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    The Old Days of the Internet

    I have an affinity for all things old and out-of-date. I collect typewriters, for one, and I love old anime and classic Hollywood films.

    Someone recently mentioned that one of the reasons they joined this site is because of the old forum aesthetic and culture. Having been born in 1998, and having not had my own computer till 2013, I am curious as to what a lot of this old internet culture was like. Part of me wishes I could have been around to see the internet in its earliest days.

    What are some of your fondest memories of the old/early internet? What were your computers like? Where did you all go to discuss anime?
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    Ah old internet. So...terrible.
    Dial-Up was bad. It took about 5 minutes to get on the internet, and it used your phone line, so if someone got on the phone, you were disconnected. By happy you never had to deal with it
    But there were some pretty decent sites in the early days. That's when forums thrived. I didn't join any big forums until 2008, but before then, I was part of a friend's University's anime club forum. It was super small, but a nice community.

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    Actually the first time I used the internet was on this old flip Samsung cell phone I used to have maybe around 2006 or something. The service was slow as hell.

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    I used my first computer in 1995. I mostly just played games on it or looked at pictures of animals. I didn't take a general interest to the actual internet till around 2001. I started using e-mail, AIM, and all that stuff. Website wise, it has come a long way. My first "social media" account I had was with MySpace. That was in 2003. I mainly used it to just play around with HTML coding and what not but then I started making websites for fun using Tripod Lycos I think it was called. Fun times. lol

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    I was reminded of this thread by what Mantis posted in the time travel thread, and I thought I'd revive this and ask you all a question:

    Is it possible to go back and live online like it was in the late 90s/early 2000s? Could someone, given the money, find a way to get an old PC, fix it up, and use it to browse the web and communicate in a more old-fashioned way? I'd like to think that it could be done, and might give the person a greater peace of mind. He wouldn't be using the Net for social media or anything, and would hypothetically stick to forums and imageboards (stuff like this place as well as 4chan and Reddit.)

    What do you think? Could it be done?
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    Yes, but the computer should probably run Windows XP (which came out in 2001) as earlier versions are a pain in the ass nowadays. I guess you could try Windows 98 SE. Make sure you use a 1999-2002 version of a browser like Netscape Navigator, Opera or maybe the first version of Mozilla Suite. You can get these from sites like Old Version. Before all of this you'd need to create your own index of sites that still run on such old tech. There aren't many, but I believe there are tools that test browser compatibility even with such old browsers.

    Most old sites are on the Wayback Machine. The bad news is that the code it runs on is quite modern. So somewhat ironically, these old sites hosted on a site made for archiving old sites won't load on old browsers. In fact, most late-2000s sites and beyond would make very old browsers keel over and die.

    What you're looking for is web 1.0 sites. Web 2.0 introduced a lot of new features, you see. Also, your chat options would be limited. Skype won't work on such an old system and forget Discord. AOL Messenger probably isn't online anymore. MSN Messenger is definitely offline as it merged with Skype. Your best bet would be IRC and e-mail if you used an e-mail client like Thunderbird. Most importantly (no bias!) OSN wouldn't work at all.

    I'm not sure if 4chan would work. Reddit, probably not. The Mozilla browser (not Firefox as that came a bit later) probably couldn't handle the CSS there so it would render strangely. Even early Firefox might have trouble if you want to break those retro shackles.

    It would be best to test all of this with a virtual machine before buying hardware, but if you actually want a late '90s or early '00s experience you shouldn't be trying reddit/4chan anyway.

    Edit: Lists like this would be a start: https://gizmodo.com/5960831/23-ancie...re-still-alive
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    I was a kid playing games on a PC using Windows 95 it was 1997 then and there where no smartphone and wifi. If you want to connect then you'll have to use a landline phone connected to a modem. There's this quirky sound when you initialize the connection, I miss that a lot lol. Anyway connection was quite slow you need to wait for about 2 minutes to get connected and download and upload of photos, videos and games takes hours. Also there's no social media back then so everyone's chatting on chat sites, video calls was just introduced and often lags. Gaming was sweet then, I use to play Chess, Warcraft and StarCraft with other players via modem and Battle net. Yahoo was the search engine being used then before Google monopolize everything.

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    One thing I did about 2 years ago was browse the internet via dial-up on my Dreamcast, that has a really good 90's internet look. If you miss the sound of dial-up, there are videos of it on youtube for nostalgia purposes. There is some huge pc parts warehouse that is essentially the IKEA of PC parts in Washington or Oregon state, I don't remember which. They will even slap together a custom-build for you.
    Check out this video to see what i'm talking about
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    I still remember those days, I was in college back then, having a Windows 95 system and a 56kbps dial-up modem to connect to the internet. I usually bought prepaid cards worth $2 each to have 20 hours of slow like a snail, interrupted, unstable connection. I believe it was about 20 kbps internet speed back then. Now, look where we are now.

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