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First post, by ScoutPilot19

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I first used the Itnernet in 1996 - when we bought a pentium-1 machine... It was a dial-up connection through Sportster 14 400 com port modem. As being a tolkinist the first site I went was the http://www.kulichki.com/tolkien/ - "Arda na Kulichikah" - main Russian site of Tolkien's fan and RPG players - not computer RPG, but ones, when people spend some days or weeks in a field, "living" life of a medieval peasant, Tolkien's noldor or WWI soldier, etc.... Also on my first time in the Internet I found a site with humorous stories "Heroes of our youth and childhood in the computer age" - a lot of parody poems and novels... There was a famouse then text "Winnie the Pooh and 1200 baud"))) Also I downloaded a huge collection of the tolkinistky poetry, which looked really cool and mysterius being viewed by the Norton Commander...)

Reply 1 of 64, by Tetrium

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I can't remember. I think the first time we got internet was about a year before I got into collecting old computers? I mostly played online games and later used it a lot to google the part numbers of all the stuff I had dumpsterdived 😁

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Reply 2 of 64, by sliderider

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Probably around 2000 was when I got my cable modem. I remember because I bought a PS2 when they first came out and the guy who came to install the modem asked me about it. I used to look for sites with free games to download and sites for MMORPG's like Everquest. I had dialup for a year or two before that but the speeds were dismal and I would get disconnected a lot so I don't really count those years as they were more frustrating than fun

Reply 3 of 64, by DracoNihil

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When I first was allowed to use my family’s Dial Up connection to Prodigy, I basically went on the Starsiege AlphaBlue modding\hacking community and downloaded all the crazy hacked .veh's that people were using on the "Flyers & Hacks" server running v1.002, it was also where I downloaded Sentinel's MIB mappack for Starsiege, and the multiplayer campaign stuff as well as the Harvester gametype.

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Reply 4 of 64, by Kreshna Aryaguna Nurzaman

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If Yahoo doesn't count, then it was Star Wars Technical Commentaries. This page, to be exact.

Never thought this thread would be that long, but now, for something different.....
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Reply 5 of 64, by leileilol

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1994, and i'm not sure what was my first visit. Probably some long edu url of some personal Star Trek fan page, and definitely not Yahoo. I was still BBSing at this point so it was more of a novelty pushed aside.

A year later I was Yahoo'ing/AltaVista'ing my way around however 😀

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Reply 6 of 64, by DosFreak

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1990 - BBS using a 286 and 2400 baud modem in Japan. Internet access from home was too expensive. 🙁
1995 - 28.8 modem. Either local ISP or AOL. Can't remember. BBS scene was pretty much dead by then or mabye because I lost access to the overseas ones it seemed like it was. Don't remember the websites. Altavista/yahoo/IRC/etc. Even back then internet was slow for a modem so didn't do too much internet surfing. I do remember the ICQ chat client.

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Reply 7 of 64, by JayCeeBee64

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In 1995 I got my own phone line, a Best Data Smart One 2834F 28.8K internal modem and my first internet subscription from a small, local ISP. Can't remember exactly what sites I used to visit (probably places with info about IRC, FTP and Usenet 😊 ); I do remember using Altavista, Infoseek and Lycos a lot. Browsers used were Mosaic and Netscape Navigator.

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Reply 9 of 64, by OmerMor

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1993, calling a dial-up of a university, and logging-in with an account of my friend's family member.
Everything was textual, and the world wide web was so obscure that we didn't even hear about it.
So we mostly hanged around IRC. The only "sites" we could visit were gopher documents, or telnet-based MUDs.

Reply 10 of 64, by alexanrs

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My dad's MMX had a modem in... the end of 1997 or beggining of 1998. I don't remember much, but most probably I spent the weekends there searching Pokemon or Dragonball Z stuff. A while later I even started reading about BAT files.

EDIT: Oooh, back then before Google took over the entire world, we had a national search engine called "Cadê?" (literally "where?") and, unlike other search engines, all that you could find was in portuguese (important when you are an 8-9 year old kid that doesn't speak english). Oooh, searching for Gameboy emulators and Pokemon ROMs without really understanding that it was illegal... those were the days.

Reply 11 of 64, by clueless1

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I can't remember all the details, but it seemed like I started on Compuserve (~1990), then Prodigy, then AOL. I know I used AOL until at least 1999, starting with dial-up and eventually moving up to low-speed DSL. My first broadband was in the very early 2000s. Usage was almost entirely gaming related.

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Reply 12 of 64, by Nvm1

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He I still remember it:

It looked alot like this:
https://web.archive.org/web/19961020014044/ht … .microsoft.com/ 🤣

Second page was a local search machine:
www.startpagina.nl

That was really long ago!

Reply 13 of 64, by Stiletto

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Back around 1992-1993 I was permitted to use my father's computer for online services, we had PRODIGY (I still remember my assigned username). Once PRODIGY started actually offering Internet access (I don't remember exactly when this was but later in the mid-late 90's), my first website was probably Jason Ruspini's Star Wars Home Page website at UPenn (http://web.archive.org/web/19970211044648/htt … spini/starwars/ )

Prior to 1992-1993 we had computers but no online service and Dad never paid for modems or modem couplers during that time 😀

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Reply 14 of 64, by Kodai

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I started using the web in '91 or '92. But I started using the internet in the mid to late 80's. That was done via a combination of large services like Delphi, CompuServe, and the like as well as subscription BBS's that acted as gateways for the internet (this was pre html days), and was fine for simple newsgroups, email, and early ftp. Archie and Gopher started to require the need for optimized access so the big services became a must have. Once I joined a proper ISP in '91-'92, I started to drastically cut back on BBS's and the big services. Lycos was my search engine of choice next to the original web spider. Once Google launched I jumped on it because of all the search options and lack of a slow ass portal page.

Reply 16 of 64, by luckybob

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I want to say early 1994. And first site was webcrawler. and the 2nd was porn. I remember 1mb movie samples taking 15 minutes to load on a 9600 modem. Those were the days.

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Reply 17 of 64, by Beegle

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I went to the library and paid 2$ / hour for internet access around 1996-7.
Mainly went to Star Wars fan sites. Webcrawler was my search engine of choice at the time... followed by Altavista.

I have fond memories of the SWMA (Star Wars Modeling Alliance) where I downloaded 3D models of star wars vehicles.
Saved them on floppies.
Went home from the library.
Tried to open them on a broken version of TrueSpace2.
Did some fun animations with them.
Took days to render 3 seconds of video, in 320x240 because Pentium II.

Ah, the memories.

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Reply 18 of 64, by Living

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December 1996 at an Internet Cafe with Windows 95 + Internet Explorer 3 over 33.6Kbps connection from ISP Ciudad internet (now dead) at a whopping cost u$s10/hour.
I wrote a list of webpages in a paper and went with my dad and sister to try. Nothing special and we didn't find any use until 1999 when we created our first Email account in Hotmail and Deremate.com (local version of Ebay, now Mercado Libre)

Reply 19 of 64, by kixs

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We finally got a phone line in 1994. Then external 28kbps modem and connected to BBS's that used 14kbps modems 🤣 In the 2nd half of 1994 I was connected to the academic ISP and used internet for downloading shareware apps and testing lots of them. When I got to UNI in 2nd half of 1995 I got into servers and was a Webadmin for a students web pages on our faculty. T1 line was helpful for all sorts of downloading and I'm still making "local web archive" 😉

From 1994 to 1995 was the only time I really used modems. From time to time till 1999 I used remote connection to my servers, but that was it.

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