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Posted: 1/2/2006 7:29:57 AM EDT
I'm not talking about free access at school or work. Or a subscriptionto a local BBS.

When did you first get an internet account and what made you decide to do it?

For me, it was 1995 and I had a free trial of AOL.. I Was telling somone I knew about it and he told me to skip the AOL crap and get a real internet account because it was so much better. Luckily I listened and didn't become one of those AOL people.

And bonus points for listing your first modem speed. I was at 14.4. Woo!
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 7:33:07 AM EDT
Year: 1998-ish.

Reason: Porn




Originally Posted By bastiat:
I'm not talking about free access at school or work. Or a subscriptionto a local BBS.

When did you first get an internet account and what made you decide to do it?

For me, it was 1995 and I had a free trial of AOL.. I Was telling somone I knew about it and he told me to skip the AOL crap and get a real internet account because it was so much better. Luckily I listened and didn't become one of those AOL people.

And bonus points for listing your first modem speed. I was at 14.4. Woo!

Link Posted: 1/2/2006 7:34:27 AM EDT
1-00, and I did it because i bought a computer to use the net.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 7:34:28 AM EDT
1991, when I started working for CompuServe, and it wasn't the internet back then.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 7:35:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Chokey:
1991, when I started working for CompuServe, and it wasn't the internet back then.



yeah, I consider compuserve to be more of a national type of bbs. Up to a certain point when they added internet access. Don't remember when that was though.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 7:37:50 AM EDT
Got my first dial-up account in 1998...

Back in those days, you could meet a chick online, she'd be banging on your front door within two hours, and you'd be banging her back door in another two
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 7:37:53 AM EDT
I miss the days of BBSs. I ran one for about 4 years in the early 90s.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 7:38:02 AM EDT
I started with the interner back in 98 mainly for pornography.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 7:38:47 AM EDT
I ran a dial-in BBS starting in about 89. We started with 2 lines and grew to over 40 with over 1000 paid subscribers. We pirated a lot of goodies and traded porn. Also met my first online sex on the BBS.

I got my first dial-up account in 94. Why is obvious... because I am a total geek.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 7:42:08 AM EDT
Well, if you discount college, where I got my first internet account in 1986, then it would've been in 1989 just after I graduated.

Email and USENET. W00t. You young whippersnappers don't know how good you've got it.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 7:42:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By bastiat:

Originally Posted By Chokey:
1991, when I started working for CompuServe, and it wasn't the internet back then.



yeah, I consider compuserve to be more of a national type of bbs. Up to a certain point when they added internet access. Don't remember when that was though.



1994-1995, after they bought Spry Mosaic.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 7:43:32 AM EDT
300 baud was top of the line when I started surfing.
A little thing called telnet to the local university and we "found" after some looking, a gateway to MIT.
They were working on some cool stuff. More or less the pre-cursor to the WWW.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 7:44:22 AM EDT
AOL, do not remember the date, but, AOL listed their modem speed at 4400 and we could only hook up at a blistering 2400. At that time a good deal on RAM was $45.00 a Meg. We had a 286 with 8 Meg and a 80 Meg HD. Was a kicka** system for that time, now, my kitchen stove has more power.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 7:45:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Chokey:

Originally Posted By bastiat:

Originally Posted By Chokey:
1991, when I started working for CompuServe, and it wasn't the internet back then.



yeah, I consider compuserve to be more of a national type of bbs. Up to a certain point when they added internet access. Don't remember when that was though.



1994-1995, after they bought Spry Mosaic.



Yeah that sounds about right. I remember an old boss with compuserve about that time, and he was trying to figure out how to use it to connect to the internet.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 7:57:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/2/2006 8:00:49 AM EDT by rtech]
1994 from home. Porn.

Before that, BBS systems and long distance charges, starting in 1988 or so.

I put our company onto the internet back in 1995 with a dedicated T-1. My modem was 1200 baud after I flashed the ROM. Before that it was 600 baud and was a Hayes modem. Lots of money for that equipment. Our T-1 was almost $1000 per month. We later installed a T-3 circuit.

I remember when the internet was newsgroups and confined to universities. My first graphical browser was Mosaic. I remember when there were other operating systems besides DOS.

I remember a time before personal computers.

My first was a Commodore 64 bought from Sears in 1984.


BTW, the internet started as a comm link for DOD to talk with bases and forts way back in 1962. To be used as a back up to phome links in time of nuclear war. It was developed at DARPA.

ETA: AOLand Compuserve were not the internet. They were a community and gave you access to the internet, kind of.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 8:01:02 AM EDT
1996, AOL free trial on my old 14.4 modem on a 25MHZ Compaq non-tower desktop that cost me ELEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS. Signed up mostly to get sports news.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 8:05:21 AM EDT
Early 90s, when Compuserve offered internet access directly from their BBS.

Compuserve was very pricey for internet access. Soon after, I joined a local ISP and am still with them today.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 8:05:39 AM EDT
All the talk about mosaic reminded me of this:



Internet in a box. Spry mosaic, and iirc, a news reader and mail program...the names of both I have long forgotten.

