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    Originally posted by Flynn Flak
    I don't even remember my first email address, it was something like r302s@sage.purdue.edu
    mine was akasha@nb.net LOL. It was a localconnect a local dial up service.

    I have 2 icq numbers, my old one is like 1957 and I lost the pass, so now its 197990. I used to also use powwow back then and chatted on the palace.

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    1995 - MSN the day it was offered.

    Kitten

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    Oh and for any Old Skool Apple folks...


    I was also a member of eWorld.

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    Originally posted by thekaLi
    *In the beginning, there was 56k.*

    no there was 1.... flat (1 bit, yeah)

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    Heh, about 1992 for me!
    I had a 2400Baud modem package from Compuserve...cost about £300!
    I used said modem to get at various BBSs, the best of which had a *gasp* BBS->email gateway, that let you communicate with...well no-one really, as no-one else had email at that time either!
    Does anyone else remember when email addresses were like 123456,7890@isp.com?
    I then moved slowly through the modem ranks (19200, 28.8 and *finally* 56k) until in '99 I went to uni, when we had 10Mbit direct to our rooms
    Now back on a rather sedate 2Mbit pipe

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    99 for me

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    BBSMates

    I don't remember exactly when I got full 'net access, but it was sometime in the early 90s with Prodigy/AOL/Wow! (I think it was called), and whatever other accounts I could muster up (when AOHell actually *worked*).

    I was an avid BBS user back in the day, and got my first modem in '89 for my 13th birthday. 600 baud for an Atari 800XL, and I certainly remember watching text CRAWL across the screen as somebody mentioned earlier.

    Most of the boards I used were MajorBBS, and I became addicted to games like MajorMUD and Swords of Chaos. LORD, TradeWars, and others were equally popular, but never really kept my interest.

    I also fell in love with SirDoom, which was the comm. program that came with DoomII that allowed you to play online. We had a local board in South Florida that hosted DoomII events, but I sucked way too bad to bother. It was still neat being able to play against people online.

    Glad to see other BBS users around. It was the popularity of the Internet that really killed the BBS world, although some are still available via telnet. Any of you that haven't already stumbled across it, there's a great website called BBS Mates, which is essentially like a classmates.com for old BBS users.

    Yes yes, ze memories.

    -commiecat

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    I got it last week. :noob:

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    1996

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    Originally posted by ^OMFG!!
    I was hooked and fascinated by the first sounds of "modem-sex" ATZ ATL3
    Geeez... I rememebr typing those ruddy strings in to configure my modem...


    *flashbacks*

    *shudder*

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    I got mine in 1998.

    I still remember downloading at 4/KBps and saying this is fast compared to like 1 or 2/KBps..lol

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    I don't even remember my first email address, it was something like r302s@sage.purdue.edu, 'cept I know it was a lot longer than that. That was back in '88 and my favorite thing to do was finger people on the net!

    Second favorite thing to do was print something on a printer in some basment room across campus and go find it.

    Years later I hear all these people talking about the internet. I'm thinking, what's the big deal? Dial in BBS's are way better than the internet. I didn't know about this new thing called webpages until I started seeing web addresses all over. So one day on a box of cereal I got a free AOL CD. I popped it in, connected with my speedy 1200 baud MODEM and tried to go to www.gatorade.com (the only web address I could remember at the time). 20 minutes later the computer crashed with the page half loaded! :haha:

    That's when my addiction to the internet and upgrading started, probably late '95 early '96. It's hard to believe it hasn't even been 10 years, seems like a lifetime ago.

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    Originally posted by Nut_Bag
    87 or 88 my Dad had a dial up account to Prodigy. Pretty cool at the time using our IBM PCXT and a 1200 baud modem
    Originally posted by {DAM}MoxNix
    Heh, many years earlier than 1999

    Ah those were the days... Usenet, IRC and Telnet. Hardly any trolls and allmost no noob idiots back then. You had to install your own TCP/IP stack and then configure everything by hand to get it working before you could even connect to the internet.

    Then along came Intel PC's, Windows, the world wide web, and AOL... Things really started going downhill then.
    Originally posted by suibhne
    'Course, at that time Prodigy was just a BBS; there wasn't an internet per se. I'll bet a lot of us were using BBS's back in the '80s. I still remember playing "Murder Mansion" on a local BBS in the mid-'80s - my very first multiplayer internet game.
    Originally posted by Nut_Bag
    True, at that time they were. I guess I'm just showing my age. I'm sure many of the users on here weren't even born yet when I was surfing the BBS.
    Originally posted by {DAM}MoxNix
    I ran a BBS back then. When Internet came along, it gave me access to the full Fidonet backbone and filebone at a much lower cost (no long distance charges!) as well as instant, easy communication via IRC with fellow sysops and coders.

    Heh, I spent a lot of money on phonebills back then... Money I sometimes wish I had now...
    Originally posted by Terial-DeVo
    i remember having a 2400 baud modem, and i use to use that to connect to the BBS.

    If you dont know what BBS is, then i am obviously OLD lol, but i am only 29 :/ I guess i have my dad to thank for keeping me ontop of things lol

    BBS = Bulletin Board System
    Originally posted by breadbaker
    Can't remember before 1999 for sure.

    Hell, I used to hang around BBS on 300baud acoustic coupler with a C64.
    I remember the phone did not fit in it so I had to tape it on after the connection was established.
    Originally posted by VG1
    I can remember being on Prodigy (or maybe it was AOL) with a 2400buad modem. That old IBM 386 was a screamin machine, let me tell ya. They don't make em like that any more, thank the powers that be. :noob:
    <nods> to the oldschool crowd. :up: 1985 here... I was hooked and fascinated by the first sounds of "modem-sex" ATZ ATL3 I remember connecting to BBS's with the old 300 baud modem and watching a line of text slowly crawl its way across my monochrome screen. I was hooked from that moment on to being online.

    A year or so later I came upon the first BBS ever that would allow 2 people to be online at the same time!! WOW!! :up: Ahh... the memories...*&$@#NO CARRIER!

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    that'd be before 98 atleast, i think it was like 96 maybe? anyway, **** dial up that took hours to get aol, haven't had aol since

    EDIT: o and i've had dsl since 2002, since anything less than that doesn't count as internet

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    1997 dial up

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