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Submission + - Before the Internet: The golden age of online services (

Esther Schindler writes: "Think nostalgia isn't what it ought to be? Well, you're in luck. Steven Vaughan-Nichols has written a walloping overview of the pre-Internet online services he used to review for Computer Shopper (which, as it happens, is where he and I first met... perhaps you knew me at 72241,1417 in the early 90s?). Because, you young whippersnappers, before there was the World Wide Web, back when 2,400bps modems were "high-speed," millions of people used online services like AOL, CompuServe, and GEnie to work with each other, gossip, and share Star War jokes. (To my dismay, though, he leaves out Plato Homelink. sniff!) If you have a strange fondness for the sound of a modem connecting and (like me) are still proud of being able to whistle at 300bps, you'll nod along with his trip into the time machine."
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Before the Internet: The golden age of online services

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