LGR – How To Find ANYTHING On The Internet


Greetings and welcome to an LGR thing! Got a rather special topic today. Today we’re going to be
discovering how to find anything on the internet… At least according to this
CD-ROM from the year 2000. From CareerTrack. Communicate with the world. Quick and Easy. Access to unlimited information and so on. We’re apparently gonna learn
how to use a web browser, navigate the web, find what you want. I really don’t know what
we’re going to discover on this disc because I
have not tried it yet. I found it in an episode
of LGR Thrifts at a local Goodwill Store and well… Anything like this, I am
instantly intrigued by. Not only does it look
ridiculously low budget, I don’t know if this was
even sold or if was just like handed out or what. There’s no UPC. Maybe
it was part of a larger product of some kind or
offered through their website or who knows what but yeah. It’s got little FMV
sequences it looks like and I’m down. I don’t even know if this
booklet has anything in there. I haven’t looked at it yet. Yeah wow. (laughs) Instructions on installation,
insert the CD into the drive it will automatically boot. Yeah, I don’t anticipate
this will be anything too complicated considering I
saw the Macromedia thingy right there on the back so
this is probably a Macromedia Director….yeah, right there. Pondview productions, yeah
okay, enough rambling. Let’s dive into How to Find
Anything on the Internet in the year 2000 on Windows 98. Okay, well I am ready
to find out how to find anything on the internet. Welcome to CareerTrack,
How to Find Anything on the Internet. Let’s install it. Well, that wasn’t much. I’m assuming it’s all
pretty much gonna be loading off of the CD cause there
were some Quicktime things there so it’s probably
just a bunch of .mov files if I had to guess. Alright, nice little interface here, well yeah, nice for the time. Just curious about those files though. Oh, it’s a bunch of .avi files. Pretty much just Quicktime
and Macromedia Director. Alright, let’s get started. [dramatic mouse click] – [Terri] Welcome to Pryor
Resources How to Find Anything on the Internet. I am Terri Parker Brown. – [LGR] Hi Terri. – [Terri] And I’ll show
you how to get the most out of the internet with
information, entertainment, products and services,
that are easily available at any time, the internet
is continually becoming more of a part of the way we live and the way we do business. In this course you’ll see what
the internet has to offer. As you learn how to use a web
browser to view web pages… – [LGR] Oh is that what
you do with a web browser? – [Terri] And we’ll be working
with the most commonly used web browers: Microsoft
Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, and the America Online Browser. – [LGR] I mean, that sums
up the year 2000 pretty well. Alright so she just sort of
faded into the Earth there, sort of a ghostly apparition left over. And it looks like we are
left with whatever else the rest of this is. So we’ve got a text transcript
where you can print things out, don’t have a printer
installed. (laughs) And there’s an index. Oh man, look at all the topics. Wow, a lot of topics. Mmm. Frames. So yeah, it’s really, I
guess, just a bunch of videos. That’s uh, hmm, well let’s
just look around at a few more of these I mean, cause why not. There might be some
fascinating stuff in here. At least the videos are
pretty decent quality. – [Terri] Before you get
started with this course, we’ll take a moment to show you how to use it. The screen is divided into three areas. – [LGR] Oh dear. I figured it out, it’s
basically a glorified Quicktime player. It’s okay. It’s okay, Terri. I understand. We’ve got an interface
within an interface here. I have gotten the interface. – [Terri] The web lets
you view and interact with pages that… – [LGR] (laughs) Classic
New York Times website. You man, you can see a lot
of this stuff still on archive.org but you know,
ads and a lot of the images aren’t on there,
they didn’t get backed up or they’re just hard to
reach sometimes because I don’t know, archiving
is a thing, but yeah, it’s nice. I mean, look at that,
it’s really clear imagery here. These are well made
videos, I’ve gotta say. – [Terri] Our computer is already online. – [LGR] What is
this desktop? (laughs) It’s…what is all this?
Like some of these are default icons they just left
but the Recycle Bin is full, this Quick Start menu is just
going off to the wherever, and look at this, you got the
task manager, got some display options, what is this
some sort of sound thing? I don’t know, it just strikes
me as odd that a tutorial here would go with a computer
that has some stuff that is very obviously geared
towards their specific PC. Like, why wouldn’t they just
turn off these icons and make it as clear as possible?
Anyway, whatever. Oh my, let me just pause it right here. Look at these headlines. Alaska airplane turned upside
down, yeah the black box. Euro comforted after ECB raises rates. – [Terri] Below that is the menu bar. We click a menu heading to open that menu. – [LGR] Alright, well
this is computer stuff. Good things to learn. – [Terri] To get back to
the previous page using the keyboard, we hold
the ALT key and press the right arrow key. – [LGR] Wait, really? – [Terri] ALT left arrow
would move us forward. – [LGR] What the heck,
I just learned something. ALT left and right will take
you back and forward through web pages. (laughs) I’ve never done that. (laughs) Well, look at me the caveman
pressing the back and forward buttons. – [Terri] When you start
typing an address that matches one of these, the browser
completes the address for you. – [LGR] Hmm. Auto
Complete. The bane of many a challenging relationship. (laughs) “I swear, I’ve never been
to that site before.” Alright well, we’ve graduated
the getting started lessons. Let’s move on to getting around. – [Terri] Once you know how
to get to webpages using addresses and hyperlinks you
can start exploring the web. This time we’ll work with…. – [LGR] Oooooh. Ooh, classic AOL. Oh, dude. Dude, I just gotta, I
gotta stop right there. Look at it. Look at the username too. TerriPB2000. (laughs) That’s just a perfect little
slice of time right here. Oh man, year 2000 AOL, holy crap. This is great. I like how this was
all apparently captured on the same day, February 3, 2000. Ahh but anyway, old AOL.
