Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Internet 32 and 20 years ago



The Internet was a novelty whose concept few had grasped and most were confused by. These clips remind us of online’s astonishing conquest.

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  1. When I was in high school (1984-88) and college (1988-92), it was still pretty common to hear teachers and other responsible adults refer to computers as a fad. It wasn't until I was in law school (starting 1994) that it was pretty clear to everybody that these computer things were going to take off. My dad thought they would though, back in the 1980's, and he went and got our family a Commodore 64 as soon as they were available in our town. We had a home computer before we had a VCR!

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    1. The first computer I ever used was the Apple Lisa in 1984. Computers had taken off by then. Then we went to the IBM XT, a piece of **** compared with the Lisa and the Apple MacIntosh (128 KB). I bought a Kaypro CP/M for my own personal use (great for writing all the papers I had to write for the Navy War College curriculum; was a student) because the IBM was too expensive. These monsters and their successors (tablets and the "Cloud") are here to stay and then some.

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  2. I first learned about the Internet and the Web from reading issues of Newsweek, particularly its weekly "Cyberscope" section. Oh, the irony.

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    1. I learned about it in 1993 from the reference librarian (another job the Internet is killing) at my job at the time. Scared me: I never thought I'd learn to use it. The Mac-style graphical user interface and finally the Web solved all that. Went online in late ’94 with AOL dial-up. In the late ’90s I started going on the Web, using the computer room of a college’s engineering building, the same place a friend taught me how to use computers with GUI a few years earlier, 22 years ago.

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    2. I learned about the internet before it was the internet. It was a DARPA electronic bulletin board system (DARPA NET?) when our Los Alamos National Laboratory had an account whose funding we (Dept. of Energy) had to approve. It was really neat for the time!

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