I was talking to a friend about posting to the web – and I mentioned that I’d had a personal website since about 1993. The challenge was to see if it was still hosted.
Google is my friend. I found one of my old websites – and it’s not been touched in over nine years. I’m wgetting it now to host at home. (Unlikely it’s going to go away soon – it’s been static for nine years!)
Way back in the distant past (1990) I had access to the ‘internet’ from a VMS host at university; telnet, VMSmail, lynx – all good stuff.
Just after – around 1991 – I also got a CompuServe account – mainly for access to the Novell technical forums and patches.
When I could afford a ‘better’ workstation (386dx33, 32MB RAM, 40MB HDD, Windows 3.11!) in around 1993 I finally moved to a ‘real’ dialup PPP account using Almac in Scotland. That’s when I first had personal webspace. A whole couple of meg online.
Finally I moved to UUNet/Pipex and used that service for around five years.
Now I host at home with a dedicated line and fixed IP.
It’s incredible how times have changed.