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    Thinking about where the internet was when I was in school makes me feel old.

    -There was basically no streaming of ANYTHING online.
    - No such thing as netflix
    - "On demand" in general wasn't invented yet
    - Internet was basically for Usenet (haha, who uses that anymore?), Chatrooms, Geocities, and Porn. Even Message boards were just barely starting to make a dent.
    - Flash had just come out and of course everyone was losing their minds with the next level websites. Sadly, some people still think this is a good idea, but I digress.
    - Downloading..ANYTHING...took days as Bit Torrent had not been developed yet.
    - Social Networking did not exist in any form unless you count the previously mentioned chatrooms, usenet, and MIRC. Not really the same thing, though.

    So...it makes me feel really old to know how many tools young artists have nowadays at their disposal. WHEN I WAS A BOY (old), it was pretty much only books, books, more books, and classes. And the only critique I could get from anyone was basically at comic conventions only.

    Times have definitely changed!

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    Ha! I met my husband on Usenet.

    We were in the first wave of 'civilians' allowed on the internet. Before I was let onto Usenet, I had to read a statement that basically said, "you aren't wanted here. Behave yourself, because we're just itching for an excuse to shut you out."

    I was so intimidated, I didn't post anything for two years.

    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusty View Post
    - Internet was basically for Usenet (haha, who uses that anymore?), Chatrooms, Geocities, and Porn. Even Message boards were just
    !!!!!
    The Glory Days of Dial-Up. If you remember the sound (you know the one I'm talking about) When you would connect to the internet and not be able to take phone calls. Also hearing the sound "You've Got Mail". AOL!! oh the memories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThabisoMhlaba View Post
    !!!!!
    The Glory Days of Dial-Up. If you remember the sound (you know the one I'm talking about)
    Negotiating handshake....I think.

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    Yep... I definitely remember that sound! During college (mid-80's), we thought that the greatest thing was to be able to connect up to our computer server using a 300-baud modem on a IBM-PC Jr. (my roommate was rich). To be able to type up your paper and send it to the campus printer was amazing. You had to place your phone receiver into the modem cradle to get the connection. Sometimes, it wasn't a good connection, so, you just pushed the phone down harder.

    Surfing the web was a matter of hitting numbers for pages (no images). That was on bitnet and arpanet.

    That was only 25 years ago... not that long ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThabisoMhlaba View Post
    !!!!!
    The Glory Days of Dial-Up. If you remember the sound (you know the one I'm talking about) When you would connect to the internet and not be able to take phone calls. Also hearing the sound "You've Got Mail". AOL!! oh the memories.
    I still hear that sound at some ATMS.

    But, yeah, I had dial-up all through the nineties (and beyond). My parents used to get so pissed because I'd be clogging up the phone line for hours cruising BBSs. Then they got call waiting and I'd get so pissed cause I'd keep getting booted off when I was in the middle of something important (like a three hour download)!

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    PC games in DVD boxes with a flimsy little leaflet as the manual.

    In the old days, games were in big ass boxes with all kinds of extras.

    Moonstones that changed colour, Ankhs, cloth maps, aviator glasses (Sim Copter) dehydrated food (Murders in Space)

    These days its only special editions that give a little something extra. It used to be a given.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychotime View Post
    Anyway, I'll start.

    I saw Pokemon the first movie in theaters.
    Same here.

    I had sent a drawing to a magazine contest because the prizes were tickets for the film.
    The morning of the release I went to my mother to ask if she could give me a few francs (currency before euros) to get a ticket, to what she just said no.

    Next thing I remember is I checked the mail and found a free ticket with a crongratulation letter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star Eater View Post
    PC games in DVD boxes with a flimsy little leaflet as the manual.

    In the old days, games were in big ass boxes with all kinds of extras.

    Moonstones that changed colour, Ankhs, cloth maps, aviator glasses (Sim Copter) dehydrated food (Murders in Space)

    These days its only special editions that give a little something extra. It used to be a given.
    The astounding in how games looked was the addition to color to CD Art.

    Piktures pending

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    Sitting on the train and watching everyone around me text. Watching fashion I grew out of in my school days come back in style. Realizing I have now spent more years living in the city where I went to college than I did in the town I grew up in.

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    Buaaa-haaa-haaa!

    You guys slay me!

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    but first it's gonna piss you off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wooly ESS View Post
    Buaaa-haaa-haaa!

    You guys slay me!
    Me too.

    Getting woken up to watch the first man walk on the moon when so many of you weren't even born. Still think Space Invaders was fun to play at 10p a go. Being older than one of my colleague's mum. Policemen look like they should still be at school.


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    I still have a working vhs, & I remember when reagan was shot and them showing it on TV.

    I don't feel old, but, when I remember 1993 like it was yesterday, when it was...wholly shit I just did the math!


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    When I think that I have spent roughly a dollar at a 5 second monotone ring of Sex and the City and that was cool.
    When I think that thinking of Cartoon Network bring Tom&Jerry and Scooby Doo to mind.
    When I think that I had three different Spice Girls shirts and I could name all the members.
    When I think that I remember a time, where 90% of the cars on the streets were Ladas, Moskvitches or Zaporozhets.
    When I think that a mate in kindergarten had a computer with a version of DOS on it and that was pretty rad.
    When I think that instead of snowboarding, the cool kids used to use one of those short, cheap plastic skis.

    and most of all
    When I think that when I was a kid I was dirty, dusty, scratched up and outside. And that was ok and in no way a sign of careless parenting.

