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Now the next question is, how long have you WWers been on the Internet?
I started with usenet and telnet back in 1992, so this year is my 10th net-anniversary. :)
Mac, I said ON the net, not IN the net (or the matrix) ;).
[edited by: Sinner_G at 1:12 pm (utc) on Aug. 3, 2002]
My first personal web page went up in April 1994, and first professional web site was up in January 1997 [web.archive.org].
Average gone down a bit to 9.92. Not sure whether nonprof_webguy's ASCII games really justify him beating richlowe at net wisdom, but I put it on the list anyway.
No one here first went on the net 1998-2000? Can't believe that.
Made sure I enrolled on a course the next term, just so I could get my fix!
I started programming computers in 1970 at UC Berkeley working mostly with large mainframes. While I was there, members of the Computer Sciences department (my major) developed seminal versions of both unix and Unix and early predecessors of the internet, but I was, at best, only peripherally involved. Designed first microcomputer application for an apple in 1974. Bought my first IBM PC on the day they were released (costing over $4000 with 128KB RAM and 2 120KB floppy disk drives running at 4.7Mhz). Thought I was in heaven because I could develop software without submitting punch cards and in my house. Paid $2000 for a 10MB fixed disk drive when they came out a couple of years later and thought I was in heaven again because I no longer had to swap floppies in my compile/test loop.
Kept a mini-computer in my basement for several years in the early 1980s. It was about the size of 4 large refrigerators) and made enough noise to bother the neighbors. It sounded like a rocket ship taking off when I booted it up.
I started on 300 baud modems for remote communications, migrated to 1200 baud and then to 2400 baud (thought I was in heaven yet again with such high speed access).
It is difficult to give an exact date to the discussion question because the term "net" is a bit ambiguous. So, I guess I get to interpret that to my best advantage. So, I'll say 1990 because I can discount the other stuff as before the internet as we know it today and 1990 makes me sound younger than 1970. :-)
Then when I got to college in late '95, I started using email and thought that Netscape (forget which version) was the coolest thing in the world.
'97 Copied / pasted my business 101 home page to become my first personal site, and learned how html worked, and also a bit about Unix.
Looks like I'm less a 'net veteran' than I thought :)
Reminds me of my first big career embarassement: Trying to save desktop space (of the physical, not virtual variety) by putting the phone and "rubber phone modem thingy" on top of a reel of tape containing some important data...
I first went on the net around 1993/94. I vividly remember having to print out some homework from the web, and a co-worker printing it out for me, showing me how to do it. What's embarassing is that I was I was pursuing my master's in computer science.....
My highlight was guessing the name of the chatroom Matt Drudge was opening and chatting with him alone for 20 minutes and realizing he had set the IRC to 'invite only'.....so I slowly explain to him he has to change his settings on his chat room...BOOM...300+ people...
My second brush was with a Pet2001 in 79 where we got to play for a whole semester with Basic 1.0. I had split second thoughts about selling my car to buy a computer. Latter I would learn this was the first sign of addiction ;-)
In late 82 as a starving college student I drooled over Commodore VIC 20's that were still over $700 apeice for an 8k machine. A history proof just loved to have us into his office and show off his baby (an actual IBM XT with a 5 meg hd). I sat for hours on his dialup line to the schools Vax.
In early 84, Jack Tramiel (top ten on the all time heros list), slashed the price of the new Commodore 64 to a staggering $250. I used food money. Later that spring I got a modem. I took one year off in 89 (seriously trying to break the addiction), and have basically be online every day since.
First real brush with "the net" was back on The Well and in those heady amiga days on UseNet (United States Echo Net) in 86-88. However, I stil think that "the net" is best descrbed as anything with a modem - so, I'm claiming 1976 since it was to a university involved in the early arpa projects.
The first time I was online for real dates from August 1996 when I had started 7th grade. Since early 1997 I've been able to access the Internet from home.
My first website went online on May 23, 1997. (It's still online, although the title and the URL has changed.)
Sinner_G, regarding the statistics, put me on 1996. (If you intend to update that list.)
Mac, are you the ONE? Who will save us from the machines? ;)
<edit> edited because I am too lazy to make a whole post just for blobfisk ;) </edit>
[edited by: Sinner_G at 12:54 pm (utc) on Aug. 13, 2002]