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Remember when?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxM8C71GB8w

Ned Raggett, Friday, 1 October 2010 18:08 (eight years ago) link

caught an old episode of Buffy the other day. Here is a joek I hope to use soon:
"I met him online."
"On line for what?"

elephant rob, Friday, 1 October 2010 18:09 (eight years ago) link

Unable to connect to SQL server. TURN BACK YOU POXY FULE

Myonga Vön Bontee, Friday, 1 October 2010 18:17 (eight years ago) link

xp Requires you be in New York, though, doesn't it?

jaymc, Friday, 1 October 2010 18:19 (eight years ago) link

what if I use a new york accent?

elephant rob, Friday, 1 October 2010 18:20 (eight years ago) link

It's like FIDONet, but with more bandwidth and faster response times.

Aimless, Friday, 1 October 2010 18:27 (eight years ago) link

And if you get this browser thing called Mosaic, you can do all kinds of neat shit. But it's a resource hog and you'll want to be running a Solaris workstation or a UNIX box.

Aimless, Friday, 1 October 2010 18:31 (eight years ago) link

If you don't want people to know what sites you've been surfing to, simply delete the .HST file.

Les centimètres énigmatiques (snoball), Friday, 1 October 2010 21:02 (eight years ago) link

Sticking to Gopher myself.

Brad C., Friday, 1 October 2010 21:30 (eight years ago) link

"Can you get off the internet? I need to make a phone call."

markers, Saturday, 2 October 2010 01:35 (eight years ago) link

omg is that a MUD?

markers, Saturday, 2 October 2010 01:38 (eight years ago) link

sad dad in video writing himself emails from his daughter jill at college

ice cr?m, Saturday, 2 October 2010 01:39 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsNaR6FRuO0

ice cr?m, Saturday, 2 October 2010 01:41 (eight years ago) link

Ah, that brings me back.

http://tinyurl.com/hommphommp (Pleasant Plains), Saturday, 2 October 2010 01:43 (eight years ago) link

anyone who says they didnt hum along to that shit is a fucking liar

ice cr?m, Saturday, 2 October 2010 01:49 (eight years ago) link

or a balanced individual, one of the two

ice cr?m, Saturday, 2 October 2010 01:49 (eight years ago) link

SHAREWARE

i'm gonna be straight with y'all, my name is banaka jones (Z S), Saturday, 2 October 2010 01:55 (eight years ago) link

ICQ

markers, Saturday, 2 October 2010 01:59 (eight years ago) link

browsers w/o tabs

markers, Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:00 (eight years ago) link

http://i56.tinypic.com/20f2as9.jpg

markers, Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:00 (eight years ago) link

browsers w/o tabs

omg

don't bring me back to that world

i'm gonna be straight with y'all, my name is banaka jones (Z S), Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:02 (eight years ago) link

having to get off the internet to use the phone

i'm gonna be straight with y'all, my name is banaka jones (Z S), Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:02 (eight years ago) link

omg

*shivers*

i'm gonna be straight with y'all, my name is banaka jones (Z S), Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:03 (eight years ago) link

"Can you get off the internet? I need to make a phone call."

― markers, Friday, October 1, 2010 9:35 PM (29 minutes ago)

;-)

markers, Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:06 (eight years ago) link

unreg ilxors

elan, Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:06 (eight years ago) link

Referred by: Just Surfed On In!

zvookster, Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:08 (eight years ago) link

also

fake cybersex in AOL chatrooms

waka flocka flame judi dench (J0rdan S.), Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:18 (eight years ago) link

dudes i love snood

Honey, I squirted jizz all over the baby (the table is the table), Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:19 (eight years ago) link

SNOOD CHARACTERS POLL

waka flocka flame judi dench (J0rdan S.), Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:20 (eight years ago) link

popup ads

markers, Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:25 (eight years ago) link

(the ones that actually open a child window)

markers, Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:25 (eight years ago) link

<font></font> tags

markers, Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:25 (eight years ago) link

the Yahoo directory

markers, Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:26 (eight years ago) link

I have had a problem when trying to reminisce about Prodigy. Lots of people don't remember it or didn't know it in the first place. So trying to say something like, "I loved trolling the Prodigy message boards when I was 12" gets this look in response, a look that says 'you think you were a genius kid or something?'

