World Wide Web Turns 20 Years Old, Where Were You Back Then?

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Cy-Kill

My first experience with the World Wide Web was in the fall of 1995, before that, I didn't even know it existed, although I may have seen people surfing on it at the Ontario Science Centre in the fall of 1992 and am unsure if they were or not, but back then it would've been extremely basic.

So, I've been using it now for almost 20 years, and I've still got my original HoTMaiL account that I got before Microsoft bought it, although I haven't used it in years, and actually only used it to log into Messenger.

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timmyw

I was working for a research group associated with CalTech. We were rockin' the Internet using tools like Gopher, Archie, and Veronica.

Saw my first WWW browser back then when there really wasn't much Web to speak of. It looked like an evolution of those simple tools we used, little did I realize it was the beginning of a revolution that would change so much.

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meachamrob

Just postings about the internet. Please like and share.

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burntham77

In the early 90s, when I was in high school, my folks had one computer in the house and one day my stepdad put something on it called America Online. We were only allowed on there for very limited periods of time. I remember the first thing I did was do a search for things like "Playboy" and "sex." I don't recall getting any good results back, but it was worth a shot.

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Rift2

If you ever seen the picture of the Cernettes on the web as the first picture on the net it's pretty errie. The net at the start was really really messed up Warez sites everywhere Internet serachers that Read Girl Scouts Mothers Cookies it's before people tried to make sence out of the net where everything got refined where it's boring now =)

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AFDozerman

Stuffing my mouth with jelly beans from my second ever birthday cake...

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evilanimator

First gateway to the world wide web was through a 9600 baud serial external modem and a Packard Bell 386. WAD files took hours to download, but the rewards were so very very sweet.

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Baer

Wow, 9600 was fast. You were spoiled :-)
My first was a new 2400.

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Neufeldt2002

First web page ever is now live, again:

http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html

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ShyLinuxGuy

I was only one or two years old, in diapers, crawling around on the floor =P

My parents had a computer. It was probably a 386 or whatever with Windows 3.1, and it was in its own room which I wasn't allowed in without one of them in it. It was only used for work-related stuff, as both of them were attorneys of a law firm and had important files.

I wasn't allowed to touch anything until about five, and even then only under complete supervision so I wouldn't accidentally delete an important file or lock up the computer somehow. I played corney MS-DOS games and scribble in mspaint.

We didn't catch on to the internet thing until about 1998, right about the same time we replaced the old Win 3.1 clunker with a new Gateway.

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RodgerE1

I was 21, going to school for Computer Programming. I was using AOL, Compuserve, and local BBS's before the Internet came into being. I remember connecting to the Internet through AOL. It was expensive. $6 an hour if I remember correctly.

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Peanut Fox

I was six years old, doing donuts on my big wheel.

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jgottberg

I was using Netscape 3.0 to check out pics of Cindy Crawford. It would take 3 or 4 minutes to display one pic and it was line by glorious line.

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Baer

IBM 360 in the 60's
Apple II+ in the early 80's
Compaq IBM clone (80286) in early 80's
Various BBS'es and then Prodigy and AOL in the mid 80's
First pure web e mail and ISP in the late 80's or early 90's

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DoctorX

I was in college in MIS... I was working on DEC unix workstations with mosaic, lynx, and a few others. I learned to program on VAX and was there for the beginnings of the web. Before that was Gopher, FTP, telnet, BBS, Mudds, Usenet, etc. I had my commodore 128 hooked up to the unix modem bank with a 56k modem for years until i finally bought a pc. I still remember the debates about what the web would deliver that the other protocols would not. I remember my university had all of its school docs on the gopher servers names gumby and bullwinkle.

If you needed access to any docs or howtos for the university, that is where you went.

Ah those were the days... kermit file transfer, zmodem protocols... serial modems....

You kids have it easy today. Now get off my lawn.

Side question: what year and how old were you the first time you played with a computer? and which one.

For me it was 8 years old at 4H camp playing on a trs-80. In 1979. And my first computer i owned was a TI99-4A.

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Cy-Kill

3 going on 4 in 1980 using a Commodore VIC-20, then in 1982 a Commodore 64.

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mattatooski

12 yrs old and on a generic 386 pc with a whopping 40meg hardrive partitioned straight down the middle. It was xtree gold all the way .....

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FireGarden

I was about 5 and it was the Commodore VIC 20. Me and my brother spent all our time playing Saragon Chess and didn't do much else with it. All the games were on cartridges and it only had 5KB's of RAM! It brings back good memories.

My second computer was the new shape C64 which I got when I was 8 or 9. I cut my teeth with that computer. (And the Amiga 1200 that followed several years later.)

