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Old 03-19-2011, 09:03 AM   #1
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Old Internet

Does anyone have any favourite parts of the Internet that date to before the commercial exploited mess that is the current Internet that they'd like to share?
Example: The Really Big Button That Doesn't Do Anything
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:29 AM   #2
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Alas most of the old web I remember seems to be gone. Though at least the hamsters are still dancing, albeit at a different URL: http://www.webhamster.com/
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:40 AM   #4
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Project Gutenberg, according to wikipedia its been around since 1971
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:06 PM   #5
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Got you beat Mike. This one is from a bit before my time, so I got to go to my grand ma for this one, she is gone now but I can remember he talking about the internet. In those days it wasn't called the internet it was called DARPA net and there was no forums such as this one back on her days. She used to talk about using the one and only DARPA protocol called FTP, which was all there was in those days. FTP was used to list things and send files back and forth between computers, we are talking 1930's and 40's here so we are talking old school. For an example of what she was talking about try ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub this site is all FTP and that's it. You ant to talk about old school internet april hair, this is it.
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:45 PM   #6
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Got you beat Mike. This one is from a bit before my time, so I got to go to my grand ma for this one, she is gone now but I can remember he talking about the internet. In those days it wasn't called the internet it was called DARPA net and there was no forums such as this one back on her days. She used to talk about using the one and only DARPA protocol called FTP, which was all there was in those days. FTP was used to list things and send files back and forth between computers, we are talking 1930's and 40's here so we are talking old school. For an example of what she was talking about try ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub this site is all FTP and that's it. You ant to talk about old school internet april hair, this is it.
Don't be silly. ARPANET was created in 1962 - it most certainly was NOT the "1930s and 40s" - and the FTP protocol dates from 1971.
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:05 PM   #7
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Don't be silly. ARPANET was created in 1962 - it most certainly was NOT the "1930s and 40s" - and the FTP protocol dates from 1971.
Damn, I thought Brits were supposed to have a dry sense of humor.
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Old 03-19-2011, 02:08 PM   #8
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If this was intended to be a joke, its humour escaped me .
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Old 03-19-2011, 03:04 PM   #9
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I loved some of the phone-in BBS things that were around pre-www, like &TOTSE, "& Temple of the Screaming Electron" (which lost its "&" when it converted to the web) and Illuminati Online, SJGames' customer/playtest etc. site that grew into general geeky social exchange.
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:05 PM   #10
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I am occasionally a little perturbed by the attitude that the Internet = the Web. Usenet, for example, long, long preceded the web, and is still alive and well today.
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:25 PM   #11
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I am occasionally a little perturbed by the attitude that the Internet = the Web. Usenet, for example, long, long preceded the web, and is still alive and well today.
Indeed. The web was *starting* to be popular in about 1995. I started using Usenet newsgroups about 1983.
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:26 PM   #12
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I used to spend hours on an old BBS system called "Heart of Gold" I started using that in about 85, I had a "Super Fast" 300 baud modem, we didn't even think of transferring files, it was faster to just print out the code and type it in :P

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Old 03-19-2011, 10:55 PM   #13
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Usenet, circa 1986 for me, through GENie. Back in those days a lot of the posts in early groups were from Ham Radio types who tended to read Popular Mechanics and Popular Science, and weren't intimidated by the new technology.
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Old 03-19-2011, 11:27 PM   #14
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Old 03-19-2011, 11:40 PM   #15
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Before www I used to call the printer and ask him to switch his fax off and turn on the modem. I'd send him a 3 meg file on a 1400 modem in about 45 seconds.
Then everyone got email addreses and a 3 meg file would take an hour or so
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