Mormons come out of the sky and they stand there (Abbbottt), Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:26 (eight years ago) link

snood was not 'internet' jordan, also i have it on my computer RIGHT NOW

ice cr?m, Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:28 (eight years ago) link

lol abbott. my most prominent memory involving prodigy is stumbling upon a wheel of time forum and having no idea wtf wheel of time was at the age of 9

Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile (dayo), Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:39 (eight years ago) link

http://www.bbsdocumentary.com/

300 baud acoustic modem -- you dial the phone -- I mean, with a DIAL -- and then press the handset into the cradle. Now that was Internet.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:46 (eight years ago) link

dudes, i'm playing snood right now

Honey, I squirted jizz all over the baby (the table is the table), Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:59 (eight years ago) link

for my 8th algebra class ('95) i had a bearded, yet relatively young (35-ish) grateful dead fan "hippie" algebra teacher named mr. whitaker. mr. whitaker was really fond of "abtract" mathematical concepts such as fractals. he had lots of fractals posters in the classroom. one day, as a way to encourage us to fool around with The 'Net and thereby enrich the part of our brains that abstract mathematical concepts live in, mr. whitaker told us he'd kick us down us a few extra credit points if we could manage to successfully transmit to him, via the inter net, one (1) electronic mail aka E-MAIL. a few months prior, i'd convinced my dad to buy us an account with a local dial-up ISP, and i was already relatively savvy with it, so it was really no hassle at all. as it turned out, i was the only one in the class sophisticated/advantaged enough to have access to such technology at this time, and mr. whitaker was kind enough to point that out to everyone as he wrote my little extra credits down in the gradebook.

del griffith, Saturday, 2 October 2010 02:59 (eight years ago) link

first time watching a video on the internet: some sort of 1 minute video about a space shuttle from NASA which took several hours to download and only played for a few seconds before crashing computer

i'm gonna be straight with y'all, my name is banaka jones (Z S), Saturday, 2 October 2010 03:03 (eight years ago) link

oh man, that's fantastic

markers, Saturday, 2 October 2010 03:11 (eight years ago) link

Another 1994 clip. Note how proud Crow is of the setup he describes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GoMoeV3Y4A

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 2 October 2010 03:15 (eight years ago) link

"And you think that'll make you happy, huh."

"YES."

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 2 October 2010 03:16 (eight years ago) link

you're a liar Z S and I don't believe you, unless 'space shuttle from NASA' is code for 'nude scene from fast times at ridgemont high'

Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile (dayo), Saturday, 2 October 2010 03:16 (eight years ago) link

it's the truth! bonus pr0n anecdote, though, is not knowing how to delete search history (or knowing that you could delete it, or knowing that it existed)and getting called out by dad - "...and tell me, what exactly is "hotsexvideos.com"?

i'm gonna be straight with y'all, my name is banaka jones (Z S), Saturday, 2 October 2010 03:22 (eight years ago) link

http://losernet.tripod.com/loser.html

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 19 August 2015 12:54 (three years ago) link

ten months pass...

http://i.imgur.com/JjV6AH1.jpg

Alba, Monday, 25 July 2016 14:15 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Slipping away, these sites

http://www.loeser.us/

https://i.imgur.com/MGssQ2i.png

Alba, Saturday, 21 October 2017 07:06 (one year ago) link

http://accounts.utk.edu/uact/help.pine-setup.html

El Tomboto, Saturday, 21 October 2017 23:59 (one year ago) link

I've gotten a lot better at using the wayback machine these days, that's for sure

El Tomboto, Sunday, 22 October 2017 00:00 (one year ago) link

i miss the old internet, when things could be interesting and not just loud

maura, Sunday, 22 October 2017 02:43 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z30oQIEzzvo

I miss 2003 blogosphere, MSN and 2005 - 2010 Youtube :(

ANML__, Saturday, 2 June 2018 21:38 (one year ago) link

I had a diaryland. Before Myspace/LJ/Pitas. Remember that community fondly

rip van wanko, Saturday, 2 June 2018 22:36 (one year ago) link

pitas and diaryland launched very close to one another. by the same guy!

maura, Saturday, 2 June 2018 22:38 (one year ago) link

winner if he made ANY money from that, hope so

rip van wanko, Saturday, 2 June 2018 22:42 (one year ago) link

*wonder

rip van wanko, Saturday, 2 June 2018 22:42 (one year ago) link

he didn’t and the kickstarter to relaunch pitas just failed. he’s doing other stuff though.

