OK, so I'm cheating a little here — DOS is a general computer term, not an Internet-specific one.But back before Windows as we know it today, Mac OS, and perhaps to a lesser degree Linux had become the standard home computer operating systems, most of us dealt with DOS at one point or another.This isn't to say that the BBS format totally disappeared, however; it adapted to function as an Internet tool.
Acronyms are meant to save time and improve efficiency by shortening the number of characters you have to type, but in actual speech, “BRB” and “be right back” have the same number of syllables...which, to me, defeats the whole purpose of using an acronym in the first place. Aside from the aforementioned still-common favorites, many acronyms that were ubiquitous in the '90s are rarely encountered today. Largely because they were pegged to technology or social conventions that are now outmoded.But hey, at least we can keep the past alive ourselves, right? ” was used to deduce a little basic information about how it was you were talking to.IRCs were a staple of early Internet communication, even though they've fallen somewhat out of favor these days.Remember how much fun all those chat rooms and programs used to be, even if they were also a little sketchy?MIDIs could be fun on their own, too, though, particularly in the pre-Pandora and i Tunes days — that is, before actual music was readily available on the Internet. Most of us probably recognize it as Tigger's catchphrase; the character was obviously around long before then, though (A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner , in which Tigger makes his debut, was originally published in 1928, and Disney's version of the tales debuted in 1966), so it's a little bit of a mystery.I used to spend a disgusting amount of time on a site specializing in MIDIs of popular songs — I think it was called MIDI Heaven, but my memory is a little foggy (sorry, I'm old) — listening to a weird combination of Top 40 hits, the classic rock my dad raised me on, and showtunes, because hi, theatre person here. Both the Disney Channel and home video were on the rise when us '80s and '90s kids were all…Despite not being totally alone on when I logged in, there wasn't really anyone to chat with.And while this shouldn't have been a huge surprise, I had to admit, I found myself getting kind of sad about AIM's slump into its current state.Anyone who played video or computer games in the '90s should be familiar with the unique sound of MIDI files; if you weren't a gamer back then, though, odds are you encountered at least a couple of homemade Geocities or Angelfire websites that autoplayed some terrifyingly loud MIDI song every time they loaded.Apparently we also have MIDI to thank for modern dance and electronic music. ” Probably, although since I honestly can't remember the last time I encountered it in the wild, I'm assuming that it's not nearly as widespread as it was during the '90s. well, I'm actually not totally clear on that, either.