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Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on March 31, 2005, 22:25:
 
Relating to the comic, what are some of your most cherished Internet moments?

A few of mine would be...

-logging on to Pine with my old SE.
-watching Netscape Navigator's throbber... don't ask me why, but I loved it... the apocalyptic comets colliding with the N planet. [Big Grin] [Geek]
-the early days of Hotline. [evil]
-watching Jobs introduce the first iMac.... Reality Distortion Field at it's finest.
- and of course, watching this little place grow. [Smile]
 
Posted by -ct- (Member # 209) on March 31, 2005, 22:49:
 
- waiting for a page to load over 2600(that was fast!) baud modem dialed up to prodigy

- seeing 1st set of big boobies online [Big Grin]

- downloading (what seemed to be) the entire internet within 1 week of getting highspeed connection
 
Posted by Nitrozac (Member # 111) on March 31, 2005, 22:58:
 
My most precious moment was when we began having the little stars under our names in the forums here. Pretty. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by GMx (Member # 1523) on March 31, 2005, 23:26:
 
Finding JoT and the Forums. Seeing my website and having my own domain.
 
Posted by littlefish (Member # 966) on April 01, 2005, 00:09:
 
Googling myself and I was the top link!
 
Posted by Bibo (Member # 1959) on April 01, 2005, 00:22:
 
Mine would have to be getting married and having our wedding streamed live online 5 years ago today [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Erbo (Member # 199) on April 01, 2005, 00:25:
 
April 22, 2001...Electric Minds goes live once again, after my friends and I successfully rescued it from oblivion. Here's what I wrote that day:
quote:
The Third Age of Electric Minds has begun. As with the Third Age of Mankind in Babylon 5, we're now on our own. We're glad to have you join us as we embark on this journey. I'm pretty sure it won't be boring.
And it certainly hasn't been.
 
Posted by Stereo (Member # 748) on April 01, 2005, 04:13:
 
My first peek at Internet in Polytechique (Montréal), on a 386 with Mosaic (or was it Lynx? all I remember fur sure is the browser didn't support images), in 1994. There were some students offering to show what the Internet was. I still remember wich computer lab, and where the computer was (last row, back to the wall, second computer from the left).

Getting my first personnal computer and a second phone line to hook it to the Internet.

The first time I used a browser that supported images (I think it was Netscape 2.0).

eWorld. (I was already using the nickname "Stereo" by then.)

eWorld's skins. The Atlantis* and Dragon* were my bests. (*Real skins' names might not be the same.)

I believe my first online purchase was for Spiderweb Software's Exile II. Most of my early purchases were sharewares.

And then there's some more, but I'll spare you.
 
Posted by greycat (Member # 945) on April 01, 2005, 05:00:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Snaggy:
-watching Netscape Navigator's throbber... don't ask me why, but I loved it... the apocalyptic comets colliding with the N planet. [Big Grin] [Geek]

Oh, but the really cool throbber was the one you got after putting about:mozilla into the URL bar in Netscape. That's when the green fire-breathing lizard came out to play.
 
Posted by drunkennewfiemidget (Member # 2814) on April 01, 2005, 05:45:
 
I don't really have any of those.. except maybe watching my eBusiness engine come to life over the last 3 years or so. It's getting sexier by the day...
 
Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on April 01, 2005, 06:28:
 
The day I downloaded a piece of software off the net and realized that it had taken less time to do that than to load it into memory off the floppy on my first PC.
 
Posted by drunkennewfiemidget (Member # 2814) on April 01, 2005, 06:49:
 
quote:
Originally posted by -ct-:
- waiting for a page to load over 2600(that was fast!) baud modem dialed up to prodigy

Am I correct in assuming you meant 2400, and have confused it with the frequency at which you could blow a whistle at to screw with phone systems many moons ago? [Smile]
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on April 01, 2005, 07:37:
 
This was a long time ago, but I remember my first login to the County Library to reserve a book, no pages or frames just text based. The modum speed ? 600 it was one step up from the ones that you had to lay the phone into a cradle and adjust the volume controls.
 
Posted by joliet_jane (Member # 818) on April 01, 2005, 08:18:
 
Actually, Geekculture is the first BBS I ever posted to in my life.
 
Posted by supaboy (Member # 183) on April 01, 2005, 08:24:
 
FTPing a copy of Chuck Forsberg's Z-modem protocol for the VAX I had a shell account on. The only way I could transfer files was by Kermit before then. I thought the VAX admins might catch me.

