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Usenet Lives! Check out the internet as it was in the 1980s!

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Yuli Ban

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A while ago, I did a post on Bill Gates' predictions for the future. One of the things he talked about was how Internet forums would become a thing after 1999, and I was amused as to how he had missed the fact internet forums had been a thing for almost 20 years by that point.

 

But rather than keeping it to myself, why not show it off to the world?

 

Here are some particularly big events: 

 

----- 12 May 1981 Oldest usenet article in the Google Groups Archive
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-------- May 1981 First mention of Microsoft
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-------- Jun 1981 First mention of Microsoft MS-DOS
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-------- Aug 1981 First review of the IBM-PC
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-------- Oct 1981 TCP/IP Digest #1
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-------- Jun 1982 First mention of Star Wars Episode 6
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-------- Jul 1982 First mention of a compact disc
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-------- Aug 1982 First mention of the Commodore 64
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-------- Aug 1982 First mention of Apple's Lisa and Macintosh products
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-------- Nov 1982 Early reference to emoticons
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-------- Dec 1982 First thread about AIDS
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-------- Jul 1983 First mention of Madonna
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-------- Sep 1983 Stallman's announcement of GNU
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-------- Nov 1983 First mention of Microsoft Windows
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-------- Jan 1984 First reference to Apple's Super Bowl commercial
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-------- Apr 1984 The kremvax hoax
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-------- Aug 1984 First mention of the Commodore Amiga
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-------- Jan 1986 First mention of the Challenger tragedy
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-------- Feb 1986 First mention of the MIR space station
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-------- Sep 1986 Gene Spafford's comments on the Great Renaming
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-------- Mar 1988 First mention of the term 'search engine'
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-------- Nov 1988 The first warning about the Morris Internet Worm
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-------- Nov 1988 Gene Spafford's analysis of how the Internet Worm worked
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-------- Feb 1989 First mention of Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
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-------- Mar 1989 First discussion of cold fusion
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-------- Sep 1989 First mention of AOL
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-------- Oct 1989 First post in alt.hypertext
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-------- Nov 1989 First post from Berlin after the wall came down
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-------- Jul 1991 The kremvax exists!
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-------- Aug 1991 C.E.R.N.'s Announcement of the World Wide Web project
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-------- Sep 1991 Announcement of Internet Gopher
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-------- Oct 1991 Linus Torvalds' Linux announcement
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-------- Dec 1991 First post to alt.religion.kibology by Kibo
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-------- Jan 1992 The famous Linux debate between Andy Tanenbaum and Linus Torvalds
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-------- May 1992 First Usenet post from an AOL account
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-------- Jun 1992 First BOFH post
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-------- Mar 1993 Marc Andreessen's Mosaic announcement
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-------- Apr 1993 Gene Spafford's farewell post
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-------- Apr 1994 First mass spamming (Green Card spam)
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-------- Jun 1994 Announcement of the WebCrawler launch
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-------- Oct 1994 Marc Andreessen's Netscape announcement
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-------- Dec 1994 Early mentions of Yahoo! and Lycos before they were companies
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-------- May 1995 First mention of DejaNews
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-------- Dec 1995 Announcement of the AltaVista launch
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-------- Mar 1998 First mention of Google
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-------- May 1998 First mention of Mac OSX
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-------- Feb 2001 Google acquires Deja archive
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----- 11 Dec 2001 Google offers 20-year Usenet Archive


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Fascinating...internetz from before the web, when only a few million people (if that) were online.


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Usenet: Grunge Edition

1989

http://groups.google...ff8?hl=en&pli=1

 

1991

http://groups.google...dd9f89307?hl=en

 

1994

https://groups.googl...sic/xXWy1mAZqTQ


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Was this a pre web page graphics age? I only scantly remember AOL.


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Find the article IDs and post them into this so you can view these articles as they were meant to be viewed.

http://article.olduse.net/

 

Which is to say, digital green with a black background on a simulation of an LCD screen.

 

Of course, it only works up to July 1987 since Olduse.net is meant to be a simulation of Usenet as it developed. So if you find any old Usenet articles, post them in this thread so we can see them!


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