It all started pretty naiively with this here -- during a time we found the prospect of the internet being incorporated into television (e.g. WebTV) thrillingly futuristic and never fantasized the reverse we have now every day and ubiquitously! I was 52 years of age going on 71 -- and differently disabled (by an ankle-fracturing home fall). Ninety perecent of cyberusers, and maybe one percent of tech developers female, were male. Nearly one hundred percent of the public-at-large viewed cybernetics with the disinterest or suspiciously hostile reluctance they'd once felt initially toward Pet Rocks and Cabbage Patch Dolls.
The predominent search engine was kinda personally-approachable Yahoo, followed by a competitive gaggle of much less powerful and smaller contenders for second-third tier service/devotees. There was no Google, not even as a verb. Bing was a small and sweetly dangling cherry-colored fruit for jamming and jelling. Microsoft and Netscape duked it out in take-no-prisoner "browser wars" of which content providers and other committed users, who gathered organizationally to sanctify and heal routinely in regional aid&support groups, were the trapped Collateral Damage.
Original material c. A Country Rag, Inc. and/or Jeannette Harris, Jonesborough Tennessee, April 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. All rights reserved.