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#1 2DMention

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:13 AM

I remember my first time using the Internet in 1994 while I was going to community college surfing in the library nuke.com then EGMs website. I also remember webcrawler as a search engine.

What about the rest of you? What early Internet memories stuck out in your mind?


Edit: Webcrawler is still around and nuke.com redirects you to gamespot's site.
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#2 pitfallharry219

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:54 AM

Are you serious? We've had this thread before.

http://www.cheapassg...ad.php?t=285366

#3 keithp

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:17 AM

Are you serious? We've had this thread before.

http://www.cheapassg...ad.php?t=285366


That's a good memory, but I think OP meant something a little earlier.

#4 pitfallharry219

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:33 AM

That's a good memory, but I think OP meant something a little earlier.


:lol: He's the one that started that thread, too. I guess we can't rely on his memory.

#5 slowdive21

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:37 AM

I remember finding an atari website that listed cart rarity and values. I also remember looking at porn pics of an 'amateur wife' with her identity partially hidden. She ended up becoming 'wifey' of wifeysworld

#6 YoshiFan1

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 07:19 AM

Not counting AOL, I remember a friend telling me about N64.com a few weeks before the N64 was released in 1996. I started reading it everyday along with some other IGN pages to read game reviews and news.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 04:54 PM

Shit, I remember getting charged $1.99 a minute to search the bulletin boards on prodigy for game genie codes for mortal kombat on snes...
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#8 GBAstar

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:01 PM

let's see...

mIRC, ICQ, building webpages on tripod and angelfire, netscape navigator, spending what seemed like hours to download a 15 second quicktime video of some random Simpson's clip

#9 Sir_Fragalot

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:11 PM

I remember going to this Nintendo website, I think it was World of Nintendo. That site had all of the good cheats. Also I remember building a website on maxpages and using clipart found on there.

Also ICQ, that had the most god awful annoying startup sound. That loud horn that popped up, and those numbers, why did we have to remember some like 12 digit number :lol:.
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#10 GBAstar

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:24 PM

I remember going to this Nintendo website, I think it was World of Nintendo. That site had all of the good cheats. Also I remember building a website on maxpages and using clipart found on there.

Also ICQ, that had the most god awful annoying startup sound. That loud horn that popped up, and those numbers, why did we have to remember some like 12 digit number :lol:.


You forgot about the "uh oh" noise when you received messages...

I preferred ICQ to AOL IM though because you could leave messages for people to read the next time they logged in.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:25 PM

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#12 dmaul1114

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:28 PM

14.4 dial up with AOL, then 28.8 with a local dial up ISP.

Mainly looked up sports news and game news, posted on forums about both. A lot of the same stuff I'm still doing now 20 or so years later. :D

Broadband hasn't had a huge impact on my browsing as I don't do a ton of streaming videos or audio still--at least when surfing the net on a computer. 95% of my web browsing is still forums and reading news.

Streaming video I generally leave for Amazon/Netflix on the TV on the bluray player or a console. Other than occasionally watching some live music fan recordings on Youtube.

#13 The Great Muta

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:37 PM

1997, Prodigy chat rooms. 1999, first wrasslin forum.

Tangentially, when I have kids, I'm gonna be one of those "A or better," Asian parents. Kids, these days, have no excuse to score less than a B+. The Internet has made things so much easier. Only way to score less than a B+ is by being incompetent or lazy. Fact.

#14 jousley

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:03 PM

I remember getting onto ICA so earlier on my member number was in like the first 40k. Used to dial up some guys computer one town over and look at his message board because he was running a text based Dungeons and Dragons game and had a section talking about Star Trek TNG. I'll tell you how long ago THAT was.....me and my buddy were doing that and at the same time playing Axelay in SNES (remember the odd box art from THAT game?....one of my favorite of all time.)

#15 Josh1billion

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:37 PM

For me, it was in 1999 when I was 10. Had some good times playing Java games on Bonus.com (particularly the game they were mostly known for, a turn-based, persistent, multiplayer tank game called Battlefield). Actually I played a lot of Java applet games in those days.. Shockwave games, too.. ahh Warp brings back memories. Shortly after (within a year) of getting online, I found Angelfire.com, built a Pokemon fan website, taught myself HTML, etc., so that was fun, too. I also supposedly met Stone Cold Steve Austin in a chatroom; he was a moderator in a kids' chat.. took a few years before I realized the guy was making that up for the lulz. :P

I had an online penpal that was an interesting experience, some kid about my age (~10) who loved Pokemon as much as I did. We chatted via e-mail back and forth for a while, and then I asked him what his [first] name was, and he sent me a very angry e-mail about how I must be some stalker trying to abduct him or something.. never heard from him again after that, heh.

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#16 Number83

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:49 PM

Prodigy on my IBM DX2-33 with a Hayes 9600 Baud Modem.