Sorry, I just get a little… I get a little wistful,
misty eyed seeing this. – [Terri] AOL is similar to
Netscape Navigator but AOL is different in that it’s an
online service that includes a browser for viewing
content from both AOL and from the internet. – [LGR] Dang right it’s different. That’s what made AOL so
friggin’ neat, you know. Keywords man and little,
they had dedicated things and pages and stuff to
go to only within AOL. The channels. Yeah, that’s
what they were called. – [Terri] And this time,
the browser we’ll use is Microsoft Internet Explorer. – [LGR] Man just hopping around, man. Netscape, AOL, Internet Explorer. Oh dude dude dude. There we go. Oh yeah, “Amazon.com. Top
100 CDs, shop now and save.” Look at that weak little
Amazon link, it’s just a you know, whatever. I also love how like click
bait is exactly the same. “Pilots last words.” “22 romantic
gifts.” “Common interview goofs.” “Top 10 car features.” (laughs) Like, my god we’re in an
endless loop of garbage. – [Terri] Yahoo is the type
of site known as a portal cause it gives you access
to lots of other web locations and features. – [LGR] You know, I never
really used Yahoo that much because by the time I
get into really searching the internet deeply, I had
already figured out what Google was, it was 1998,
so whatever, it was still like friggin’ new. Yeah, I think I used Ask
Jeeves and AltaVista a little bit more than Yahoo for
whatever reason, I don’t know. I was more inclined to just
type in stuff and like, Yahoo’s lists of things were,
you know, kinda useful or whatever but… I don’t know just never super
got into the Yahoo thing. Oh okay, let’s see. Let’s pause
here, what are these others? I just like looking at
these different stories. “Carolina Panthers running
back Fred Lane arrested.” Yep, the year 2000. Derek Jeter, the Yankees,
10 million dollar deal. American Psycho loses NC-17 battle? I didn’t know there was a battle for that. I love that movie. – [Terri] Click the my AOL
button and select preferences. – [LGR] Ooh, the preferences. I always liked this preferences
menu with the little, with the uh, the squares. The icons. Like, it looked so
nice compared to, you know, the drab interface of Internet Explorer. I mean, look at this. Would
you rather have this or this? I know which one
I would rather have in the year 2000. – [Terri] Your favorites
menu include this one, called Net Lingo, which is
a handy guide to internet terms and jargon. – [LGR] (laughs)
“Internet terms and jargon.” Now that would just be memes. You know, oh yeah like
emoticons and acronyms and LOL. Oh, that old school Google, there we go. Add free web search to
your site and I did. My Angelfire site had a little Google box. Odd to be like, nostalgic
about Google but you know, the late 90s Google was a
little different, or well year 2000 in this case, whatever same thing. – [Terri] A search engine
searches the web for sites that contain a word or words
that you’re looking for. – [LGR] Man, that was
just like a revolution when that happened, it was
like, search engines, yeah not just a bunch of stuff listed in a catalog like Yahoo. It’s like holy crap, you
can find things by word. Do boolean searches and
all that good stuff. – [Terri] Let’s say you’re
in the binocular business, specializing in binoculars
for bird watching. – [LGR] (laughs) Okay. Let’s say that I am. – [Terri] To look through all
these pages for references to bird watching or Seattle and
Tacoma would be ridiculous. – [LGR] Yeah, ridiculous. Holy crap, holy crap the
memories are coming back again for something else that’s
completely unrelated to what she’s talking about. Callwave. The internet answering machine. Yeah, you know, you had dial
up and you’re on the internet or whatever and somebody’s
trying to call, somebody could like leave a message or whatever that way. I don’t even remember how it
worked but I remember that. You’d like get a .wav file
and it’s like holy crap, there’s somebody that’s
left a message for you while you’re online. It was super neat. – [Terri] Other features
called boolean operators… – [LGR] Oh here we go,
boolean and logical operators. I learned how to use these
at the local library. Alright we’ve figured out
how to get around, now let’s get some value. Whatever that means. – [Terri] Whenever you find
useful information on the web, you often want to do more with
it than just read it on the webpage. You can print a
webpage or save it on your computer to refer to it later. – [LGR] That was definitely
a thing, especially if you had limited hours or dial up
or whatever, it’s like yeah, I gotta print this website
out and take it to somebody and show it to them in
person. Man, I did that a lot. – [Terri] Keep in mind that
companies on the web often ask for personal information
and they often make it available to other businesses as well. Sometimes this information is
used to track your web usage. – [LGR] Oh, crazy. Oh
man. Companies doing stuff with your information on the
internet, what will ever come of that? – [Terri] When we use webpage
forms like this one… – [LGR] Oh man, forms.
