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10 pains we all had to endure in the dark days of dial-up internet

Kids today will never know.

THE GOVERNMENT IS aiming to have high-speed broadband in every building in Ireland by 2020.

Yes, dial up will be no more. Your children won’t have to suffer the hardships you once suffered. Hardships like these.

1. Obtaining a free CD was the only way to ‘download’ the internet

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2. Having to get everyone off the phone so you could fire up that headache of a connection was a task harder than it was worth

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3. That’s if you hadn’t broken this little thing with all the swapping, which of course was made from the weakest plastic in the known universe

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4. Someone on the phone? Broken it again? Then you’d have to resort to this

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5. Or… this

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6. Waiting for a video to load took ten times longer than actually watching the thing

It was grand though, YouTube didn’t even exist.

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7. Of course, the blue screen of death would hit after you’d eventually finished downloading two things at once

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8. Want to see the bottom half of an image? Prepare to slowly age in the process

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9. Wikipedia

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10. Basically, your whole life was one big buffer

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And that’s all before the phone bill…

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