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In the News Levi Asher offers his free memoir of his rise and fall in the dot-com boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s. The autobiography covers Asher's twenty-five years in programming: his founding of the oldest ongoing literature website Literary Kicks in 1994, his success with the dot-com website iVillage in 1999 (and its subsequent collapse), and how all this insanity affected his personal life. It's a quick, entertaining read.
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Uhmmm
by Soulbender on Tue 20th Nov 2012 04:52 UTC
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2005-08-18

The most Internet-capable operating system was Unix, which was also popular because it was free and open source.


....Unix was free and open source? in 1993?

Now you could slap Linux onto the broken PC in your basement and be on the Internet from your bedroom.


DOS and Windows had reasonably easy internet access by 1993 too. We used it at Uni.

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RE: Uhmmm
by MOS6510 on Tue 20th Nov 2012 05:36 in reply to "Uhmmm"
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2011-05-12

FreeBSD started in 1993 and a few years before that BSDI and BSD/386, but it would be rather strange to refer to it as Unix as Unix is/was a family of operating systems, most not free nor open source.

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Version 7 was free but not open source
by kateline on Wed 21st Nov 2012 18:33 in reply to "Uhmmm"
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2011-05-19

I believe AT&T distributed Unix Versions 6 and 7 for free during the 1970s and 1980s.

Many universities and US gov't agencies took AT&T up on the offer and this is how the product originally gained popularity.

Versions 6 and 7 were not open source during that time.

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RE: Uhmmm
by zima on Thu 22nd Nov 2012 18:29 in reply to "Uhmmm"
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2005-07-06

>Now you could slap Linux onto the broken PC in your basement and be on the Internet from your bedroom.

DOS and Windows had reasonably easy internet access by 1993 too. We used it at Uni.

Plus, "slap Linux onto the broken PC"? Yeah, that would work out well...

And anyway - for most people, high costs of dial-up internet access were the primary barrier, one which really changed only with adoption of ADSL and similar constant-access methods.

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RE[2]: Uhmmm
by Soulbender on Sat 24th Nov 2012 05:25 in reply to "RE: Uhmmm"
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2005-08-18

Plus, "slap Linux onto the broken PC"? Yeah, that would work out well...


Hah! Yeah, Linux magically fixed your broken hardware ;)

for most people, high costs of dial-up internet access were the primary barrier


I dunno about Poland but dial-up was pretty cheap in Sweden. You paid a flat rate to the ISP (around 120-150Kr/month) and then you only paid local telco charges for the time connected.
Granted not as cheap as what we have today but not prohibitively expensive either.

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