The “early” internet

8/28/2009:

Here’s some more Friday fun… I somehow get a big kick out of these broadcasts when the internet was just starting to get popular… (FYI – I was on the “internet” before this broadcast was aired… I have some geek genes)

“It’s called the internet…”

Here’s a 1994 NBC Nightly News segment, with Tom Brokaw “announcing” to the viewers a revolutionary technical concept:

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YipYap
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A 1995 prediction by Bill Gates about “the internet as a self-publishing medium” was met with great skepticism due to the lack of editors and, believe it or not, a Dewey decimal system on the web. An excerpt from the book appears below:

The lack of an equivalent to the Dewey decimal system on the Internet is a different matter. While it is true that experienced Internet users can eventually find what they’re looking for, [Clifford] Stoll and other critics insist that it takes more expertise and time than Internet enthusiasts are willing to admit. This point of contention may eventually be answered by software developments that are still just blips on the horizon. But such a development, according to many experts, including both Internet boosters and doubters, is likely to have to await a formalized method for paying royalties to those who self-publish on the Internet. Bill Gates is sure this can be managed down the line, but as things stand there are still vast legal tangles to be resolved concerning payment to original authors whose work is published by major companies, let alone compensation for self-publishing.

Furey
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oops…”I used to buy my family members presents from the online shop, like”

should be “I used to buy my family members presents from the online shop, like cookies or games.”

Furey
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I was a very early adopter.

I was using my Commodore 64 300 baud modem to connect to Compuserve back in 1982. Used that up until college. I used to buy my family members presents from the online shop, like

During college I would have internet access using Unix C-Shell accounts so that I could play MUDs at home or at school.

I remember when I first moved to Hoboken in 1995 I bought a 128K ISDN internet access from Bell Atlantic (now Verizon). Back in the day, it was fairly fast.

oceanbloo
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oceanbloo

I am absolutely NOT an early adopter of stuff like this, but I do remember my first online purchase 12 years ago in 1997 (a t-shirt that I never really wore).

Caffeine
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Caffeine

Where are the acoustic couplers of yesteryear?

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