I suddenly remembered a DOST newsletter (please click on the images below) that I saw during one of my forays at the local NSCB. The article talked about the history of the Philippine Internet Connection. Which started as a dial up connection to Australia’s Victoria University of Technology in 1993. This was basically a test of the internet connection by the DOST, Ateneo De Manila Univ., University of the Philippines and De La Salle Univ. Because of the success of that first test, a 64kbps leased line was obtained in March 1994 and PHNet was born. The rest they say, is history.
I remember my first crack at the internet, it was in 1996 and I had to wait in line at the University Library. It was two computers side by side set for public use, they didn’t offer any chairs with it so that users would be encouraged to leave once they got tired of standing or became conscious of the Que of gripers behind them giving them dagger looks for hogging the PC. Didn’t even bother to check email, didn’t have any then, not to mention that I had nobody to email too either. I can’t even remember if it was nba.com or cnn.com that I first surfed, maybe nba.com. I got puzzled too with that “http://” thingy that had to precede the web address. 11 years later, now aren’t we all the experts? *snicker*