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19 Screenshots That Will Make You Feel Overwhelmingly Nostalgic

It's like being in 1996 all over again.

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1. Netscape was what all the cool kids used. Only casuals would be caught using Internet Explorer.

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2. Encarta was your Wikipedia:

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3. And this was your Photoshop:

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4. This was how you listened to CDs:

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5. And this was for MP3s:

6. This was how you got online:

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7. And even though you never really knew what defragging did, you were told it was important, so you did it anyways:

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8. This was the choicest background:

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9. You could never settle on the best cards for solitaire:

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10. Google didn't exist, but there were plenty of precursors:

11. You'll never forget the sounds of ICQ:


12. You committed your first cybercrime using Napster:

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13. You never fully grasped the rules of Hearts:

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14. And you always quit Minesweeper in frustration as soon as you lost, which was usually the first time you played:


15. The built-in screensavers were THE BEST:

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16. You used your "evaluation version" on WinZip to get your files as small as possible so they'd fit on fewer floppy disks:

17. You marveled the first time you saw a hard drive with over 1GB on it. SO MUCH SPACE!

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18. Your first gaming addiction was called Chip's Challenge:

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19. And at one absurd point in time, you absolutely HAD TO wait for this message before you could turn off your computer:


This post was translated from German.

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