Here’s an Internet fun fact: the first-ever online purchase was a Pizza Hut pizza in 1994 -- or so they claim. While some will argue that ‘online’ is too generic a term, and point to examples of transactions that predate the web as we know it, it’s still amazing how long we’ve come in 20+ years. Nowadays we take e-commerce for granted, we buy stuff using our phones, and decentralized, 100% digital currencies like Bitcoin are becoming a thing.
In this week’s Open Forum we ask you: What's the first thing -- or the first you remember -- to have bought online? I had to turn to my Amazon purchase history for this and apparently one of my earliest was a D-Link wireless range extender in 2004 and a bunch of programming and web standards books. I'm pretty sure that's not the first but it's the earliest I have a record of. And you?