Today’s prompt — #clmooc #DS106 @ds106dc #tdc3940 — asked us to share without telling how long we’ve been using computers.
I immediately remembered conducting educational research using GOPHER, the University of Minnesota’s file directory through FTP — including Archie, Veronica, and Usenet. All text based, and you needed the protocol to find your way to the research directory. [Gopher info on Wikipedia and Web Design Museum.] It was eventually replaced by HTTP, but is generally considered the precursor to the internet web.
And I remember the MUD — multi-user dimension — rooms, all text based to adventure games and more. [ Wikipedia] Although, I found teachers and information on MOO — Mud, Object-Oriented. [Wikipedia]
And there’s a bit of computing and internet history for you!
UPDATE: From @cogdog
Take a look: Floodgap / Gopher and Why — the relevance