Originally Posted by tkmedia2
I saved all my "email" as well from the mid 1980's to 2002 untill. poof! A hard drive went bad, my backups on Jaz, Zip, were history. My Syquest 88's and Panasonic PD still have some but was incomplete. I had a decent LZW and tar archive on an Amiga, but it was corrupt. oh silly me I was also GEnie user and surfing the web with the browser Viola! and thought Gopher was great!
When I was DTS's Internet Rep and wrote/self-published The DTScoop Newsletter for them I had an Apple PowerPC (a Performa) with an external SCSI Zip-Disk and kept all my work on Zip Disks - well, wouldn't you know it, somewhere, between Albuquerque, New Mexico and Kansas City, Missouri, those Zip Disk's went "zip" and disappeared! I don't know what happened to them!
And I had a lot of cool stuff saved on them too! I don't even have a single copy of the DTScoop! It was an electronic newsletter that I sent out in PDF format and I thought I was all that because all movie titles were linked to the appropriate or company website, etc... I had the Apple TV Tuner card in my Performa so I'd watch TV as I finished up each issue of the newsletter. Adobe gave me my copy of Acrobat Distiller for free as long as I mentioned them as a "thank you" in each issue - which I gladly did! And they also gave me Photoshop 2.5 - it was fun working for DTS.
Apple's eWorld was my first online experience - my dad bought me an Apple Performa 630CD for X-Mas 1994 and I signed up to eWorld that night - and it came with a whole 2-FREE hours of service a month - 2 HOURS! Who'd need that much time, that was PLENTY! A week or so later I got the urge to try AOL which also gave you 2 free hours - and a friend on eWorld send me a little program called AOHell - some of you prolly remember that - free AOL!!! It was $4.95 per hour during off-hours and $7.95 during business hours to use AOL then! A short while later I bought the Compuserve 'kit' at Media Play (when they were in business in Albuquerque) and had lots of fun there... I never liked their screen names though and they wouldn't let me use my eWorld name "Jukebox Boy" because they said it was "misleading" since I was 27 years old... I tried to explain to them that it was the name of a song from Baltamora, but CIS wouldn't listen... on AOL I used "StereoBoy." Then, in August of 1995, I met my partner, Tony on AOL in a forum talking about dead video formats... He lived in St. Louis, but we've been together ever since. It turned out that I'd known who he was for years - he wrote for a LaserDisc magazine/newsletter called Disc Deals and did their MCA DiscoVision reviews under the name "Philip Stevens" (if you like disaster movies you'll understand why he used the name) and he had his own column called "Tony Cook's The Focus Of The Beam" about the Japanese LD market and such. Who knew, back in 1986, when I would be reading Disc Deals, that I'd meet him someday and we'd have a house and 5 cats in Plattsburg, MO?
Gosh, those 'early days' online were fun - I remember that when AOL first granted access to the World Wide Web and had their little browser, I couldn't 'grasp' what it was - I didn't realize at the time that AOL was NOT the internet, you know?
OK, everyone else, your memory-lane's about the internet and your first days online.