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Old School Friday

Posted 17 December 2010 - 09:17 AM

It's old school friday here at DIC...



Tell us all about your first computer, ISP, website, BBS, Newsgroup, IRC chat, etc.

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 09:33 AM

Commodore 64.. Christmas 1984. How I ever met a girl and got married after that is beyond me.
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Posted 17 December 2010 - 09:35 AM

I would like to share with you all - my closest and dearest friends (sadly, this is true) - the tale of my very first internet.

The year was 1996. I was a college freshman living in the dorms and the university had just completed the installation of.... wait for it.... ethernet cable to each and every room! I hopped a bus headed off-campus and went to Montgomery Ward's (for the younguns in the group, it was a department store chain once upon a time) and used my financial aid refund money to buy myself a Compaq Presario 5520 - my very first Windows machine.

I installed Trumpet Winsock and Netscape Navigator 2.0 and heard the sweet, sweet screaching of a modem making its maiden voyage to the tubes of the interwebz. I didn't know where to go or what to do... as I had never experienced an interweb before. So I sought outside assistance from the cute Physics major down the hall.

He showed me Telnet and the joy of MUDs. At that exact moment, all freshman year productivity came to a grinding halt. Classes no longer mattered. Grades no longer mattered. Flesh-and-blood people no longer mattered. Only MUDs mattered.

And that, kids, is why the internet is evil. That is also why I was a college freshman for 3 years. :D

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 09:41 AM

first computer...

a Tandy 2000, and this was in 1990 years after the ugly piece of crap came out. Don't have much memories of it, thing was balls. This was the family computer, we did upgrade to a pentium 1, then a P3, then I bought my own computer. My first computer was a P4 2.0 ghz with a gig of rambus ram (for the time that thing was expensive!) That's when I finally got into computers and used them for more then just playing Decent or Starcraft.


first ISP...

some direct dialing early on, then prodigy mail, but all not technically true internet service. First true ISP was Bellsouth dial-up. Then my step mom went to AOL, argh crap... more expensive. I finally convinced them to go back to Bellsouth, well convinced my dad who was the one who had to pay the bill.


newsgroups, bbs, irc and the sort...

I never really frequented these types of things until later. Early on we just randomly logged into some random IRC and goof off. My buddy was big on it, and he had some regular places.

After these things started dieing out (late 90's) was when I got into communities. I joined forums and the sort. One of the first forums I joined and remained a member of for nearly a decade was SegaXtreme. I am a big sega nerd.

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 10:04 AM

First computer was an Intel 386 with DOS and a fancy file manager called Xtree Gold. First internet connection was via a 14.4 kb/s modem. Didn't do bbs but spent a little time on IRC dicking around. I remember the first time I entered a chat room it was almost surreal to me that they were real people hehe.
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Posted 17 December 2010 - 10:18 AM

1995, Intel 486.. 50 MHz of Raw Computing Power at my 2 year old fingertips.. I learnt MS-DOS by the time I was 2 and a half.. And when I was 4 We Got Windows 98... I did'nt get a taste of the internet till 2000.. When we got a (I think) 52 KBPS Modem.. Internet wasn't so fun back then..

In 1998 I started learning GW-BASIC and then later Visual Basic...

The First game I played was called "Dangerous Dave"...
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Posted 17 December 2010 - 10:25 AM

a regular prodigy it would seem.
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Posted 17 December 2010 - 01:40 PM

1996, Compaq Pressario 4860, I liked to play Neopets and watch Sailor Moon on cartoonnetwork.com. :3
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Posted 17 December 2010 - 01:53 PM

Can we share our parents? They're old-school! :P
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Posted 17 December 2010 - 02:24 PM

Goddammit so much...am I older than every single one of you bitches? :(

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My first computer. Behold: the Apple IIc!
  • Thrill to the 1.023 MHz processor!
  • Gasp at the 128 KB or RAM!
  • Be flabbergasted by the luxurious 5.25" floppy drive!


This machine, coupled with the Epson dot matrix printer I had at the time, was what suffered through 4 years of university essays, reports and papers. It was more than $1000 when my folks bought it for me as a graduation gift. They wanted me to get the Toshiba PC clone but I bitched and complained (much to my current shameful recollection) and they sprung for the more expensive Apple.
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Posted 17 December 2010 - 02:34 PM

Sailor Moon is so old, that all the computers on that show look just like that one. Hold on let me screen shot...

Well, similar. This is the best shot I could get from this episode.

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 02:36 PM

Considering I bought it brand new in 1985, that's hardly surprising.
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Re: Old School Friday

Posted 17 December 2010 - 02:39 PM

You all have probably read my posts complaining about the piece of junk Windows 98 computer we had forever. The first computer I used though was my parents' Windows 95 machine when I was around 2-4. I don't remember any complaints about that computer or when we upgraded to Windows 98. But I do remember we had the Windows 98 machine until around 2003-2004. It had 128 MB RAM, and on top of that, my brother polluted it with games. So suffice to say it didn't run at all. When that computer died, we then upgraded to one of the old XP machines at my dad's business, this time with 512 MB RAM. It still didn't run. :(

Luckily my school system issues every middle and high school student a laptop for the school year, which vastly outpaces my home computer to this day.
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Posted 17 December 2010 - 02:49 PM

your school system has too much money.
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Re: Old School Friday

Posted 17 December 2010 - 02:54 PM

Back in my day, my school didn't even provide us paper and pencils.
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