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WOPR and 74627.1020

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I'm immersed in nostalgia right now, writing about Centipede and vintage video game machines, so I was particularly susceptible to Burlingtonian Matt G. Paradise's latest historical post about his early Internet adventures. Any post that starts out with WOPR, or Joshua, as WarGames fans know him/it, has my immediate attention.

Matty the Greek had a modem and was online back in 1984, which makes him a total dweeb, and also indescribably cool. Says our favorite local Satanist:

As mentioned in a previous post, I have been consistently online since1984 -- back when I was known as 74627.1020 (a now-useless ID numberburned forever in my mind). Yes, you read that correctly: 1984. ThatOrwellian year that never was marked my foray into cyberspace, and I'llbe garishly flaunting that mundane fact, as well as going through somecomparative observations between then and now as you accept the termsand conditions of this geek moment by clicking...

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