What Year did you start computing?

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    May 17, 2008 3:50 AM GMT
    If you remember, When did you first get internet on your home computer? When did you first start using home email?

    How has the internet changed over the years? What is the future of the intenet?
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    May 17, 2008 3:55 AM GMT
    Wow, had to think back...
    First computer: 1980, I used punch cards to load the program!
    First Internet: 1985 or 1986
    First real email account: 1991

    ...now I feel old. icon_evil.gif
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    May 17, 2008 4:02 AM GMT
    I had a TRS (trash)-80 computer in HS (the 80s). I got compuserve on a 300 baud rate dialup modem. I still have the thing up in my attic. It had 2 - 5 1/4" floppy drives and was portable--weighing in at a mere 26 pounds. Used Scripsit word processor for all my term papers and printed on a DMP110* printer.
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    May 17, 2008 4:06 AM GMT
    I remember my first internet search way back when...it came and showed that it was search a computer in FINLAND....WOW...we were blown away.
  • ShawnTX

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    May 17, 2008 4:09 AM GMT
    My first 'computer' was a Tandy. It was basically just a keyboard that you hooked up to a tv. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it was launched the same year the Romans left Britain. Next to that, I thought I was in heaven when I discovered the Commodore 64.

    I got the internet 10 or 11 years ago.
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    May 17, 2008 4:26 AM GMT
    My first computer was an IBM PCjr that I had in high school (family computer from the parents). But, my first experience with internet and email was in college, so around 1994. I was using the "green screen" mainframe terminals for email. It sucked royally.

    My first computer with internet that was my own was a Dell Dimension that my dad made me take a loan out of the bank to pay for. LOL!
  • NYCguy74

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    May 17, 2008 4:39 AM GMT
    my dad had an Apple 2+ sometime in the early 80s (wikipedia has it out 79-83)
    We also had a commodore 64

    sometime he upgraded to a mac se/30 (wiki - '89 or '90) it had AOL

    I also remember dialing into BBS but not on which computer. (it was probably the Mac)

    My dad gave me that mac in 95.

    My first non AOL, dial up account and email was in 97 on a roommates computer.

    actually just gave up that dial up account and email at the end of last year.

    I got my own laptop at the end of 97.



    my first "wow" memory of the internet was about 10 years ago. I was in Atlanta, I had a friend working in Taiwan, and they had a job opening. We were IMing back and forth, and I was able to email my resume to him. which he got almost instantly. Didn't get the job though.


    One of the guys i work with, just got off of dial up. Myself and a couple other geeky, iPhone carrying guys at work constantly gave him crap about it too. He actually got kicked off AOL, they claim his wife was spamming and abusive in chat rooms.
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    May 17, 2008 4:41 AM GMT
    traveljm saidIf you remember, When did you first get internet on your home computer? When did you first start using home email?

    How has the internet changed over the years? What is the future of the intenet?
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    Chuckle - joking right?

    First started playing with computers... 1974...

    I was using the 'nets' by 1978, but did not get a 'home' account with an ISP until the early 90's.

    What is the future?...

    Smaller and faster
  • theONLYallan

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    May 17, 2008 6:03 AM GMT
    I remember the good ol, BBS days, I had a NEC V20 (8088 PC), CGA Monitor, 20Mb MFM hard Drive, 2400baud modem... Dialing onto the boards and downloading porn! hahah.. The Zmodem, Kermit days..

    BBS started to die in the mid 90's.. by the late 90's everything was on IRC..

    now everything is on torrents and msg forums like this.
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    May 17, 2008 6:07 AM GMT
    I first got the internet like 4 years ago. So id say 2004. Yea, im a freaking math/cs major icon_sad.gif
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    May 17, 2008 9:05 AM GMT
    I was looking over Al Gore's shoulder when he invented the internet here at Michigan.

    First BBS (300bps) in 1983. Also joined M-Net (the oldest public access Unix system in the world) which gave me some email capability (back when you had to tell the computer how to route the email to get to the recipient). Still have that account, so technically I can claim to have the same email account for 25 years.

    Came out and met my first boyfriend on the "net" back in the 1980s, too.

