With the CES show in Las Vegas, Bill Gates has welcomed the second digital decade.
With a look back to “Windows 95”, and when the internet was getting going – and how far we’ve come.
Technically incorrect, as the internet (per se) has been “going” since the 1960’s.
Wikipedia : History of the Internet
Many people talk about “the internet” as a generic term – in this instance, it’s a reference to the “World Wide Web” – around 1994 was when I first saw HTML.
Wikipedia : History of the World Wide Web
I was reminiscing the other day about first blog posts (July 2003) – but how about first internet use ?
Due to the growth of the “internet” (pre-WWW) through military and educational facilities, it follows that my first “touch” with the cloud was at Swinburne University.
Much different to today – with connectivity in everyone’s home, and on phones, laptops, etc, it was a very different scenario – this was 1990 after all.
Instead, the old “green screen” was in use – green type/text on a black screen – unix logins, vi scripts, and so on.
This is showing my age, eh ??
Using ONLY typed commands (didn’t even have a mouse connected), I would connect to news, and bulletin boards, and the like.
I bought CD’s online in 1991, using a “site” called something like CDSHOP. It had a search function, which the results would scroll, much like a DIR listing in a DOS window. Amazon and so forth was still yet-to-come.
I remember chatting online in a BBS (Bulletin Board Service) – and chatting (typing) with a guy in England about music and bands.
He posted me a live bootleg CD of a Metallica concert that he bought in a shop near his house – and I posted him (I think) the Chocolate Starfish CD (!!)
There was a lot of trust, and innocence back then. Was just us “computer nerds” online – no phishing, or scams, trojans or email viruses.
Even porn was difficult ! Here are the approximate steps to get a photo of Claudia Schiffer (popular with Uni lads in 1990) :
- Connect to “news” and navigate to something like alt.binaries.supermodels
- Save up to 4-5 files of text – binaries files split into consumable chunks
- Run a UNIX command – UUENCODE – and create a JPG
- Transfer the file to the DOS file system (PC)
- Use a command line picture viewer – to display the photo !
How times have changed, eh ? *sigh*
Anyway – just think the next time you see a P-plater on the road – I’ve been “online” since they were “in nappies”.
When I entered Uni straight out of high school, I was only 17, and I didn’t turn 18 until half-way through first year.
1990-2008 – 18 years and counting – how about you ??
I’ve been on-line for (nearly) 1/2 my life on earth !
(and probably why I spend 1/2 my life online these days…!)