Your recollection gave me some great memory flashes. I was also on the Internet back in the pre-GUI days, and it was a strange world of names and acronyms like WAIS, Gopher, Telnet, Bulletin Board Systems, and this funny little network of university libraries and government research sites called the World Wide Web. And all of this crazy stuff was obtainable through a phone link, a 1200/2400 baud modem, an IBM 8088 processor with 256Kb of memory and a 25Mb hard drive, and an (approximately) 2,000 lb. CRT monitor with a green monochrome screen and if you were rich, a Hercules graphics card.
And when the graphics revolution came along (a/k/a VGA-mania) along with those blazing 9600-baud modems, there arose a demand for dial-up portals, and Prodigy was among the first. And yes, it was a very ugly interface:
posted on 01/29/2008 12:10:01 PM PST
(Kill the terrorists, secure the borders, and give me back my freedom.)
Seeing that screen I just remembered my Prodigy log-in and password, from over a decade ago.
The best part is somewhere in the labyrinth of Prodigy’s server farms, there were still original prodigy personal webpages on the ‘net in 2004. Even years after subscribers had stopped paying their contracts.
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