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Trying to find Bigpond Cable guy who ran FTP site in late 90s
MisterZ
Melbourne, Victoria
1 posts
Hi, I am trying to get in touch with a guy who ran an FTP site on Bigpond Cable back in the late 90s (98-99). I think his nickname was 'creative' or something similar, he lived in Melbourne and he was in his teens at the time, so would probably be late 20s now. If you happen to be reading this can you please get in touch? Thanks.

Update: I believe his name was/is Marc.
06:08am 26/12/12 Permalink
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Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
34831 posts
you'd have more luck on whingepool with this request than here.
06:43am 26/12/12 Permalink
MisterZ
Melbourne, Victoria
2 posts
you'd have more luck on whingepool with this request than here.


ROFL. I posted this on WP and they told me I'd have more luck here!!
07:13am 26/12/12 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
34833 posts
haha ;)
07:26am 26/12/12 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36628 posts
There's a few people here who might've had cable back then, though we got it in Bris later than Syd/Melb. I do recall some of the guys talking about the FTP stuff in the early days though.
10:16am 26/12/12 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
7573 posts
If you're talking 98/99, I guess you mean the third generation of Bigpond Cable rollout. I was on the second generation. By the third generation it came a bit too large for there to be a single community where everyone knew each other. In the earlier days it was much closer.
10:18am 26/12/12 Permalink
scuzzy
Brisbane, Queensland
15534 posts
FTP site of linux isos?
10:30am 26/12/12 Permalink
Bah
Brisbane, Queensland
4858 posts
10:31am 26/12/12 Permalink
MisterZ
Melbourne, Victoria
3 posts
If you're talking 98/99, I guess you mean the third generation of Bigpond Cable rollout. I was on the second generation. By the third generation it came a bit too large for there to be a single community where everyone knew each other. In the earlier days it was much closer.


Hmm, well I joined BPC in July 1997 and that was pretty much when it first came out. Wouldn't 1998 be only the 2nd generation? Everyone knew each other - there were about 10 or more unmetered FTP sites run by members back then. The sites continued up until about late 1999.

http://forums.overclockers.com.au/member.php?u=1560


Unfortunately that guy's last login was in 2011, so I don't think I would get a response by messaging him.
10:44am 26/12/12 Permalink
Bah
Brisbane, Queensland
4859 posts
Well it's closer there than here, stalk his posts, find his last name or something, then facebook stalk him.
10:52am 26/12/12 Permalink
MisterZ
Melbourne, Victoria
4 posts
Ok, here's some more info about him. I actually have an old photo of him that he sent me in 1998 believe it or not. I think his name is Marc and at the time, he had longish dark hair (above shoulder length). I probably shouldn't reveal too much more than that, at least on the forum (you can PM me if you wish). If this rings any bells, let me know. By the way, there's nothing weird going on here, I just want to find out what he's up to these days as the last time I saw him/chatted online was like 14 years ago.
10:55am 26/12/12 Permalink
scuzzy
Brisbane, Queensland
15538 posts
Totally a cop
10:58am 26/12/12 Permalink
MisterZ
Melbourne, Victoria
5 posts
Totally a cop


Please explain??
11:01am 26/12/12 Permalink
Bah
Brisbane, Queensland
4860 posts
Hatless?
11:04am 26/12/12 Permalink
greazy
Brisbane, Queensland
5647 posts
Nobody has asked why.

Why?
11:42am 26/12/12 Permalink
MisterZ
Melbourne, Victoria
6 posts
Nobody has asked why.Why?


I edited my last post on here - it's about 3 posts up... basically I'm just wondering what he's up to these days as I haven't seen him or spoken online in about 14 years.
11:48am 26/12/12 Permalink
Persay
Brisbane, Queensland
7598 posts
Did he give u aids?
01:24pm 26/12/12 Permalink
greazy
Brisbane, Queensland
5650 posts
yep, AIDS.
01:38pm 26/12/12 Permalink
Persay
Brisbane, Queensland
7599 posts
U so greazy !
01:50pm 26/12/12 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
21067 posts
I had cable back when it was something like 64kbit capped speed or whatever it originally was, on those big, grey brick modems.
02:31pm 26/12/12 Permalink
greazy
Brisbane, Queensland
5651 posts
Confirmed: whoop has AIDS.
02:35pm 26/12/12 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
21068 posts
Better than what your mum gave me.
02:38pm 26/12/12 Permalink
greazy
Brisbane, Queensland
5653 posts
Makes no sense.

A better joke would be "your mum didn't mind".

Even better "your mother owes my dog change".
03:22pm 26/12/12 Permalink
MisterZ
Melbourne, Victoria
7 posts
I had cable back when it was something like 64kbit capped speed or whatever it originally was, on those big, grey brick modems.


