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How did we cope before the internet?

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  • 15-06-2012 12:32pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 29,293 ✭✭✭✭


    Not picking on any forum members, but from browsing the forums I'm seeing some ask questions that a quick google search, a read of a companies guide lines from their website, or even a glance of their brousure, would sometimes give the answer.

    Some questions are things alot will take for granted, and would just carry out automaticaly. some are unique, and some are just way out there, and before any of you put up any links, I'm know I have been guilty of it my self.

    But the question has to be asked, how did you manage before boards, or even the internet?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,754 ✭✭✭✭padd b1975


    I managed fine without it and could easily live without it now.

    Not so regarding a mobile phone.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,538 ✭✭✭flutterflye


    I honestly have no idea.
    If I don't know something, I look it up online.
    Even silly things like if I recognise someone in a film, and want to know where I saw them before - I'll check it online.
    I can't imagine life without it!
    Bit sad really, but I'm far from the only one.


  • Registered Users Posts: 51,054 ✭✭✭✭Professey Chin


    I got an Encarta cd rom with windows..........
    Before that I have no idea :/


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,808 ✭✭✭FatherLen


    if someone asked us a question before the internet we would take the a guess and back it up with no facts at all and the most reasonable answer was then truth.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 34,567 ✭✭✭✭Biggins


    irish-stew wrote: »
    Not picking on any forum members, but from browsing the forums I'm seeing some ask questions that a quick google search, a read of a companies guide lines from their website, or even a glance of their brousure, would sometimes give the answer.

    Some questions are things alot will take for granted, and would just carry out automaticaly. some are unique, and some are just way out there, and before any of you put up any links, I'm know I have been guilty of it my self.

    But the question has to be asked, how did you manage before boards, or even the internet?

    Books, library, newspapers, research by footwork/cold-calling and by actually listening to people, not just talking to them.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,882 ✭✭✭frozenfrozen


    What would I do without the internet? Quick; go ask that internet what I would do!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,641 ✭✭✭Hardonraging


    Jumpers for goal post's brah !!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,940 ✭✭✭Corkfeen


    I actually find it rather sad that I don't utilise the library to the same degree as when I was a child. Now, I use it for some references for essays. :mad: I hear they even have playboy now.....


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 15,719 Mod ✭✭✭✭Tabnabs


    I'm lost without it and have been addicted since I first heard the siren song



  • Registered Users Posts: 24,072 ✭✭✭✭ejmaztec


    FatherLen wrote: »
    if someone asked us a question before the internet we would take the a guess and back it up with no facts at all and the most reasonable answer was then truth.

    If anyone asked me a question before the internet, I would say to them "that's for me to know, and for you to find out". Then I would walk away.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,427 ✭✭✭SafeSurfer


    World Books.

    Multo autem ad rem magis pertinet quallis tibi vide aris quam allis



  • Registered Users Posts: 849 ✭✭✭celticcrash


    I used to enjoy going to the liberary twice a week.
    Now with the internet every second fool thinks they are super intelligent. Some how these fools never picked up a book in their lives.
    Google and utube fools. (google it, google it, google it,)
    Smart phones are for dumb people.:D


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 15,515 ✭✭✭✭admiralofthefleet


    we knocked into our friends


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 20,009 ✭✭✭✭Run_to_da_hills


    CB radio before it became Children's band.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,637 ✭✭✭✭OldGoat


    Chicken entrails were good for weather and marrage type questions but for really tough questions like "Would you shag someone who forgot to brush their teeth" we would have to resort to slaughtering the eldest goat.

    I'm older than Minecraft goats.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,738 ✭✭✭mawk


    aertel I guess


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,881 ✭✭✭JohnMarston


    How did we cope before the internet?

    You asked your parents


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,158 ✭✭✭frag420


    Encylopedia Britannica!!


  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 8,490 Mod ✭✭✭✭Fluorescence


    Libraries and encyclopedias I guess (I once tried to check one out from the kids section of our library when I was 6 only to be told I wasn't allowed :( ). It would be more difficult to go back though. Remembering having instant access to all the knowledge in the world but not being able to anymore. That would be pretty soul destroying.


  • Registered Users Posts: 267 ✭✭Tom


    I just used to shout "Your Ma" and "Blast them with p!ss" at random strangers. I miss the good old days - but not the beatings.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,372 ✭✭✭im invisible


    Back in the day you used your hand and your imagination


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,445 ✭✭✭Tow


    We used BBSes:
    TOPPSI's list of Irish bulletin boards
    --------------------------------------
    
    Name        SysOp             Speeds                    Times  Phone No.
    