I was dialing into the VAX using SLAC's VLT (Valiant Little Terminal, Stanford Linear Accelerator's admins even sent me a user manual when I mailed away for one!) for the Amiga. I FTPed software to my VAX account, and then used Kermit to transfer it home. It took all night via Kermit.

Z-modem was twice as fast!
 
Posted by MTB Babe (Member # 2297) on April 01, 2005, 08:42:
 
When my lil sis adds and update or photo to her site.

[hearts] [crazy]
 
Posted by magefile (Member # 2918) on April 01, 2005, 08:43:
 
-Realizing that Gmail's 1GB wasn't an April Fool's joke
-seeing Wikipedia for the first time
-Playing text adv. games with my dad's 9600 modem

BTW ... kindergarten translates from German as child garden (garden of children), but there's only 1 D, in kinder. It's kindergarTen.
 
Posted by Cap'n Vic (Member # 1477) on April 01, 2005, 08:55:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Bibo:
Mine would have to be getting married and having our wedding streamed live online 5 years ago today [Big Grin]

Does that mean you didn't live stream the honeymoon?
 
Posted by Bibo (Member # 1959) on April 01, 2005, 09:01:
 
I remember connecting to various terminals with my Commodore64 and a 300 baud modem. I don't recall there being much to look at at as this was 1984 or 1985.
 
Posted by drunkennewfiemidget (Member # 2814) on April 01, 2005, 09:06:
 
quote:
Originally posted by magefile:
-Realizing that Gmail's 1GB wasn't an April Fool's joke
-seeing Wikipedia for the first time
-Playing text adv. games with my dad's 9600 modem

BTW ... kindergarten translates from German as child garden (garden of children), but there's only 1 D, in kinder. It's kindergarTen.

Or perhaps today's increase (however slowly) to 2GB? [Smile]
 
Posted by angryjungman (Member # 2434) on April 01, 2005, 10:39:
 
Playing the original Neverwinter Nights [on AOL!].

Oh yeah, and this one time that some people drew me into a comic. That was kinda cool. What was that site again?.... [Wink] [Razz]
 
Posted by SilverBlade (Member # 3541) on April 02, 2005, 06:33:
 
Internet moments eh?

1) When I first visited neopets.com *for shame! FOR SHAAAAME!!

2) When I first decided to GIVE UP neopets.com

3) When I finished my very first website at geocities!

And others [Wink]
 
Posted by moped-rider (Member # 3532) on April 02, 2005, 09:00:
 
My best internet moment was buying DiabloII getting seriously addicted. My wife telling me i love diabloII more and than her and chucking me out.Forcing me to meet the real woman of my life.... [Big Grin] HAPPY DAYS.....
 
Posted by ATMB (Member # 3776) on April 02, 2005, 11:05:
 
Well...going to lego.com (and playboy.com) when I first got internet connection

and...yes, running my first geocities FREE WEB SITE [Smile]

and...whoa the first time I heard 56K brand new modem tune!!!
 
Posted by i_need_a_pillow (Member # 2765) on April 02, 2005, 11:25:
 
Some of my cherished moments (in no particular order):

* setting up the network in my house and being able to use multiple computers on the internet at once
* finding out about the BOFH, Wikipedia, the Jargon File, and, of course, GC
* my first time playing Unreal Tournament over a network
 
Posted by JB (Member # 3102) on April 02, 2005, 13:31:
 
Not a cherished moment, but one I'll certainly remember.

Going to www.vatican.va and not seeing the Tiara over the Keys just now,

Then updating our parish's website with the news.

JB
 
Posted by Jace Raven (Member # 2444) on April 03, 2005, 00:55:
 
The day I found titties on the Net.
 
Posted by jordanv (Member # 3189) on April 03, 2005, 01:05:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jace Raven:
The day I found titties on the Net.

Unfortunately, they were Bill Gates'...
 
Posted by Tom- geeking around (Member # 2876) on April 03, 2005, 15:08:
 
LOOOL..
Since I am only 18, I cant really tell cool stories here with C64, or Amiga machines.
I guess the coolest moments in my live were:
When my dad switched from Windows 3.11 to Windows 95- and me ruining the OS (as a 7 year old!) a few days afterwards (I have ruined his windows 3.11 setup a dozen other times too playing with it)..
Then when I got my own computer.. WOW:.
it was an Intel Pentium with 166 mhz (YES, megaherz!)- an INtel 1!. With then later-on a 3dFX Vodoo 1000 accelerator card (those that you would COMBINE with an already existing card)..
Listening to a Modem connecting (bleee bleee bleee, deblaaa deblaaaaahh - as in the JoT comic!)...

