not a beautiful or unique snowflake (nothings) wrote,
not a beautiful or unique snowflake

I traced this meme back about five or seven steps to lothie, who claimed to be one away from the source but I couldn't find anyone further back in her friends' page. (And it was unfun looking.)

Obviously the author didn't quite have as much historical familiarity with networks as one might like.

1. When did you first connect ("go online"), and how?

BBSes, probably with my parent's IBM XT, probably in 82-83 or so. My best friend at the end of high school even ran his own BBS. Later I was a regular on HarDCore BBS, a BBS by a fan of the DC Hardcore (punk) scene, which was internetworked with other BBSes for a while. (It was a Citadel BBS. Or Stonehenge? Something like that.)

I also got access to "the net" by getting on Bitnet in 1985 or 1986 at Harvey Mudd College. We were so amazed at the thing, me and a couple friends started probing a computer in Germany (by probing, I mean I think we were trying to get 'who' lists or something), and some operator there sent us a hello message and asked us what we were doing.

2. What was your first communications program?

Hmm, I dunno what the terminal program I used on the XT was. Then it was just terminals at HMC.

3. When did you first chat over the internet, and how?

BITNET RELAY in 1986, although that's not really the Internet of course. First proper chatting over the net, other than phone-like programs to people I already knew, was probably on Islandia, a TinyMUD, just a little before TinyMUD the mud shut down, I forget the timeline on that now. I think fin9901 was one of the first people I met on there the first day I logged on.

4. What chat type program(s) do you use now?

simpleMU for muds, mIRC for IRC (which I don't really use anymore I guess, but it's here on my desktop)

5. Who was your first service provider?

Well, HMC was. Then I had an account at University of MD for the longest time. My first for-pay provider was The World in Boston.

6. Did you ever use AOL?


7. Do you admit using AOL in public?

Isn't this public? Doesn't that make this question redundant to the last one?

8. Who is your current ISP?

I get my internet connection from SBC, and my web hosting is by

9. What was the first computer that you used to access the 'net?

Well, a VAX at HMC for the first BITNET stuff. I used a 300 baud modem on an Atari 800 for a bunch of BITNET RELAY in '87 or so. And the IBM XT with a 1200 baud modem I guess.

10. What computer do you use to access the 'net today?

Either a Dell Inspiron 5000e laptop (Soulcatcher), a 1.9Ghz P4 I put together myself (Limper), or my work Dell 1.9Ghz P4 (Duckstab).

11. What was your first 'net handle?

No recollection of what I used on BITNET RELAY.

12. Did you use any other handles for any length of time? If so, what were they?

Halloway on TinyMUDs, Satoria on LPmuds.

13. What 'net handle do you normally use now?

buzzard is my primary--it is the name I got on my first Internet email account,, at least fourteen years ago. I consider it an address, not a nickname, but tend to use it on muds/chats for continuity since the people there tend to already know me from Usenet or such.

14. Are you active on any websites other than LJ? If you're willing to say, what ones?

I'm on three muds (though one I barely ever log on any more), corresponding to communities ifmud, talk_bizarre, and surlydinos--plus I log on my old lpmud once or twice a year to check mail; I barely ever log on the IRC chat for Gamer's Angst anymore--that's a community of people who started out in the forums of Old Man Murray. I don't post anymore in the Wordplay forums, a website devoted to screenwriting, but I am still active on Revenge of Click This, the forum associated with, the personal website of a non-famous screenwriter. I am active on and off in the forum for, a mostly-defunct webcomic, largely because the forums include the 'official' forums for Scott McCloud's Reinventing Comics and I Can't Stop Thinking webcomics.

But mostly these days I just post here and chat on ifMUD.
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