Bigpond was never capped in the early days. You had a monthly allowance, and if you went over it, you were charged per MB. Initially it was 35c per MB over allowance.
04:54pm 26/12/12 Permalink
parabol
Brisbane, Queensland
7397 posts
Bigpond was never capped in the early days. You had a monthly allowance, and if you went over it, you were charged per MB

Huh? Before the 3gig cap there was no monthly allowance at all.

You could download as much as you wanted. I used to leave NASA TV streaming most of the day watching them install solar panels on the space station in real-time.
08:09pm 26/12/12 Permalink
Bah
Brisbane, Queensland
4862 posts
Huh? Before there was no monthly allowance there was a 100meg cap, pay per meg after that.
08:34pm 26/12/12 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
20951 posts
Optus Cable had no limits and then went to netstats and then finally useage.

I though there was a brief period where bigpond was 'unlimited' as well
09:43pm 26/12/12 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
21070 posts
Bigpond was never capped in the early days. You had a monthly allowance, and if you went over it, you were charged per MB. Initially it was 35c per MB over allowance.

Wrong. You paid a monthly fee for as much as you wanted, but it was permanently capped at whatever speed that (if I remember right) was roughly twice as fast as 56k. Your downloads weren't that much faster, but pings in games were awesomesauce.

They did have uncapped speed / quota plans for those who really wanted unlimited speed but along side it was the flat rate plan that I was on. I believe that was also the favourite plan of juarez monkehs because there was no download or upload quota limits. People used to run FTP's, DC++ hubs, mail servers, all sorts of s*** on that plan. Then some bright spark had the idea of bringing in hard limits, and blocking certain ports.

Ahhhh memories.
09:52pm 26/12/12 Permalink
DeadlyDav0
Brisbane, Queensland
3270 posts
You're all wrong.
12:01am 27/12/12 Permalink
MisterZ
Melbourne, Victoria
8 posts
Speaking of old BPC people, does anyone remember any of the following?

Eric Pircher
Some guy nicknamed "lazz bin laden"
Some Polish guy in Sydney who worked for the consulate and drove a new BMW 7-Series
06:50am 27/12/12 Permalink
Nitro
Gold Coast, Queensland
2235 posts
"Creative" rings a bell.. did he play CS?
08:05am 27/12/12 Permalink
MisterZ
Melbourne, Victoria
9 posts
You're all wrong.


No, I'm right.

Originally in 1997 there was only one cable plan, which was $65 for 100MB, plus 35c per MB after that.

In 1998, a few new additional plans were introduced:

Cable 100 $65/100MB/35c
Cable 200 $89/200MB/33c
Cable 350 $130/350MB/31c
Cable 500 $170/500MB/28c

On January 10, 2000, Bigpond introduced an "unlimited" Freedom plan.

This plan had unlimited usage, but a speed limited to 400 Kbps (50 KB/s) download and 128 Kbps (16 KB/s) upload.

In addition, internal traffic such as e-mail, newsgroups, and FTP, was no longer unmetered.

The new plans as of 10/01/00 were:

Blast Off $49.95/250MB/24c
Business $65.00/500MB/24c
Freedom $69.95/Unlimited (capped at 400 Kbps down/128 Kbps up)

In summary, prior to 2000, there was no capping/throttling of speeds whatsoever.
08:53am 27/12/12 Permalink
paveway
Brisbane, Queensland
17628 posts
i remember lulling at teh newbs on bigpond with 3 ziggybytes back when i had optus cable on netstats
08:56am 27/12/12 Permalink
ara
Sydney, New South Wales
3554 posts
No, I'm right. Originally in 1997 there was only one cable plan, which was $65 for 100MB, plus 35c per MB after that..


that is how i remember it too. also data from the email server, and from the other people on BPC was unmetered.

i remember once sending back a 600mb email from a canadian shell (thanks yossman) to avoid the cap.

I had BP cable and was in Sydney back then. I was also part of the squid proxy ring that would use each other's cached data first when web browsing to save our precious 100mb data cap but i don't recall the guy you are looking for.
09:19am 27/12/12 Permalink
ara
Sydney, New South Wales
3554 posts
No, I'm right. Originally in 1997 there was only one cable plan, which was $65 for 100MB, plus 35c per MB after that..


that is how i remember it too. also data from the email server, and from the other people on BPC was unmetered.

i remember once sending back a 600mb email from a canadian shell (thanks yossman) to avoid the cap.

I had BP cable and was in Sydney back then. I was also part of the squid proxy ring that would use each other's cached data first when web browsing to save our precious 100mb data cap but i don't recall the guy you are looking for.
09:19am 27/12/12 Permalink
MisterZ
Melbourne, Victoria
10 posts
Following on from my previous post...

