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Internet & Networking Exactly twenty years ago, a document was published that played a huge role in establishing the web as we know it today. Twenty years later, and this simple and straightforward document is proof of an irrefutable fact: while closed technologies can change markets, open technologies can change the world.
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Oh Lord I'm getting old
by bassbeast on Fri 3rd May 2013 04:48 UTC
bassbeast
Member since:
2007-11-11

As i still remember the first BBS servers, having to keep flip books full of IP address numbers to get anywhere, the horrible screeching of my modem as it dialed...man that was so long ago.

/jumps up on soapbox/...Kids today don't know how well they have it today! You think FB is bad? Bah we had Geocities and the cursed Comet Cursor constantly trying to infect your systems with dreck, our spyware included a big talking purple monkey that wouldn't STFU and who told endless jokes made of puns, if you were lucky you MIGHT get that PC unboxed and hooked up before systems twice as fast were on the shelves, and do you have ANY idea how long it took to install an OS with floppies? and it never failed there was ALWAYS one bad floppy, usually the next to last one, so you had better be used to waiting 6-8 weeks for the company to send you another one.

Spoiled rotten kids with their Hulu and free HD porn, all we had was GIFs and a single grainy 15 second GIF could take an hour to download! Fancy flash animation bah, we had the blink tag and we liked it! You get to choose from dozens of sprawling MMOs for free, we all had to use download managers because it would take 5 days if you were lucky to download a single DOOM level and that was all we had!

So you go back to tweeting your twits and your FB hits, you kids wouldn't know the real net if Gopher came up and bit you on the butt!

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RE: Oh Lord I'm getting old
by unclefester on Fri 3rd May 2013 06:52 in reply to "Oh Lord I'm getting old"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Stop complaining. I started out using a teletype terminal on a HP-3000 minicomputer.

Edited 2013-05-03 06:54 UTC

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RE[2]: Oh Lord I'm getting old
by p13. on Fri 3rd May 2013 10:17 in reply to "RE: Oh Lord I'm getting old"
p13. Member since:
2005-07-10

DING!
KERCHUNK!

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RE[2]: Oh Lord I'm getting old
by orfanum on Fri 3rd May 2013 11:52 in reply to "RE: Oh Lord I'm getting old"
orfanum Member since:
2006-06-02

</joking>I still count on my fingers and talk to people, like, directly</joking>

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RE: Oh Lord I'm getting old
by peejay on Fri 3rd May 2013 13:21 in reply to "Oh Lord I'm getting old"
peejay Member since:
2005-06-29

Fancy flash animation bah, we had the blink tag and we liked it!

I agree 100% with everything you said except for this. I might rephrase it to "we had the blink tag and we used it!" but I'm pretty sure the backlash against the blink tag started about 15 minutes after its release. ;)

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saidge@yahoo.com Member since:
2007-11-06

Actually I do have to make one small point on this one. We did have our choice of countless MMO's that actually required no download time at all.

They were just text based and called MUDs(MUSH,MUCK, MOO... etc). Ah yes... good old fashioned MUDs.

Did anyone else shell out the $10 a month for Gemstone back in the day? LoL.

As for the OP, huge props to CERN for their massive contribution to the internet as we know it today, in a time where open sourcing things wasn't hip or trendy. I didn't even know about CERN's involvement until this article, and I've spent many hours over the course the last 15 years reading up on computer history.

Thank you OSNews for bringing this gem to all our attention.

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RE: Oh Lord I'm getting old
by tylerdurden on Sat 4th May 2013 04:05 in reply to "Oh Lord I'm getting old"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

10 years is a lifetime, apparently, in internet time...

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RE: Oh Lord I'm getting old
by bnolsen on Sun 5th May 2013 04:11 in reply to "Oh Lord I'm getting old"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

you forgot, MUDs were the first MMOs. Just text based and by today's standards not very massive.

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