There From the Start
Twenty-three years ago, I spent my days and nights avoiding the drudgery of sitting in my college classes, but becoming educated nonetheless. Sitting in my room on the seventh floor of Willham Hall South at Oklahoma State University, I discovered the commercial web at the dawn of its existence. It just so happened two months into the start of my sophomore year, Netscape was released and the computing world would never be the same.
To be sure, I had already spent thousands of hours in the “online” world, just nothing like what the web brought to the table. Earlier in the 1990s, my room at home filled with virtual visitors from the two bulletin board systems (BBS’s) I ran from a hand-built 286 PC. While most high schoolers were excited to get a separate phone line for chatting with friends, mine was occupied 24/7 by anonymous Okies dialing in to The Slaughterhouse over our 9600bps modem.
By 1994, I was ensconced at OSU and we had what was considered “high-speed” internet access at the time. I can’t remember what the performance was, but it was certainly much better than anything available at home. Having given up on the Windows PC by this point, I helped three fellow dorm residents find used Macs – all compact black and white models, all we could afford – and get connected to the school network.Continue Reading "In Search of the Early Web"