I got a mysterious email tonight. A writer is searching for some friends of mine. He wants to find out about some things they did as teenagers, around 40 years ago.
When I “Googled” the author, I found he was responsible for the protocol that makes USENET possible. If you don’t know what USENET is, don’t worry. It used to be more valuable than it is now, though it’s still the best place to find technical help.
I decided to go back and look for my first USENET post. It represents one of my first forays onto the Internet. Back when I made the post, in 1992, the Internet was basically a text medium. If the World Wide Web and its multimedia content existed then, I didn’t know about it.
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 1992 12:38:53 -0500
Sender: “Information Graphics”
Subject: RE: examples, please
Please… more on the UIUC thunderstorm simulations.
Not exactly a pithy, Earth shattering comment. You’ve gotta start somewhere.