Rogel wrote a post on how he got into the internet and tagged a few other people to do the same. This tag apparently started in Israel, by Mosif. I never thought of starting one myself but there's another idea I could do over the summer. (I have a few features planned for the summer version of this blog but more about that later)
When did I start using the Internet?
Well, in the early '90s, when I was married to husband #1, he had a computer being a computer guy himself. He worked in the IT field and in the early '90s, the internet was much more of a hassle to get into. He was much more of a Linux guy (like so many true computer bloods are) so we did not do too much. It was a totally new concept to me so I did not venture too much into it. Then the year after the Gulf war, we moved to Saudi Arabia for his work, and even though we could have had internet access, it was still very limited at best. Censorship you know. So I used the computer mostly for playing the original 'where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?'
After our separation, I returned to Ottawa Canada and re-enrolled at Carleton University to finish my political science degree. That's when my computer/internet use really took off. So much (more) information was available online, and most of the professors allowed sources from the net as long it was properly documented. Being pretty new at this, I would write down the whole thing, for example, not just http://www.blogger.com (say).. but http://www.blogger.com/post-creat.g?blogID# ! Ha, I was not going to give my blogID away. You get the picture.
Another level up for using the internet came when I married my current husband. He's an IT guy as well (gotta love those computer nerds), and the internet had expanded, and so did our usage. My research for all kinds of things became more savvy, there's a trick to finding things online.. and through trial and error, I figured out how to surf. Now since January last year, I started this blog and even though I got late into the game, it has made me do a whole lot more online. Now I do virtually most things online. I don't even bother looking things up in a telephone book, it's faster doing it online. My kids will not have any summer camps (so far) so I will do my research online for activities and school type work. I do not read the local newspaper, but look for news sources online. The world really is my oyster and if one can speak/read more than one language, it's even better!
I will say this though. If an article is too long to read and I am doing research, I do print it out to read it sitting down more comfortably. Nothing can beat reading something off line.
So I guess it's time for me to tag five people as well;
I'll go with Mary, Lindsay, Jamie, Robster, and Gary. You guys have different ages and background so it would be interesting to see when and how ya'll got online.