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The Internet from a 1990s Point of View [Video]

Are you ready for a retro look at the Internet? Then prepare to journey back in time to 1995 with this video and its view of the early days of the Internet.

From YouTube: Trine Gallegos hosts this segment shot in 1995 when the Internet was first becoming an icon. This is an interesting look back at how clunky the applications were. I don’t even think they were using a computer mouse yet.

Internet – from the 1990’s point of view [via Fail Desk]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 03/29/12

Comments (15)

  1. Jeremy

    Wow…I remember Archie and Gopher searching for things on the internet. I remember having a stack of 3.5″ floppies with a zipped up copy of Netscape Navigator on it I had pulled form a college website (original pirate HAHA) to take over to a friends house. That 36.6kbps modem was the BOMB! 56k was unbealievable! Thanks for the time machine HTG!

  2. Sean Patterson

    Ahh, good stuff. I remember the first time I truly got on the Internet. I had to setup Trumpet Winsock and the PPP connection with our local BBS. I guess I should preface that with the hour or so of setup time it took to configure all the settings to work just right.

    From there I was able to use Netscape 1.0 to get to the Louvre museum (yes, they were up back then) to download a couple of portraits for a report for high school. I think it took 20 minutes to download a couple of JPG images.

    Good times! Thanks for the flashback!

  3. Tom

    There’s a mouse at 0:40-0:45

  4. r

    ahhh yes,…the era of the boring beige box.

  5. BGA

    That interface looks better then Metro UI. :)

  6. DaFoo

    That interface looks better than OSX. :)

  7. Dano

    Scripts for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Classic.

  8. Peter Ballantyne

    Yep – the joy of having nothing but pure information on the screen. Nothing like the ridiculously cluttered, all singing, all dancing, all animated sites we see today. A pox on all unnecessary stuff.

  9. Ushindi

    Ah, yes…the “music of the spheres” with my dial-up modem. Buying new boxes of floppies. And as Sean said, waiting and waiting while a download was going on – no one ever would have believed in something as impossible as streaming video.

  10. Swilltastic

    Internet Yellow Pages, LOL… funny and thing to see in this day and age when most people actually refer to the real yellow pages via the Internet. It’s very funny and surreal how the WWW we used in the mid to late 90s seems more and more archaic every day… thanks for the great video!

  11. Slomem

    I think I had 64k of ram. 300bps modem. Black and white monitor and command line interface. The only Windows was in the room I was in.

  12. JUHAX69X

    Ha ha… I almost bursted coffee to the screen, when they showed “Yellow pages”…

    On the other hand… I´m kind of sad, because I didn´t have change or interest for pc´s and internet in that era. Pioneers… I´ll salute them. Even it´s little funny now…

  13. sudobash

    I still use Lynx on occasion. It is still actively being developed and is a full fledged Internet browser for those who only want to see text. Hey, no annoying banner adds ;)

  14. Chris

    I remember when I was working for a mining company. I cant remember the modem speed but it was quicker to drive to the mine (about 300km round trip) to install the 1.4 stiffy at the mine than to try and copy and install over the net.

  15. Paul

    Yes, the good old days. Procomm Plus and a SLIP connection. They left off NN which is where we got our good pictures from.

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