he was also one of my favorite comedic writers on the old school internet

maura, Sunday, 3 June 2018 06:34 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

the other day for some reason i really wanted to see nice images of all the toys and vehicles from the mid-1980s care bear line (the small action figure size). did some googling for a few minutes, confident i would quickly find some collector nut's exhaustive resource dedicated to these toys, the different years of the line, how there's a rare version of this one guy with blue hair by mistake, maybe scans of toys r us newspaper circulars..... nothing! or rather, such pages are obviously out there, but unfindable: page after page of search results is e-shopping, mostly for present-day care bear items. it is so, so much harder these days to find sites that are not in some way selling you something, or robotically generated clones of sites trying to sell you something.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 19 September 2018 23:14 (ten months ago) link

otfm

and, (somewhat related I think), so many image searches lead to just a bunch of Pinterest pages! where, for some reason, it seems difficult to navigate to the image source or even save/share the image

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 19 September 2018 23:46 (ten months ago) link

yeah that's a huge problem ime

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:22 (ten months ago) link

Like these guys, or the stuffed versions?

https://i.imgur.com/C8N68iD.jpg

pplains, Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:24 (ten months ago) link

those guys!

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:26 (ten months ago) link

Looked up 80s care bear plush and got a bunch of hard plastic. Go figure.

pplains, Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:31 (ten months ago) link

80s care bear -ebay -etsy -store -shop -pinterest -vintage

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:43 (ten months ago) link

still no closer to the imagined repository. the other problem is countless quick words-for-dollars clickbait articles for websites that need content in order for people to share it on facebook. 14 things only 80s kids remember. 20 things you might be an 80s kid if you remember. 10 toys you had to have in 1985. 5 best toys of the 80s. 11 awesomely cutetastic toys of the 80s. 7 80s shows we loved as kids in the 80s, and the toys we loved that went with them.. products of the 80s flashcards | Quizlet. 9 times the care bears cared about something.

this stuff is like the kudzu of the web. it's filled in every available space and the main things you want to accomplish on the internet are becoming impossible.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:48 (ten months ago) link

at least there's a flickr group photo pool, thank god: https://www.flickr.com/groups/gluecksbaerchis/pool/

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:49 (ten months ago) link

site:geocities.com 80s care bear
or tripod or angelfire or aol

rip van wanko, Thursday, 20 September 2018 01:36 (ten months ago) link

brb making a poll of the songs posted here:
http://thetotsbox.tripod.com/id78.html

rip van wanko, Thursday, 20 September 2018 02:41 (ten months ago) link

ok, here's the best I could come up with:

https://web.archive.org/web/20021030001249/http://carebears.scritch.com:80/merch/pvc/pvc.htm
https://web.archive.org/web/20011105073854/http://www.oz.net:80/~carebear/Pvcs.html

fwiw I searched for site:angelfire.com "care bears" "collection" and came up with this link page, which I ran through the wayback machine (circa 2002) so that I could access a bunch of defunct fansites at once

it's frustrating that you can't access a dead site unless you happen to remember the url or stumble upon a link to it somewhere. the beta version of the wayback machine had a basic keyword search, but it's closed now, and that feature hasn't yet been integrated into the main version.

sometimes you can sidestep all that pinterest/ebay/buzzfeed dreck by limiting your search to a particular date range, say 1995 to 2010. the downside is that if you get even a little bit crafty with your searches these days, google hits you with a "we've detected some unusual traffic..." citation and makes you identify street signs or storefronts for 5 minutes. it's like someone out there doesn't want us to know the raw, unfiltered truth (about '80s Care Bear action figures) 🤔

ilxor-com-dog-meat-drawer-7-840-x-600.jpg (unregistered), Thursday, 20 September 2018 02:59 (ten months ago) link

http://www.wishbear.net/2011/05/poseables.html

^this seems to be the best resource currently on the net. it has better photos but not as many variants as the links in my last post

ilxor-com-dog-meat-drawer-7-840-x-600.jpg (unregistered), Thursday, 20 September 2018 03:06 (ten months ago) link

damn, unreg, nice work. you made my quest your own, thank you!

