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The First Internet

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by Tully View Post
    That really makes me feel old!

    But me & my wife enjoy every moment!

    Tully
    I apologize if it made you feel old, Tully. It wasn't my intent. Quite frankly, I think you are young at heart for you state memories often. That, my friend, I think is what keeps us young at heart. "Preserve your memories, they're all that's left you" to quote a Simon and Garfunkle song. The heart and mind want to, but the body often says no in our older age.

    Wow, that must be amazing to see the progress of technology!
    Not sure who you adressed that to and by all means, I don't want to steal any of Tully's thunder. He'll have to answer to his himself. I know he's got a score of years more of experience.

    I've seen a lot of change through the years. I remember horse-drawn wagons in Chicago that still existed when I was young. Very few, but I remember seeing them. Not sure why, but as I can tell by talking to other people, I'm one of the very few that remember things at a very early age. Probably my first memory was standing in my crib and looking out. That's usually at the age of around 10 months to a year old when a child can pull themselves up and stand to do that. My mother told me I started walking at 11 months. It could have been a year or possibly later, but still quite an early age. One thing for sure, I remember my Grandmother's 80th birthday party. I was 14 months old. I remember pictures being taken because of the flashes which would get any child's attention. We have the pics in a family album.

    Anywho, I've seen a lot of progression in my time, especially technological progress due to WWII. Computers were a huge innovation during the war. Nuclear energy and the bomb was, of course, was one of the biggest. A large population growth being a baby boomer myself. Industrial growth. Housing and building boom starting right after that war.

    TV was a huge one. Our first TV was somewhere around a 13 or 14 inch black and white screen. That was around 1956. There were 4 channels. ABC, CBS, NBC, and locally WGN out of Chicago. The developement from antennae to cable and dish. IMO too many channels to choose from now. Color TV was late 60's.

    The cold war led to the Apollo misions and the moon landings. Quite an event to watch in on's lifetime.

    I could go on and on. One can read a lot of this at: Personal Computer Related Memories - I Remember:

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  2. #12


    Hey!

    I took NO offense!

    I enjoy being old!

    I can get away with things you youngsters wouldn't even try!

    I can totter on my cane & get help right away, (sometimes I really need it!)

    Tully
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by Tully View Post
    Hey!

    I took NO offense!

    I enjoy being old!

    I can get away with things you youngsters wouldn't even try!

    I can totter on my cane & get help right away, (sometimes I really need it!)

    Tully
    OK good. No offense. As us hippies say "Very cool, Dude!"

    If I may say with much sincerity that you are one in a million on this planet!

    Somehow, though, I sense that at times of heated debate I wouldn't want to get within your cane's reach!
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS


    Tully, you sound like you've had a lot of fun!
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  5. #15


    I was scrounging in the attic & found the following;

    51/4" floppies for IE first edition!
    " " for Windows!
    " " For MS DOS!
    " " " Scriptplus, WordStar & Visacalc precursors to MS Office, Word & Excell.

    I have fond memories of those programs!

    Tully
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  6. #16


    New Zealand
    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 Pro, 32-bit


    Brings back memories that early telephone system you describe Tully.

    It had its own user language as well.. I can remember whenever my Mother would go to make a call and she'd pick up the receiver and first have to enquire if the party line was busy. She would say "Working?" or "Are you there?" which got shortened to "Are-there". I still hear her sometimes say it today when she picks up the phone LOL!

    So there you go, they even had high tech jargon back then too.

    And yes, although you have a few more years on me, I worked with a lot of that software as well and have a lot of it still on floppies and the original manuals - I can't bring myself to throw it out.

    Good on ya!
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  7. #17


    The first Internet IMHO was ham radio. In fact I got my license back in 1975 while I was in high school. That was during the CB craze. While I still have my ham radio license, I don't use it much anymore.

    Also I recall reading about a book titled the Victorian Internet. It is about telegraph operators in the late 1800s. Some of them even formed relationships with other telegraph operators. Sound familiar? Of course telegraph operators were few and far between and it required telegraphy skills. So telegraph addiction only applied to a small subset of society.
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  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by skallal View Post
    The first Internet IMHO was ham radio. In fact I got my license back in 1975 while I was in high school. That was during the CB craze. While I still have my ham radio license, I don't use it much anymore.

    Also I recall reading about a book titled the Victorian Internet. It is about telegraph operators in the late 1800s. Some of them even formed relationships with other telegraph operators. Sound familiar? Of course telegraph operators were few and far between and it required telegraphy skills. So telegraph addiction only applied to a small subset of society.
    The good old days when USB stood for Upper Side Band.
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post

    The good old days when USB stood for Upper Side Band.
    Ah, you do understand!
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