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My first memories of computers and the Internet.

my first memories

OMFG INTERNEEETTSSSSS! That was how I first felt when I discovered the internet. And that is how I feel now. If you were to ask me what my favourite thing in the world was, I would probably say Internet. I’ve been a computer addict since the first connection.

My time online was limited at first, we used to get 30 minutes of free internet a day between 7:30pm and 8pm. Then it became unlimited, but often interrupted by Mum wanting to use the phone.

I was actually so internet obsessed that my parents gave my dog away and I didn’t even notice for 4 days, until my Mum made me get offline so she could make a phone call and I decided to go see my pup while I waited. Awkward and sad. They thought I was just ignoring that they gave her away. Not the proudest moment I’ve had.

I think the best day of my life was when my Dad put a LAN connection up from his study to my room, so my computer could now get online too!

And yes, the above is a photo of me when I was about 16 – very much deep into my Internet addiction and taking selfies for avatars. And yes, I wore eyeliner on my bottom lid but not my top. Fuck you.

The below photo is of my bedroom when I used to own video tapes, floppy discs and CDs. This must have been in about 2002.

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Introductions aside, I wanted to share with you my favourite memories of computers and the internet. Enjoy!

1. Signing up for free samples. I remember in our PSE lesson at school, we would all search for freebies and have samples of washing powder, coffee and moisturiser sent to our homes. All for free, woo! I WAS SO EXCITED ABOUT WASHING MY CLOTHES AS A 13 YEAR OLD.

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2. The Encarta game. Yay, Mind Maze! During our library lesson at school, there were 3 computers and we got to spend about 10 minutes each on it during the lesson. We always played Mind Maze, the game on Encarta encyclopaedia where you could wander around the castle and had to answer questions to progress. When my Dad got hold of a copy of this, I thought I was the coolest kid at school!

3. AIM. Aols instant messenger was the first messenger I ever downloaded when I was about 16. I had my first webcam chat on there to an American boy who went by jkspeedodude13. I met him on Sophie Ellis-Bextors forums. Don’t judge.

4. Changing the logo on your Nokia. Remember when you could visit Boltblue and send a new logo to your phone to reply the Nokia/Vodafone logo? You could also send free text messages when you ran out of credit. Awesome!

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5. Playing games from floppy disc. The first game I remember playing was Robocod. The creepy fish type character that’s stomach extended upwards when you pressed space. To play it, I had to boot it up from windows DOS by using commands. Oh, how far we’ve comes.

6. Yahoo/Freeserve chatrooms. Looking on and people only every saying ‘A/S/L?’ or ‘n e 1 wanna chat?’. Which the odd random wanker spamming the room so the chat room was flooded with spam and swear words until they got booted out. That wanker was usually me.

7. MSN. I remember thinking that MSN would never die. I was ALWAYS online. My name was often changed to things like *)())))Corinne(((()* and I’d give my friends ((((((hugzzz)))))))))))))))). After years of testing and perfecting, my preferred font was Times New Roman in bold, either grey or dark pink/purple.

I sometimes put emojis in my name and then would set myself to offline then back online so I could see my name pop up. I would also do this when I wanted someones attention. I would also constantly have myself as set to away or busy so I could avoid people who I didn’t want to talk to without blocking them. It was a fun time.

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8. DeBeDo. I LOVED THIS WEBSITE. It was a chat room where you made your character by picking assessors and features, you then explored the rooms talking to people that probably wanted to groom 14 year old girls like me with blond pigtails in their avatars. My username was GoldilotsCorinne. Because I was going through that chav stage where I had a big gold ragdoll, hoops and a ring on every finger. Hey, leave me alone.

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9. Best of entertainment. On our first Windows 3.2 computer, we only had Solitaire and Minesweeper. My Dad got a disc with games on called The best of entertainment. It had two of my favourite games – Jezzball and Chips challenge!

What were your favourite internet memories? If you decide to do a post like this, please Tweet it to me!

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36 Comments

  • jackie harrison

    Wow how computer change from then to now and you to funny not to notice they gave away your pup. Have a lovely weekend and Valentine’s Day.

