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[1994] "What's the Internet?" -- Bryant Gumbel & Katie Couric

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  1. MourningWood

    MourningWood Contributing Member

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    Just stumbled across this clip of Gumbel and Couric between segments on NBC's Today Show in Jan of '94... what's now a dominant force in American culture was just a blip on the radar over 15 years ago. An earth-shattering innovation that has drastically transformed society... for better and for worse.

    Makes me wonder what's in store for us over the next couple of decades...

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  2. across110thstreet

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    that is fascinating. they're definitely in between segments, right?

    Gumbel is almost doubting his own networks web address
     
  3. what

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    That's pretty funny.

    What is internet?
     
  4. Fatty FatBastard

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    Ok, well that last line about a phone line being unneeded at the time was false, but that was due to the newness of it. I recall modems being around for the Apple II, but only the biggest geeks used them. In 1994, PC's were used, but mostly as Word Processors and Video Game alternatives. There is a reason CF only opened in 97, even though the Rox were right off of two championships.

    I know this sounds weird to the young'uns, but computers have truly become mainstream in the past decade. In fact, I was fine without a PC until 2003.

    Now you can all go plank yourself.
     
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    I'm more shocked by K.D. Lang Couric's hair and Star Trek TNG wardrobe.
     
  7. across110thstreet

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    thanks for sharing. I've been thinking about how I have essentially been on the world wide web for the last 15 years now...

    I'm 33 , and in '95/'96 I jumped onto aol chat and haven't looked back.
     
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    Pops would crank up the old PC Jr and dial into Baytown Refinery every once in a while with a Commodore (?) modem, when he wasn't yelling at us for leaving 5 1/4's on the CPU.
     
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    I wish I could find the "grinding" sounds the Drive used to make when it couldn't read a disk, but this will have to suffice.

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    My uncle had prodigy back in the day (1994), i think he had something even before then I can't remember, a terminal computer. I wasn't myself much into computers. However I did get a computer in 1995ish and signed up with msn network. Given how little I cared about computers back then, I am surprised I got on board so early.
     
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    why didnt they interview Gore? didnt he invent it?
     
  12. moestavern19

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    Why did Bryant Gumble look like the black was peeling off him?
     
  13. CrazyDave

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    I still have an apple //c somewhere, I think, among a couple of other early crappy computers, and I'm guessing the modem is there with it. That disk noise was terrible. Worse on a TRaSh80. If you timed it right the dot matrix printer would drown it out. Probably have some old BBS user accounts and passwords written all over a bunch of scrap papers in that box too. Oceania FTW.
     
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    Bryant Gumbel is a ruhtard. Internet was huge in 1995.
     
  16. AXG

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    I believe it. We bought our first computer around '95 and didn't get Internet until '01 or '02, I think. Prior to that, I was using an old typewriter or went to the Library.
     
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    My first computer, circa 1982 or 83:

    [​IMG]

    Announced: December 1978
    Released: November 1979
    Price: US $549.95
    CPU: MOS 6502,1.8MHz
    RAM: 8K base, 48K max
    Display: 24 X 40 text
    320 x 192 monochrome
    160 x 96 with 128 colors
    Expansion: 2 internal expansion slots
    1 cartridge slot under front cover
    Ports: 4 controller ports
    TV video output
    Storage: external floppy drive
    cassette recorder
    OS: Atari OS
     
  18. CrazyDave

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    those keys were the worst.
     
  19. Hayesfan

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    That is actually really cool... like a blip in time... I'm thinking I got online in 95...so at that point I didn't have email either. Funny that they didn't know what email or internet were.
     
  20. Dr of Dunk

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    There were thousands of people on the Internet by 1994'ish, but it was kind of "underground" and accessed via BBS's before that. I guess it depends on what you called the Internet. I was running a BBS with a FidoNet node in the late 80's and early 90's that served up Usenet newsgroups. The WWW was only thrown out to the public in 1991, so if that's what you call "The Internet", then there you go. The Internet as we know it now didn't get popularized commercially until around 1994-1997. That's when everybody and their mother started jumping on it.
     

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