Getting DSL access... (thats just 3 years ago! I was fcuking around with a 56k modem, that was limited to a maximum speed of 3-4 kbps) via a WLAN wireless router...

getting my won Laptop.. my beloved iBook.. thats now 2 years ago.. and I still love her as much, if not more than from the first day on.

Thats my coolest internet moments..
oh well.. I forgot:
-- gettign adicted to Coutner strike (started with 1.5 2 years ago)
-- Finding porn (via napster then)
-- still finding porn (via limewire)..
LOL.. umm.. well. I love the internet, and I love the JoT website as much too.. cool people here..

Enjoy--

Thomas
 
Posted by n4dmx (Member # 3177) on April 03, 2005, 17:04:
 
When Al Gore invented it. [Razz]
 
Posted by SassyGeek (Member # 3218) on April 03, 2005, 20:07:
 
The first time I read about the internet in a Grateful Dead magazine in 1991. I read about playing a game realtime with someone in australia and it blew my mind. I remembering thinking "This is going to change EVERYTHING!"

Seeing the internet for the first time in '92 at a friends house. We went to a chat room where no one was at and she tried to dl a pic - in the three hours we were at her house, it still didn't dl the whole pic. [Smile]

Finding a group of people who helped me through some medical issues.

Flirting with someone on a forum for the first time and having them flirt back! [Eek!]

Talking to people all over the world on 9/11
 
Posted by supergoo (Member # 2280) on April 03, 2005, 20:35:
 
I used to think the internet was a rather dull place. I mentioned this to someone, and she replied "The internet's got tons of stuff, you've just got to know what to look for!"

So my 4th grade self went home and decided to go online to see what all I could find. I found a website dedicated to Monty Python and Spaceballs, and I thought "Wow, this is cool! If I can find this online, I can find just about ANYTHING!"

I've been hooked ever since.
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on April 03, 2005, 21:54:
 
I can't think of any given moment that really stands out w.r.t. the Internet. Some of the most fun I've had has been on Intranets, though I've routed my way through public address space for this from time to time. This probably best captures the spirit of one of my more fun times with networking. Every day proves to be another bit of Internet joy for me, I think. Oh yeah...getting caught up in e2 has been a great source of joy for me. Hanging out these parts is pretty nice as well. I can think of a few other pleasant things that have transpired across the great ether for me, though not many of them come to mind (or I don't feel like elaborating).
 
Posted by Too Cool To Quit (Member # 2217) on April 03, 2005, 22:29:
 
When I found out TMTOWTDI meant firsthand.
 
Posted by csk (Member # 1941) on April 03, 2005, 22:31:
 
I can't believe that no one has mentioned the day when MTB finally posted her butt pic [Wink]
 
Posted by Cap'n Vic (Member # 1477) on April 03, 2005, 23:34:
 
quote:
Originally posted by csk:
I can't believe that no one has mentioned the day when MTB finally posted her butt pic [Wink]

Hey! I've been busy.

Oh, now that you mention it....when I recieved twin (naked) butt pics for my bday.....even with the gaussian blur....it rocked!
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on April 04, 2005, 08:35:
 
glitch fixer

edit: well, that didn't fix it... I'll do more maintenance later today [ohwell]
 
Posted by drunkennewfiemidget (Member # 2814) on April 04, 2005, 13:15:
 
I'm only 22, and I have lots of C64 stories!

I've had highspeed since 1995. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by millamushi (Member # 3818) on April 09, 2005, 14:10:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nitrozac:
My most precious moment was when we began having the little stars under our names in the forums here. Pretty. [Big Grin]

The stars are pretty. I want them. Badly.
 
Posted by garlicguy (Member # 3166) on April 09, 2005, 17:49:
 
Seems you already got 'em. It takes a little while for them to show up on the forums, but if you check your profile, you've got all 5 twinklin' away at ya'.

Edit; See! There they are now! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Shooshie (Member # 2205) on April 21, 2005, 04:21:
 
Don't get me started!

