Pre-Internet Life

  • Ritournelle

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    Feb 24, 2009 5:13 PM GMT
    What did you do before you had the internet? Be nostalgic, funny, whatever.
    Also, for the younger of us, you can describe life before the modern internet, here's an example:http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1788161

    I personally didn't get the internet until probably 1994. My family had compuserve, Windows 3.0, and I had to run programs through DOS prompts. I also got to see the emergence of chatrooms on early AOL (anyone remember the endless strings of (a/s/l?). What sucked the most was at the time of my emerging puberty, I didn't have the vast reserves of broadband porn like we do today. Imagine slowly uploading an image at 44.4 to 56kbps. On the other hand, when the internet was still crappy, I used to go outside and ride my bike everywhere, and not get my exercise in a gym.
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    Feb 24, 2009 5:24 PM GMT
    I remember the first time I did an internet search....I think I was using webcrawler....anyway, it was before graphic user interface on a PC and I saw the text display that it was searching a computer in FINLAND! ....Blew my mind....and everyone else's in the office.....we didnt know that Finland had electricty yet! ...tee hee hee
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    Feb 24, 2009 5:27 PM GMT
    Don't make me even try to imagine how my life would go without internet .. eegh. .

    I do remember the first internet we had ... we were surfing for half an hour and only after asking for our parents' permession ... 5 years from now we'll be laughing at nowdays internet .. and that crappy RJ site ..(jk icon_eek.gificon_lol.gif )
  • Ritournelle

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    Feb 24, 2009 5:39 PM GMT
    Asking to use the internet for an hour, that reminds me of how much trouble I would get into for being logged on for so much time that the phone bills were outrageous. Then my parents got smart, and would pick up another phone on the same line, disconnecting the internet.
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    Feb 24, 2009 10:40 PM GMT
    There was life before the internet?
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    Feb 24, 2009 10:44 PM GMT
    I remember the early days of AOL (and those swarms of diskettes/CDs)...

    I was in 3rd-4th grade when the Internet started to become more consumer friendly and mainstream, I've been in love since.

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    Feb 24, 2009 10:50 PM GMT
    I read a lot, my first computer was a Windows 3.1, the only internet thing it could do was email directly from my windows outlook I think. The first time I ever had Internet I used AOL 3.0 dialup on a 12k connection, and it was slooooooow! Like five minutes for a picture to load.
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    Feb 24, 2009 10:55 PM GMT
    Clubbing, reading, libraries, school, work, eating out, physical exercise, and all that good stuff.

    Of course, mass public access to the Internet has made many things much easier and quicker, but human interaction, civility, proper form, and etiquette have suffered as a result of the explosive growth of the Internet.

    It is probably my age, but I am apalled at some people's manners and poor communication skills (and I don't just mean younger people either).

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    Feb 24, 2009 11:13 PM GMT
    This is a great post. I am having fun just reading.

    I had one of the first iMacs that came out. Dial up of course....and it was AOL 4.0.

    It's nothing like it is today. You used to go out and meet people....but now, you meet people online instead.
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    Feb 24, 2009 11:15 PM GMT
    I was 16 when we got the internet, in 2002. Before then there was no gay porn for me to look at. So I played video games.
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    Feb 24, 2009 11:19 PM GMT
    TheIStrat saidI was 16 when we got the internet, in 2002. Before then there was no gay porn for me to look at. So I played video games.


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    Feb 24, 2009 11:20 PM GMT
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    TheIStrat saidI was 16 when we got the internet, in 2002. Before then there was no gay porn for me to look at. So I played video games.


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    lol
  • Mikeylikesit

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    Feb 24, 2009 11:21 PM GMT
    ugh!!!.......I miss the days of going to the clubs and there was actually cruisin & flirting goin on. Internet killed the gay clubs.....LOL
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    Feb 24, 2009 11:23 PM GMT
    Lost_And_Found saidThere was life before the internet?


    There has always been the intenet. Just now there is more bandwidth.
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    Feb 24, 2009 11:43 PM GMT
    I started using the internet very late in life - last year in fact. Before then I read books, magazines and newspapers, wrote and posted letters (in a stamped envelope - does anybody remember this?)
    Tinkering around with BASIC computer programming - does anybody remember the good old Sinclair ZX81, followed by the Sinclair Spectrum, best sellers in home computers during the early to mid eighties, with bookshops and record shops stocked with prepared programs and games recorded on cassette tapes? And then with graphics so chunky, that a volcano, for example, looked more like a double flight of stairs. And with just 1K of RAM on the ZX81, even then it took a long time to load, and often failed to load altogether. One would have to rewind the tape and start again. The monitor was the normal TV set. The ZX81 was the big electronical home revolution that had changed our way of modern thinking.
    And not forgetting the Paxman games, where one guides a little blob through a maze to bring it safely home.
    Ahhh! What innocent nostalgia!
  • FrontRowIn

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    Feb 24, 2009 11:45 PM GMT
    Before the internet, I used to ride all over the place with my best friend (in his car).

