This weekend was a rough one – I literally spent about 40 hours working, yet I still feel like I’m ridiculously far behind. I also moved all my web hosting clients to a new server, and let me just say that it was even less exciting than it sounds.
Anyway, there was a lot of technology going on in my life all weekend long, and it got me thinking about the enormous strides we’ve made since I was a kid. Sometimes when I think about how much the internet has changed society, I’m just blown away. I’ve now been using the internet in some form or another for 20 years. (Also, I can’t believe I’m old enough to talk about doing anything for 20 years other than being alive.)
I also thought about some of the stupid, stupid things I’ve done using all the computers, gadgets, and gizmos available to me over the years. Here are just a few examples.
Confession: My first website was a Tupac Shakur fan page.
Yeah. I was/am a huge Tupac fan, especially when I was a preteen and he was still alive. So I made this horrible, gaudy fan page on Geocities that featured “borrowed” images, song lyrics, and lots of flashing/moving elements. I wish the Wayback Machine could find it – it was truly a wonder to behold. Anyone else remember web rings? I was a member of about 40 of them, all with their own flashing graphics, all dedicated to Tupac and/or gangster rap. Shame factor: 6/10
Confession: I paid $50 for a hard-to-find CD after finding it for sale online.
Years ago, my aunt asked me for help finding Pat Benatar’s Tropico on CD. This was pre-browser, when everything online was all text. After weeks of searching (no Google) I found it listed on some shady classified ad site, bought it, mailed a check (the horror!) and got my aunt to reimburse me. We actually got the CD, though, which is a miracle. Today I can buy the entire album in mp3 format for less than ten bucks and have it in a matter of minutes. Shame factor: 5/10
Confession: I was a prolific giver of “Thanks for the add!” graphics.
Remember those? The glittery, cartoony images you could post on someone’s Myspace profile after they added you? I was ridiculously addicted to those things, and I used to hoard them so I would always have the perfect one to post on someone’s profile. I remember making one for my ex-husband’s martial arts instructor with the Pedro Sauer logo on it. These days I prefer to pretend like Myspace – and its scary graphics – never existed. Shame factor: 7/10
Confession: My first cell phone plan had 60 minutes a month.
I’ll always remember my first cell phone. It made Zach Morris’ phone look high tech. Between the 2-foot antenna and the little calculator-like screen, it made me the envy of all my friends. It also cost $40 a month for sixty (not a typo) minutes and free weekends. I didn’t even get free nights! It had the number buttons, star, pound, a green button to call, and a red button to hang up. No menus, no texting, no nothing. Oh yeah, and I ended up with a huge bill because of roaming charges – remember those? – and my dad had to pay it. Needless to say, it was many years later before I had another cell phone. Shame factor: 6/10
What are Your Internet Confessions?
I know I can’t be the only person who did some stupid things involving technology back in the good old days before you could carry the internet in your pocket. I could tell these stories for hours, but I’d rather hear about your experiences so I can feel better about mine!
What are your internet confessions? Any super embarrassing stories and/or tales of technology that make you feel as old as I do right now? Let’s hear them!