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Back to the Future.

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by oliver twist, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. oliver twist

    oliver twist Junior Member

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    This morning I woke up with the urge of some inspirational writing, regarding the future.
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    - Son, do you know how it was back then, 20 years ago, on the internet?

    - 20 years ago? No idea, dad.

    - Well, we used to have a 56k modem that was really slow. Every time we needed to send an email (which was a pretty new concept those days) we had to wait 10 minutes for that email to be sent. And the recipient had to wait a few hours to get it.

    - LOLOLOL... Really?

    - Yes, really. And there were only a few places where we could browse for something. Some primitive blogs, a few search engines only with a couple hundred indexed sites...

    - So, no google, yahoo... ??? How's that possible? I mean, what was the use for the internet, then?

    - Pretty much the same use as we have today, but with much less resources. Back then, we couldn't talk to the world in real time, like now. For example, we are posting this on BHW, right?

    - Yes.

    - Ok. In a matter of seconds, there will be thousands of people, from all over the world that can read and reply to what we are saying. This was impossible back then.

    - Shit... really? How did you guys communicate?

    - LOL. With land line phones, faxes, letters, etc. Today, if you need to partner with someone, because you think you have a good idea and need some JV's, you just post that in some forums and people reply, almost instantly, from all over the world. In those days, if you needed a partner you had to arrange some meetings, or travel to meet your partners on the other side of the world.

    - Man, that's insane...

    - Yes, I know. Looks like insanity today :)

    - So, people didn't have the chance to make some money on the internet, like today?

    - ehehehe... No. Just a selected few. Today you just search for some methods in BHW and there you go.

    - Shit. Glad I live in this era. Pretty boring, those days.

    - True, yes. But remember that every time comes with it's benefits. In those days people talked with each other, personally. They could shake hands, know each other better, and so on. It had it's advantages. Today, if you don't get a reply for something in the next minute, you become frustrated, thinking "whyTF is this taking so long?".

    - I see... but today we can reach and talk to the world instantly. And we can make friends worldwide.

    - Yes. And that's amazing. Just remember that this won't stop here. In some years you will have this same conversation with your son, and he will say
    "Shit dad, you had to email each other, or talk in that... what's the name... skype?.. That's insane. Couldn't people just push a button with the GPS coordinates and appear on our friends house, like today?"...

    ______

    :)
     
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    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    What a waste of time... lol

    Better going to get out of here.
     
  3. oliver twist

    oliver twist Junior Member

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    lol. Please go.
     
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    Nah, I thought this was related with the film hence I clicked.

    It wasn't but since I clicked I thought I'd read it.

    I thought the ending was going to be something good, but it felt like used socks.

    In the end the thread was a bit deceiving and felt like something I've seen a million times.

    :D
     
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    its pretty cool story:)
     
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    Sounds like schizophrenia talks to you.
     
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    This thread needs a gif...here you go:
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    When my internet connection finally reaches 88 Megabytes Per Second I'll be in the future.
     
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    It was nice back then! I loved playing Ultima Online with my 56k modem hehehe, or having my first phone, those big ugly bricks from Motorola!
    Oh wait, I feel old now...
     
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    After reading this makes me wish I were back in the 90's, so I would not have been able to read it.
     
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    56k modems weren't around 20 years ago. What the hell was your dad sending that took 20mins to send on a 56k modem. Why did it take 3 times longer to download said email than it did to upload? There weren't search engines 20 years ago, directories were all the rage.

    I think your dad should start taking his meds.
     
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    I think the OP was on metaphoric stage today ... :)
    Well at least some of the things ... First of all , the 56K modems was there , loads of us used it ... an email usually took maybe a minute or so to load ... of course there wasn't search engines like today , but we still had directories most of them human edited and you had the chance to search for virtually anything same like today ... Sites generally took same to load some of them faster other slower , you have to remember in last 10 years I think websites got huge really huge improvements ( flash & java animations / html5 and so on ) ...

    Super fast communications was a bliss and a curse in same time for '' humanity '' , from business point of view of course is a huge step forward , but human factor is lost .

    & '' back to the future '' ... most probably 20 years from now , we will laugh so hard @ 100mbps broad bands ... we will most probably enjoy super high definition web applications , 3d view ... and loads of other beauties ... technologically we have to evolve it's a must from economic point of view ... and we will not build super high speed networks & computers only for gamers & media distribution .