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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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