It started in (insert year)
As a kid I got introduced to peer to peer software. It was magical software when people shared files with each other effortlessly. The sum of human knowledge was on each computer and was being shared freely.
It was the late 90s, the dawn of the internet for most people.
Wanted an episode of a show you liked? Simple open up the peer to peer (p2p) software, type in the name, search it, and it will scan all computers that are running that software (millions of computers) without having to use a website or central authority.
If one computer has what you want, it will show, and you can download it.
Downloading was slow usually, but as people downloaded bits of what they wanted, the speed increased, because even if a computer downloaded a portion of a file it instantly started sharing that portion.
Back in those days Ipods were the rage. Little mini hard drives that were used to store and play the gigabytes of the thousands of music tracks people got from p2p software.
It looked like everything would be free and would be shared at no cost.
The content police caught up somewhat.
I remember setting up a computer for an older lady that I built a computer for.
She loved the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I showed er how she could download and watch those episodes.
Looking back my guess is that the internet police (Comcast) probably sent her a letter to get her to stop because undoubtedly if she didn’t change her behavior she would have and share those episodes to the world until time ended.
I was a little bit of a rebel with technology.
During high school I went to a class with other tech kids from schools in my area and we learned how to be trained in Cisco networking (a leader internet hardware provider).
With that knowledge of how the internet’s network physically worked I mainly used that knowledge when I was contacting our broadband ISP’s tech support.
Back in those days we used to have LAN parties.
The tech kids from school would get together at a house. We would setup tables and our computers that we brought from home in the living room, and we would connect our computers together with a local network.
At first we used hubs which shared the network data with the whole network. Hubs were upgraded to switches which targeted the data delivery and were much more efficient.
Then we would connect this local network to the broadband internet.
The games we used to play together were Counter Strike and any games we fancied. Some of us played online games at the LAN parties.
We usually ordered pizza.