I've been on the Internet since 1990. My first email address was firstname.lastname@example.org.
Believe it or not, I still get junk email that will have as one of the recipient
that email address even though it hasn't existed for over 10 yrs!
When Netscape first came out as beta .09b sometime around 1994, I started browsing
the great wide web. After a while, I noticed there were no Tejano/Mexicano web sites out
there. There were only a few hispanic web sites build by some going to college
with articles about mexican music, mariachi, etc but none of them really had anything like what I was looking for: photos,
music samples, bios, etc like other web sites out there on music that I liked.
So I decided to start my own web site
called Abel's Homeroom in Oct 1994. My web
server was running on my own PC in my office at work. At first I had only some
stuff on there like links to other hispanic web sites and interesting facts and
icons, but then after buying a black & white scanner
I started building it up a bit with some photos & music samples of some Tejano
music I had on cassette. Soon, I upgraded to a color scanner and re-scanned
Sometime on Feb 1995 after Valentines day, I decided to move my web site to
my company's web server on the other side of the firewall. I was now "live" on the Internet
for anyone in the world to see my web site! That's why I always say my web site
has been around since March 1995. As you can imagine, I was very
excited for having the very first web site with Tejano related information!
Since my company's web site was already running on the server, I had to run my server
web site on a different port other than the default of 80. Since it was 1995, I decided
to use that as the port number. And since I didn't have my own domain name, I had to
use the IP address that my company was running on. So that's why to get to my
web site, you had to put something like: http://18.104.22.168:1995.
remembers that? LOL!
I started emailing everyone that had web sites out there with any
hispanic information on it, telling them of my new Tejano Music web site. Others that
were searching for Tejano music would of course find only my web site so it
got very popular immediately. Within a few weeks I was getting a lot of email.
One of the email was from someone at Manny Music asking if I would like
any promotional material on their artists for my web site. Of course I said yes!
That allowed me to email/call EMI Latin and Sony Discos and says, "well I got Manny Music artists
on there, won't you like to have your artists on there too?" Soon I was getting
a lot of photos, posters, CD's, Bios on every popular Tejano and Mexicano artists
out there. I was now doing a lot of typing in of the Bios, creating music samples
and scanning, scanning, scanning. I now had two FULLTIME JOBS! LOL