Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 19th Nov 2012 09:15 UTC
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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RE: Uhmmm
by zima on Thu 22nd Nov 2012 18:29 UTC in reply to "Uhmmm"
zima
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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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RE[3]: Uhmmm
by zima on Sat 24th Nov 2012 09:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Uhmmm"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, then it seems that in PL it was even "cheaper" - you paid "only" local telco charges for the time connected.
But this was generally considered almost-prohibitively expensive (maybe local charges were higher ...maybe lower; certainly average wages were much lower). Which was true overall for most of the world, hence "most people" there.

BTW, the first non-time-limited & commonly available (though still a bit expensive, so it was often shared among few people via LAN) access method was actually a fairly obscure solution from Ericsson: http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_internet_Solution (Google Translate works bearably). But that only from ~2000, and soon replaced by standard ADSL.

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