  • NickoftheNort...

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    Feb 25, 2009 12:03 AM GMT
    I played more computer and video games and read more books. I also spent more time outside with friends.

    Before Wikipedia, I used Microsoft's Encarta (which I now miss).

    My first experiences with net access were chatting over mIRC (with the above-mentioned a/s/l's) and checking out Darksun Online (its 18MB download was too much for our pitiful subscription, so I didn't get to try it...something I'm still a it miffed about icon_sad.gif )

    I miss it a bit. The lack of immediate access to new information enabled a lot of surprises instead the overwhelming amounts of new information we receive on a hourly / daily basis.

    I don't remember the year though. I think we got access fairly late, and we didn't get anything faster than a bad dial-up connection until we got DSL in 1999/2000.
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    Feb 25, 2009 12:10 AM GMT
    Read books and play basketball.
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    Feb 25, 2009 12:54 AM GMT
    Before the internet, when you were home, you were home. Only the telephone connected you to the outside. One of the biggest difference for me is not going to the library and not owning encyclopedias anymore. Now if you want information, you google it.

    I was in my sitting room just recently, sitting and looking over at all the shelves of books and thinking, beyond the joy of reading them, one does need to keep a vast collection of books anymore to have information at hand. And I wondered if young people now buy and keep shelves of books. I could see where books would fade away, if electronic gizmos that downloaded, stored and present a book in a fashion convenient and comfortable manner for reading. The great convenience of such a gizmo would be the ability to search for information. But the great downsize, like other techno-gadgets is their obsolence. Then what? You've lost your book? With print on paper books, the technology never goes out of date. I can open and read an old book, just as I can a new book.


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    Feb 25, 2009 12:59 AM GMT
    Before the www I
    - met with friends in bars and clubs
    - met hook-ups in bars and clubs
    - met many friends and acquaintances on the street walking through downtown
    - went into a sleazy sex-store to buy my first dildo.
    - bought dirty magazines
    - left messages on answering machines
    - copied porn from VHS tape to VHS tape (yes it was piracy)
    - did research in a library, with books
    - did not find anybody else gay, before actually going to a local LGBT center, after going around the block 3 times, to get the nerve to enter
    - printed out everything to show to colleagues
    - had to send everything via snail-mail to other people/colleagues
    - was actually in a gay sports-club and played Volleyball competitively
    - lost all contact to class-mates after I moved away

    I fell in love with the www the first time I did all my christmas shopping online, heaven.

  • Rookz

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    Feb 25, 2009 1:02 AM GMT
    I would spend my time illustrating, then again the internet does provide references which I would have to scour the library for. I really should go back and draw some pictures, scan them and place them in my profile.

    "Look! Look what I can draw!"

    beer%20addicted%20funny%20picture%20deep

    Of course not mine! I can draw better than that, my stick people would have boobs and peniseseseseses.
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    Feb 25, 2009 1:09 AM GMT
    Caslon9000 saidBefore the internet, when you were home, you were home. Only the telephone connected you to the outside. One of the biggest difference for me is not going to the library and not owning encyclopedias anymore. Now if you want information, you google it.

    I was in my sitting room just recently, sitting and looking over at all the shelves of books and thinking, beyond the joy of reading them, one does need to keep a vast collection of books anymore to have information at hand. And I wondered if young people now buy and keep shelves of books. I could see where books would fade away, if electronic gizmos that downloaded, stored and present a book in a fashion convenient and comfortable manner for reading. The great convenience of such a gizmo would be the ability to search for information. But the great downsize, like other techno-gadgets is their obsolence. Then what? You've lost your book? With print on paper books, the technology never goes out of date. I can open and read an old book, just as I can a new book.




    Jeff Bezos was on the Daily Show plugging the Kindle 2. I think the device is cool, but it still doesn't beat a book.
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    Feb 25, 2009 1:09 AM GMT
    Before the internet, I split my time indoors (listening to music, reading books, and playing videogames) and outdoors (riding my bike, skateboarding, tennis).

    And then when I got to college, I got my first email account on the school's VAX VMS mainframe. I thought browsing the internet with Lynx was so bad ass. I spent hours in the computer lab.
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    Feb 25, 2009 1:11 AM GMT
    Oh, I forgot about vinyl! I got rid of all my vinyl (like an idiot) and replaced it all with CDs which are now also out and have been replaced with MP3s. Yet, the electronic mediums are not better. They just take up less space.
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    Feb 25, 2009 1:12 AM GMT
    I did not get internet access until 1997 (AOL). I watched TV more, that I know.