I _suspect_ you’ve got me “beat” on the lower bound. First 300 bps modem and “real” computer was either xmas ’88 or xmas ’89 (probably ’89 tho’ I swore ’88 for years) – and I got online right away because I felt like I was missing out. PC-Link first, then learned about BBS’s in early 1990 and both became as habitual as Facebook is today. Then Sept 1990, BITNET / Usenet / internet.

I _suspect_ you’ve got me “beat” on the lower bound. First 300 bps modem and “real” computer was either xmas ’88 or xmas ’89 (probably ’89 tho’ I swore ’88 for years) – and I got online right away because I felt like I was missing out.

PC-Link first, then learned about BBS’s in early 1990 and both became as habitual as Facebook is today.

Then Sept 1990, BITNET / Usenet / internet.

Its from CB Radio + one of my early screen names. All the other wolf names were taken. White Wolf, Black Wolf, Red Wolf, Bad Wolf…. so why not Steppenwolf.

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We’d trade audio files to hear what each other sounded like.

I remember checking these kinds of things out. Saw potential but it wasn’t until Minecraft multiplayer that I saw a smooth usable virtual world that wasn’t goal oriented.

A lot of us had this computer. See the front ports? One was a microphone jack. Since the online service was wrapped around this family of computer, they supported their form of WAV file and thousands of sound clips from all over showed up. I was sad when AOL wiped their servers in 2007 — lots of ancient online history lost.

My only mainframe was VAX/VMS from ’90-91 along with a little Unix. I had one job on an IBM mainframe for data entry but I never got the hang of them.

A few months back I ran an emulator and went through ALL the sound files I could find and played them one after another. Sounds from me, my friends, random downloads, all from 1990-1995 (1993) – lots of stupid shit (they were a few yrs younger than me).

I hate lost data and even if no one else on the planet ever needs it, at least I feel good that ancient digital data isn’t lost.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnWWfBftJUI

 

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