6 things we used to do online in the early 2000s


It’s 2014, and we do almost everything with our Internet. Have a bill to pay? Pay online. Want to book a movie ticket? Do it online. Need to stock up on groceries? Choose from one of the online supermarkets. It has become our life; so much so that some of us might have forgotten what we used to do online when the Internet was at its infant stage. Were you part of this era?

Sending chain emails
Nowadays, when we see something interesting, we’ll share it on Facebook. Many years ago, we have to manually forward that interesting piece of information via email; and exposing everyone’s email in one single chain email. Oh, now you know why we’re all so familiar with “Fwd”.

Chatting on mIRC
Everyone has this program installed into their Pentium 4 computer. When you log into the Internet, it’s abstoluately imperative that you’ve logged in to mIRC, too. It’s like Internet = mIRC. Who needs Facebook when you have mIRC?

Downloading songs
Napster is the other program that we need to have. When the Internet came, CD met its Grim Reaper. Now? DVD is in its coffin, and Blue-ray is…what the heck is a Blue-ray? I only know Netflix.

Writing a blog in blogspot
You don’t need to have any coding skills; all you need is a username and password, and you’re officially a blogger. If you want to look more professional, change your skin. And because it was not that competitive then, you’ll have at least three readers: you, your best friend and your nemesis.

Finding the perfect web browser
If you’re a youngster and grew up with Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome, you’ve missed one of the biggest battles on the Internet: the fight between Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer. When it’s a one-on-one battle, it’s more interesting, for we have only one side to support. Of course, when Google came, everyone went home. It’s always the same, isn’t it?

Surfing GameFAQS
Because we could only play video games when we were not watching TV, we had to ensure that we were not struck in any game that we’ve bought or rented. The best solution is GameFAQs; download and print that crazily-long-plain-text walkthrough and Final Fantasy 7 will be a walk in the park.

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