    Connect-    David Doyle       V21/22/22bis/32/HST       24hrs  +353-1-6711047
    Ireland/    (Lines 2/3/4)     V21/22/22bis/32/32bis     24hrs  +353-1-6773547
    aka TOPPSI  Connect-Ireland is FidoNet node 2:263/151 and concentrates on
                community, youth, education and social topics.  Official Apogee
                distribution site.  GreenNet and K-12 links. Lines 2 to 4 are
                'banked' on the same phone number.  Internet Email access
                as <user>@toppsi.gn.apc.org
    
    Infomatique Liam Murphy       V21/22/22bis/32/32bis     24hrs  +353-1-8721232
                (Line 2)          V21/22/22bis/HST          24hrs  +353-1-8721239
                Run on an AMIGA 3000 using DLG Professional - one of Ireland's
                first BBS!  Supports Amiga, Atari and PC.
    
    SIX         Stephen Kearon V21/22/22bis/32/32bis(4 lines)24hrs +353-1-6789000
                McAfee Agents for Ireland.  FidoNet node 2:263/167.
                Alcom/ZyXEL/Gammafax/MegaHertz support.
    
    Nemesis'    Andy Mowatt   V21/22/22bis/32/32bis/HST16K8 24hrs  +353-1-324755
    Dungeon     (Line 2)          V21/22/22bis/32/32bis/FAX 24hrs  +353-1-326900
                Amiga based, multi-computer support. FidoNet node 2:263/150
    
    FrEd Mail   Conor Mac Hale    V21/22/22bis              24hrs  +353-1-2889783
                (Free Educational Mail)  Trans-Atlantic, European and Australian
                penpals and inter-school projects are encouraged.  Co-SysOps are
                Tom O Briain and Damien Cox.
    
    Electronic  Keith Whyte       V21/22/22bis/32/32bis     24hrs  +353-1-6611433
    Media Net   Specialises in MIDI, music and the music industry.
                FidoNode 2:263/153
    
    Alien Line  Gavin McConnon    V21/22/22bis/32/32bis     24hrs  +353-1-2800742
                Mainly Amiga but also IBM support.  Co-sysop is Christian
                Hayden. Runs on Amiga 4000/030 using DLG Pro.  Star Trek areas.
    
    Quarterdeck     George Hanratty V22/22bis/32            24hrs  +353-1-284-4381
    International   Provides support for QDK products.
    BBS.            Many utilities available for DESQview and ported X-apps
                    for DESQview/X.
    
    i-Com                         V21/22/22bis              24hrs  +353-1-679-8924
                Commercial 'gateway' to USA - $25/hour. Enter 'o' (letter oh) when
                connected; then enter 'i-com' to sign up.  First time callers get
                free demo.
    
    CUGI-BBS    Jamie Ruane      V22/22bis/32/32bis         24hrs  +353-1-2832829
                Commodore Users Group of Ireland BBS, supporting all Commodore
                computers and providing User Group information. Running on an
                Amiga A1200 under DLG-PRO, online facilities include CD-ROM
                and FidoNet (2:263/155.0). SysOps - Jamie Ruane and Colin Dalton.
    
    DNA BBS     Martin Shortall/Kieran Reilly V21-V32bis   24hrs  +353-1-549029
                Atari ST based BBS.
    
    Yukon Ho!   Mark Kerr         V21/22/22bis/32/32bis/HST 24hrs  +44-232-768163
                (Line 2)          V21/22/22bis/32/32bis     24hrs  +44-232-763639
                Based in Belfast this is FidoNet node 2:443/59
    
    Quasar!     Dave Byrne        V21/22/22bis/32/32bis/HST 24hrs  +44-846-693067
                Dromore, Co. Down.  This is FidoNet node 2:443/10
    
    Starship    Gerry Martin      V21/22/22bis/32/32bis/HST 24hrs  +44-232-763014
    Enterprise  Based in Belfast. This is FidoNet node 2:443/21
    
    NIBBS       John Marrow       V21/22/22bis/32/32bis     24hrs  +44-662-247291
                Based in Co. Tyrone.  This is FidoNet node 2:443/70
    
    The Village Harry Broadrick   V21/22/22bis/32/32bis     24hrs  +44-232-602972
                Based in Belfast.  This is FidoNet node 2:443/509
    
    Special     John McCormac     V21/22/22bis/HST          24hrs  +353-51-50143
    Projects    Specialises in Ham Radio/TV/Satellite Communications both
                European and American. FidoNode 2:263/402
    
    Ireland     Barry Flanagan   V21/22/22bis/32/32bis/ZyXEL 24hrs +353-91-592711
    On-line     sales@iol.ie     V21/22/22bis/32/32bis/ZyXEL 24hrs +353-1-285-2700
                Commercial system based in Galway with lines in Dublin as
                well.  Several access options depending on subscription paid.
    
    
    InfoNet     Dairmaid O Cadhla V21/22/22bis/32/32bis     24hrs  +353-21-892582
    Services    (line 2)          V21/22/22bis/32/32bis     24hrs  +353-21-294914
                Commercial system based in Cork. FidoNode 2:263/201
    
    CommCubed   Tommy McCourt     V21/22/22bis/32/32bis     24hrs   +44-????
                A TOPPSI mirror system in Derry - currently being tested.
    
    Connect     Graham Lightfoot  V21/22/22bis/32/32bis     24hrs   +353-61-????
    West        A TOPPSI mirror system in Clare - currently being tested.
    
