It's all Sting's fault
December 18, 2016 10:24 PM   Subscribe

 
HOT TAKE: I like Ten Summoner's Tales.

Come at me.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:49 PM on December 18, 2016 [5 favorites]


I like Ten Summoner's Tales.
Come at me.


Oh I will, after I get done sneering at Synchronicity.
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:13 PM on December 18, 2016 [1 favorite]


4. The First Online Food Order — Prepared food: Pizza Hut, 1994

NONE pizza with left beef
posted by not_on_display at 11:15 PM on December 18, 2016 [4 favorites]


That's actually BEST Online Food Order.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:19 PM on December 18, 2016


all of the rest of human history described here: https://youtu.be/0SLf3d32eCU?t=8m1s
posted by prambutan at 11:36 PM on December 18, 2016


Oh, pfooey. I sold a Sony Trinitron (dial knobs!) via Usenet (ott.general) in '92. Using Lynx as a browser...wait, cash transaction; I'm not part of history!

But "At the time, e-commerce was limited to people who had a Unix computer and the tech knowledge to run the early web browser Mosaic, which the New York Times called “a sophisticated Internet navigational program.”" appears to be bollocks. You could run Mosaic on a 386 running Windows. Reasonably snappy if you'd been lucky enough to upgrade to a 14,4 modem.

Trivia: in the early days of eBay, many listings didn't have photos; digital cameras were still very expensive, relatively speaking. Auctions with pictures were so rare and desirable (I had a digital camera and raked it in in the late 90s there) that one lady swiped my pic of a jacket, and used it for her listing for a jacket that was "similar," except in a different colour and with a different fabric.

A friend's wife up and left him and left everything possible behind, and he dumped it on me, and I sold the lot of it in lots on eBay -- including some non-cheap used underthings. These were heavily bid on, and only years later did I clue in and realise I had been one of the internet's first traders in used lingerie. Oops. I posted it quite innocently -- "just washed, some wear, plenty of life left; see photos..." and was left baffled at the prices a few old bras could go for. A more innocent time, for some of us.
posted by kmennie at 1:33 AM on December 19, 2016 [10 favorites]


> 2. The First Commercial Website: Symbolics.com, 1985

...five years before the World Wide Web was invented. Quite a feat.
posted by ardgedee at 3:52 AM on December 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


(stands up, walks over to stand next to Chrysostom) I liked Ten Summoner's Tales too. Nyah.

....Although "Fields of Gold" was not one of the tracks I liked.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:34 AM on December 19, 2016


Trivia: in the early days of eBay, many listings didn't have photos; digital cameras were still very expensive, relatively speaking.

I was a charter member of match.com circa 1995 or so. Match also did not have very many photos, perhaps none IIRC.

Every date was practically a true blind date. A bit more fun, but a hell of a lot more scary.
posted by JoeZydeco at 6:54 AM on December 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


Only if you define 'online' as meaning 'what we currently define as the Internet'. The French were doing all of this shit and more via Minitel in the early 1980s.
posted by Hogshead at 7:53 AM on December 19, 2016 [2 favorites]


kmennie, it wasn't that Mosaic was only available on UNIX, but PGP didn't run on Windows. That wording in the article was kind of unclear.
posted by Literaryhero at 7:53 AM on December 19, 2016 [1 favorite]


You'll remember me
When all Putin's trolls
Spew out their fields of garbage
You'll forget the facts
In your empty head
As you click on news from trolls

Never made a racist post lightly
Now the NSA has disowned Snowden
But i swear in the days of Trump
That we'll drown in posts from trolls

posted by benzenedream at 8:30 AM on December 19, 2016 [3 favorites]


It is ALWAYS Sting's fault, BTW.
posted by Samizdata at 9:33 AM on December 19, 2016


Fault? So being able to buy things on the internet is bad?
posted by GhostintheMachine at 11:42 AM on December 19, 2016


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