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Old 07-16-2012, 05:17 PM
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Default How many years have you been online?

Just curious, and not bragging, but this month marks 19 years that I've been online. I started in July, 1993 using Prodigy, and chatting on bulletin boards.

How long has everyone been online?

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Old 07-16-2012, 05:22 PM
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I had think about it.

1996 would be the answer.

Now, be prepared for all the young ones who are going to think this question is weird, because their life experience reflects that people have been online as long as they can remember.
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:40 PM
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1997 .... twin hamster drives .... 1600 megabytes ..... zow!
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:55 PM
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Doesn't anyone use the Poll to answer?
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:01 PM
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16 to 20

1994 for me. For some reason, without knowing a thing about computers, I had a funny feeling that I should probably own one.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:01 PM
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Doesn't anyone use the Poll to answer?
I'm being told: "Voters: 1. You may not vote on this poll"
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:02 PM
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I think you've set the poll to some kind of private mode.
"You may not vote on this poll"

I've been online since about 1996, so about 16 years now.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:03 PM
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First I was on Compuserve (76605,1417), and then on a few local BBSs. I've never recovered. ^_^

To properly answer the question: I first got "online" sometime in the late '80s. Probably mid-1987 after the MacII came out.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:04 PM
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Doesn't anyone use the Poll to answer?
The poll says I can't vote.

Apparently it's locked.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:15 PM
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Since 94-95. It won't let me vote.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:18 PM
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Bermudaaaaaa!

Almost exactly the same time and method as you: since 1993, on Prodigy.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:18 PM
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Doesn't anyone use the Poll to answer?
Would if I could ....................................
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:46 PM
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Interesting, I can't un-do whatever is making it not work. Well, carry on in the posts then and thanks for the replies.

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Old 07-16-2012, 06:57 PM
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I can't vote, either. But I'm in the 16-20. I started in 1995.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:00 PM
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I first went online in about 1995. I would have been seven or so.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:09 PM
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I think it was about 1998 or '99. I remember it was a Compaq Presario computer. So, 13-14 years.

Remember, I live in northern Idaho. Most of the interest in technology here centers around chainsaws and mud bog rigs!
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:23 PM
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Weird....I just read the directions and tried to start a poll, but it doesn't even give me that option at the bottom of the page. Now I guess we'll never know which is better, plain or peanut.
Don't remember exactly when I first went online. It was with a compuserve account, tho.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:41 PM
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Hard to know for sure but my guess is about 1996.
Anyone remember the newsgroup RMMP? I used to post there a bunch.

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Old 07-16-2012, 08:58 PM
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97 for me. Now you're making me think about how old I am. I was a wee little teen when the internet found me!
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:03 PM
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Since 1998. I bought two Gateway computers for my son and I. Half of what I have now and cost me 2800. a piece.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:16 PM
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First thought: about 15 years, but it must be somewhere around 1992, when we started using the Apple Quadra. Time flies when computing...
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:46 PM
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I think you've set the poll to some kind of private mode.
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I've been online since about 1996, so about 16 years now.

1996 for me too !
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:49 PM
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I think you've set the poll to some kind of private mode.
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I've been online since about 1996, so about 16 years now.
I just realised that this means that I've had the internet for half my life. Holy crap!
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:53 PM
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About 1996 myself, I was about 13. The schools computer lab. Later that year we got a PC and a 28.8 modem.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:58 PM
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Since 1995, if I recall correctly.
There was almost nothing on the net when I first signed on.
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:09 AM
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I just realised that this means that I've had the internet for half my life. Holy crap!
What's even scarier to me is that for seven years of my life, I didn't have it. The remaining fifteen or so I have! We've had a computer in the house since 1991, so that would be twenty-one years I've been using computers and only three in which I didn't. Scary.
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It's since 1998 for me.
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1996 - AOL online. I even tried to call AOL once to see how I could get rid of the insane screeching noise the modem made every time I logged on. No luck
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1996 - AOL online. I even tried to call AOL once to see how I could get rid of the insane screeching noise the modem made every time I logged on. No luck

In the end of the init string you just had to add M0 (Turn off modem speaker)... LOL !!!
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1996 - I even tried to call AOL once to see how I could get rid of the insane screeching noise the modem made every time I logged on. No luck
I actually have that as a ringtone.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:42 PM
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Jon what is the greater purpose behind this poll? I'm wondering what you would do with the info.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:24 PM
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Just curious about peoples' online experience, and how much of a shared evolution there might be among members: longevity using forums, experiencing dial-up speeds, etc. It occurs to me that some users may never have known that tables and frames didn't exist in browsers, and how different sites looked and behaved. Same for the concept of streaming, Flash, etc.

