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    One Of The 1st Sites I Visited On The Internet...

    … is still there which proves your postings never die!!!

    The TI-99/4A Home Computer Page

    Prolly round 1994, I got dial up on a brand spankin' new Pentium machine and visited the web at home for the first time (had it at University, but it was mostly a researchers tool back then).

    But, I'd invested in the '99er before my first 286/386 machines and was still keen to use it(s). This site offered um, hope.

    I remember that when the 99 first hit the streets, it retailed for about $1200 USD just for the console!!!! I couldn't afford that, but after the introduction of the PC, the hardware and marketing mistakes from TI became apparent and I got my first one (just the console) for $200 USD... the last 4 (because I'm a redundant person as I type this on my 3rd laptop while 2 of my 6 PCs process large media files) were bought for $50 each at K-Mart a couple years later.

    For a time, this was a go to machine. It's word processor, while not WYSIWYG, was "better" and far cheaper than 286 software of that era. Many an "A" paper flew outta ole Dot Matrix (ok, maybe those were my EX's Undergrad papers). Also, you could make your own apps.

    I also picked up a couple of expansion boxes which I believe brought my memory up to 64K and gave me floppies instead of that acoustic tape system for storage. The boxes now hold up my TV (innards still inside).

    Anywho, it doesn't look like a return on investment will happen in the Earth's lifetime, let alone mine. They don't take up much space in the closet.



    PS: My first visit to a porn site back then resulted in a pop up storm of Biblical proportions until I frantically pulled the plug from the wall, then quietly waited for the Internet Police to come and get me.

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    Atari 600XL... had to save up for the cassette drive. For those not old enough to remember, you recorded programs you wrote on an audio cassette tape and used the tape recorder’s counter to advance it to the right spot to play your program back to the computer.

    The first site... by then I had moved up to a Packard Bell... was probably Prodigy (before AOL). 56k modem loading the page one at a time down the screen. But I mostly used Brinta.BBS and other Telnet sites.


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    In 1970 I started at the University of Miami as a biology major, I struggled for 2 years with TRYING to get the right answers with a slip-stick. I ALWAYS had the correct digits BUT the decimal point was never in the right place....EVER. THAT made my answer WRONG. Calculators were available but were around 300 bucks (which was just a little less than VW). I switched majors to English/anthropology/photo-journalism and on graduation looked for work in my field. Then I did graduate work in photo journalism The year after I switched majors, they were giving calculators away in cereal boxes. When I retire, I am giving SERIOUS consideration to getting my degree in biology.I have lived my life vicariously through my kids, I have an educator, an Optometrist, a physicist/astronomer and a sales person. Went from 286, to 386, to 486, to pentium, and on and on. Now, my computer just sits here waiting for me to make my next mistake so it can execute it before I can stop it. My youngest daughter uses DOS, Windows (95, 98, 8, 10), Linux, apple and android every day. She used to sit on my lap through DOS!

    I kind of hate computers now, seems to make so many people think they know so much more than they really do!!!!!
    Of course I'm sure...that doesn't mean I'm right.....

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    I wanted to do some online trading so I got a new Compaq desktop, got AOL dial-up, and signed on to E*Trade. That was my very first internet experience. That was 1997 and that brokerage account is still active. In fact, I did some trading just this morning on my Ipad.
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    One of the 1st Sites I Visited on the Internet...

    I thought this thread was going to be about Sex.com
    Monkhouse: I want to go like my Dad did – peacefully, in his sleep, not screaming in terror like his passengers.

    System: Fake news?? Trump's a Fake President, for God's sake.

    Plat: I'd rather fellate a syphilitic goat than own a Cervelo.

    Homer: I believe that children are our future. Unless we stop them now.

    Seam: Saw Bjork poop onstage back in the day. It blew my teenage mind


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    Quote Originally Posted by SystemShock View Post
    I thought this thread was going to be about Sex.com
    Wait a minute....there’s porn on the internet? Who knew???

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    Quote Originally Posted by azpeterb View Post
    Wait a minute....there’s porn on the internet? Who knew???
    Shhhh. If word gets out, there won't be any left for us.
    Monkhouse: I want to go like my Dad did – peacefully, in his sleep, not screaming in terror like his passengers.

    System: Fake news?? Trump's a Fake President, for God's sake.

    Plat: I'd rather fellate a syphilitic goat than own a Cervelo.

    Homer: I believe that children are our future. Unless we stop them now.

    Seam: Saw Bjork poop onstage back in the day. It blew my teenage mind


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