Link Posted: 1/2/2006 8:07:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By rtech:
...
ETA: AOLand Compuserve were not the internet. They were a community and gave you access to the internet, kind of.



Remember the infamous 'net splits' ???
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 8:08:06 AM EDT
1997

Ebay
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 8:10:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By rtech:

ETA: AOLand Compuserve were not the internet. They were a community and gave you access to the internet, kind of.



CompuServe had its own network that was part of the internet (later bought by WorldCom). AOL had to lease its internet connection.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 8:11:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/2/2006 8:16:36 AM EDT by weptek911]
I think it was around 1994 or 1995. I kept hearing the buzz about the "World Wide web". I listened to Rush and Michael Reagan talking about how you could get news and info unavailable from the MSM.

My first computer was am IBM clone ITTxtra with no hard drive and dual 5 1/4 floppy disks. It cost almost $3000 in 1985 we only used it for games and word processing.

I bought a Compaq 486 SX 66 mhz with a 14.4 modem (fastest modem available at the time) I had Compuserve, AOL 2.0 and Prodigy internet service for the free 30 day trials. I still have AOL along with Comcast hi-speed.

The internet, it's not JUST for porn anymore.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 8:12:44 AM EDT
september of 96. I got AOL becuase it came with my new computer. I havent had aol since 01.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 12:03:22 PM EDT
95 28.8
I wanted to keep in touch with people back in Florida with out spending $600 a month on the phone .
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 12:06:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/2/2006 12:10:56 PM EDT by NimmerMehr]
January 20thish, 1996

A relative of mine in NY was doing VoIP* to someone in NC.

I just though that was neat.

*It was very crude and not like anything anyone would use, but it was a stable Proff-Of-Concept.


My first computer was am IBM clone ITTxtra with no hard drive and dual 5 1/4 floppy disks. It cost almost $3000 in 1985 we only used it for games and word processing.


You should have stocked up on registered receivers. Roughly 10 m-16 receivers at $300 each. ($100 for part and the $200 registration fee.)
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 12:13:34 PM EDT
Early '94 was when there was a company around here offering real internet access. 9600baud modem.

Before that, I'd been on BBS systems since '89.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 12:13:53 PM EDT
email and usenet (newsgroups) in college....took a few years off until I got a free email addy from juno in 94 or 95.

Link Posted: 1/2/2006 12:18:43 PM EDT
1986 ... GEnie. 300 baud dial-up.

Also have an accoustic coupler for you ubergeeks out there
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 12:27:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/2/2006 12:28:33 PM EDT by sixgunsblazing]
1993, packard bell 486, AOHell, the only local phone line I could get access to with a 14.4 modem
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 12:44:14 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 12:52:17 PM EDT
1977, when it was still known as ARPANET (Before Al Gore changed the name).
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 12:55:42 PM EDT

Well, my brother had a Delphi account in about 1992/1993 that he showed me some cool stuff on.

Other than that, I had access to a mainframe account via dialup from the beginning of college, but you discount that. I guess the first internet account I paid for at all was the "Internet @ Home" that my universtity started running in about '98 to replace the (free) mainframe accounts, and that was a once-yearly fee that was pretty low ($20 or so). I used that until I could get DSL, and then bought a (monthly) subscription in 2002.

My historical connection rates:

1988-1990: 300bps
1990-1994: 1200bps
1994-1999: 28.8kbps
1999-2002: 56kbps
2002-pres: 2mbps

Jim
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 12:57:18 PM EDT
1991.

I started with Prodigy (which sucked) and moved to Promenade, which later became AOL.

Been online in some capacity ever since.

Why? <shrug> I dunno.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 1:24:41 PM EDT
'95 @ 14.4. I was part of the beta test group when the company I work for rolled out dial up for our customers.

We now offer 3mb DSL.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 1:28:04 PM EDT
1995 dialup

pron



Why else would I?
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 1:33:55 PM EDT
Mom and Stepdad had Prodigy back about 1994-1995 ish. 14.4 I think was our speed. Maybe it was lower, I don't remember.

Convinced Dad to get AOL by late 1995. 14.4 I think also?
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 1:39:48 PM EDT
We were on Prodigy around 94-95 as well, but I think our first internet connection was sometime around 1990. Both were quickly given up, and we signed up with AOL right before when 4.0 came out. We signed up for Roadrunner probably in 2000 or so, and have stuck with it when it became Cox High-Speed Internet around here. Then we switched from AOL as our browser to IE, occasionally using Netscape. I convinced everybody in my house to switch to Opera, and now my Father's gone back to AOL, my brother and mother use Firefox, and I'm on Opera.

And that's the history of the internet as far as I'm concerned.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 2:36:47 PM EDT
1999, reason: to surf stuff at home I couldn't at work (porn), post to usenet groups, etc without fear of getting fired for using work resources. Had work internet access ever since there was an internet, first usenet posts are from 1995, vaguely remember browsers and stuff around 1992-3
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 3:35:35 PM EDT


1986

Commodore64 witha 300 baud modem.

