Noël’s Meme

1. When did you first con­nect (“go online”), and how?
I believe my first con­nec­tion was prob­a­bly via the Atlanta Adam User’s Group BBS, which was called some­thing like The Gar­den of Eden. That would have been in the ear­ly 80s, 1983 or so—I was still in high school. Dad­dy got one of the Cole­co Adam com­put­ers and end­ed up being head of the local user group.

2. What was your first com­mu­ni­ca­tions program?
I don’t hon­est­ly remember.

3. When did you first chat over the inter­net, and how?
Hmmm—my first *real* inter­net account was with Mind­Spring. I don’t think I did any “chat­ting” in the strictest sense, though. I had been an AOL user for a few years by then and had large­ly got­ten over the whole chat thing.

4. What chat-type program(s) do you use now?
Yahoo Mes­sen­ger and Tril­lian. I have IDs on MSN and ICQ and AIM. I just don’t like the fact that AIM won’t let me be invis­i­ble or only vis­i­ble to select peo­ple like the oth­ers will. If I have a chat pro­gram open, I am usu­al­ly invisible.

5. Who was your first ser­vice provider?
Again, my first true inter­net ser­vice provider was Mind­Spring in 1995 or so. I had tried Q‑Link (AOL’s fore­run­ner), Prodi­gy, Com­puserve, and Genie around 1990 to see what they were like and had an AOL account for sev­er­al years before going to MindSpring.

6. Did you ever use AOL?
See above.

7. Do you admit using AOL in public?

8. Who is your cur­rent ISP?
Com­cast, which was AT&T Broad­band, which was MediaOne, which was Road­Run­ner when we orig­i­nal­ly signed up for it.

9. What was the first com­put­er that you used to access the ‘net?
The inter­net? A P‑90. Online ser­vices in gen­er­al? A Cole­co Adam. I think it had maybe a 300 baud modem at best (maybe slow­er). My first PC of my very own was a 386DX with a 2400 baud modem that I used for telecom­mut­ing (in 1990). I kept try­ing to get my employ­er to upgrade to 9600 baud, but they thought that was just ridiculous—why would any­body need a modem that fast? 😉

10. What com­put­er do you use to access the ‘net today?
It’s a Data Gen­er­al PC that Sam’s for­mer employ­er tossed out and we salvaged.

11. What was your first ‘net handle?
I don’t remem­ber any but my AOL account, and the main name I used there was CynthiaLyn.

12. Did you use any oth­er han­dles for any length of time? If so, what were they?
FlameOpal was one. TLACYN was the screen name I used while work­ing AOL’s Tech Live sup­port chan­nel. I think I was Teach­Cyn or some­thing like that when work­ing in the home­work help room.

13. What ‘net han­dle do you nor­mal­ly use now?
Tech­noMom since 1995.

14. Are you active on any web­sites oth­er than LJ? If you’re will­ing to say, what ones?
Web­sites? No, not real­ly. I large­ly stick to mail­ing lists and still fol­low a very few newsgroups.

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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