In June 2001, Bigpond changed their "unlimited" policy and introduced a soft 3GB download limit. If you went over this limit, there was no charge or cap, but rather, you were subject to an 'acceptable usage policy' which meant you could be warned or banned from the service. This was rarely enforced. Later in the year, however, Bigpond began charging for additional usage over the 3 GB limit, at a rate of 18.9c per MB from 3GB to 5GB, and 17.5c per MB after that.

In December 2001, a 5GB and 10GB plan were introduced, which were priced higher.
09:20am 27/12/12 Permalink
scooby
Brisbane, Queensland
4519 posts
09:43am 27/12/12 Permalink
MisterZ
Melbourne, Victoria
11 posts
How come people were complaining about a 3 GB cap, when 2 years earlier, they were getting 100MB? A 30 fold increase in usage in 2 years isn't bad.
09:53am 27/12/12 Permalink
DeadlyDav0
Brisbane, Queensland
3274 posts
No, I'm right.

I was being a d***. I have no clue.
10:05am 27/12/12 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
21075 posts
On January 10, 2000, Bigpond introduced an "unlimited" Freedom plan.

This plan had unlimited usage, but a speed limited to 400 Kbps (50 KB/s) download and 128 Kbps (16 KB/s) upload.
Yeah that's the plan I was on I think. I guess they must have brought that plan in right as I got cable then. My bad, I thought it was always there.
10:20am 27/12/12 Permalink
FaceMan
Brisbane, Queensland
9704 posts
I guess all the Porn was in black n white back then.
12:29pm 27/12/12 Permalink
natslovR
Sydney, New South Wales
8065 posts
When I first was on cable back in 1998/1999 it was 100MB external, unlimited internal.

The bigpond community was awesome and necessary to get by on just 100MB external.
12:44pm 27/12/12 Permalink
Obes
Brisbane, Queensland
9863 posts
wait ... whoop has aids ?
12:47pm 27/12/12 Permalink
Enska
Sydney, New South Wales
1865 posts
there was a creative who played cs way back when. he had cable. f***ed if I know its the same dude, but from memory he lived in melb and was in his teens.
01:18pm 27/12/12 Permalink
MisterZ
Melbourne, Victoria
12 posts
there was a creative who played cs way back when. he had cable. f***ed if I know its the same dude, but from memory he lived in melb and was in his teens.


Could have been the guy. He was a gamer.
02:27pm 27/12/12 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
21084 posts
wait ... whoop has aids ?

no
02:34pm 27/12/12 Permalink
Bah
Brisbane, Queensland
4866 posts
Pretty sure thats the ocau profile i linked Enska.
02:36pm 27/12/12 Permalink
simul
Brisbane, Queensland
1457 posts
"Creative" rings a bell.. did he play CS?


Yeah, that was my first thought, think he was EAC?
02:38pm 27/12/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
6277 posts
Trying to find a guy called Painuser or something similar, real name pete/peter used to live in mooloolaba? Is he still around, was a top bloke back in q3 ra3 days :)
02:39pm 27/12/12 Permalink
MisterZ
Melbourne, Victoria
13 posts
wait ... whoop has aids ?


I'm totally lost on this one. Is it some kind of inside joke - can someone explain?
03:48pm 27/12/12 Permalink
thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
10618 posts
I went to Melbourne once and saw Ruth Cracknell

How come people were complaining about a 3 GB cap, when 2 years earlier, they were getting 100MB? A 30 fold increase in usage in 2 years isn't bad.


A lot of new people got bigpond in the space of those 2 years, it was considered 'unlimited'.
05:02pm 27/12/12 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
21086 posts

A lot of new people got bigpond in the space of those 2 years, it was considered 'unlimited'.
Yeah and I'm one of them (as I mentioned). When I joined up, it was to that *****************************unlimited "freedom" plan. Not long after that, they decided to go the 3gig cap thing. Really did feel like the old bait & switch deal. Lure you in with "unlimited" then just go nope sorry we're only giving you 3gig even though every other ISP is still offering "unlimited" plans coz we can
07:42pm 27/12/12 Permalink
Dazhel
Gold Coast, Queensland
5533 posts
A lot of new people got bigpond in the space of those 2 years, it was considered 'unlimited'.


Myself included.
I'll tell the grandkids one day that back in my day we only got given 3 ziggybytes because Telstra had to pump the bits down the cable with a foot pedal.
07:59pm 27/12/12 Permalink
Obes
Brisbane, Queensland
9865 posts
no

Wait, whoop is denying he has aids ?
08:55pm 27/12/12 Permalink
greazy
Brisbane, Queensland
5658 posts
I'm totally lost on this one. Is it some kind of inside joke - can someone explain?

Yeah a few members on these forums have AIDS. One even had a sex change to get rid of it.
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