• One great moment would be the pair of DSL techies who came to my house to "install" DSL in about 1998. I had the wiring already done, and was just waiting on the DNS numbers, but they insisted on doing it all. It was their job. This was Southwestern Bell, now SBC Global, one of the biggest providers in the country. So, one sat at my computer while the other looked on. He sat mousing around the Finder for about five minutes. Finally he asked, sheepishly, "...er... can you tell me where to find your Start Menu?"

• Later, for some bit of info I need, I called tech support, and the tech interrupted me and said "...you can't do that! DSL doesn't work on a Mac."

Other great Mac moments (I know, it's an Internet thread... but Mac moments are great, too!):

• Walking into an Apple store in early 1984, drawing a naked lady with the mouse on a Mac (first time I'd ever seen a Mac) in MacPaint. Walked out with a Mac in my arms. I think about 3 other people did, too.

• Writing "ransom notes" in San Francisco font

• The first time I published music on a Laserwriter

• Hypercard!

• MacNET, UseNET, Eudora

• Capturing video on a 660 AV

• Taking my son on the pilgrimage One Infinite Loop, and his thinking he had the coolest dad on the planet. (Ok... so I bought him the flight simulator he wanted at the Apple Store)

• The old Mac vs. PC forum debates back when PCs really couldn't do what Macs could do

• the return of Steve ("...and one more thing")

• Watching "2001, A Space Odyssey" on my Pizmo Powerbook at 35,000 feet above the Southwest on January 1, 2001, thinking "well, they kinda got THAT right" when Dave was watching video on a flat-screen notebook computer. I was commuting to my job: making music on a Mac.

• and more than I could ever post here. Like many here, I make my living with a Mac, and my whole family all enjoy the "Mac life" together, sharing a fast DSL connection on 5 Macs. Life is good!

Shooshie
 
Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on April 21, 2005, 08:04:
 
• Writing "ransom notes" in San Francisco font

That reminds me of an amusing font I picked up many years ago Ransom letter font (Postscript)
 
Posted by drunkennewfiemidget (Member # 2814) on April 21, 2005, 08:23:
 
quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
• Writing "ransom notes" in San Francisco font

That reminds me of an amusing font I picked up many years ago Ransom letter font (Postscript)

both ghostscript and gimp refuse to view that file. [Frown]
 
Posted by Frost (Member # 1267) on April 21, 2005, 09:46:
 
Realising that I could do all my Christmas shoping without even getting dressed. [Beard of Peter Gabriel!]
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on April 21, 2005, 10:06:
 
- mine would be when I covered my walls with selected blown-up pictures from the GeekCulture Photo Gallery... especially the very large one I placed on the wall opposite my bed. (My very own 'Joy Wall'. Good thing I laminated it, too! ) [evil]
 
Posted by littlefish (Member # 966) on April 21, 2005, 10:28:
 
quote:
- mine would be when I covered my walls with selected blown-up pictures from the GeekCulture Photo Gallery... especially the very large one I placed on the wall opposite my bed. (My very own 'Joy Wall'. Good thing I laminated it, too! )

Eugh! I hope you aimed away from my picture.
 
Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on April 21, 2005, 11:46:
 
both ghostscript and gimp refuse to view that file. [Frown]
It's a font file. You upload it to the printer and then use it. By itself, there is nothing to see.
 
Posted by HalfVast (Member # 3187) on April 21, 2005, 14:40:
 
quote:
...especially the very large one I placed on the wall opposite my bed. (My very own 'Joy Wall'. Good thing I laminated it, too! )
I'm puzzled. Didn't you already have pics of Maisie there at home?
 
Posted by Cap'n Vic (Member # 1477) on April 21, 2005, 14:42:
 
Her fleece was shining like a glazed donut....
 
Posted by Shooshie (Member # 2205) on April 22, 2005, 06:29:
 
Great Internet moments revisited:

Breaking the 2 megabit barrier in DSL! Movies run without waiting!

 -

Shooshie
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on April 22, 2005, 08:03:
 
*sigh*
I was thoroughly underimpresed by CNet's test - didn't score high enough. [Wink]

I liked this one, though:
quote:
Communications 12.7 megabits per second
Storage 1.5 megabytes per second
1MB file download 0.7 seconds
Subjective rating Unbelievable

(http://bandwidthplace.com/speedtest/)

dslreports also gave a lower report, though it did put me between "very fast" and "dude!" The connection I'm using now should be over and above "dude!" though. [Wink]

Ooh, that reminds me - one of my happier Internet moments - downloading 700 MB (Knoppix ISO) in 92 seconds - ~60+Mbits/s. *That* was pure bliss.