  • Alissa

    oh my gosh. This is like walking down memory lane. I remembered I didn’t spend my money, sometimes I don’t eat just to buy an internet card cos we have prepaid internet. and the weird noise your phone makes when you’re online. LOL

  • KizzyDoll

    Hahaha…I remember when computers went in schools and homes. I didn’t have the internet at home, only school & I didn’t use it really until I was in college. But, it was brilliant setting everything up and having my own email address, haha. I still love it, you can do so much in a little space, but it does have down sides as well. Funny how computers have changed so much over the years as well, so small now!! Have a great weekend xx

  • Hannah

    I had that same CD player! Haha, its so weird remembering the days of cds and big bulky computer monitors. MSN was everything, I think I’d go on straight after school right until bed time, because clearly some fascinating stuff would happen if I left the computer for five minutes :’) x

  • Shireen L. Platt

    Hahaha! Oh my goodness, this is such a walk down memory lane, Corinne! I remember using computers when I was in college and I was such a huge fan of playing Dungeon & Dragons but it was all text. I had to see “See” “Pick up” or something along that line.
    Gosh, computer and the internet has evolved tremendously, eh?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • Mystery

    Oh my I remember MSN!! I was obsessed with it!! Obsessed!
    I’d love chat sites even at such a young age too – now, looking back at it, I can’t believe I was that ballsy.
    I am petrified of chat sites now!!!
    Although I guess blogging is kind of like one big chat site?
    My big thing used to be Neopets!! Anyone remember THAT!?

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  • Kelsey&Kenecha

    Thank goodness I never had dail up! haha But I had other sisters so we had an hour each on the computer. I was also obsessed but I still loved to go outside and play but the second I came home I would get on the computer.

    Its a little funny but sad you didn’t notice your dog was gone. I would be so sad haha.

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  • krithi

    you took me back to those precious days of exploring the internet
    I had free slots from college which i used to use efficiently checking emails and bit of exploring 😛

  • Noor Unnahar

    Oh my Corinne, what a lane of memory! I have blur visions of all these activities my young aunts would do and us kids were NEVER allowed to go through their computers, haha!
    I LOVE your eye color <3

  • Gabrielle

    Oh my gosh, your old bedroom just brings back loads of nostalgia because when I was younger everyone had their bedrooms painted really bold, bright colours (mine was purple). Thanks for bringing back so many memories – I had forgotten about not being able to use the internet when someone was on the phone!!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    x

  • Laura

    hahaha! i kind of want to make a post like this but don’t know if i’ll remember all the internets things from so long ago.. we only got to use our computer when my dad got a new one and we could either play games or use paint on the old one. and i remember being quite anti-internet before the age of 11-12 (who was i?). but omg yes floppy disc games! and chip’s challenge! i still sometimes think about it, then search for it online and play for a while, haha.. and msn definitely seemed like something that’d never die. my name used to be all kinds of embarrassing things like song lyrics and what not… xx

  • Dolce

    It’s so funny how many of our memories are similar. My favorite MSN font was Palatino Linotype in bold red or dark grey – good times! I also remember waiting for my mom to get off to phone to use the dialup – it felt like the longest wait of my life! Oh, to be young again 😛 By the way, I have a feeling that every girl has worn eyeliner only on the bottom at some point or another. You live and you learn!

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  • Olivia

    Oh gosh this makes me feel young! My first memory of computers were the CBBC message boards and I got expelled from them for creating a club which you had to meet certain criteria to enter

  • Lucy

    Such a great post. I removed dial up being the most annoying thing during my teenage years if your parents used the phone you couldn’t be online and it sucked. Lucy x

  • Katie

    Oh man, I wish I’d done some of those things! I do totally remember the encarta game though, and I spent many evenings in AIM chatrooms (and I knew my mum’s password so I could get past late night internet curfew, total rebel. I was a deviant child/teenager. I am not proud).

    I still totally get freebies though. Free washing tabs are the bomb.

  • Xuvious

    I remember the first one I used! They used to be black and white at the time (early 90’s in India), this was before Windows 95 was developed.
    Windows 95 was the bomb! The internet, all the games and signing up for Yahoo email. Lol, it brings back so many nice memories!

  • Arianne

    I remember when I first used a computer, I practiced over and over to get faster at typing. Now, even with tendonitis, I type 83 words per minute.

    I remember loving backyard baseball on the computer as well.. I wonder if the game still exists..

  • Kerri

    hehe MSN! I liked to incorporate many emo lyrics into my MSN name.

    Also jkspeedodude13… that’s kind of hilarious! Although I’m not sure if it’s meant to be jk-speedo-dude-13 and he’s just kidding about wearing speedos at 13 or if it’s a bit more sinister and he’s jks-peedo-dude-13… and I’m not sure what he means by that.

  • Amber

    Aww such a sweet post! I can’t believe you didn’t notice your dog was gone aha :’D bless! I remember msn, I used to go on that all the time! I’m sure I set up a bebo account without my parents knowing but I couldn’t figure out how to use it so gave up :’D I didn’t get my own computer until I was 17, a couple of years ago. Before that I only ever used the family computer downstairs. I wasn’t as hooked on the internet until I discovered blogging and all the info out there for me to read! xo

  • stephanie

    Ahhh…good ole dial up days! And can’t forget the tons of floppy disks! When cd’s came out, our favorite game was “Unreal Tournament!” Good ole green screen days! It’s amazing how far it’s come!

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