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[2]: Uhmmm
by Soulbender on Sat 24th Nov 2012 05:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Uhmmm"
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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"
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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: (Google Translate works bearably). But that only from ~2000, and soon replaced by standard ADSL.

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