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yardGNOME

Gotta love the Trash 80s. My dad had an Osborne 1, when he was with IBM.

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wolfing

it's a little fuzzy as I was using the Internet long before the web (I wasted a LOT of hours playing MUDs, and paid for them by the minute).
I don't really remember when was the first time I saw an actual web page, must not have been too impressive since I already was using email, gopher, telnet, BBSs, etc.

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yardGNOME

20 yrs ago, I was in Israel, and Egypt when I was in the military. But I was using Prodigy in 91, when I was home on leave from the Gulf war. And there was a 25 cent charge for emails, I think, if you were over your monthly allotment.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

What's your earliest memory of the web?

Pron and secure/private communications

I remember when Free Pron was better than anything you could buy

Isn't it odd that after all forms of secure communication were outlawed, Illegal pron can still be found in less than 5 clicks?

Or that anyone who shows you how to find illegal pron in 5 clicks is a criminal for showing you how?

Besides their Criminal Empire of Ill-gotten gains, who the hell do these Fascist's think they are protecting by outlawing secure (private) communications?

Why can't these little dictators eliminate illegal pron from the Internet now that secure/private communications and peer to peer have been outlawed?

We see who the real enemy is

and FUCKYOURSTUPIDSPAMFILTER

PORNPORNPORNPORNPORNPORNPORN!

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FireGarden

Spammer AND sexual deviant?

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Bullwinkle J Moose

SPAMSPAMSPAMSPAMSPAMSPAMSPAM....

OOOH YEAH

Now I'm getting off

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The Mac

someone forgot their meds again today...

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ApathyCurve

Just out of a six year tour in the Corps. A friend gave me a spare modem he had laying around (1200 baud if I remember rightly, though it could have been 300... it's been so long...) and helped me set up an account with a local provider. I proceeded to learn all about UseNet, gophers, and the digital torture rack called vi. As a side benefit, I learned the Unix command line interface along the way. Damned spoiled children and their Mosaic! Graphics are for sissies! Real men get their pr0n from message thread assemblers. =P

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FireGarden

I was fairly oblivious to it. We had it at high school - but it was so slow as to be useless (for me). I was more than happy with my C64 - programming and playing games. I really didn't start using the web until I was in college in '97 or '98. Then I only used it to browse various forums. It was only really in 2004/2005 that the internet started to become an everyday necessity for me. Before that I could take it or leave it. I don't know how any of us could stand to use dial-up! The time wasted...

As a small point (for those that don't know) - the internet is different from the world wide web, and was created in America. The WWW is a system/idea for interlinking documents using (originally) HTML hyper-links. The internet is the protocol that is used to connect all the various computers and servers together. The article is absolutely perfect - but some people get these mixed up.

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jimmthang

Wait, didn't Al Gore invent the internet?... :P

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Gauntylgrym

Whoa whoa whoa! No mention of Al Gore? And who's this "Tim Berner-Lee" cat? I'm confused....

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RipperXT

I was 10 years old. I had played my share of Oregon Trail on the green screens :)

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Nixon

20 years ago? Nursing and crapping my diapers. Was only a few months old then.

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Dingle

I still have a copy of Mosaic 1.0 from U of I Champaign Urbana on
5 1/4 floppy.
Oh yeh!

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castertr0y357

My earliest memory of the internet was hearing, "Skkkkkrreeeeeeeeet", some lightsaber sounds, "Skkkkreeeeeeeeeet", more lightsaber sounds, then some static, and then "Welcome, you've got mail!"

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gforaker

I was active on Compuserve, long before that. I was also a beta tester for Prodigy. When the internet came online, Prodigy opened a portal through them to the net. Sort of like AOL, but before them.

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Cy-Kill

I think you mean when the World Wide Web came online, because the Internet has been online since the 1960s!

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MahoneyOH

In 1993, I was 21 and in college. I clung to my BBSs for a while rocking a 386DX (with math-coprocessor) micro channel "Leading Edge" PC. Not long after I bought a 486 PC from Micron. I don't think I really hit the WWW until a few years later.

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The Mac

I was right in it.

Archie, Gopher, Mosaic (actually that was later, the original web were just text links)...

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chainsaw_007

23 years old now, so 20 years from now I was only 3 years old living in Pakistan and had never seen a computer. Now living in Canada and consider myself to be a power user in Windows 7/8, Mac OSx, and many Linux distros (mostly Fedora and Ubuntu)

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someuid

A web page showing suicide pictures - people who had jumped from many stories up or jumped in front of a vehicle or shot themselves.

From there it quickly went to hardware and software support pages.

I remember when Yahoo has both search and browesable categories of links.

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Blackheart-1220

"Where Were You Back Then?" playing kidpix on my school's mac.

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