What the Internet Looked Like in 1995

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In this episode of Computer Chronicles, the team goes in-depth on "The Internet," a trendy topic in 1995. It starts with host Stewart Cheifet in a new-fangled "Cyber Cafe," complete with bulky CRT display and tiny espresso cup -- and its datedness just gets more intense from there. Need to know the best FTP site to download the Mosaic Web browser? John Markoff of the NYT will tell you (he'll also tell you how he gets email from Steve Jobs, and show you how he makes email filters in Eudora). Want to know the inside story of how the geek band Severe Tire Damage streamed (sorry, multicast over the Internet MBone) a concert online? It's all here. Seriously, you guys, this made me guffaw so many times -- not because it's dumb, but because I lived all this stuff and it's shocking to me just how amazing it all was and how extraordinarily dated it now seems. Enjoy:

Sample lines: "Successful home pages could be seen by twenty or thirty thousand people a week." And: "The complexity of programming 'links' can be overwhelming." Also: "I wouldn't put my credit card up until there's security software that will protect the credit card." (Good advice, but...remember when we didn't have secure credit card processing online?)

In the comments, don't forget your Netiquette. (Aggh, it's 1995 again and I'm stuck on Usenet! Meet me on rec.arts.sf.tv.st.tng for some Trek chat. No Spiner Femmes.)

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