January 27, 2010
I was probably in 2nd or 3rd grade. Over at Justinâ€™s house. He had Prodigy. Iâ€™m pretty sure there werenâ€™t even any graphics or pictures. I just remember being able to look up sports scores and standings. There may have even been sports trivia. I thought it was the most amazing thing ever, even though it wasnâ€™t much more than I could see in the newspaper. What we really went on there for was to find NBA Jam cheat codes.
One summer, a few years later, I spent some time with my cousin in Virginia. My uncle did something with computers at work so they always had a random machine around. The one they had when I was there had a modem. My cousin and I wanted to get on the internet. They didnâ€™t have AOL or anything. We assumed if you had a modem you could just dial up the internet. We didnâ€™t know the number for the internet. We may have looked in the phone book. We were unsuccessful. No surprise. I just love the thought of me asking, â€˜Whatâ€™s the phone number for the internet?â€™
It wasnâ€™t until I was 13 and had my first job that I actually got online for myself. I had my job at the field and I saved up so I could buy myself a computer and then paid for AOL (and I assume a 2nd phone line shortly after that). It took some convincing for my mom to let me get AOL, she didnâ€™t understand why anyone would need it. Itâ€™s hard to believe that my family didnâ€™t have broadband at the house until after I left for college. How did anything get done on dial-up?