Gizmodo is running an article where the author asks what the readers earliest memories of the Internet are. Lots of the the answers to the question relate to accessing BBS’s back in the late 80′s and early 90′s. To me BBS’s and the Internet are two different things, although these days they necessarily over lap. I did do a bit of BBS surfing while I was in Germany and I certainly had an email account through MCI stretching back to 91 or 92. I also remember making a few attempts to access the Internet using the Army’s dial up system, but really, I didn’t get on the Internet in earnest until PezWitch and I landed here in Texas in 1997.
My first real access was through a company who provided dial up connections, they also provided 5 MB of space so you could put up a personal web site. Some of you may even remember my early attempts at web page design. What I remember most about what I did at the time was getting involved with the online Magic: The Gathering community, trading deck builds and strategy ideas. This was also the time when I was getting my sister into computers and my primary means of communications with those left behind in Montana became email. It was kind of interesting watching her take her initial steps online as well. Then in 2000 or 2001, broadband became available here and things got real.