    Pictureless forums were more fun in some ways. Said bf at first envisioned me as some old rabbi (guess he was pleasantly surprised when we first met... when he still thought I was straight).

    Another classic moment was when someone (knowing me only by my [real] name, Leeron) accused me of saying something (I think it was about affirmative action) because I was black!

    Ah, the good ol' days.
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    May 17, 2008 9:12 AM GMT
    We had a programming course back in high school, and I've been tinkering with computers ever since elementary. We didn't get our first computer until like 2002 though, my parents are old fashioned and think it's the devil's toy. (And they'rr right icon_twisted.gif ) Got my laptop 3 years ago.

    Surfing since high school but only got the internet at home two years ago, because that was the year an ISP finally set up a relay station in our mountain. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 17, 2008 9:43 AM GMT
    I had my first personal computer in 1981, and started taking courses in college then too. My first modem was 300 baud and had Compuserve for a while. I used the internet I believe shortly after it came up in 1983 (see article below) while I was in college It may have been in the mid 80's that I actually used it to send my first email.

    I started using the internet (this was before web browsers/mosaic) when I was in college. We had internet access through school and command line stuff on our BSD unix workstations. Back then it was stuff like telnet, ftp, chat/talk, finger, etc .. I actually had friends like one in Australia that I would chat with at odd hours in the morning. It was real time chat where you could actually see the other person typing as you typed. It was the early version of IM.

    I feel privileged to have seen the evolution of personal computers and the internet every step of the way. I think it is one of the truly great achievements in the last century that has impacted so many parts of life. I think the revolution will continue to help us become smarter and break down barriers between nations and people if the governments just get out of the way. In the U.S. I think it is the ultimate expression and enhancement of our free speech in many ways. (the internet that is)

    P.S. I know people get a kick out of Al Gores comments about the internet, but Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet, actually applauded his role in the internet. I worked at MCI/Worldcom when Vint was working there. This is what he said
    http://www.interesting-people.org/archives/interesting-people/200009/msg00052.html
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    May 17, 2008 10:01 AM GMT
    First computer used: PDP-8 1971

    First one owned: 1989 (i486)

    First email (one that I still have) 1990.

    Internet at home 1995 (dial-up)

    Originally, or rather early on, the internet was largely academic and therefore lot's of experts in certain disciplines were online.

    Now there are more 'self described' experts than actual ones. While there is now far more information available on the internet, the validity is of the information is suspect. Now, I realize that when I do a search on the internet, I have to be suspect of everything I read since, often, common misinformation is perpetuated.


    "Dr. Science isn't a real doctor, but he has a Master's Degree in science, so he knows more than you."
  • GQjock

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    May 17, 2008 10:27 AM GMT
    Got my first computer way back in the late 80's
    I remember how S-L-O-W everything was
    Now I see that we're going to have a Meld of the TV... the computer ... and the telephone very soon
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    May 17, 2008 1:02 PM GMT
    First computer, IBM PC, year 1984--then upgraded to the AT, the XT, 286, 386, 486, etc.

    I think the AT was the first one with a hard drive. We were so excited because it had a storage capacity of one entire megabyte! Woot!
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    May 17, 2008 1:41 PM GMT
    Took computing in High school around 1977. Started in computer science in University during the time that punch cards were in vogue (pain in the ass to say the least). Switched to Psychology in 1980 to avoid a nervous breakdown.

    I have been using PCs through work or school since 1985, but did not get my own until 1997. Had dial-up from 1997 until about 2003. Switching to broadband is like going from flying in a DC-3 to a 747.
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    May 17, 2008 8:05 PM GMT
    fitguymike saidI had a TRS (trash)-80 computer in HS (the 80s). I got compuserve on a 300 baud rate dialup modem. I still have the thing up in my attic. It had 2 - 5 1/4" floppy drives and was portable--weighing in at a mere 26 pounds. Used Scripsit word processor for all my term papers and printed on a DMP110* printer.
    *Dot Matrix Printer


    I love hot nerd talk icon_smile.gif

    I remember the TRS-80s...that's what we used in High School as well.

    My first computer was a Texas Instruments TI99-4A.

    I was late getting on the internet train...I think it was 1997 maybe?

