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You kids don't know how good you've had it! When I was a kid, we had to attach hand-written packets to pigeons' legs. Our cross-town pings were good in the <10800000ms range! ;-P
Please do not increment my Quality Posts count. 69 is a good place to be. ;-)
MOD: We had to...we just HAD TO...
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My home Unix box connected via 56k modem with UUCP spoofing to decwrl. That email domain was formed in 1988 and is still the one I use.
I live the way I type, FAST, with a lot of mistakes.
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BBS != "Internet Service Provider"
Which is what the question is asking BTW. I did the 300 baud mo/dem thing just like a lot of other folks, but that wasn't an ISP. Even ran my own BBS out of Twin Falls Idaho for a while (had a 2400 baud by then). Still, not an ISP connection.
Probably the first "real" ISP I used was Compuserve, but in the beginning, even they were more of a self-contained system (think GIANT BBS service).
Anyway, I liked this poll.. it's always fun to think back to the early days of all this annoying internet stuff.
P.S. The Cleveland FreeNET (connected through Case Western) was one of my favorites back in the day...