How long have you been internetting?

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Since 1995. I had the online add on for the Phillips CDI pretty much just to play the online game Ram Raid.

(interesting fact) RAM Raid was the first worldwide enabled online multiplayer game. Players from any country in the world could compete against each other as long as they both had a copy of the game.
 
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Some time in the late 90s with AOL but I got no way of really knowing for sure.
lol. I remember that some people would save and collect those discs because they were sent to everyone, unrequested, for free. Then they would send hundreds of aol discs back to aol. TAKE THAT!
 

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Eversince I was Born(1996), my parents are both engineers, (father is electrical/HVAC, mother was a chemist/chemical engineer, so they'd have much more use for a computer in the 80s and 90s)

Dial up, aol,msn....who remembers catch-a-call?

Back when there was gold in that there thing called a cpu:

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lol. I remember that some people would save and collect those discs because they were sent to everyone, unrequested, for free. Then they would send hundreds of aol discs back to aol. TAKE THAT!
I would collect hundreds of them when they were on floppy discs because free floppy disc.

Anyway. Technically had some minor interaction with UK/Europe BBS (which is to say I looked over someone's shoulder), and similarly played an awful lot of pirated Amiga games so was inculcated into the notions of things via that and the burned discs of hacker tools, hacked websites and whatever else we used to get from computer fayres. Had some goes with compuserv not really knowing what was what, used school computers and council library efforts probably around 2000 or so (bit later compared to some here), friends got modems and laptops with modems not so long later but I was still mostly offline saving school (which was a single computer in the library or a year or two later as locked down as you like) and being at houses of friends. There was also a free line ISP that had an advert bar which was nice. Almost off to the races at that point.
Got DSL probably around 2003 but it was still a single modem that needed to be shared and worked over USB, a year or so later got a proper DSL modem with wireless and joined the wireless world. All bets were off at that point.

Somewhere in the mix WAP appeared on phones so various friends burned their paper round money on credit all the time (my ambivalence towards phones was already in place and seeing the pointlessness there when they could be getting N64 or PS1 games/discs to burn PS1 games and payment for the rental shop... yeah).

Remember my first time online properly following the BBS stuff if that helps. Already knew computers, networks (we had played network games with serial cables and then crossover cables before being given a blistering 10mbps wired network switch + a few patch cables from someone, though that also meant buying a network card for a few machines -- multiplayer carmageddon though... My introduction to vampire tap would not be for a few years) and basic internet usage (help files and said hacker discs, not to mention age of empires needed IE and that was an optional extra at that point).
Anyway we wanted winzip and none of my computer shopper discs, hacker discs or whatever seemed to include it (or winace or winrar) and Windows did not have anything other than its own internal unarchiver for cab files. Anyway school library had a connection. One floppy disc in we set it to download. Had to book internet time in 15 minute chunks and we got there at the start of lunch. It took most of the rest of lunch despite starting out so well and we righteously pissed off some kid a few years older than us who wanted to email his uncle in Bangladesh and the librarians were none too happy either (though they always hated me so eh).
 
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...who remembers catch-a-call?

I think this is similar with Austrians "Half or quarter" Telephone Connection.
It was in the 80´s/90´s and not every Hosehold have or could not afford an Single Connection,so these Types was available too.
Half mean you have to share it with another House Resident or Neighbor.Quarter with 3 others.

So,if one of the other "participants" is phoning,YOUR Line was occupied and the otherway,so no Internet,no Phone.:D
You have to make deal "Times" when he or you wants to use Internet or Phone Calls.
A Quarter was more harder to manage.:rofl2:
 
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We had to input *72 before the modem would dial out to turn on call waiting. If you were online and someone called the house, you got kicked!

Oh yeah, catch-a-call. In the US it was called a party line. I’ve never used it. I think I was born during its use (1977) and by the time I grew up, it was gone.
 
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I think this is similar with Austrians "Half or quarter" Telephone Connection.
It was in the 80´s/90´s and not every Hosehold have or could not afford an Single Connection,so these Types was available too.
Half mean you have to share it with another House Resident or Neighbor.Quarter with 3 others.

So,if one of the other "participants" is phoning,YOUR Line was accupied and the otherway,so no Internet,no Phone.:D
You have to make deal "Times" when he or you wants to use Internet or Phone Calls.
A Quarter was more harder to manage.:rofl2:
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It was a line sharing device, so when you called (or fax) me while I was internetting your ear didn't get nuked by my 56k modem, or boot me offline, easiest ddos ever
 

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My school got a dial-up internet connection on one of the computers in the IT room. It was an Acorn Archimedes, they used app packages in a similar way to Macs, so there was an icon you double-clicked to connect to the internet, but I discovered that if I right-clicked and opened it up, there was a script text file where I found the login details for the school's Demon Internet account. My mum had a modem at home for work, which I'd used for BBSs and shit, but I figured out how to use the school's internet account on it too. I guess the ISP never complained about the account being used from multiple locations (school, my house and a couple of my friends), probably simultaneously sometimes.
It was 1996 latest, possibly '95?
 

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