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Alien’s Origins, Part 1

Posted by AlienCG on May 3, 2009

It all started back in July 1998 when I got my first computer.  I was working for the first band, Rendezvous, and the keyboard player built it for me.  To me, this was my first step into a bigger, brighter and seedier world.  The Internet sat before me, waiting for me to discover what it had to offer.  First, though, I needed to find a provider to put me on this Internet thing.  I would end up showing my true inexperience in the way of the web when I chose…(drumroll, please)…America Online.  Yes, I started on AOL, the Internet with training wheels.  What seemed funny to me was, now that I’m online, what do I do here?  I really wasn’t sure, so I started just surfing around from URL to URL.  Luckily, on dial-up, it took forever to get around so you could spend plenty of mindless hours online.  It seemed different back in those days to me.

When I first entered this territory, the Internet seemed isolated compared to what it is today.  I felt like I was in a bigger world, all alone.  There was no blogging, there was chat, but I didn’t care for it.  So, I stuck to a regular group of sites and learned that with AOL, “You got spam,” was a regular theme.  I had to get out of there.  I called to cancel, but they gave me a free month to keep me around (this dance would keep going for a while).  Finally I signed up with a real ISP based in Cleveland and was free of AOL’s grip on my computer.  It would be around this time that the band scene would change and I would start to delve into a new interest online.  More on that next week…

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4 Responses to “Alien’s Origins, Part 1”

  1. laura b. said

    haha! “the internet with training wheels”…that is too funny. I cannot wait to hear more about your online evolution.

  2. churlita said

    I never used AOL. My brother advised me against it, because it was so hard to get off of it. At least back then, AOL had a reputation for not being available when people wanted to switch.

  3. Manuel said

    I think most of started with AOL. No worries!

  4. Tara said

    I’m gradually getting over the bitterness I feel towards AOL. I canceled my account with them a long time ago, but they still billed me. I was finally able to break free from their clutches.

    I like the Alien Origins series!

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