Look In Awe...the Internet Exists!

in General Discussion edited January 2014
I was buying airline tickets for my mom last night and well sit back and look at the internet. Such a vast ocean of knowledge and a daily tool for millions. Just sit back stop thinking of the internet as a daily thing and look at the wonder of it and how amazing a feat it was to get it created and going.

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wow it really is amazing

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ok i'm done, perhaps nobody feels the same way of how great a thing it is, but well it is amazing


  • Reply 1 of 16
    It is kind of weird to think about it starting as three computers on the west coast in 3 universities that sent a packet of information (ping) from one to the other.. Guess we have come a long way from those days.. To think the internet would be no where near where it is today with out the help of capitalism.

    Those companies that got in early really hit it off big, IE amazon
  • Reply 2 of 16
    banchobancho Posts: 1,517member
    I would like to point out that pornography played a sizeable role in popularizing the Internet. Keep that in mind next time you are looking up airline fares!

    and who can really honestly say they don't like pornography?
  • Reply 3 of 16
    paulpaul Posts: 5,278member
    tipper gore... wife of the inventor of the internet
  • Reply 4 of 16
    drcreationsdrcreations Posts: 104member

    Originally posted by Bancho

    I would like to point out that pornography played a sizeable role in popularizing the Internet. Keep that in mind next time you are looking up airline fares!

    and who can really honestly say they don't like pornography?

    Yes, I can totally testify to this!

    Back in the day, (about 5-7 years ago) Our company took our Amateur Line to the net. With precise marketing from a DB that we aquired of people who would rather purchase Adult Natured material from the comfort and PRIVACY of their own homes, stating that they would purchase materials online, ... well ... it was literally "GOLD" for us.

    Within one week of the store bring opened, we sold more than DOUBLE what we did with printed catalog material, not just in quarterly sales, but within the time frame of our whole existence. So, not only did our talent make more money from contract sales, we were able to shift more money into R&D for our customers to get their Adult Material in a more expediant manor via online purchases.

    And, yes, I do agree to a certain extent, everybody does like to look at a naked woman or man every once in a while.

  • Reply 5 of 16
    overhopeoverhope Posts: 1,123member
    Heck, I remember when I first discovered the Internet: back at university in 1991, playing with the wonders of Mail and Usenet News on lovely VT100 terminals running all sorts of interesting .login files in squinty orange text (unless you got lucky and got one of the slightly newer ones in green). My first-ever Usenet News post is still archived on groups.google.com...

    The holy grail was securing an FTP account for purposes of "research" (largely into naked female anatomy, from most of the users I saw). IRC wasn't available to us for bandwidth reasons.

    No WWW, no HoTMaiL, no forums, no eBay and definitely no online ticket ordering.

    Of course, now I sit here with an always-on broadband connection, as many toys as I want to run at any given time and able to do all manner of stuff that just wasn't conceivable 12 years ago.

    Yes, the Net is truly a wondrous thing. Not perfect, by any stretch, but pretty damn cool.
  • Reply 6 of 16
    aslan^aslan^ Posts: 599member
    Do you realize that kids born in the last ten years or so wont even realize there was a world without an internet ! Some of them might even be posting to AI !
  • Reply 7 of 16
    overhopeoverhope Posts: 1,123member
    Looking at some of the posts round here, I don't doubt that for a second.

    Fast forward to sitting with your 6GHz MegaMac, young son asking you "Daddy, what did people do before the Internet?"
  • Reply 8 of 16
    I`m only 18 but I have been using computers sence 5 years of age - ah my good ol amiga.

    But I remember when my family was first buying into the internet maybe 1995? I still remember this one discussion with my parents and a neighbor, I was only 11, and it went something like this:

    "Yeah I heard that typing in caps is symbolic to yelling and you can get into trouble for it"

    I dunno thinking about the internet makes me feel old

    PS: I miss my amiga
  • Reply 9 of 16
    ast3r3xast3r3x Posts: 5,012member
    my first ever...hmm i'm not sure how old i was when i started with a Apple IIGS
  • Reply 10 of 16
    serranoserrano Posts: 1,806member
    I'm 19, and got on the internet at about AOL 2.7. However I do remember using 'the internet' before that on the LAUSD test network.
  • Reply 11 of 16
    overhopeoverhope Posts: 1,123member
    Aah, sweet net.nostalgia.

    /me goes to spnak some WebTVers for old times' sake...
  • Reply 12 of 16
    curiousuburbcuriousuburb Posts: 3,325member
    if you're interesting in some pictures of what the net looks like

    (in a variety of forms from abstract through geographic, including historical maps and more)

    visit Cybergeography.org and check out the Atlas
  • Reply 13 of 16
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    Oh lord. Um...

    1986, a Cyber mainframe at the University of Washington, sending mail to a friend at Washington State University.

    VT100 terminal (Heath Z19, I believe).

    No GUI.

    No mouse.

    No WWW, no graphical email.

    But we did have IM (The 'talk' command... 'mtalk' let you talk to multiple people simultaneously.)

    The utter coolness of it hit me one night a couple years later when I was chatting (via talk) with a guy and asked him how he liked winter... (it was Feb). He said "What are you talking about? It's summer! I love it!" He was in Australia.

    It suddenly hit me that I was talking to someone in real-time, at the far opposite end of our entire human sphere of influence... and it was effortless.
  • Reply 14 of 16
    frank777frank777 Posts: 5,832member
    The amazing part is where it's going.

    If Big Media doesn't derail it, full motion video to the household!

    iMovie will become the Pagemaker of the 21st Century.

    Anybody know how long till Internet 2 reaches the general public?
  • Reply 15 of 16
    ast3r3xast3r3x Posts: 5,012member

    Originally posted by tonton

    Anyone remember before free www porn, decoding the entire contents of alt.binaries.pictures.nakedyuppieprincesseswithveg etables?

    guess i'm too young for that...then again i was never really into porn on the internet...or any other way for that matter

    haha funniest movie about porn ever...orgazmo (its a commedy not a porn movie)
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