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 20 September 2018 03:12 (ten months ago) link

np! I feel strangely invested in a topic I didn't particularly give a shit about an hour ago :)

one final link w/ additional Care Bear trainspotting:
https://web.archive.org/web/20010620142532/http://www.oz.net:80/~carebear/poseable.html

(do people like this even exist on the internet in 2018?)

ilxor-com-dog-meat-drawer-7-840-x-600.jpg (unregistered), Thursday, 20 September 2018 03:40 (ten months ago) link

god, that's great. the old internet was wonderful.

https://web.archive.org/web/20010609215115im_/http://www.oz.net:80/~carebear/Copyrightpic.JPG

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 20 September 2018 03:50 (ten months ago) link

I often find myself adding "reddit" to my google searches (esp when looking for technical info) since it's become the easiest way of filtering the countless irrelevant SEO'd infomercial sites, usually there's some Reddit thread with the info I need

niels, Thursday, 20 September 2018 06:34 (ten months ago) link

Unreg otm

Ross, Thursday, 20 September 2018 06:35 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1550622.stm

The comments on this are brilliant

stet, Thursday, 25 October 2018 16:07 (nine months ago) link

Take pictures of friendly dogs I see when I walk around.
John, US

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Thursday, 25 October 2018 16:08 (nine months ago) link

With the addition of Sharp's miniature Color Mobile Printer, you can run off copies on the move, too.

feel like this technology should've caught on

I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Thursday, 25 October 2018 16:09 (nine months ago) link

Kinda surreal to note that was posted a week after 9/11, just in terms of the unstated 'well let's keep going' vibe.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 25 October 2018 16:29 (nine months ago) link

There even is a tiny mirror next to the lens to help you frame self-portraits.

I was wondering what steampunk was going to look like in 2096.

pplains, Thursday, 25 October 2018 16:47 (nine months ago) link

I would like to use it when I am very angry, like when I have taken a day off work and a tradesman does not appear.

this guy for presidetn

kinder, Thursday, 25 October 2018 19:09 (nine months ago) link

I would use the camera phone to take pictures of my best friend, my dog Benson.

eerie

soref, Thursday, 25 October 2018 19:15 (nine months ago) link

is it real?

niels, Friday, 26 October 2018 06:31 (nine months ago) link

Feels about right, I had gone to Japan about 6mo prior to this and was amazed by phone culture which was using handsets looking like this, and certainly taking photos to use as wallpaper, while people at home were using Nokia 3390s and the 3330 was the brand new 'break your contract if you must have the latest' model on the market and texting each other ringtones.

Having said that

The next logical step, but I think the quality is too inferior to be of much practical use. If someone is going to do it, then at least they could do it properly with a 4 megapixel zoom camera, 1Gb RAM, Global Positioning and fast data transfer via infra-red or wireless or cable to computer/ftp/e-mail account, video transmission to TV preview, and in addition to being a phone, PDA, web browser, internet radio and mp3 player/recorder. We will soon end up with lots of obsolete also-rans when one holy grail of a device will eventually be able to do it all. On the other hand, if it gives people a lot of fun and they can afford it, then each to their own.
Andy Haveland-Robinson, Hungary

feels fake, but possibly isn't as internet radio (which was a pretty niche thing but did exist to a reasonable degree) might just about be a touchpoint for someone commenting on a BBC tech story.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Friday, 26 October 2018 07:35 (nine months ago) link

It’s definitely real ha ha

Alba, Friday, 26 October 2018 09:32 (nine months ago) link

I guess it just doesn't feel that long ago to me that I was reading this stuff, plus I'm used to looking at old BBC pages.

Alba, Friday, 26 October 2018 09:35 (nine months ago) link

Now where's my RealAudio button?

Alba, Friday, 26 October 2018 09:36 (nine months ago) link

It's good context to realise why the iPod launch (a month after this) was greeted with a chunk of derision among the nerderati — their heads were already thinking about wireless devices with lotsa GBs hence OG iPod got greeted with "no wireless, less space than a nomad, lame".

stet, Friday, 26 October 2018 13:04 (nine months ago) link

iirc that was the official comment of vaunted internet tastemaker... slashdot

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 26 October 2018 13:31 (nine months ago) link

oh man, i rolled with a yard-sale nomad from like 2008 to 2010, it was janky and obsolete in so many ways but that capacity was so so fabulous. having built a serious mp3 collection by that point, i saw no viable alternatives.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, 26 October 2018 13:31 (nine months ago) link

it also cost a dollar, plus time finding god-bless-em freeware that would let my computer talk to the damned thing

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, 26 October 2018 13:38 (nine months ago) link

nine months pass...

http://www.widescreenmuseum.com/index.htm

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 August 2019 15:09 (six days ago) link

good website

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Monday, 12 August 2019 16:19 (six days ago) link


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