    STYX        John McKeon       V21/22/22bis              24hrs  +353-61-338228
                PC based BBS based in Limerick.  FidoNode 2:263/271
    
    Reflex      Richard Foley     V21/22/22bis              24hrs   +353-51-83771
    AV-BBS      Mainly concerned with virus and security issues. Fido 2:263/401
    
    Digital     Martin Browne     V21/22/22bis/32/32bis     24hrs   +353-1-8208291
    Paradise    Supporting Amiga/IBM PC users.
    
    
    EXEC        Donal O Beirne    V21/22/22bis/32/32bis     24hrs   +353-61-229998
                Supporting a mix of Home/Games users
    
    TechBase    John Buswell      V21/22/22bis/32/32bis     24hrs   +353-66-28929
                BBS dedicated to Star Trek and especially Deep Space Nine. Also
                online technical database. FidoNode 2:263/250
    
    TheEnd! -   Des Gibbons       V21/22/22bis/32/32bis     24hrs  +353-1-8321673
    part two    Concentrates on PC software and utilities.  FidoNode 2:263/79
    
    GameStorm   Declan Lynch      V21/22/22bis         21:00-11:00  +353-1-920224
                Run by computer game rental company.  Contains stock lists and
                competition details.  Fidonode 2:263/156
    
    The Highway Iain Black        V21/22/22bis      22:00-08:00 wk +353-1-8475217
    To Hell     Concentrates on Amiga and C64.      22:00-13:00 w/e
                Online games.  Fidonode 2:263/154
    
    Compuserve: via a PAD (+353-1-676 8800 @ 2400 b.p.s.)
    
    Eirpac: Call 1-801 + the baud rate you wish to use (eg 1-801 19200 
    for v32 or 1-801 2400 for 2400 bps service, etc.)  Subscription required.
    X.25 system
    
    Genesis     sales@gpl.com                                       +44-232-231622
                Internet access for Belfast and Cork                +353-21-274141
    
    Internet    admin@internet-eireann.ie                           +353-1-278-1060
    Eireann     Internet access in Dublin 
    
    IEunet      info@ieunet.ie                                      +353-1-671-9361
                main Irish backbone
    
    

    When is the money (including lost growth) Michael Noonan took in the Pension Levy going to be paid back?



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,327 ✭✭✭Madam_X


    I used to enjoy going to the liberary twice a week.
    Now with the internet every second fool thinks they are super intelligent. Some how these fools never picked up a book in their lives.
    Google and utube fools. (google it, google it, google it,)
    Smart phones are for dumb people.:D
    Do you still go to the library twice a week?

    Thank feck for the internet and smartphones. Managed fine without them but they make communicating and info-finding a lot better. A minor glitch is the passive-aggressive comments in relation to users of them... made via the internet, but otherwise it's all good baby. :cool:


  • Registered Users Posts: 849 ✭✭✭celticcrash


    Yes I still go to the library once a week.
    Its just some people I meet up with put there smart phones on the table on frount of them. And during a conversation they (google it)
    I want to know what a person thinks about it or how they feel about it.
    Its stopping some people thinking for themselves.
    If you ask them how do they feel about a certain subject.
    They (google it).
    If I am close with them,I can be blunt enough to tell them to stop playing with
    their toy while their in somebodys company.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,922 ✭✭✭hooradiation


    Yes I still go to the library once a week.
    Its just some people I meet up with put there smart phones on the table on frount of them. And during a conversation they (google it)
    I want to know what a person thinks about it or how they feel about it.
    Its stopping some people thinking for themselves.
    If you ask them how do they feel about a certain subject.
    They (google it).
    If I am close with them,I can be blunt enough to tell them to stop playing with
    their toy while their in somebodys company.

    those rat bastards, trying to find out more about a subject before giving you a response.

    monsters.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14 stebe


    We went outside.....



    And sometimes we even talked to real people :eek:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,198 ✭✭✭du Maurier


    Biggins wrote: »
    Books, library, newspapers, research by footwork/cold-calling and by actually listening to people, not just talking to them.


    Shut up, you stiff!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,817 ✭✭✭pebbles21


    I just asked the wife....apparently she knows everything!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,037 ✭✭✭Nothingbetter2d


    irish-stew wrote: »
    Not picking on any forum members, but from browsing the forums I'm seeing some ask questions that a quick google search, a read of a companies guide lines from their website, or even a glance of their brousure, would sometimes give the answer.

    Some questions are things alot will take for granted, and would just carry out automaticaly. some are unique, and some are just way out there, and before any of you put up any links, I'm know I have been guilty of it my self.

    But the question has to be asked, how did you manage before boards, or even the internet?

    we fought wars more frequently before the net came into existance... nowadays we just troll instead.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,159 ✭✭✭✭phasers


    before the internet I asked my parents everything. I tend to still ask them first then double check later. If I'm out and I think of a weird question I ring my Dad, he's a goldmine for useless facts


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