Of the answers so far, it looks like everyone's been on for a dozen years or more. Obviously some of the younger members here won't rack up that much experience.

I started designing web pages in 1995 for example, and except for commercial purposes and dedicated types, it's almost a lost art now. Yet back in the day, that was the only way to have a web presence. But with social media sites, anyone can have a presence without creating or hosting a page, or even owning a domain name. Obviously Facebook etc aren't substitutes for personal web sites, but they seem to suffice for generations - both younger and older - that evolved with the web already in place.

Really, just curious.

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PS: I've amended the poll to reflect the responses up to this point (approx 24 hours)
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For me it was 1999 and shortly after that, I started playing an RPG game that let you connect to an internet gaming site called "Game-Spy" and the name of that RPG was the Baldurs Gate series of which there were 3 I believe...and once you got on that site, you could play with up to 3 or 4 other people in a "Co-op" type setting of the game and it was "Addictive". I was either the oldest or almost the oldest guy playing the game online at 51 years old.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:07 PM
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Just curious about peoples' online experience...
I've used everything from 2400 baud to 28,8, then skipped to ADSL at work and cable at home.

My AOL handle is a reasonably common Japanese name, and contains no numerals. That's how old my AOL account is. I remember when 28,8 AOL dialup was FINALLY available in my area.

My Compuserve bill averaged around $200/month, and it was that low only because I used Compuserve Navigator (before Netscape stole the name) to read forums offline.

I was a No-Code Tech Ham Operator until I bought my 14,4 modem.

I met the love of my life on a local BBS, and we've been together for over 18 years now.

I never had a Geocities page.

I own a dozen domain names, although I never bought one that anyone wanted to pay me millions of dollars for.

I neglected to buy Apple at $13 (four splits ago).

I designed web sites for a short time, but quit when I realized I'm more of a designer and less of a coder.

My company website (which I created and maintain) still uses frames, because they still work and aren't hurting anyone.

I never had an Earthlink account.

I did have a Delphi account for a short time, but Compuserve won that war.

I was against the rec.arts.anime split, but I never participated in the group alt.wesley.crusher.die.die.die.

One lasting effect: I'm in retail, and when our company began 30+ years ago everything came through manufacturer's rep firms. If you needed product info ("cut sheets") for displays, you ordered piles of them from the rep. In fact, 98% of your contact with any manufacturer was through an independent rep firm. If you needed a manual or schematic (hah, I am old) for a piece of equipment, you called the rep, who called the manufacturer, who then might get around to sticking what you need in the mail at some point, and you'd receive it weeks later. Now I get online and get what ever I need "instantly." I live in times of wonder.

Ok, one more thing: Most of you are familiar with artist contract riders. Imagine receiving one or two of those per day on a fax machine that used a roll of thermal paper. They were always a mess to cut apart and keep orderly, and they were always out of date. Now a road manager can email me a rider that he personally updated hours before. We all live in times of wonder.

Hope that's what you were looking for.

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Old 07-17-2012, 08:31 PM
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If I were ten years older, I would've been all over the rec.alt.wesley.crusher.die.die.die board. All over it.
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I was first introduced to the online experience more than 20 years ago by a IBM friend. Not much to do back then.

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Old 07-18-2012, 07:11 PM
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1998 for me. My bro got us a PC just a few weeks after Windows 98 got released. I was in love with it back then, even though I can't remember it good enough, I was only 4 years old. When we brought the PC home, we connected to the internet via the phone cable, I think.
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