I met my wife online (in a Yahoo chat room), work online as a web developer, socialize online with people around the world on a daily basis, use it for reference (ala Wikipedia) and entertainment (e.g. Netflix). Without the web, my life would be much, much smaller and poorer.
Alas I'm the single type -not gay, just enjoy the single life; or I could of said the same thing, but in a pre-Internet/IRC way.
$250 for a Supra2400 baud modem really changed my life, but didn't know what to do with it when I got it. This was pre-Gore so had to hit the local computer store for BBS numbers, BBS's ya like I had a clue.
Hit the Bulletin Board System (BBS) and I met a few long term girlfriends online (BBS's were/are mostly local affairs), even have a son; a direct result of my modem purchase.
I enjoyed it so much I started my own BBS using Cnet for the Amiga software. An Amiga in a IBM world was unique (after we beat Atari out of the game). I ran a 6 line chat board, I had a 6 port serial card (for printers) that I used to plug modems in, one system and I could have 8 lines, and still play my games (25Mhz and 10 Megs static ram).
I pulled in FidoNet and a few UseNet feeds as it cost 10 a minute for the long distance fee to my source. With Cnet if I had an open line (nobody using it) I could connect to another Cnet BBS anywhere in the world, that was kool - taking everybody someplace different to meet total strangers.
I remember when I first came across the newly released WWW software, I read the description and figured it was some new fancy terminal program and passed on it, I already had a decent one. Even talked about it to a friend who said it was to show jpg's when you went to the site, ya like we were that lazy
Being on-line be it BBS, or the Internet I find very rewarding as well.
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an old BBS ad of mine. It's name was it's phone number (3001).
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