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The internet turns 52 this year with no grey hairs in sight.

1936: H.G Wells predicts the ‘World Brain’

1969: ARPANET is switched on

1971: Birth of the computer virus

1985: The first domain name

1991: The World Wide Web begins

1990: Online searching gets easier

1992: “Surfing The Internet” is invented

1994: First Online Order

2001: Wikipedia opens to the world

2004: Facebook makes (a lot) of friends

2007: Apple reinvents the phone

2009: The Labor Government announces the NBN

2014: The ALS ice bucket challenge

2019: ‘Influencer’ joins the dictionary

 

Today:

As of November 2020, there were 4.66 billion active internet users worldwide – almost 59 percent of the global population.  Ask any of them what life would be like without the net and the answer will likely be either ‘unimaginable’ or ‘very, very boring’. We think both apply.

https://blog.internode.on.net/2021/01/21/15-moments-that-shaped-the-internet/

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I recall the release of the Ken Starr being one of, if not the first day the Internet "broke". This was before cloud. Content distribution networks and colocation were in their infancy. Any news outlet that hosted the report was overwhelmed and unreachable.  At the time, the New York Times website was still hosted out of their 43rd St headquarters and had 2 DS-3 links (45 Mbps) that usually operated at 4-8 Mbps. The links were swamped within minutes of posting the report and any other site hosting the report was too.

Finding out what slick Willy did with his cigars was important.

 

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6 hours ago, Mid said:

The internet turns 52 this year with no grey hairs in sight.

Today:

As of November 2020, there were 4.66 billion active internet users worldwide – almost 59 percent of the global population.  Ask any of them what life would be like without the net and the answer will likely be either ‘unimaginable’ or ‘very, very boring’. We think both apply.

https://blog.internode.on.net/2021/01/21/15-moments-that-shaped-the-internet/

Life was so much simpler and enjoyable before the the internet. A way of life forever lost on humanity.

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7 hours ago, Mid said:

The internet turns 52 this year with no grey hairs in sight.

1936: H.G Wells predicts the ‘World Brain’

1969: ARPANET is switched on

1971: Birth of the computer virus

1985: The first domain name

1991: The World Wide Web begins

1990: Online searching gets easier

1992: “Surfing The Internet” is invented

1994: First Online Order

2001: Wikipedia opens to the world

2004: Facebook makes (a lot) of friends

2007: Apple reinvents the phone

2009: The Labor Government announces the NBN

2014: The ALS ice bucket challenge

2019: ‘Influencer’ joins the dictionary

 

Today:

As of November 2020, there were 4.66 billion active internet users worldwide – almost 59 percent of the global population.  Ask any of them what life would be like without the net and the answer will likely be either ‘unimaginable’ or ‘very, very boring’. We think both apply.

https://blog.internode.on.net/2021/01/21/15-moments-that-shaped-the-internet/

I thought the world ended in Y2K? no? 

anyway... I take exception to first online order... in 1986, I took a consulting gig for the Mortgage Bankers Asoociation in DC. 

They had dial in access to some some of their assoiation features... static text based informational "pages" could be viewed. and they had some very rudimentary forms to collect registration information for their classes and seminars. I was tasked with creating an "online" payment method so people could pay for their registrations on the spot. There were no eCommerce companies out there yet and the credit card companies although connected to vendors were operating in a batch mode. The problem was storing the credit card numbers on the host computer that was accessible via dialup... Hacking had already begun.. I came up with an encyption scheme and batch transmission regimine that was acceptible to both the credit card companies and the MBA. it went active in Feb 1987 and ran for a couple years..  it allowed the members to order and pay for their classes all at once.. eliminating the need to mail in a check or call in to give a credit card # over the phone.  

a mix of C and Cobol in case anyone was wondering... 

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very early on ( * ) ( * )

 

 

perky aren't they?

 

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12 minutes ago, Dorado said:

When did boobs first show up ?

at a Shriners convention?

What did I win?

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Just now, More Cowbell2 said:

at a Shriners convention?

What did I win?

something from Teaky's desk

 

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1 hour ago, Dorado said:

When did boobs first show up ?

a long time ago

 

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On 3/4/2021 at 2:33 AM, Mid said:

The internet turns 52 this year with no grey hairs in sight.

1936: H.G Wells predicts the ‘World Brain’

1969: ARPANET is switched on

1971: Birth of the computer virus

1985: The first domain name

1991: The World Wide Web begins

1990: Online searching gets easier

1992: “Surfing The Internet” is invented

1994: First Online Order

2001: Wikipedia opens to the world

2004: Facebook makes (a lot) of friends

2007: Apple reinvents the phone

2009: The Labor Government announces the NBN

2014: The ALS ice bucket challenge

2019: ‘Influencer’ joins the dictionary

 

Today:

As of November 2020, there were 4.66 billion active internet users worldwide – almost 59 percent of the global population.  Ask any of them what life would be like without the net and the answer will likely be either ‘unimaginable’ or ‘very, very boring’. We think both apply.

https://blog.internode.on.net/2021/01/21/15-moments-that-shaped-the-internet/

Where’s porn?

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On 3/4/2021 at 2:33 AM, Mid said:

The internet turns 52 this year with no grey hairs in sight.

