. I started off going to actual websites (nintendo.com.au, zelda.com, I was a big N64 fan) but at some point, I discovered webcomics and eventually Real Life. As I recall, I found it though the drop-down menu on the top right that Keenspace used to have (I think I might have gone via MegaTokyo or Exploitation Now). Eventually, I went on to the forums, and it pretty much became my hangout on the internet. Ah, I remember when the forums were bustling, with lots and lots of posts being made. We'd talk about how annoying Blitzball in Final Fantasy X was. When I was at school or work, I'd often think about things on RLF. Speaking of work and school, it seems like the two and the internet are mixed together in my mind. I'd often go to school with the flash animation I saw that morning stuck in my head or be at work and think of a funny post on the forums.

Since I'd just gotten my own PC, this was also around when I started collecting MP3s. I'd been inspired by Greg's legendary collection of Final Fantasy music, and I knew that when I got my own PC, I'd start my own collection. When I got my PC, one of the first things I did was make a folder called "Final Fantasy Music" and start downloading random tracks (no complete albums back then) from FF games via KAZZA, mostly FF8, since that's one that I had recently started playing. I eventually expanded this out to non-FF music after hearing the music in ".hack//SIGN" and started collecting a lot of music from anime in general. As before, I would often be at work or school with a new track I'd just downloaded stuck in my head. Since all the music I had was a soundtrack, and since Winamp would only display artist and title, all my MP3s were incorrectly labeled with the name of the show/game in the artist tag. I'm actually writing this with the FF9 soundtrack on shuffle, just to bring me back.

And speaking of illegally acquired entertainment, around this time I also discovered digital anime fansubs. I seem to remember being put on to them via RLF, as .hack//SIGN was quite popular at the time and someone had linked to a website that hosted episodes of it. For the longest time, I would be be excited to get home from school because the next episode of say, "Ranma 1/2" or "Inu Yasha" might have finished downloading since I'd left the dial-up connection on all day.

So what about you guys? What's your early internet memories? And are you bitter that the likes of Facebook and YouTube have killed off forums and reduced the internet to a small collection of popular websites?
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Re: I miss the early days of the internet...

Post by Deacon » Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:19 am

It's amusing that you started out when the N64 was out and there were real web sites to go to. I don't go back too far due to being raised in 3rd world countries, but I was on CompuServe when I really had hardly any knowledge of WTF was going on, and I had heard of "Archie" and "Veronica" and kind of understood the basic concept of gopher in general, but you mostly stuck to "chat rooms" and CompuServe-fed content. Remember, video of the moon landing, an eagle swooping to snag a fish from a lake, and the "I Have a Dream" speech on Encarta were considered cutting edge, and few people could play it at all, much less hear it, as sound was still pretty rare as the term "multimedia" became a thing. Eventually we made the switch to AOL around the time the N64 was first coming out as bleeding-edge (remember, the Jaguar had failed to really take over the world), and eventually there started to be more actual web sites around '96 or so. Also remember, this was before even Netscape Navigator was freely available in computer stores, back when you had to go to a store to get computer stuff and software, which came in a box with loose diskettes and manuals you actually had to read because there was no option to google for the support number.

Honestly I don't really miss those times. Sure, a few fond memories are lurking around that old corner, but we have it so much better today.
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Re: I miss the early days of the internet...

Post by spikegirl7 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:29 am

The very early days of the internet? The late 90's a friend of mine and myself used to troll chat rooms trying to start arguments. I really don't remember exactly what we did, but we would go into these rooms and adopted personas to badmouth popular topics in music and movies. We also spent a good deal of time with silly flash puzzle games online, and would try to make the leaderboards on simple flight simulator games. We also had a bit of fun checking out the codes for pages and designing new web pages based on those codes. I think I programmed out my first HTML page at 11. In retrospect it would have been better if I had kept up with that, instead of having to re-learn everything now at 26.
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Post by Rorschach » Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:21 pm

spikegirl7 wrote:The late 90's a friend of mine and myself used to troll chat rooms trying to start arguments.
Ha. Yes, I remember doing that with people. Pretending to be girls and then pretending to be minors and then pretending to be Feds.

I don't remember much about the internet's early days. I remember using Apple Macs at high school (10 "Dave is gay". 20 Goto 10. Run) and then I remember grudgingly using some very slow dial-up in college but then I stopped paying attention until the technology had completely overtaken me leaving me puzzled, frustrated and angry quite a lot of the time.
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Re: I miss the early days of the internet...

Post by Seir » Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:12 pm

Although I kinda miss the sense of exploration that I had in the days of mid-90's Internet, I don't miss the snail's pace of 28.8k. Nor do I miss having to actually dial-up my online service provider at the time (AOL).
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Post by Deacon » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:08 pm

I heard the sound of a phone line modem pinging and hissing and engaging in some gravelly whirring this morning. It was surreal.
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Post by spikegirl7 » Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:52 am

Dial up modems? They still have those? I thought they had gone the way of the cassette tape, leg warmers, and parachute pants.
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I miss the early days of the internet...

Post by Deacon » Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:40 am

This one may have been for a fax? Not sure.

EDIT: Ooh! That gives me a great idea! I bet there's already a ringtone out there for that...

EDIT2: As I suspected.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dial- ... =544695736
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Post by Rorschach » Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:33 am

Deacon wrote:I heard the sound of a phone line modem pinging and hissing and engaging in some gravelly whirring this morning. It was surreal.
It's yet another sound I can't hear without thinking of a horror movie. Like that 'Mockingbird' song. It seems like every scary movie has some minor key/slightly off-kilter version of that somewhere.
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Post by Hirschof » Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:15 am

Sorta miss that hunter's pride of finding good porn. There. That's my contribution to this.
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Re: I miss the early days of the internet...

Post by FirebirdNC » Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:04 am

Still hard sometimes to find GOOD porn :P
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Post by Deacon » Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:23 pm

That's true. It kind of dismays me a little when I think about how much porn has been made and all the people and stories and money and time, when most of it's crap.
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Post by FirebirdNC » Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:03 am

New business venture?
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Post by Rorschach » Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:41 pm

Finding a 'model' that looks like your friend's sister. It's like winning the lottery.
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Re: I miss the early days of the internet...

Post by Martin Blank » Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:28 pm

Am I the only one that had an Internet-accessible e-mail address in 1991?

Not that it did me much good since I didn't get the whole thing. But even before then I was asking BBS sysops about an exchange that involved BBSes interlinking (as a handful did back then) across multiple sites. Most dismissed it, but a few pointed me at the predecessors of FreeNet (I think that's what it was called), but I had no local numbers to dial and long-distance was prohibitively expensive.
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