P.S. Thanks, Tut, for hosting that on your superfast 1and1 server. [Smile]

P.P.S. Example of speed: (n.b. file name changed)
code:
[[email protected] multimedia]$ wget "http://a688.phobos.apple.com/test3.mov"
--19:13:44-- http://a688.phobos.apple.com/test3.mov
=> `test3.mov'
Resolving a688.phobos.apple.com... 216.179.63.70, 216.179.63.71
Connecting to a688.phobos.apple.com[216.179.63.70]:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 51,544,966 [video/quicktime]

100%[====================================>] 51,544,966 2.42M/s ETA 00:00

19:14:02 (2.70 MB/s) - `test3.mov' saved [51544966/51544966]

And /that/ is Megabytes/second. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by drunkennewfiemidget (Member # 2814) on April 22, 2005, 08:21:
 
5.2 megabits per second
Communications 5.2 megabits per second
Storage 640 kilobytes per second
1MB file download 1.6 seconds
Subjective rating Awesome

Not too bad I guess. We're on a pair of (not bonded) 7Mbps RADSL circuits here, and I don't know wtf anyone else is doing in the office at the moment..
 
Posted by Orpheus (Member # 2397) on April 22, 2005, 08:50:
 
The time a friend of mine port-scanned his ISP and got put on an FBI watch list.

Discovering the world of MMORPGs and playing all day long not even hearing all but my body's most urgent calls.

Sharing the magic of goatse and tubgirl with unsuspecting friends for the first time [Happytears]
 
Posted by maia (Member # 3778) on April 22, 2005, 10:33:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Orpheus:

Sharing the magic of goatse and tubgirl with unsuspecting friends for the first time [Happytears]

Yes, that's very precious, darling.  -
 
Posted by Cap'n Vic (Member # 1477) on April 22, 2005, 11:09:
 
Ok.....I've seen goatse (unfortunatly) but not tubgirl?

I assume not safe to Google at work.
 
Posted by maia (Member # 3778) on April 22, 2005, 11:23:
 
the definition of NOT work safe

EDIT: or any kind of safe. For the love of God, that is really the most disgusting thing in the world.
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on April 22, 2005, 11:52:
 
The description there was enough to keep me from every wanting to see such a thing.

/me practices safe surfing, and has been fortunate never to be on the receiving end of such a link (or at least, not foolish enough to click).
 
Posted by Orpheus (Member # 2397) on April 22, 2005, 15:25:
 
hehehehe ahh the magic is back [Happytears]

yes neither of those are work safe... and google them at your own risk
 
Posted by Cap'n Vic (Member # 1477) on April 22, 2005, 15:31:
 
From what I can tell it seems tubgirl has a talent for *ahem* female ejaculation or the like.
 
Posted by jordanv (Member # 3189) on April 22, 2005, 18:09:
 
Hah! you think you guys are dumb? I click links on IRC.

Tubgirl? trust me, that is NOTHING compared to the horrors I have seen. H.P. Lovecraft knew what he was writing about...

But seriously, I have found a psychological way to avoid going insane with stuff like this: pretend its photoshopped. Just repeat it over and over again and the image disappears.
 
Posted by Cap'n Vic (Member # 1477) on April 22, 2005, 21:52:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
From what I can tell it seems tubgirl has a talent for *ahem* female ejaculation or the like.

Ok...just googled tub girl.....pretty nasty stuff, and I only looked at a single still.
 
Posted by Too Cool To Quit (Member # 2217) on April 23, 2005, 15:46:
 
I've seen both, and even took part in making a Goatse/Tub Girl cross over.

We called it "Catch?".
 
Posted by Cap'n Vic (Member # 1477) on April 23, 2005, 19:40:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Too Cool To Quit:
I've seen both, and even took part in making a Goatse/Tub Girl cross over.

We called it "Catch?".

That is a horrible way to talk about your mothers acting career.
 
Posted by Black Widow (Member # 3046) on April 24, 2005, 11:57:
 
quote:
35.7 kilobits per second
Communications 35.7 kilobits per second
Storage 4.4 kilobytes per second
1MB file download 3.9 minutes
Subjective rating Slow

No sh*t. [crazy]
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on April 24, 2005, 20:56:
 
1 MB in 3.9 minutes...oy! Back when I was on dialup that'd take at least 15 minutes....and nearly an hour or so ages ago... Dern lucky kids and this new-fangled modem compression technology...
 


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