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A Decade of the Internet


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The decade did not begin auspiciously for the Internet; it opened not with a bang, but a bust. However, the 2000 dot.com bust, far from signaling the end of the Web, served as a much-needed “reset” for an industry run amok. Gone were websites with great ideas, fistfuls of cash, and no long-term business plan. (Webvan, Pets.com, Kozmo.com, anyone?) The new crop of sites to emerge from the ashes were sleeker, more nimble versions of their predecessors.


Over the past 10 years, the phenomenal growth of the Web has fundamentally changed the way we live, work and communicate. In November, a Pew Research Center study showed some startling changes in how we use the Internet:


- 2000: 46% of adults used the Internet

- 2009: 77-79% of adults use the Internet


- 2000: 5% of households had broadband

- 2009: 63% of households have broadband


- 2000: 0% connected to Internet wirelessly

- 2009: 54-56% connect to the Internet wirelessly



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I remember my first computer, when I was 4 years old. It was an MS DOS word processor. I used it to play those original HUGE floppy disk games for kinder garden! LOL - The internet didn't exist then though :/ haha



Jon Bova


"Successful people have libraries. The rest have big screen TVs. - Jim Rohn"

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Aye it does. It was a beast too.


All the terminals were "dumb", meaning you had to be networked into the main frame to get any thing done. Some work stations were just printers, and you typed in the commands via the teletype terminal.


Doing assignments for the computer lab was a pain when all the screen terminals were taken and you had to fight with the teletype terminal. You had to go to the computer lab early in the morning or late at night to actually get a normal terminal with a video display.


I think the system out-dates me.
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