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It’s Hard To Believe People Used To Do This Before Wi-Fi And Internet

You Saved Files On A Floppy Disc

There’s nothing more legendary than the floppy disc. It was an icon of the era before Wi-Fi. Those of you who lived through those floppy disc times remember what it was like to manually save all of your data on that large disc. You’d have to be very careful where you placed it, store it securely, and make sure you never lost it. Even that soft sleeve that came with the floppy discs to keep them free from scratches didn’t protect them. Back then, it was the only reliable way to transfer files. Roger Kasten, the IBM Systems’ Worldwide Storage Manager said, “The floppy disk provided the first genuinely easy way to transfer files. Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, we often depended on ‘sneaker-net’ to transfer data between computers. All you had to do was put data on a floppy, walk over to a colleague or friend, hand the floppy over, and allow that person to copy the data to their system.” Now, we have websites like WeTransfer and Dropbox to easily send files to each other, even if we’re across the entire world (IBM)

It’s Hard To Believe People Used To Do This Before Wi-Fi And Internet

You Explored The World Wide Web With Netscape Navigator

If you had access to the net well before the days of Wi-Fi, you probably used Netscape Navigator. This was before Microsoft and Google, and eventually, the two caught on. But you were likely there for the rise and fall of the Netscape drama. Developers released the first successful browser in 1994. It cleared the air of the massive mess and clutter that was the internet. Eric Bina, one of the original creators of Netscape Navigator, said, “The original idea was how to [make] all of this information easily accessible to anyone.” He and his business partner had a vision of the potential of the internet, and before Wi-Fi, anything was possible. Bina went on to say, “At the time, I [told Andreessen] that this was a terrible idea because it was going to break the internet. There just wasn’t enough bandwidth. Of course, I was completely wrong.” And how wrong he was! (Popular Mechanics).

It’s Hard To Believe People Used To Do This Before Wi-Fi And Internet

Images Took Forever To Load

Thanks to the slow dial-up speeds of the good old days, that meant there was slow page loading. Pre-Wi-Fi life was slow, and if you wanted to load an image, you better grab some popcorn. Remember the photos that slowly loaded, line after excruciating line? Luckily, we don’t have that problem any more thanks to faster internet connections and speeds (YouTube).

It’s Hard To Believe People Used To Do This Before Wi-Fi And Internet
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You Had To Leave The House To Socialize

Before the internet, people had to step out of their houses if they wanted to see any of their friends. They didn’t have anything like Google, YouTube, and social media to keep them entertained. They couldn’t have Zoom meetings from their phones, or lead a team from their bed. People went to the cinema to watch a movie. As internet user, Allison Michael said on Quora, “As kids, we got a lot more physical exercise, but mostly because we were soul-crushingly bored. We would do just about anything for a few moments of entertainment. Some of it was dangerous. Those of us who lived have great stories to tell of running away from vicious dogs, climbing tall trees, and having spectacular bike wrecks with colorful injuries to be retold of for decades.” That sounds a lot more fulfilling than sitting in front of a screen and watching a movie, albeit way more dangerous. In the good old days before Wi-Fi, kids live a faster-paced life (Quora).