View Poll Results: How long have you been using the Net?

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  • less than 6 months

    0 0%
  • less than a year

    0 0%
  • 1 - 2 years

    2 1.71%
  • 3 - 4 years

    7 5.98%
  • 5 - 6 years

    16 13.68%
  • 7 - 8 years

    29 24.79%
  • 9 - 10 years

    38 32.48%
  • 11 - 12 years

    15 12.82%
  • 13 - 14 years

    4 3.42%
  • 15 - 16 years

    1 0.85%
  • More than 17 years

    5 4.27%
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  1. #1
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    Question How long have you been using the Net?

    I was just thinking the other day... it's the 10th year for me that I have been using the 'Net' in all it's shapes and forms.

    ... just curious how long others out there have been using it, and if we have some really old school people here (back in the 80's perhaps?), and also some newbies that maybe have only been using it for a year or less.

  2. #2
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    It'll be my 10th anniversary soon. I started in 1995.

  3. #3
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    Very late 1996 / very early 1997 here. Can't remember for sure.
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  4. #4
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    Has been a very long time, can't remember exactly. First ISP was MSN who charged us about 10-15 a month just for access, then you had to pay call charges on top of that.
    Steve

  5. #5
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    - I first got access to the Internet in 1993 through school (CompuServe)

    - Email at home in 1995

    - "Full" (www, etc) Internet in 1996 at $5 per hour.

    - These days I'm on 1536/256 ADSL.

    So.. 11 years for me

    -Shaun
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  6. #6
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    Originally posted by Vortex-Steve
    First ISP was MSN who charged us about 10-15 a month just for access, then you had to pay call charges on top of that.
    My first full service ISP at home was also MSN. It was different here (Australia) though. $9 a month which included two hours access and then $5 per hour after that.

    One month we got a $950 bill. I'm glad those days are over

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  7. #7
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    started with prodigy in the EARLY 90's. billed by the minute
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  8. #8
    First got online in late 97, so 6.5 years here.

  9. #9
    2th anniversary
    ^_^

  10. #10
    Wow at least ten for me. Started with text based browsing. Might be more than 10
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  11. #11
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    Roughly 9-10 years for me as well. My dad had it back in the early 90's and so that's when I started as well.

  12. #12
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    Been around 7 years since I first had the net. I wonder how I managed without it....
    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to use the Net and he won't bother you for weeks.

  13. #13
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    I've been around the net since '94 - 10 years now. I was 14 (I feel old now).

  14. #14
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    Started out 1996, I believe.
    I was 10 years old.

  15. #15
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    For bout 5-6 years
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  16. #16
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    Prodigy on a 9600 modem.
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  17. #17
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    Start Date: Feb 18, 2001
    ISP: ATTBI:@Home
    Current ISP:Comcast
    Other ISP's ever used:MSN/AOL/Netzero (<20 hours all combined)
    First hacked an email account in 2003.......

  18. #18
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    5 - 6 years, I started out in 1998 - 99. However, I had used it prior to this, but not much

    Its crazy how nowadays, its like Oxygen. I need it all the time lol.
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  19. #19
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    I started with a dialup connection to an educational network. All ascii. No tcp/ip. Gopher.

    Guess that's what, 11-12? Gotta be, there were no other ISP's at the time locally...
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  20. #20
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    I have been online since 1993, and before that I was using BBS's.

  21. #21
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    I got "online" sorta, in 1991 or 92 using dialup telnet to my college, I also hooked into usenet on my BBS around that time with a bonafide internet email address. Later in 1992 or early 1993 I got online "for real" with Win 3.1 and good old oh god what was the name Winppp? whatever that program was called. I also got online with Linux around that time, Yggradisil (something like that) and Slackware releases (Slackware uhm, .87 pre 1.0? god it's been so long).
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  22. #22
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    Originally posted by Dixiesys
    I got online "for real" with Win 3.1 and good old oh god what was the name Winppp?
    Trumpet winsock? That was a real popular one, IIRC.

    Quarterdeck also had one. Forget what it was called though.
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  23. #23
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    Originally posted by thedavid
    Trumpet winsock? That was a real popular one, IIRC.

    Quarterdeck also had one. Forget what it was called though.
    Yes Trumpet Winsock how could I forget! Man I used and set up that program so many times you'd think I'd remember the name
    Gary Harris - the artist formerly known as Dixiesys
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  24. #24
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    Heh, your all showing your age now
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  25. #25
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    Wow, speaking of which...

    Looks like you can buy it still:
    http://www.trumpet.com.au/products.html

    Now with ipv6(!).

    As far as the age thing.. Wierd thing is that I still 'feel' like I should be 16 or something. Huh...
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  26. #26
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    Originally posted by thedavid
    As far as the age thing.. Wierd thing is that I still 'feel' like I should be 16 or something. Huh...
    Don't most men?

    I first started using the net back around 1995.
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  27. #27
    i started when i was four...
    therefore almost 11 years now.

  28. #28
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    6 years

  29. #29
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    Think 10-11 years in a network... Can't remember precisely!
    I know only, that it's worse, than alcohol dependence!
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  30. #30
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    Started late in 1992...dial-up at 2800, wow I was screaming. *LOL* Did the BBS thing for a while then went to building sites. I think my first one was on Geocities.

    I'm so glad I have cable.
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  31. #31
    '97 / '98 ishh when my friend showed me what MSN Messenger was
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  32. #32
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    Fidonet in the late 80's

    Internet since 1994.

  33. #33
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    Since way back in 1993...

  34. #34
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    1993-4 I think
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  35. #35
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    nice bell curve; and I'm in the middle of it!

  36. #36
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    I belive I started using is it in the late '97. For sure its been over 6 years now, can't confirm the exact date.

  37. #37
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    mid '95. The internet hourly rate was USD 5. I used to be given 10 Hrs per month for USD 50. Then 2 year later, we got a new provider that was offering unlimited dial up ( ~ 14Kps) for USD 250 which was considered very cheap ...

  38. #38
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    I used to dial into a Freenet locally from 1991 until I got my first regular Dial-up in I believe 1994 and then Cable internet in 1996. Haven't looked back since.
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  39. #39
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    Good 'Ol 28.8kbps Modem on a P75 / 7mb Ram / 1gb HD in the year that was 1994.
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    i have been useing it since 1992

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