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Rolling with the changes

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009, at 7:47 AM

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This isn't the actual edition, it was published in 1998.
In recent weeks, as I hope you've all noticed, our online network for both newspapers has been changing with new features, bloggers, games and even just yesterday adding the North Stoddard Countian to Facebook.

Well, in helping with these changes and yesterday sitting through a webinar (another new word) on Social networking and your newspaper it kind of made me a little nostalgic. Not for the days of old mind you, but for the early days of the Internet. Not to the point that I want those days back, just that I want to look back and laugh.

For starters, my dad was always into the technical stuff when I was little so I had my first computer very young and by, I believe, 1994 we had Internet service at our house.

Once it was hooked up I remember my dad and I sitting down with a book called the World Wide Web Yellow Pages and looking at sites for the Smithsonian and the Museum of Natural History. It was sooooo slow but soooo cool.

To have all of that at your fingertips right in your own living room was just amazing to me.

If course, in the 15 years since things have come a long way. Even though it's now common place and we're even getting online with our telephones, don't take for granted how impressive some of this new technology is and how fortunate we are to be able to have all of this information right a our fingertips.

When I was little we had an encyclopedia in the living room, but now if my children are doing research for a paper there is such a breadth of information out there that it doesn't hold a candle to that old book. With videos, pictures and interviews it gives them the ability to actually interact with history.

Do you remember your early Internet experience and what you thought?


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Are you kidding? My "early internet experience" is NOW! Well, that's sorta true - all this technology on the Statesman site is giving me fits, since I have a 7-year-old computer, which is limping along on Windows 98. I may not get this comment saved before Explorer 6 crashes on me.

However, even this sadly-antique system is a far cry from my first computer. There was no Windows -- It was a DOS-based system, and, if I recall, it was called "Point and Shoot" - though I don't recall why. We had to have all the F-stops memorized for the different commands. I remember how thrilled I was when someone gave me the little flip-down menu to fix onto the computer above the F-tabs!

I knew nothing of "internet," and all I used the computer for was to type tests for school. I actually FILLED UP the hard drive -- so, in order to type a test, I would have to go back through and DELETE a test, so there'd be room!

The printer was ENORMOUS and was a dot matrix.

When we first got the internet at our school, I volunteered to be one of the guinea pigs who would learn it and teach it to the others. Some of them absolutely REFUSED to learn it! If they didn't hop on then, they were hopelessly lost within a few short years.

As far as I know, this was before we ever heard of Bill Gates and Windows. The Department of Education would send us urls, where we could go to get educational material. I don't remember seeing many photographs.

Once we got enough of the Apple computers to have a lab, I would have to hot foot it down to a grade school classroom with my high school students, where I had to use a floppy 5.5 disk to "boot up" each and every computer before they could use it! We were doing good to have 15 minutes to work. I know this was pre-1989, because we were still in the old school.

Next week I'll get my let's see...third (or is it fourth?) computer with Windows 7 and Explorer 7. We've yet to see how advanced I can get before I have to find a way around Dial-up!

We've come a long way!

-- Posted by goat lady on Fri, Oct 30, 2009, at 7:36 PM

WOW, gl, I still have some old DOS Diskettes if you're interested!!!! MS-Dos,, IBM Dos,,,those were the days, not really. It was a real wonder when hard disks came along and you didn't need a handful of floppys. Some of the latest computers don't even have a Modem card for dial-up. I know that'll break your heart.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sat, Oct 31, 2009, at 7:30 AM

I had a friend that started with a Commodore Computer and he thought that was the greatest thing since ice cream.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sat, Oct 31, 2009, at 7:33 AM

My first computer experience was my junior year in high school. I started school that year in a suburb of St. Louis and was in a computer programming class. We however returned to rural Missouri (shortly after school started) where the high school had a total of...maybe four computers on wheeled carts. I'm not even sure who used those computers! Once in college I was so terrified of computers I wouldn't even visit the computer lab. My senior year at SEMO I became friends with someone who ran the computer lab and finally dove into the computer world. I didn't own a computer until 2000. I have been a web surfer every since!

-- Posted by fun2teach on Tue, Nov 3, 2009, at 7:59 AM


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Corey Noles, staff writer for The Daily Statesman and Editor of The North Stoddard Countian, is the author of a regular baseball/St. Louis Cardinals column and also uses his blog to sound off on various happenings in sports. He also operates a weekly baseball mailbag column.

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