What Are Your Internet Memories?

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As the World Wide Web turns 30 years old today, I thought it would be a good time to ask.

Did anyone on here use the Internet when it first launched? Do you remember the pain of dial-up and spending hours downloading a video clip? What old websites did you frequent?
 
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9/11 ... I remember that in particular, being able to see so many news sources and live posts on forums by people in NYC at the time... it was the first time I remember getting more up to date information outwith the main news channels.
 
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As the World Wide Web turns 30 years old today, I thought it would be a good time to ask.

Did anyone on here use the Internet when it first launched? Do you remember the pain of dial-up and spending hours downloading a video clip? What old websites did you frequent?
I remember dial up all too well. I had to log it off between 1900-2100 (ie peak time) as part of my package. I recall it taking 10 mins or so just to download an MP3 on Emule. Then broadband came in around 2002, I signed up for it immediately and it was heavenly. The only downside was that for the first few weeks, I left my PC on 24 hours a day downloading pirated movies. Eventually I received a letter from my internet provider, and an attached letter from the Motion Picture Association of America listing every single movie I'd downloaded in those few weeks. There were literally dozens of the fuckers listed, three pages or so, and I shit myself. I replied to my provider that I lived in a shared house and some other bullshit, but didn't admit to downloading them. That did the trick and I switched to torrents.
 

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I used to play Return To Castle Wolfenstein on dial up with a ping of like 500, you had to aim 5-10 ft in front of the guy you were trying to shoot due to the lag.
That came out with Enemy Territory I think, that was an awesome game. I played that on dial up then switched to Ghost Recon. I still haven't found anything half as fun as those games.
 
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That came out with Enemy Territory I think, that was an awesome game. I played that on dial up then switched to Ghost Recon. I still haven't found anything half as fun as those games.
I played the fuck out of that, until Soldier of Fortune 2 came out and then I was addicted to that for ages ... I could still fire that up and play it if there were live servers.
 
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The company i work for we were like the 2nd business in our field in the Uk to have our own website.

We had dial up in the old office and spent an entire day trying to set it up - after about 12 hrs of trying I gave up and went home I remember my boss calling me at like 11pm at night, still in the office "I got online, I got online!"

When I first moved to our US office in 2000 we had shared modems 2 staffers per modem - you would have to shoot off an urgent email and have to tell the other person to hurry up and get off so you could send it - that lasted about a week as they just introduced broadband in midtown NYC - we switched to that and have never looked back.

I went back to Australia for the first time in 23 years in 2013, holy fuck was their internet the worst - I believe at that time it was ranked like 96th in the world, shockingly bad.
 
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I used to play Return To Castle Wolfenstein on dial up with a ping of like 500, you had to aim 5-10 ft in front of the guy you were trying to shoot due to the lag.
I don’t remember playing any games online back when we only had dial up but I imagine they were all shit.
 
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I don’t remember playing any games online back when we only had dial up but I imagine they were all shit.

the only games on work macs I recall playing were not even online they came free with the computer, wolfenstein and the pinball one
 
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Did Lee make any money off the Internet? He invented one of the most popular and widely used things, something that literally changed the world but he doesn't own it. How would he of made money from it ?
 

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Did Lee make any money off the Internet? He invented one of the most popular and widely used things, something that literally changed the world but he doesn't own it. How would he of made money from it ?
Not directly iirc. He's probably made a ton off speaking and consultancy though.
 
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I remember when Fat-Pie.com (don't forget the dash!) was the big thing at school, with Salad Fingers, Devvo and Burnt Face Man. These videos were before YouTube I think.
there was a time when there were about 4-5 different start up video streaming sites (was break.com one??) you had to remember where you saw that crazy video so you could find it and show your friends

Now its like "youtube that shit"
 
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