Later on, after saving money to upgrade to a whopping 12MB ram and Windows 95, that same computer allowed to to play multiplayer Diablo, which was my first taste of IRC. Naturally it was all downhill from there, and I played Diablo for two years straight.
There were a lot of fights in our household over phone bills and busy dial tones, and I'm sorry that my sister was left stranded at school with no ride because I was busy downloading FreeBSD, but now I'm a successful software engineer and budding entrepreneur in the education space, and it's all thanks to those formative moments panicking at 3 am, trying so hard to muffle the sounds emanating from my 9600 kbaud modem as it connected me to an exciting new world.
Thanks, Peter. Thank you so much.
Oh wow, now I feel old.
My dad finally got a second line installed as it was starting to get annoying that I was on line pretty much 24/7. Never did use Trumpet Winsock but the Windows 95 built in dialer still gives me nightmares.