I was 17 when I first got on the internet. My first internet account was a dial-up shell account, meaning that I ran all programs through a terminal. For you folks that got on later and only know the World Wide Web, you cannot appreciate what the Internet used to be.
It was a library. It was our public repository of knowledge, and it already had an amazing collection of articles and fiction. Using databases with names like Gopher, WAIS and VERONICA, one could find all kinds of articles. Or, if you wanted to talk to folks in the “forums” of the day, you used NNTP, which is also known as Usenet News.
This was all very complicated, and not at all user friendly, and when the next wave of engineers showed up with graphical browsing on the WWW network, almost all of us embraced it as being better.
At first, it was better. After all, HTML was so easy that even a brain-dead pot junkie like me could figure it out, and I can’t understand any other coding methods. (Well, aside from BASIC, and that’s a threaded language, where almost all programs are now object oriented.)