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March 26, 2013

Here’s what the internet looked like in 1995, according to an episode of the PBS show Computer Chronicles. You don’t even have to watch the whole thing if you don’t want. It’s worth it to see the still-active host, Stewart Cheifet, talk about logging on to “your favorite newsgroups” while sitting in a coffee shop with a giant desktop computer in front of him. At least he knew what he was talking about, unlike Bryant Gumbel(ht Mental Floss)

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July 30, 2011

3 a.m. video du jour: Kurt Loder, circa 1995, explaining the internet to the plebes watching MTV News. Unlike this classic clip of the Today Show anchors acting utterly confused about the Internet, Loder seems to know what he’s talking about pretty well. Fun fact: MTV.com has an interesting pre-Web history that involved former VJ Adam Curry of all people buying the domain name before MTV knew that owning this domain name was important. (Also, on a side note: Son Volt, Moby with HAIR, Better Than Ezra’s “Good,” Coolio, virtual reality, and “The Net”-era Sandra Bullock. Wow, time machine.)

3:32 // 3 years ago
December 3, 2010

Prolific email spammer really clogged the tubes

  • 33% of all spam on the Internet sent by one guy source
18:07 // 3 years ago