I guess that would translate to about 0.03 Kbps now
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 3:41:01 PM EDT
Registered my first domain in 1989, so I'd guess I was dealing with the net starting around 1987. Started running BBS systems around 1979, so I've been a technogeek for quite a while
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 3:41:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By xxTAPxx:

1986

Commodore64 witha 300 baud modem.

I guess that would translate to about 0.03 Kbps now



what was there to surf back in '86?
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 3:45:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 3:49:02 PM EDT
I had prodigy in 1990. Parents got it for me.

Shortly after I got an account on a college mainframe through my high school.

Link Posted: 1/2/2006 3:58:48 PM EDT
My boss gave me his old computer(my first, it was an IBM 386 PS-2) in '96 so I hooked it up and got an AOL account because it was already on there. I didn't know any better, but as soon as it expired I dumped AOL and got something better, a small local provider.

When I bought the 386 into a computer shop for upgrades, the guy almost laughed at the prospect of upgrading it, the insides were full of dust when he took the cover off. I was a little insulted because I thought it was a very good machine. So I walked out and just got a faster modem and some memory at another place. The first guy was right, it wasn't worth it at all.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 4:05:04 PM EDT
Around 1982 I used an old LSi ADM-3A and a Racal-Vadic 300 Baud external modem to connect with a DEC pdp-11 with a shell account and a full Usenet newsfeed 40 miles away. When that wasn't available, I went long distance to "Dallas Public Access UNIX" to read news. In 1984 I built an XT-compatible with an NEC V20 CPU that ran at a blistering 8 MHz in "turbo" mode and a Seagate ST-225 20 MB HD!!. w00t!!!!

In the mid 80's I was getting ready to make a field service trip to Eastern Europe, and I saw an article some Dutch guy wrote in rec.motocycles (it was only one newsgroup then) about touring through Poland on his Honda Interceptor, so I dropped him an email and he replied with details about where to stay, where to avoid, etc. I remember telling friends and relatives about this kewl thing called "usenet" where you can type stuff and people all over the world will respond within hours. I got nothing but blank stares.

Then the '90s came with AOL, and the net has been fucked ever since. Before then it was customary to post to public newsgroups with your real name, address, and even your work and home phone numbers in your .SIG line. Now you don't dare even let your real first name out to anyone.

Oh, how I long for the days when you told people you worked with computers and their eyes would glaze over and they'd change the subject. These days the lusers corner me at social events and want me to rid their PCs of all the malware they stupidly installed. Progress is the process by which Usenet has evolved from smart people in front of dumb terminals to dumb people in front of smart terminals.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 4:11:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 71-Hour_Achmed:
Well, if you discount college, where I got my first internet account in 1986, then it would've been in 1989 just after I graduated.

Email and USENET. W00t. You young whippersnappers don't know how good you've got it.



I remember those days. People now all equate the internet with the World Wide Web, back then that was just a part of the net. they don't remember Gopher, usenet, irc, etc. And FTP is pretty much integrated into web pages now, back then you had to know what you were doing to use the net.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 4:25:29 PM EDT
First paid account was set up in October 2000. Same day I bought my first real computer (first computer was a Tandy in 88). I bought the computer so I could write game reports for a website I did some work for.

We got online at work in August 99. Which is how I became involved with the above website.

I remember seeing something about Compuserve and Prodigy in the Sears Wishbook in the early 90s. I always wanted to get into it, but never did.

First I ever heard of dial-up BBS is in my AP US History class in 93. VA had a BBS set up for teachers across the state. I had procured an old old system that was donated to my mother's school. I remember dialing into the teacher's BBS and a couple of other BBS that were already on the computer. Didn't know what the hell I was doing.

First time I ever accessed the true internet was in college in late 95 early 96. I remember signing up for every damn email list out there. Got to the point I had to drop that email address. First email addy I ever had was from either Hotmail or Bigfoot.

It's been a long trip in a short time. Boggles my mind just how quickly things have moved over the last 15 years.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 4:40:55 PM EDT
1995, I think. AOhelL. That lasted about a year, then I switched to a local dialup ISP. I went to broadband cable modem about eighteen months ago.

Why? I'm a geek.
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 4:55:46 PM EDT
I used BBS's since the early 80's using a 300 baud modem and my IBM PC. I'll never forget the joyous day I soldered a 12 MHz crystal onto a switch so I could "turbo" my 4.77 MHz PC. Within a few months I bought a used 1200 baud Us robotics modem for $300.00.

Oh yeah, Compuserve was a text based service and there were no other services beyond private BBS's.

Around 1994 I got a SLIP account onto the web and never looked back.

Why? Because I am a geek.

Bob

Link Posted: 1/2/2006 4:57:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/2/2006 5:02:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MrsGloftoe:
Woo! GEnie! My mom and I were on from about 1985. Were you ever on the CB rooms?



Yup... just ask my ex-wife
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