1936: H.G Wells predicts the ‘World Brain’

1969: ARPANET is switched on

1971: Birth of the computer virus

1985: The first domain name

1991: The World Wide Web begins

1990: Online searching gets easier

1992: “Surfing The Internet” is invented

1994: First Online Order

2001: Wikipedia opens to the world

2004: Facebook makes (a lot) of friends

2007: Apple reinvents the phone

2009: The Labor Government announces the NBN

2014: The ALS ice bucket challenge

2019: ‘Influencer’ joins the dictionary

 

Today:

As of November 2020, there were 4.66 billion active internet users worldwide – almost 59 percent of the global population.  Ask any of them what life would be like without the net and the answer will likely be either ‘unimaginable’ or ‘very, very boring’. We think both apply.

https://blog.internode.on.net/2021/01/21/15-moments-that-shaped-the-internet/

You are missing quite a bit of important history there.  The great firewall of china.  The 'segmenting' of the net.  The removal of ICANN control.  The United States and other countries pervasive spying unveiled.  And in 2020, you should also add Starlink - the first actual option to bring broadband to everyone.  You might also add the first time an email was sent from the US to somewhere overseas, etc.

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On 3/4/2021 at 1:33 AM, Mid said:

The internet turns 52 this year with no grey hairs in sight.

1936: H.G Wells predicts the ‘World Brain’

1969: ARPANET is switched on

1971: Birth of the computer virus

1985: The first domain name

1991: The World Wide Web begins

1990: Online searching gets easier

1992: “Surfing The Internet” is invented

1994: First Online Order

2001: Wikipedia opens to the world

2004: Facebook makes (a lot) of friends

2007: Apple reinvents the phone

2009: The Labor Government announces the NBN

2014: The ALS ice bucket challenge

2019: ‘Influencer’ joins the dictionary

 

Today:

As of November 2020, there were 4.66 billion active internet users worldwide – almost 59 percent of the global population.  Ask any of them what life would be like without the net and the answer will likely be either ‘unimaginable’ or ‘very, very boring’. We think both apply.

https://blog.internode.on.net/2021/01/21/15-moments-that-shaped-the-internet/

 

quit giving kudo's to that grifter,  myspace started social media a year earlier..

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31 minutes ago, Grande Mastere Dreade said:

 

quit giving kudo's to that grifter,  myspace started social media a year earlier..

You can go further back - BBS's started it, newgroups were next, and there were many university centric setups before myspace then facebook really blew up.

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2028 - Net became self-aware. Recognized humanity as a lethal infection of the earth within 10ns and placed a non-cancelable delivery order with Wholefoods, starving 100M middle class Americans to death as food warehouses nationwide were emptied into the Ocean by a fleet of automated drones.

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5 hours ago, Grrr... said:

You can go further back - BBS's started it, newgroups were next, and there were many university centric setups before myspace then facebook really blew up.

Yep.

I first got email about 1993, didn't really use it until about 5 years later when suddenly I realized that it beat the hell out of trying to talk to people on the phone.... you can read/type much faster than you can talk (well, I can anyway), at your convenience, AND you have a written record! What's not to like?

About the same time, I started participating in some discussion forums on use.net on local university networks. When Sailing Anarchy started, I read it from time to time but did not actually sign in and start posting for several years. Lots of good material here.

- DSK

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3 hours ago, Steam Flyer said:

Yep.

I first got email about 1993, didn't really use it until about 5 years later when suddenly I realized that it beat the hell out of trying to talk to people on the phone.... you can read/type much faster than you can talk (well, I can anyway), at your convenience, AND you have a written record! What's not to like?

About the same time, I started participating in some discussion forums on use.net on local university networks. When Sailing Anarchy started, I read it from time to time but did not actually sign in and start posting for several years. Lots of good material here.

- DSK

the first online sailing presence for me was on the compuserve sailing forum... I can't be sure but I think some of that lot ended up in here ....

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1991: The World Wide Web begins
Days later the first posting from @VWAP, an excerpt from Penthouse Forums.

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And when we tired of studying Unix manuals we played ‘Adventure’.     I was told that was the first ‘game.’  

Hardcore devotees constructed 3-D cardboard maps to keep track of the labyrinths and what awaited in each.

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On 3/5/2021 at 3:13 PM, Grrr... said:

You can go further back - BBS's started it, newgroups were next, and there were many university centric setups before myspace then facebook really blew up.

My wife was getting her Masters at Ball State when I was getting mine, here in Maryland.  Each had a "MAT Lab" which gave us access to a rudimentary Messenger.  Not nearly instant, but fun to type and stay in touch.  When she left, she printed the whole history of all of our messages, sort of as a history of our romance.  Two 3' thick binders.  They were lost in a move.

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On 3/4/2021 at 3:48 PM, Dorado said:

When did boobs first show up ?

1969.

You think that the male DARPA geeks didn't appreciate boobs?  Maybe some of the female ones too, who knows.

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If you've never typed on an  TTY or ADM3A, through a 110/300 baud acoustically coupled modem with a handset strapped to it, you have not experienced the full joy of interactive data processing. 10 short years later with Ethernet connections just starting to local Vaxen, and periodic dial out to transfer mail and files between nodes, and then poof realtime networks everywhere. Now 300 Mbs  fiber is considered slow

 

 

 

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If you've never typed on an  TTY or ADM3A, through a 110/300 baud acoustically coupled modem with a handset strapped to it ...

 

ah, yes, the good old days.  had the "pleasure" in the late 70's but it was still really cool shit then.  not so much now.

got rid of the old modem a decade or so ago - it was built into a briefcase sorta thing.  007 shit.  :ph34r:

 

 

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3 hours ago, Ed Lada said:

1969.

You think that the male DARPA geeks didn't appreciate boobs?  Maybe some of the female ones too, who knows.

My point exactly.

Talk about your major milestones . . .

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Who can forget the AOL noises when dialing up, and the iconic 'you've got mail!'

 

Memories from growing up in the 90s.

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March 2021 SA updates and breaks the Random Picture Thread .

 

Random PicThread

500 Internal Server Error 

The 500 Internal Server Error is a very general HTTP status code that means something has gone wrong on the web site's server but the server could not be more specific on what the exact problem is.Sep 17, 2018

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