If you had a computer in the 2000s, remember that software problems were much more frequent than they are today. The Internet was slow and falling frequently, and users waited hours to download a song through eMule. The file was still in danger of coming with a freebie virus. These are just some of the hurdles of a generation that had to learn patience to surf the web.
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But not all the problems are over, and some of them persist in users' daily lives differently if email currents are almost gone, WhatsApp's are still strong and strong. Here are ten problems with software that only Internet users of the 2000s had.
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1. Internet occupied the entire house phone line
Before broadband, surfing the web required attention to days and times when the phone's pulse count was less congested. In business hours, the phone bill at the end of the month could come more expensive than expected.
In the age of dial-up Internet, it was impossible to make or receive telephone calls because the telephone line was busy while surfing the web, and the connection was in danger of falling if anyone picked up the telephone. The connection drops were frequent at this time, and able to annoy anyone especially when downloading a file.
To establish a connection, the user's computer uses a modem to encode and decode the information in audio signals. Photo: Luciana Maline / TechTudo
2. Computer crashed as you evolved in The Sims
The Sims is an Electronic Arts game in which the user can simulate a virtual life on the PC, and has been a hit since the first edition, released in 2000. At the time of its debut, the game was very computer intensive due to a very advanced architectural system. .
Because of this, bugs and instabilities were quite common. The greater the progress in the game, the greater the likelihood of errors and defects. There was no solution to this, and users shared tricks like cache clearing.
The higher the advance in the game, the more likely it was to crash the computer. That meant a problem creating more elaborate mansions and buildings. Photo: Divulgao / Electronic Arts
3. Choose 15 tracks to burn a CD
The CD appeared in the early 1980s as a replacement for the old LP. The disc was smaller and had larger storage capacity, as well as being compatible with portable equipment such as car players and the discman. To record music in MP3 to CD format, however, it was necessary to recode the tracks in CDA using a program such as Nero. In the 2000s, CDs only had memory for 80 minutes, which is a maximum of 15 to 20 songs.
Even in popular programs such as Nero, it was only possible to burn a CD with 15 to 20 songs at most. Photo: Release / Nero
Almost every email user from the early 2000s has already received a chain of threatening spam: If you don't pass this message on to ten people, something terrible will happen to you. These messages spread across the Internet at the time and were dangerous, potentially damaging the functioning of systems, occupying memory, and even infecting machines and making them vulnerable to other malicious programs.
Unwanted messages are among the most common currents circulating in emails in the 2000s. Photo: Pond5
5. Text limit on smartphones
SMS fell out of favor with the spread of 3G and 4G networks, but 2G text messaging was already the only option to communicate. In addition to the difficulty of finding a signal, the SMS fee was not cheap at the time and was around 30 cents each. Today, most carriers offer unlimited SMS and new messaging applications, such as WhatsApp itself, are not restricted. The 160-character SMS limit inspired Twitter to draw the initial 140-character limit that doubled in 2017.
SMS messaging was limited and costly at the time Photo: Luciana Maline / TechTudo
In the 2000s it was common to make assemblies in Paint for lack of better alternatives, but the program always aimed to create and edit simple images. With technological development, the software has been replaced by more advanced programs such as Photoshop and Pixlr Editor. Paint tracks all editions of Windows to this day.
Paint comes with Windows to this day but has been pushed aside by full-featured programs Photo: Divulgao / Microsoft
Windows computers are subject to the blue screen error to this day, but the bug was much more common in older versions of the system. The message indicated a hardware failure, and could just be interference or even become a serious and irreversible problem. Any activity performed on the PC during the collapse was requested and could not be restored for nothing otherwise known as the "blue screen of death". According to Microsoft, the blue screen error can occur when a problem causes the device to shut down or restart unexpectedly.
The blue screen of death could lead to the loss of unsaved and ongoing work. Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
8. Prompts to turn off computer
The Warning Your computer can now be safely shut down well known to users from the 2000s. This important alert signaled the time when an old machine could be unplugged without risk of compromising the hard drive and all PC files. The warning was developed by Microsoft itself all the way from the first edition of Windows to XP, when it became common for computers to automatically shut down safely.
Failure to properly shut down your computer can cause file loss and damage. Photo: Rassa Delphim / TechTudo
9. Programs like eMule downloaded music and viruses
Streaming services with extensive online libraries such as Spotify and Deezer didn't even exist in the early 2000s. At the time, downloading and listening to music was a real saga. Programs for this purpose, such as the Winamp player, eMule and LimeWire, were very successful, but all suffered from the slow Internet.
Internet users had other problems downloading music, such as the excess eMule virus. The peer to peer file transmission program was created in the early 2000s, but lost market space due to the risk of downloading and infecting the machine with some malicious software in the process. EMule is now a popular video, audio and document download service, and offers an updated version with torrent support.
EMule was one of the main programs used to download music, but it also downloaded viruses. Photo: Playback / TechTudo
10. It took a lifetime to upload a photo to Fotolog
The Fotolog social photo network was already a fever in Brazil in the 2000s. With the expensive and poorly accessible broadband Internet, members of the "Instagram grandmother" could not upload photos during peak hours, because posting images via dial-up Internet it was a slow process with the risk of crashing the site.
The social networking platform itself had the limit of one daily post for free accounts. In addition, Fotolog suffered from constant technical problems and instability in its operation due to the high traffic of the site. The social network of photos has even limited the registration of new accounts due to these initial failures.
Fotolog was a fever among young people in the 2000s and inspired new photo publishing networks such as Instagram Foto: Divulgao / Fotolog