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  1.    21 Dec 2015 #1
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    25 Years: How the Web began


    25 years ago there was the Internet, but there was no Web. Then, Tim Berners-Lee proposed creating an Internet-based hypertext system and the Web was on its way.

    When I was a young man, we had it rough. We used to have to get up out of the shoebox at twelve o'clock at night and lick the road clean with our tongue. We had two bits of cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at mill for sixpence every four years, and when we got home our Dad would slice us in two with a bread knife and while we had the Internet we didn't have the Web. And, when you tell the young people today that... and they won't believe ya!*

    I used the Internet for years before there was a Web, but when Tim Berners-Lee proposed the Web, an Internet-based hypertext system, to his boss at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory, we didn't know it but we were on the brink of a revolution...


    Read more: 25 Years: How the Web began | ZDNet
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  2.    21 Dec 2015 #2

    Hi there

    amazing that the USA still uses it !!!! Usually anything not invented in the US "Doesn't exist". !!! Actually only about half true now these days -- still it shows how far the Internet has advanced -- I remember logging on with a dial up Hayes modem thinking we were in the front of technology with a 1200 Baud modem (if anybody can remember what BAUD is !!). We only had text connection too -- no windows or GUI at the start.

    Nowadays 50 - 70 mbs is not that unusual and next year we (at least where I am) should be connected to speeds over 100 mbs with prospect in the near future of reaching download speeds of 1GB/s. We'l need that for some 4K video at full resolution - even with H265 compression.

    Happy Xmas everybody.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3.    21 Dec 2015 #3
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    I remember here in uk at least where I lived, it took ages on dial up to get online or do a download and update and if you run out of your allowance that we had to pay in advance for, you either had to pay extra or wait for the next lot of allowance
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  4.    21 Dec 2015 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by hTconeM9user View Post
    I remember here in uk at least where I lived, it took ages on dial up to get online or do a download and update and if you run out of your allowance that we had to pay in advance for, you either had to pay extra or wait for the next lot of allowance
    I didn't have a cap but I do remember the slow upload/download speeds with dial up internet. It use to take me 3 days to download a ISO of Linux Mandrake. I also had to have a second line put in so we could still use the phone.
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  5.    21 Dec 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there

    amazing that the USA still uses it !!!! Usually anything not invented in the US "Doesn't exist". !!! Actually only about half true now these days -- still it shows how far the Internet has advanced -- I remember logging on with a dial up Hayes modem thinking we were in the front of technology with a 1200 Baud modem (if anybody can remember what BAUD is !!). We only had text connection too -- no windows or GUI at the start.

    Nowadays 50 - 70 mbs is not that unusual and next year we (at least where I am) should be connected to speeds over 100 mbs with prospect in the near future of reaching download speeds of 1GB/s. We'l need that for some 4K video at full resolution - even with H265 compression.

    Happy Xmas everybody.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    If I remember correctly my first modem was only 300 baud.
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  6.    21 Dec 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by hTconeM9user View Post
    I remember here in uk at least where I lived, it took ages on dial up to get online or do a download and update and if you run out of your allowance that we had to pay in advance for, you either had to pay extra or wait for the next lot of allowance
    I remember playing some Q3 on public UK servers, and in the beginning, you all had horrible pings. I would play as high as 150, but only because you all were lagging as well.
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  7.    22 Dec 2015 #7
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    Microsoft certainly didn't think the Web was going to take off, anyone else remember Blackbird?

    Where I lived it was a long-distance phone call to dial up the Internet. Then I discovered that I could connect by using the free 0800 Microsoft Network sign-up number instead of my PoP number.

    I also have reason to believe that I am the originator of the word "Spam", although it was not intended. My username was spamfritters and my sig (unwisely) consisted of the entire chorus from the Monty Python "Spam" sketch.
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  8.    22 Dec 2015 #8

    WOW and all these years I thought Al Gore invented the web!!!
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  9.    22 Dec 2015 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trust_No1 View Post
    WOW and all these years I thought Al Gore invented the web!!!
    So now you know
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  10.    22 Dec 2015 #10

    I first used a 14,400 bps modem on both BBS systems, but I soon upgraded to a 33,600 bps modem. The only slower serial communications that I ever used was accessing SCO Open Server on a Wyse Terminal at 9,600 bps.
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