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#17 usickenme

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 06:51 PM

In college (1990) I remember chatting (typing) with my HS school friends who were at various schools around the country. Probably using Usenet

#18 KaneRobot

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 07:08 PM

It won't be one of my favorite internet memories when the same guy posts the same thread again a year from now.
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#19 n8rockerasu

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 07:30 PM

:lol: He's the one that started that thread, too. I guess we can't rely on his memory.


LMAO...well, I guess everyone could just look up what they wrote in last year's thread and copy/paste. :lol:

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:29 PM

I got my first PC about the first week of Aug '96 and was on AOL a week later after getting it. At that time it was $25 a month for 20 hours of access. Tho before that, my best friend was on AOL a couple months before I was and I remember being little jerks in chat rooms lol

When I was in High School a friend got a 100% on a D.A.R.E. test and they gave him a D.A.R.E. duffel bag. Two years later, a drug dealer that was a friend of ours at the time asked to borrow something to transport 2kg of cocaine in and he handed over his D.A.R.E. bag. He brought it back to him with an oz of weed in it as a thank you.



#21 VipFREAK

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:40 PM

What if I don't want to remember my earliest memories... ? Or my middle ones...

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#22 Dokstarr

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:09 PM

Hmmm - I remember the first time was like in 2nd grade with aol. My friend was the only kid I knew with the internet. Of course we went into an aol chatroom about who knows what.

Other early memories
Maxpages
aol keyword wwf
downloading some south park sound clips and putting them on a floppy drive at my friend's house (I can't believe a cartoon said ass!"
searching crappy topsites for "warez"

#23 HumanSnatcher

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:24 PM

Anyone remember AOLs Digital Cities? I used to frequent the Hampton Roads one all the time. Even tho I was 14-15 at the time, everyone accept me as an adult because I could actually carry on adult level conversations. I've often wondered what the hell happened to some of them. There was one chick that, she must be in her mid to late 40s or early 50s now that had the same birthday as me and we'd talk music all the time.

Also remember my very first screen name Os Middle. As in Oscar Smith Middle School where I went at the time lol. I always wished I had capitalized the S in Os, as some people thought it mean the middle of an O lol

When I was in High School a friend got a 100% on a D.A.R.E. test and they gave him a D.A.R.E. duffel bag. Two years later, a drug dealer that was a friend of ours at the time asked to borrow something to transport 2kg of cocaine in and he handed over his D.A.R.E. bag. He brought it back to him with an oz of weed in it as a thank you.



#24 Calipso

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:20 AM

I remember using Netscape Navigator, Juno e-mail and AOL dial-up back in like 1994-1995?

I also played a lot of Warcraft II and I was on blizzard's site often.
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#25 HumanSnatcher

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:26 AM

I remember using Netscape Navigator, Juno e-mail and AOL dial-up back in like 1994-1995?

I also played a lot of Warcraft II and I was on blizzard's site often.

God, I'm still trying to forget about Nutscrape...

When I was in High School a friend got a 100% on a D.A.R.E. test and they gave him a D.A.R.E. duffel bag. Two years later, a drug dealer that was a friend of ours at the time asked to borrow something to transport 2kg of cocaine in and he handed over his D.A.R.E. bag. He brought it back to him with an oz of weed in it as a thank you.



#26 h3llbring3r

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:31 AM

Prodigy on my IBM DX2-33 with a Hayes 9600 Baud Modem.

:lol: I remember rocking a garage built DX2-66, 180 MEGA-byte HDD. 9600 was this shit, gifs loaded like lightning- under a minute. Dialed in to the University system on KERMIT and backdoor'd some free internet. Login's were student ID#'s (SSNs) and the temp PWs were your birthday in 8 digit form- Yea, that wasn't very smart- since one look at a student ID gave you a new account. Goodtimes.

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#27 Angie7F

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 03:14 PM

Ah. the dial up...
My mom used to have to tell me to get off line to use the phone.

#28 lilboo

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:27 PM

AOL. The "Sony vs Nintendo" chat rooms.
Building homepages on AOL Hometown, Angelfire, and something else and thinking I was so bad ass.

AOL profiles, lol

Bah.. I kinda miss AOL when it was in it's glory. Yes yes I know how terrible it is. Just nostalgia speaking.

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#29 Calipso

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 03:09 AM

AOL. The "Sony vs Nintendo" chat rooms.
Building homepages on AOL Hometown, Angelfire, and something else and thinking I was so bad ass.

AOL profiles, lol

Bah.. I kinda miss AOL when it was in it's glory. Yes yes I know how terrible it is. Just nostalgia speaking.


Angelfire......lol

Makes Geocities seem new in comparison.
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#30 lilsuggs

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:26 PM

loud dial up and arguing over internet or the phone