Like just such basic ones. I used to put these on my own
website and they went no where but I just liked having them
on there because I thought that they were cool, like
the fact that you could input information to a website and
be like whoa. I don’t know. It just felt like kinda weirdly
magical in the late 90s. And uh yeah, anyway. – [Terri] A type of file
that we often download is called a plug in. – [LGR] Oooh yeah. Let’s get into some plugins baby! – [Terri] Shockwave allows us
to get high quality graphics and interactive multimedia and RealPlayer lets us run
realtime audio and video. – [LGR] Flash,
Shockwave, and RealPlayer. That’s like the holy trinity
of early 2000s internet, like, multimedia right there. (laughs) Hey, downloads are free.
Yeah, yeah most all of them are free if you know where
to look. Are they gonna tell us how to that? How to find anything on the internet. Ooh, watch out for viruses,
yeah stay away from Bonzi Buddy, be careful where
you get your virtual girls. What is this computer?
We got a WeBase K6-2. These specs aren’t particularly
great, well I mean, I guess it is an affordable home PC. $499. Yeah but 400 MHz K6-2, 32 MB
of RAM, 6.4 GB hard drive, that’s what I had in 1997. – [Terri] When we see an
item we’re interested in, we can add it to our
shopping cart or we can click to get more information about it. – [LGR] Yeah I guess
I started doing online shopping in ’99. No, ’98 I guess. Cause I think I signed
up for Ebay in 1999. I was doing Amazon stuff
in ’98, just books. You know, it was just books
at that point but still. – [Terri] We’ll go to the
Ebay site which offers millions of items in a
wide variety of categories. – [LGR] I honestly
miss this version of Ebay. Like, honestly, it was
just so straight forward. I mean, it’s still pretty
darn straight forward and old school in a lot of ways
but you know, it gets gunked up with a bunch of garbage
too but like look how simple this is. For some reason I
just prefer a way simpler interface like very straight
forward. Just hyperlinks. Whoa, what the crap was she looking at? What is this? 10 CD-ROM
software liquidation? These CD-ROMS sold for
$9.95 each. You can get 10 for $100. Okay. Gamewurx 1. Dude, I have this disc! Well, okay, that’s it for getting value. I got lots of value from
that. Let me tell you. Favorite websites though,
I’m super curious Terri. What are your favorites? – [Terri] This course
includes listings of some of our favorite websites,
which you can view by clicking the websites button below. – [LGR] Oh my, here we go. Anywho. There’s another one
that I completely forgot about that. This was a little creepy
at the time. It was kinda bizarre to be able to like,
type in stuff and get a bunch of information about someone
or somewhere and then, yeah. It was just something about
it being on the internet and accessible through such
easy searches that for, like freaked out certain
friends and family. I don’t want to be on them internets. And there you are, it’s
public information. Too bad. – [Terri] You can even do
a reverse lookup if you know a phone number. – [LGR] Yeah, the
reverse look up especially. Typing in a phone number and
then figuring out who it was, cause you’d get like crank
calls or just weird calls and if you had caller ID you
could look it up that way, it was just like, oh it’s that jerk. What the heck is this? Which punishment would your
recommend for John Rocker to ensure he keeps his mouth shut? Sunflower seed diet only,
tour guide at Ellis Island, bouncer at The Connection…man,
there must have been some drama there I missed. – [Terri] The internet is also
a good source of government information at federal,
state, and local levels. – [LGR] IRS.gov looked
like a crappy tabloid. What is that design? Oh, man 1999 tax products
on CD-ROM. Order now! Well, with How to Find
Anything on the Internet, I gotta say it sort of oversold
its title. I guess we also still have the website
listings that they were talking about. All these different websites. Hotjobs. Monster. Oh, finance things. This is the basic, like most
basic website list I think I’ve ever seen. Nothing
really out of the ordinary, it’s just like oh, here we go. This is kinda fun though to
look back at all the different search sites, homepages, and portals. AltaVista, AOL, Anywho,
AskJeeves, Dogpile, Excite, Google, Infoseek, Lycos,
Metacrawler, MSN, Northern Light, I mean, man. Lot of stuff that has been
consolidated in like a couple sites or they’re
just gone or irrelevant at this point. Alright, well that was How to Find Anything on the Internet. I’m not quite sure what I
was expecting but I mean, that wasn’t too far off from it. I was hoping for a little
bit more of like, internet on a CD, like archived
websites you could sort of interact with or something. I’ve seen some discs, in
fact I have a couple, that do that. That would be kind
of interesting to go into at some point. Maybe a
little more interactive. This was pretty much just
watching videos and if you’d like to take a look at it yourself, I’ve supplied an archive of
the disc over on archive.org. There is link in the
description below this video so check it out if you’d like. And check out some of my
other videos if you’d like. This was a bit of simpler
episode but this era of computing is very much the kind of
thing I’m into so if you like this, you’ll probably
like other stuff I do. And as always, thank you
very much for watching!

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