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December 11, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Did you know Pizza Hut took online orders in 1994?

We don't think twice about ordering food via smart phone apps. Placing a pizza order via the Internet in '94 was a scifi fantasy!
When I first got an online account, it came with "space". I wasn't sure what that meant, but it was only a few weeks later that I had some rudimentary HTML occupying my "space". An amazing world began to unfold. In the beginning so many websites took on this gray background until coders figured out how to set the bgcolor attribute.

The idea that one could use the internet to order pizza was a mind bending concept. Times have certainly changed. Now cable television monopolies restrict your speed so they can charge more for premium service.

Pizza Hut took online orders in 1994 Remember when most web sites looked like this? It was a crazy world out there at 2400 baud.
Pizza Hut took online orders in 1994 My first modem was 2400 baud and prevented me from using my phone to call anyone while I was online. I signed up for Prodigy and was stunned at the communities that existed online. I enjoyed the commercial services. I signed up for AOL back when speeds were 9600 baud and Time Warner would have laughed at Steve Case's online service. I discovered Compuserve and Delphi and explored what they had to offer.

The online world seemed so vast. I loved the diversity of the many Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) out there. BMUG was killer! As I ventured out onto the web with a real internet account, I found a place I never wanted to leave. Today these experiences are taken for granted. My son is quite accustomed to looking up facts and info online and watching Minecraft videos for tips and tricks.

After graduating to a 14.4 modem, I felt on top of the world and would never have thought that a cable company would one day be reducing my connectivity speed in order to charge me more money. I guess it's to be expected that corporate greed will spill into any and every business endeavor.

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