Culture What do you miss most about the early days of the Internet?

jauffins

TS Enthusiast
Sense of discovery was fantastic, and there's something to be said for having an unfiltered Internet connection where your ISP (Ala Time Warner Cable) doesn't intentionally slow down certain types of content (I.e. all video streaming) simply to coerce you to buy their crappier television service you don't want.
 

captaincranky

TechSpot Addict
Discovering internet porn
Yeah but, the trouble there was you could only hint at lewdness with a resolution of 1024 x 768. It doesn't start to get really smutty until you hit at least 6 MP. (3000 x 2000).

On a more technical note, Nikon's 1st consumer DSLR, the 6 MP D-70 wasn't released until 2004, a scant 12 years ago. Film scanning had its limitations, and internet bandwidth simply wasn't up to the task of transmitting larger images. So the pictures you'd find were usually scaled to the most common monitor resolution of the period, 1024 x 768.

Today, the undisputed master of "boor-nography", Peter Hegre, is using a studio back at about 10,000 x 7500! Dear God, I certainly wish he'd give it a rest.
 
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gordonj

TS Rookie
I miss downloading a nude picture and it rendering to the screen a strip at a time. Five minutes later it was an office high-five as we reached the good bit.
 

captaincranky

TechSpot Addict
I miss downloading a nude picture and it rendering to the screen a strip at a time. Five minutes later it was an office high-five as we reached the good bit.
Yes but today, you can download a set of 120 in the same amount of time. (give or take). I predict that 10 years from now, printers will incorporate "scratch & sniff" panels, and you'll no longer have to guess when you "get to the good part".
 
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The Owl

The lack of facecrap and twitter I.e. the days when people actually talked face to face or picked up the phone now bearing in mind I started my web life with a 14,400 USR modem and a DX 4 x 100 jez those were the days
 
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The Owl

Don' have to miss warez if you know where to look although a lot has moved to private boards