Things that became "retro" this year.

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  1. FIREWIRE1394

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    Let's fight... MINOR KONFLICT!!!

    Even the comic that MINOR KONFLICT came from is retro now... :(
     
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    Our family connected the Internet at home for the first time 20 years ago this month. Can't quite remember with who. OzEmail maybe, from one of those Internet Starter Kit's you could pick up for a couple bucks :D

    The Sims 3 also turns 10 this month. Ask my daughter how I know...
     
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    20 years ago in Brisbane? $10 says bit.net.au (Brisbane Internet Technologies, later bought out by Asia Online, later bought out by WebCentral, later bought out by OzEmail, later bought out by Melbourne IT, later bought out by Arq Group).
     
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    I liked the dial-up modem noise. Something was happening.
     
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    I thought that iiNet bought OzEmail?
     
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    So depressing I looked up OzEmail on wikipedia, but yes acquired by iinet, who were later acquired by TPG.

    also, was not aware of Worldcom before now

    i mean holy shit Mal certainly got out of this shithole cleverly.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MCI_Inc.#Accounting_scandals

     
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  7. FIREWIRE1394

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    FACT: Of the 10 million ISP's the country has had, 9,999,995 are now owned by TPG*

    *Not an actual fact.
    But they did buy up a shit load of companies, who bought up a shitload of smaller companies, etc etc... Like a Russian Nesting Doll of Internet providers.
     
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    my retro internet was better than my current internet - ironically thanks to Malcolm Turnbull.

    there's a fact that makes me even more depressed knowing how much money that prick made off a smart investment in internets.
     
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    Seems like only yesterday The Sims came out, and people who'd never even used a computer before were losing their shit over it.
    I'll have to fire up origin and give 3 a go again soon, it's the kind of game that ages very well IMO.

    Some things never change. unfortunately, in Australia, it's our telecommunications network.

    On the plus side, Our internet was good 20 years ago :)
     
  11. Mynamewastaken

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    Did a little digging around as I initially had Optus in my head...it was actually a company called Microplex, who had previously bought out Pegasus, who were then in turn consumed by OptusNet.

    I remember purchasing pre-paid 'top-up' cards from Harvey Norman's to keep the 33.6k kicking along.

    What a time to be alive.
     
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    My PC was a dual CPU A-Bit BP6 and my net was unlimited Optus cable some 19 years ago.

    Today I get 500gb of on a good day 10mbit adsl2 on a bleeding fast Intel 9700k system.

    if only the internets would keep up with my PC's.
     
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    Ah yes, maybe I goofed in the middle there. Pretty sure the other bits are right though.


    Just searched for the head engineer of bit.net.au, looks like he's a Google security engineer now. Good on him. Those bit.net.au boys knew their shit long before most woke up to this new fangled Internet thing.
     
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    I remember that because I was working for Pegasus at the time of the acquisition. Was when I first started playing with Linux using the Slackware distro (is that retro yet? :p)
     
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    For our Non Australian members, the current slow/shoddy speeds we suffer from will be visible for the first time for the rest of the developed world in my brand new game
    "Australian Internet Simulator"
    Time outs, up all night to see 8 women, sites being inaccessible for hours at a time, and frustration of doing even simple tasks that we could do just as well TWENTY FUCKING YEARS AGO are all part of the game.

    That little dinosaur jumping game you get in chrome is our first DLC!
    Australians hold all 1000 top high scores on that game, due to the amount of time things simply don't connect, we practice it more than Koreans practice starcraft.
    I'd tell you more about the game myself, but I am about to go offline, as my time with the token for the internet is about to run out for the day!

    And the sad thing is I made a joke about Token Ring LANs (1984), which are newer than much of Australia's telecommunications network.
     
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    Found the below forum post from 2015 from a former Microplex employee while I was digging around. I'd say not much has changed today. :p

    https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10446697
     
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    Still maintained, apparently. But yeah, Slackware was the go-to for anything remotely specialised. I was using it a lot for both Internet-facing things and very early MAME cabinets, weirdly enough. Haven't touched it in years though.

    Same sort of shit went on in my non-ISP 90s/00s jobs. I think the whole world was cowboy as hell at that point. But then I hear old dudes talk about working in the 80s, and my eyes bug out of my head cartoon character style.
     
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    fucking gold, top effort.

     
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    Do you know what's scary? Those dudes are probably now working at some important place where it's probably just a shambles.
     
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    like NBNCo?
     

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