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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 10:02 PM
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how did you get onto the Internet before computers?
This is either really awesome or really sad...

What does it mean to grow up in a digital world? Here are three anecdotes:

An acquaintance has a son about 8 years old. They were talking about the old days, and the fact that when my friend was growing up they did not have computers. This fact was perplexing news to his son. His son asks, "But how did you get onto the Internet before computers?"



Read the rest: http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2011/04/born_dig...
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dimbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 10:35 PM
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1. We used the original wireless carrier.
Carrier pigeons.
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 10:56 PM
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3. we were electrified
Blogs:


YouTube:


Chat:


Gaming:
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 10:50 PM
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2. it was an exit off the interstate
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nolabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:01 PM
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4. We're so old we had to punch holes in the cards with rocks.
LOL! Actually, I'm so old I was one of the ORIGINAL computer game players. A bunch of us at Duke University in about 1980 played a version of Empire, invented by Peter Langston and later reinvented (don't ask) by Walter Bright, or vice versa, and I was a player named "Legion", so self-named because I was really a group of COmputer Science majors who stayed up til all hours plotting how to play/hack the game. It got wonderfully visious, with one player (computer genius, people not so much) eventually finding a way to keep us from accessing the Duke computer system, and a fellow in the theology program, who was "God" sending a plague down on him once we petitioned and prayed and sacrificed. It was a great example of computers and reality totaly getting out of their boundaries.

Btw I didn't know JACK about what the all-nighters on my team were doing; I was just the one in the right department to have access to the computer.

Hey, a frontier is a frontier...
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:25 PM
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5. "You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike"
I remember playing Advent on the department's hp minicomputer around 1978 or so...

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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 01:07 AM
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6. Carrier Pigeon Internet Protocol
CPIP for short.

Here is the link for the specifications and implementations: http://www.blug.linux.no/rfc1149 /

I like the photo pages.
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jcboon Donating Member (73 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 01:32 AM
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7. Weed
Talk about cyberspace. . .
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 02:27 AM
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8. Jumper cables.
Edited on Tue Apr-26-11 02:30 AM by Heidi
Or catapult.
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hayu_lol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 07:25 AM
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9. The earliest critter resembling the internet...
was the Amateur Radio Operator and all the people involved from around the world. Maybe the past 100 years or so. You could easily build your own equipment. To join the community, one needed to pass a few simple tests and obtain a Federal license.

Commodore owners in the early 80s had Q-Link...a membership net that cost .08/minute to use. Chat rooms, games, contests, and more.
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siligut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 07:37 AM
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10. I went to the library
Research now is so much easier.
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Cruzan Donating Member (806 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 09:48 AM
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11. Mostly used one of these




or occasionally when I had special permission, one of these


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dawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 09:56 AM
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12. I found an old Penthouse magazine someone had thrown away.
It was pretty much better than the internet. Basically the same content, only there were no conservative morons trying to tell me the President was born in Kenya.
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 01:08 PM
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14. kids today
don't know how good they have it. Back in my day, to find porn you had to go "Outside" (see gaming above in post #3) and hope to find it in a barn or in the woods. And you really, really hoped those stains were from the rain. :puke:
But, yeah. The quality was better. Amateur porn stars are not really amateurs. They are just really ugly professionals. :)
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eShirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 11:08 AM
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13. telegraph, then shortwave
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 01:14 PM
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15. If I remember correctly it entailed using a ladder.
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 03:25 PM
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16. Climbed a tree. nt
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-26-11 04:21 PM
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17. Turned left at Albuquerque.
:eyes:

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