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Comment: Re:last summer? (Score 1) 139

by keith (#30770884) Attached to: Disaster Recovery For Haiti's Cell Phone Networks

The movie was released last summer. IMDB is notoriously bad with release-dates, because they consider ANY public screening of ANY footage as a "release". We screened an in-progress version of the film at a festival in 2007, and thus IMDB has decided that the film was released in 2007. Nothing we said to IMDB could change that. For this reason (and many others) IMDB is not an authoritative source for information on movies.

Comment: I spent more time online in 1996 than now. (Score 2, Interesting) 430

by keith (#26983193) Attached to: Jurassic Web

Let's see if I can remember this correctly. In 1996 I was a Junior and then Senior in high-school. These were some of my activities...

1) Heavy IRC usage.
2) Designing webpages for my high-school.
3) Writing versions of Minesweeper and Life as Java applets.
4) Commenting on Robert Jordan novels in AOL message boards and usenet.
5) Doing not-quite-legal activities that would have involved AOL not being happy with me if they found out. (think statute of limitations have passed)
6) Playing Federation on AOL.
7) Playing Bolo on school network, and wishing my home connection was fast enough to play at home.
8) Downloading music and games from FirstClass or HotLine BBS systems (before I gained a piracy-conscience).
9) I think I played a lot of World of Warcraft 2 online in the summer of 1996 while using Harvard's fast connection.
10) Trying to figure out what the point of Gopher was, and eventually giving up.

The main thing I remember is that while the Web and email were important, they were both a much smaller portion of my online usage than they are today. I think the turning point was 1997, where the web took over in terms of content.

One amusing anecdote from 1996. I remember overhearing two people who couldn't figure out how to email each other. They decided it was because one of them used Netscape and the other used Internet Explorer, and decided just to use the phone from then on instead.

"Well, if you can't believe what you read in a comic book, what *can* you believe?!" -- Bullwinkle J. Moose