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    When I think that when I was a kid I was dirty, dusty, scratched up and outside. And that was ok and in no way a sign of careless parenting.
    Bravo!

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    Seeing clubs doing 'retro nights' to the music I spent my youth listening too, and punters in their 'retro gear' when I still have the original versions...

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    These are all almost twenty years old: Batman: TAS, Star Trek: DS9, The X-Files and Jurassic Park
    I listen to Steve Wright's non-stop oldies and sometimes I hear stuff from the charts I grew up with.
    They fit a whole Sega Megadrive in a handheld doohicky now. I'm still amazed by the leap to 32-bit.
    People talk about streaming tv shows and movies and I'm like, what - did the local Xtra-vision burn down?
    For that matter, stop talking about blu-ray too. I've only just got used to DVDs.

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    I remember a time before, when 8 year olds went out side and did shit. And weren't bothering people with all sorts of swear words on Xbox Live.

    Honestly. I realize that I spent the majority of my days outside of my house with friends doing random stuff, hitting stop signs with slingshots (when slingshots were cool), setting off fireworks (was cool too i guess). Racing on our bikes. Just did whatever was good at the time.

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    Whenever I see a bulbasaur I feel old. Im only 19. But he was like, the first pokemon. And I first saw it when I was 8.

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    -Remembering when gameboy color was a big deal
    -Remembering when Poke'mon stadium for the Nintendo 64 was an even bigger deal
    -When games came in those bigger packages (still have the Star Craft Brood War box somewhere)
    -When game manuals actually gave helpful and interesting info on the games, usually stuff about enemies, guns, back story, etc.
    -When the concept art in games was WAY cooler than what actually appeared in the game
    -Watching Dragonball Z on Toonami when I got home from school
    -Watching Ed, Edd n Eddy, Dexters Lab, Cow & Chicken and Cartoon Cartoon Fridays
    -Remembering grunge and college rock
    -The internet still made that awful dial up sound
    -Being on the internet meant no one could use the phone (thank god that was fixed before I hit puberty)

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    I'm only 21, but:

    Seeing my 2yr old and 4 yr old nephews pick up ipods and iphones and ipads and just USE them instinctively and realising that buttons are going to be archaic to these kids.

    For christmas when I was.. maybe 13 or 14, I got a gadget that looked like a Game Boy Advance but it played emulated games and VIDEOS. Videos on a handheld, can you believe that? Now I can stream videos from the internet onto my phone wherever I am. Everyone can. It's no big deal, it's just something we can do now.

    Midi ringtones just aren't relevant anymore

    I've got more room on my camera memory card than I did on my first desktop PC

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    People born in 1994 are practically grown up yet in my mind, anyone born after 1990 is a baby.

    The 90's are as far away now as the 80's should be but aren't.

    It's nothing compared to my parents (who didn't have central heating, TV, a house phone or an indoor toilet when they were my age) but still

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vermis View Post
    These are all almost twenty years old... Star Trek: DS9
    Seriously? I love DS9-- it makes great radio drama while I'm drawing or painting... how could it be that old already. O_o

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Mario View Post
    "Entering college this fall in a country where a quarter of young people under 18 have at least one immigrant parent, they aren't afraid of immigration...unless it involves "real" aliens from another planet."

    Awesome.

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    When I remember those days when my countrymen weren't eager to go to war about anywhere on the planet.
    When I remember those days when people felt genuinely sorry for the refugees who had suffered torture and persecution (today they are considered to be a swarm of hungry grasshoppers wanting to leach on the welfare system, who breed like ra ... sorry, rabbits, while plotting to destroy out culture (as if we had one ...)).
    When I remember those days when there was some sort of solidarity, instead of the liberalistic dog-eat-dog utopia.

    The times they are certainly changing :-(

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    Oh, and when I remember those days when police brutality was definitely not OK.

    I can't believe that I would ever miss the 80s - I never thought that would happen. Now, THAT makes me feel old.

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    Looking at my sweet haggard and foggy-eyed 11-year-old dog and remembering her when she was only a year old.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Star Eater View Post
    Moonstones that changed colour, Ankhs, cloth maps
    ultimas been so great ... i think i played ultima6 for a year untill i solved it.

    im feeling particularly old when im watching my cousin handle a computer (hes 18 now). eventhough im the person my relatives ask, if they got a computer problem, i got nothing he did >.<.

    played my first computer game on a c64 at a friends and the first computer we had at home, been a "laptop" with monochrome screen that weighted ~20kg. played prince of persia on it for quite a while.



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    Computers had cassette tapes instead of floppy drives.
    And when computers got floppy drives those floppies were huge.
    Music came on those big black disks. Later on cassette tapes.
    People who had a walkman were awesome, though a new I-pod nano would probably fit in those about 100 times.

    TV had little wheels you had to turn to tune the channels.
    When you bought a video recorder you had to consider VHS or Betamax. When you had the money to buy one that is....

    Oh.... portable video games... those small things with only a few positions for the character to appear on screen. Only one game but could play for ages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sone_one View Post
    ultimas been so great ... i think i played ultima6 for a year untill i solved it.
    That was a great feeling. Tracking down pieces of the map...building the hot air balloon...

    Playing it again right now.

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