    Now I have two computers (desktop + notebook). The desktop I built myself, so I could customize it for making music.

  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 17, 2008 8:34 PM GMT
    I was a late-bloomer when it comes to computers -- I was a bit of a technophobe and resisted using one for the longest time. I think I got my first one in the early 1990's -- a Mac
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    May 18, 2008 1:28 AM GMT
    The Army bought a DOS operating system type computer in the early 80s. It was called Enable, and a lot of other names too. We used it primarily for the word program instead of a typewriter and the supply sergeant used the Data Base program to help keep track of stuff. It used really floppy floppies. Shortly after that we got a computerized Tank Gunnery training device that is considered extremely primitive compared to today's tank gunnery simulators.

    When Windows came out it was all the rave. When it was first described to me I didn't believe it, I thought the guy was making it all up.

    Computers have come a long way, and so have we.



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    May 18, 2008 1:43 AM GMT
    I started working at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, CA right out of college - and I had a mac on my desk. I liked it so much I got one for my desk at home. (80s).

    I also remember white rooms - computer rooms at work - all surrounded by glass - on built up floors, full of computers - and we wore lab coats and covered our shoes in booties to work in there. Felt like going into surgery!
  • TallGWMvballe...

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    May 18, 2008 1:49 AM GMT
    Mac Plus --- 8 Mhz processor and 2 floppy drives! 4 MB of RAM in 1986.

    no internet until about 1988.


  • EricLA

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    May 18, 2008 2:24 AM GMT
    I grew up in the Silicon Valley. I remember (vaguely) what the place looked like with orchards before the semiconductor industry moved in. I was in junior high from '79 to '81 and that's where I first used a computer at school -- an Apple II. We had dorky computers like the Sinclair computer and a Commodore 64. I had kit PCs running Windows in high school and college. It was in college in about 1990 that I was first exposed to the Internet, by a gay roommate who played around in BBS rooms. In '97 I started working for a national lgbt org, where they used Macs. When my home PC crapped out about five years ago, I bought myself a MacBook for my personal use. But, about a year ago I started working at UCLA, so I'm back to a PC environment for work.
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    May 18, 2008 2:32 AM GMT
    I started computing in '81 in the school science room (OK...Pong a few years earlier). As for internet, which is one way to use a computer, that was in '94.
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    May 18, 2008 3:22 AM GMT
    Edit: Horror story for the younguns: I started using the PDP Cyber 660 for class in 1980. There were two rooms on campus with terminals for undergrads. You took your homework to one of those buildings, and sat in a long line in the hallway for an hour or two, until your turn to use the terminal. You had to take the first available terminal. Half the time it was an old Honeywell TTY with a worn-out ribbon that printed on brown paper towel. You couldn't read it to start with, and characters were lost in transmission to the mainframe. When you got up to get your output from the printer, you lost your terminal. If the output was garbage... back to the end of the line.

    LOL, I finally just sold my apple //+ and //e at a garage sale last week. Needed the closet back. I hated to do it, because they were the last computers that I really could program. (once upon a time.) Even parted with the 300 baud modem with the little list of BBS phone numbers taped on it.

    Must have been around 85 when I first accessed off-campus resources from the lab, but can't remember for sure if that wasn't a dial-up connection. We got internet to the desktop in 88 or 89, working in a government lab. Management still didn't have a clue... just crazy guys stringing LAN wires above the false ceilings after hours. I remember working late one night and a crazy unshaven guy with a spool of cable in his hands knocked on the door "psst... hey buddy, wanna be on the net?" It was mac users or Eunuchs only at first, because nobody else had networking hardware.

    A couple of years later, the lab opened an IT department and started an official network. They took over our wires and routers and started charging a monthly fee! There was a lot of anarchist saber rattling for a while.

    The great Internet Porn Scandal must have been around 94 or 95. The CEO a) Discovered internet porn b) Discovered that employees had internet connections and c) discovered that employees enjoyed internet porn at work. The next day he announced that he had "a list of names" and everyone on the list would be fired the next week. Apparently, during that week he discovered that the names on the list included the few people who actually did all the work of the company. Only two guys were actually fired, because it turned out that they were running several major porn sites on the federally-owned servers in the lab!