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The Internet – Then and Now (1996 versus 2011) [Infographic]

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True Hollywood Story: Bipeds and the World Wide Web [infographic] [via TinyHacker]

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  • Published 11/25/11

Comments (9)

  1. indianacarnie

    Very interesting. Thank you.

  2. BobbyPhoenix

    Well for all that has changed, a lot has stayed the same. Looking at the entire graph the only real things that changed are speed, users, and some cosmetic looks. Maybe we changed so much we went back to what we started with.

  3. Rane

    Yea… look at windows 8..

  4. BobbyPhoenix


    I know right. I was actually going to mention that, but since the article is for the internet, and not OSs, I didn’t. The Metro UI brings back memories of Windows 95. Everything is square, and high contrast.

  5. Jim

    I think I liked it better back then when I could look for information on something and the first few pages of results would be actual information, not sites trying to sell me something…

  6. Demetre

    I had access to internet since day one, I even beta tested MS Explorer 1. Much has changed since then, volume of information, speeds, danger level of use, and lots and lots of smut !!!

    In any case, Internet if used properly it can be a valuable tool…

  7. Mike

    I miss the simple days. Hayes 56k external modem, searching for 800 numbers, Wildcat BBS’ and those great DOS games. Ahhh…Those were the days.

    BTW, the Clinton/Mac thing sux….both for the most obvious reasons. The “graphics” could have been better representative of the era. Just sayin’.

  8. AE8994

    @Demetre — If you were using a beta version of MSIE, you weren’t exactly a pioneer. I don’t consider myself a pioneer and I began using the web with Gopher and Mosaic, soon followed by the early versions of Netscape.

  9. AE8994

    I don’t agree with Bill Clinton’s remark. Maybe politicians didn’t know what the web was, but I took a college class in 1991 and we learned how to use HTML to create web content. I think college students had access to the web in the early 90’s and most of these students graduated with an expectation to continue using the web after graduation.

    @Mike – I also remember modems and the Wildcat BBS days. I thought I was cool when I upgraded from 2600 baud modem to a 56k modem. I think I spent more on that modem than I did on my son’s laptop last August. I also remember spending a small fortune on a 1.2 GB hard drive so I could run my own BBS. Those were the days.

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