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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:36 pm 
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Then the internet went full colour and became RUBBISH.
At home I mainly watch the internet in black and white for those sites that will let me. Much nicer. I wish there was a way of doing the same to modern magazines.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:24 pm 
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We had internet at school (92-98) but never really got to use it. I vividly remember going to the local library in about 1996 and going on the internet there, spending hours at a time talking to goths on some online chat thing and looking up websites in Netscape Navigator. I had access to the internet at university from 1998 onward, and my folks had internet at home from around then too, but I didn't have actual proper internet in my own house until around 2000, by which time I was already well into meeting up with people off the internet (the Sinister mailing list). Time flies...

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:56 pm 
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I think it was 1995. My dad made me make me a business case for it. There were also a few BBS things I logged into. Something to do with a show called Watch This Space.

I'm sure we had BT Evenings and Weekends, or something, so it wasn't really expensive, it just meant no one could call for an hour whenever I was running Windows updates, or chatting on alt.music.oasis... by the time I got to uni we had cable internet. Which I put to good use by making 6 million posts on Bowlie.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:58 pm 
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Remember how windows update would dial into MSN? Good times.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:34 pm 
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i miss the modem sound :(

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:38 pm 
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stolenwine wrote:
i miss the modem sound :(

Me too. I think the near-80 megabit transfer rates I currently get just about make up for it, though...


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1994, Robinson Library, Newcastle University. Used Netscape, searched with Lycos, and sent emails using Pegasus.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:40 pm 
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stolenwine wrote:
i miss the modem sound :(

I remember, the new 56k modems, that started making the 'boing' sound when they dialed up.

My internet connection is now more than 1000 times faster...

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1999 or 2000, not sure. My parents still have the same dial up connection. It's very, very SLOW (40.2 Ko/s right now).

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:33 pm 
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About 1994 in cyber cafes (ha!) in Nottingham, where the internet seemed to be full of transcriptions of tedious William Burroughs writings and nothing else.

At work in about 1998, which was ridiculously late for a journalist on a magazine. But then the firm was based in Grimsby. I spent a lot of quality time sat in front of the fax machine before that.

Didn't get it at home until I caved in one day and bought a computer and mobile phone in the same day in 2000. The films were right about the future.

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1997

i spent the first half of the year in india, and on the street i was living (suburban, non-touristy) there was an 'email cafe' which i was curious about, but didn't know anyone who owned a computer.

spent a few months in australia before returning home, and was given a printout of the toytown (melbourne tape label) archive website, which for months i thought was a badly put together fanzine that said 'click here' a lot.

started uni, got my first email address. people were scandalised that some senior lecturer had quit at short notice just before term started, and with newly arrived international phd students to supervise, to work for a lot more money at uk amazon. didn't know what that was, looked it up in the computer room. what? you can buy records on the internet?

1998

one of my housemates made the startling discovery that the internet had lots of pictures of naked men on it.


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I got the net at home this year. Not bad considering my dad grow up without a phone or TV.

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I've been on the Internet since 1995. I think it was Netscape 1.4 or so. Good times.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:41 pm 
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and today I got a super fast connection thingie.

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That's a long way from 28k......

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Wow, it's the upload speed that's alarming. Who's that with?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:13 pm 
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Gordon wrote:
Wow, it's the upload speed that's alarming. Who's that with?


BT Infinity 2. Their fibre optic offering - max speeds 76mb. But they do have a higher package than that but I thought that would be excessive.

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How much is it? I think we need to investigate ours. Are BT the best ISP, do you think? I want to get one if them so called 'smart TVs' and it'd be pointless with our current connection.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:20 pm 
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How much is it? I think we need to investigate ours. Are BT the best ISP, do you think? I want to get one if them so called 'smart TVs' and it'd be pointless with our current connection.


As long as you're getting over around 7-8 mbps it should be enough to stream hd uninterrupted. Although watching YouTube in elsewhere may need a bit more bandwidth.

We're getting Sky in a couple of weeks. For the Sky HD package (sans sports, movies) with their superfast fibre optic internets and phone line it only works out an extra £20 a month than what I'm paying for my hamster-on-a-wheel with o2.

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I've got Virgin 60Mbit download, but youtube can still suffer due to wonky traffic management, I think. Still I've heard a lot of people say they're worried about BT getting bad contention ratios, the more people sign up.

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