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  • Poll : How far back do you go?

    Curious to see how long users have been around, based on their 1st Internet connection type / speed...

  • #2
    My first modem was a 300 baud coupler

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    • #3
      I got my first email address in 1986. (Mom worked at a famous tech university in the CompSci department at just the right time.) No idea what my original dial-up baud rate, but it was in the three digits [144?])

      Not quite long enough ago to have had to put my phone handset in a receiver cradle, but long enough ago that we hung out on boards because there was no web yet, porn consisted of ASCII art, and if I mentioned "email" to someone, 75% of the time I had to explain what I was talking about. ;-)

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      • #4
        1996 for me. 28.8 or 33.6 dialup if I remember correctly.

        That was my first foray into the 'warez' scene. We would scan for pubs and then FXP from dump sites to new pubs. We would do news groups as well. Most everything was distributed or discussed via IRC. Later we created private forums and held our pub lists as closely guarded secrets for members only, as pubs started to dry up and became harder to find. Started using exploits to gain root excess and then creating our own private pubs that way for a few years.

        That was a fun time. Wasnt long after torrents started to become popular that we didnt see the point in doing pubs anymore. Been away from that part of the scene for a long while now. We used to have races when new releases came out from the release groups. Soon as they dumped,.. we would compete to spread their works.

        I was doing various local BBS boards as far back as 1989. I only had a 286 back then and it couldnt really do much,.. plus I had no sound card. :/

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        • #5
          Believe mine was mid 90's late 90's Had dial up, then got into starcraft and then diablo 2.

          Everything has come a long way since then.

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          • #6
            My first one was dial up. I'm not sure what the modem was or its speed, but it was during the frames/no frames era of the IE/Netscape browser wars.

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            • #7
              56k dial-up

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              • #8
                year 2000, creative internal modem 56k
                ..thanks to gblaze for my avatar

                Some persons have an daunting presence, one that can foretell fear in their opponents eyes and bring a sense of vanquish right away. Whether it be their proficiency in their respected field or simply, their stature, intimidation comes to mind when speaking of him..an exalted

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                • #9
                  Early to mid '90's. I remember upgrading to a 14.4 modem, not sure what was before that but it was slow enough that the 14.4 seemed like it was blazing fast.

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                  • #10
                    Late 90s, used a 56k internal dialup modem
                    Last edited by CaptainFantastic; January 25, 2018, 12:40 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Oh my, the first time I accessed The Internet was in 96 (I think) we had a 14.4k modem and dialed up one of the local access points (actually it was a BBS with a link to the net) - surfing was done on a text screen. I remember reading through my unix textbook to refresh my memory of some of the commands and ended up at the whitehouse -- Gov site and was able to download a picture of socks the cat. Woohoo - thought it was so cool. It wasn't until 12 months later that the the GUI programs for The Internet started to creep out and Mozilla and newsgroup access became point and click.

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