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Your first time online (on the internet)

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I'll plead the 5th.

Pretty sure it was at 1200 baud, knocking one out over some readers wives pron.

The web was yahoo or ask jeeves, google hadn't been invented and I've absolutely no idea when that was (guess at 1998).

Wouldn't imagine doing remote support via dial up modem in the mid 90's counts as a web use.

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Post it then Chri5....even if its a reasonably good guess!

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OK, but have you any idea when AOL first started, they were the 1st subscription / net home service we used.

As mentioned my time line would be maybe 6 moths after AOL offered a home dial in. Ask Jeeves was around, but Google was but a twinkle in some geek students eye.

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Use 1993. In actual fact the years need opening up by a few more going further back.+++

1993 was when AOL for Windows launched anyway.

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Done.

Used a ISP called Globalnet for my first dial up connection, not sure if they're still around or been bought out now. Arrrhh dial up... those were the days! :)

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AOL service started in 1993 as a rival to compuserv. +++

Hmm, strictly speaking thats not true. AOL for Mac launched in 1989 and was 'online' - it was a Bulletin Board. It wasn't the web in the strictest of senses, but AOL services started long before 1993.+++

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Try but Compuserv wasn't really the Internet either that was added later as well and had also been around for a good while as well.

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We're in agreement really. We should probably open it up to 1991, but not any further back.+++

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Well this is what Wikipedia has to say.

CompuServe was the first online service to offer Internet connectivity, albeit limited access, as early as 1989 when it connected its proprietary e-mail service to allow incoming and outgoing messages to other Internet e-mail addresses.

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I can't remember the year so I plumped for 1996 when AOL seemed to properly lauch in the UK. It was bulletin boards and no graphics so I may have been earlier?

I remember the first time I heard about a search engine. I wasn't sure why you needed one!

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Done +++

1997, good lord things have changed. Pipex Dial were a leading-edge company because they offered support for 56k modems...

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Damn!! That jogged the memory! We were already signed up with Pipex when UUNet bought them so I guess it was some time in '95.

Oh well that's MrMr's site and stats wrong hehehe ;)

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How on earth do any of you remember?

I haven't got a fecking clue who, what, where or when my first internet experience was, although I do recall being vaguely pleased at the accessibility to pron, shortly before I realised it wasn't worth waiting half an hour for a picture you had no idea of the quality of, until enough of it had downloaded that you could make a judgement, so I went back to good old fashioned VHS, until modems got a bit better!

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The first time I used the internet was at CERN in 1997.

I was at CERN for a few months in 1991/1992. Before doing my Masters in Computational Linguistics - specialising in markup languages. +++

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When we got the first modem (think it was a 7 or 14K one) I must have been 12-13 (So 92-93) we went on with Delphi internet and it was about £19.99 a month for 4 hours internet use!!! Still all command line based hardly any thing to do (mostly bulletin boards or university's), We then moved to compuserve later when we got a 56K modem.

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I have no idea what or when I first looked at the internet.... I spent my whole working life looking at computers so it was hardly a seminal moment...sorry.

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I think that might be the case for a few on here but I also think it depends on your age. The younger you are, the less likely you are to remember it as it has become such a staple part of daily life. Mind you, you're no spring chicken Mort so I'd have thought you could remember...:roflmao:

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It was when I started at Uni so late September 1995, pegasus mail and the joys of Yahoo. Shortly after I was hunting out pictures of Cindy Crawford sweaty and covered in sand in her sparkly bikini.

BAck in a sec.

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Do me a favour and add yourselves to this...

First Time Online

Need to gather as many global statistics as possible. Thanks very much.+++

Love to help - but you don't go back far enough in years... PM me when you fix it! :P

This might help other old timers memories: Hobbes' Internet Timeline - the definitive ARPAnet & Internet history :eek:

(I first played with fledgling ARPAnet connectivity in about 1979 - and watched the thing we call the Internet get born from the vantage point of my VMS and Ultrix/OSF1 workstations inside DEC where I played from '85 till '94)

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(I first played with fledgling ARPAnet connectivity in about 1979 - and watched the fledgling internet get born from the vantage point of my VMS and Ultrix/OSF1 workstations inside DEC)

Ah DECnet. You're making me all nostalgic :P. Before my stint at CERN I was at DEC's European Artificial Intelligence Technical Centre in Sophia Antipolis. In many ways the stuff going on there was far in advance of what Tim Berners-Lee was doing. +++

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I don't remember the FIRST time I was online, but I do remember a friend of mine at the time ('96 ish) racking up a £250 monthly phone bill due to internet charges through Freeserve. He said it was playing Starcraft online, but he was also the one bringing to school fake naked pictures of Jennifer Aniston etc that would go round the class in double French :grin:

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