r/gaming Sep 20 '21 Wholesome 14 Hugz 29 Silver 25 Gold 1 Helpful 7

im still the first one

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u/Mickus_B Sep 20 '21

Not the person you are responding to, but in my last weeks of high school, I sneaked a floppy disk into the drive of the internet computer (yes, the 1 computer that could access the internet) and copied the winsock dialer onto the disk and then tried running it from the floppy instead of the hard drive. When I realised that worked, I took the disk home and my school paid for my home internet then! This was in the times when dialup was by the hour and I pretty much stayed online permanently (set up a redial for when the ISP kicked me at the end of a 4 hr session) until a year later when the account finally stopped working.

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u/shdhdhhxdheh3u3h Sep 20 '21

Damn, I thought dials had 1 connection max. That's like thousands

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u/Mickus_B Sep 20 '21

My wife went to the same school, but 2 years below me. When I told her the story, she said "THAT WAS YOU‽" Apparently the "nerds" had been banned from using the internet (it was on 3 library computers by then) and people were threatened with suspension or expulsion if anyone was caught, it apparently cost the school thousands of dollars. I kinda felt bad about the cost, but proud I was never caught!

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u/shdhdhhxdheh3u3h Sep 20 '21

Haha! I was going to say, you f it for everyone else but your proud deep inside. Also, don't think anyone was was caught back in the days for using others accounts, unless you was doing really Dodgy stuff.

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u/Mickus_B Sep 20 '21

Dodgy like running an fserver on IRC for pirated games? No. I would never do that.

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u/shdhdhhxdheh3u3h Sep 20 '21

Fnet misses you

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u/Bombkirby Sep 20 '21

*you’re

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u/paddzz Sep 20 '21

Knowing the states you probably cost someone their job

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u/SlyCooper007 Sep 20 '21

You mad man, props.

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u/sahmackle Sep 20 '21

In 1995 or so I got a permanent dialup modem internet connection with a fixed ip address. I had a 33.6k modem and it cost me a flat 4c/megabyte. The catch was it had a $500 setup fee.

My average monthly bill at that time was around $40-65, so I was downloading between 1 and 1.5gb each month.

I had it for a couple of years and then adsl started to be a thing.

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u/Brigon Sep 20 '21

I'm not sure modems were 33.6 back in 95. You might be put by a few years, or maybe the UK didn't have that futuristic tech back then.

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u/sahmackle Sep 21 '21

I just took a look at Wikipedia and it seems 33.6k was introduced in 1996. I got it somewhere around a year later than it came out, so 1997.

I think I'm within a reasonable margin for error given its something I hadn't thought of in over a decade.