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What is the first website you remember going to online?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Adam Howard, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    What is the first website you remember going to online?

    I remember when The Internet was phone numbers. Each site had its own number. Dial-up was slower then 14.4k. Everything was in TEXT and no graphics.

    Then there was IP addresses, still no www yet. Around this time, everything was 99% TEXT and they didn't technically have photos, it was colored Text & Symbol patters.

    My first www website was CompuServe (oddly they are still around, but own by AOL)

    What is the first website you remember going to online?
  2. whyweprotest

    whyweprotest Well-Known Member

    You could just have said bbs or minitel you know.
  3. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    Dialup was 300 baud. I was on CI$ in the early 80s. Went to a few CI$ parties in Columbus.
    Internet phone numbers? BBSes?
    CI$ used direct dial nodes or you could telnet into it.
    I wouldn't call it the internet.

    First website I went to was probably yahoo.com to see what new sites were added that day.
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  4. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    AOL via dial-up modem.
  5. Brandon

    Brandon Active Member

    my first website was yahoo!

    I went to the library because they had a 486 and a fractional T1. At home I only had a 386 and a 2400 baud modem *sigh*
  6. 0xym0r0n

    0xym0r0n Well-Known Member

    go.com then neopets :) lmao I was a child and I loved games >.> go.com used to have an arcade/disney thing... hard to remember but those were the first sites.
  7. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    2400 baud. RICH!
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  8. BGL

    BGL Well-Known Member

    Ashton-Tate Forum on CompuServe to get support for Framework. The primordial, software crawls onto land for the first time version of MS Office.

    It wasn't really a website. It was text based terminal forum. We are talk'in 1200 baud dial up here, Kimosabe.

    The hot shot shareware coders of the day created programs call TapCIS and OzCIS that would go online, download the content so you could read and reply offline without the $12/hr access fee CompuServe and others charged. Saved a fortune.

    Related to current hoo hah here, Michael Dell, Mitch Kapor (Lotus), Phillipe Kahn and many of the software developers were online supporting their products in those early forums. Michael Dell personally fixed my hot as blazes 8086 Dell mail order computer that was the XenForo cult of its day online. The little guy tak'in the biggest Kahuna out there, IBM-PC. Fun days.

    Websites were years later development.
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  9. BGL

    BGL Well-Known Member

    Me too! It was totally the internet.
  10. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    I used to frequent the Filemaker Forum and AVsig. And lots of time on CB.
    Met my wife on CI$ in 84. :)
  11. BGL

    BGL Well-Known Member

    The dawn of online dating.

    Made me go look up TapCIS and started reading the tributes to Howard Benner.
  12. The Dark Wizard

    The Dark Wizard Well-Known Member

    I'm only 19 but the first website I ever visited was either cartoon network or Nickelodeon. >_>..........I'm so young lol. I have no idea what any of the sites you guys are discussing are about.
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  13. BGL

    BGL Well-Known Member

    Do you know that THIS is!!??

    PS No one named the "The Dark Wizard" can be nineteen.
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  14. 0xym0r0n

    0xym0r0n Well-Known Member

    LOL CB radio talk

    One of my forum admins know all about those clunky antiques ;) and I think he still has it.
  15. BGL

    BGL Well-Known Member

    You mean Crazy Old Ben, lives out beyond the Dune Sea?
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  16. 0xym0r0n

    0xym0r0n Well-Known Member

    LMFAO hahahahaha
  17. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    Is that a Kaypro?

    n/m I should have cheated. Compaq was my 2nd choice.
  18. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    CB was online chat, not a radio.
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  19. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    I was on Compuserve in 1986 with 300 baud, but that is not the web.

    I first got onto the actual internet in 1994 thought the portal that AOL provided....to the net. The first site(s) I probably went to were AOL's webcrawler (their default search engine) and Yahoo - which was THE directory of the day.

    It must have been a whole 3 weeks before I took a chance and typed "playboy.com".....

    Oh, I had one of those Compaq machines in the pic. I think it was my 3rd computer. A portable!

    Steven S - were you on the FM forums on AOL? I was a regular there and posted scripts, etc.
    In fact, I used to hang with Matt Petrowsky who become the #1 FM go-to guy! We used to make FM jump through hoops! I served my original online DB's from FM - using a Mac at home hooked up full-time with a modem, which tied into my co-lo Unix server!
  20. BGL

    BGL Well-Known Member

    It's an interesting history and an interesting tie in to your web site today.

    In that realm, John H. Sununu, the White House chief of staff, a longtime computer aficionado, and William Gates, the billionaire chairman of Microsoft Corp., deal as peers with a 17-year-old French lad who wrote a free program that compresses other computer programs to about half their original size.

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