1. When did you first connect ("go online"), and how?
I first got online in 1980, give or take a year or so, using a 110 baud modem from a minicomputer in my mom's office to talk to a Prime elsewhere; no recollection of where. Not long after I brought "online" home, using a 300 baud modem on an Atari 400.
2. What was your first communications program?
No clue what the terminal program was for the Atari.
3. When did you first chat over the Internet, and how?
Not counting chats on dialup BBSs, my first online chats were on the USNA mainframe in 1984. In 1985, at Cornell, I started heavily using RELAY, an IRC precursor using the RSCS protocol on the mostly academic BITNET network.
One of the fun things about RELAY addiction was being able to tell what time it was by the comings and goings of groups of users in Germany, Hawaii, and Japan, to name the examples that come to mind. They were mostly chatting from work, and the Germans showing up for work was a sure sign I was up too late.
4. What chat type program(s) do you use now?
Fire, a free client for Mac OS X that does AIM, Yahoo, ICQ, MSN, Jabber, and even IRC. I use it for AIM, Yahoo, ICQ, and MSN. I use ircle for IRC.
5. Who was your first service provider?
MCIMail, an initially free e-mail service that let you mail other MCIMail accounts, or even send telexes... for free. This was incredible, and I made good use of it to communicate with a Lions Club in Addis Ababa when our local Leo Club raised money for famine relief. They had someone who worked in a hotel and had access to the hotel's telex machine.
Cornell was my "service provider" for e-mail while I was a student.
I got several local BBSes and other small local mail systems linked via UUCP to the burgeoning Internet around 1990. I was a service provider for dozens of people who used my BBS, Memory Alpha, for Internet e-mail.
6. Did you ever use AOL?
Yes, while they gave me a free account to use.
7. Do you admit using AOL in public?
The question doesn't come up often. But I just did.
8. Who is your current ISP?
Earthlink Cable, cheaper than Road Runner for essentially the same service, plus I get nationwide dialup free. (Before, I was paying for Road Runner and Earthlink dialup separately.)
9. What was the first computer that you used to access the 'net?
Depending on one's definition of "'net" it would be either the VT102 terminals in the basement of McFaddin Hall, my 512K Mac in my room, or my Mac II a few years later.
10. What computer do you use to access the 'net today?
My laptop, an Apple 12" PowerBook G4, does most of my personal e-mail and is my primary machine while at home, mostly on the couch or the balcony.
At work, I use a dual 1.25 GHz Power Mac G4, and at home I have a dual 800 MHz Power Mac G4. Thanks to wireless, it mostly sits untouched, chugging through SETI@Home packets.
All three machines run Mac OS X 10.2.x.
11. What was your first 'net handle?
12. Did you use any other handles for any length of time? If so, what were they?
Roscoe, Woscoe, MHA, and MHAithaca.
13. What 'net handle do you normally use now?
Woscoe, MHA, and MHAithaca.
14. Are you active on any websites other than LJ? If you're willing to say, what ones?
I visit lots of web sites, and put content on lots of web sites, but LiveJournal is probably the only one where I qualify as an "active participant."