at the same time.
I first encountered what we now call the Internet back in the early 1990's. There was no plug 'n play operating system then, and no nice friendly hardware CD to set everything up. Modems were primitive by today's standards and the whole thing took forever to configure. By the time you had entered all the DNS and gateway settings and sorted out why you weren't being authenticated by your ISP's server you were about ready for a long holiday.
There wasn't that much to see when you did get online either, although in the early 90's we got a browser - called Mosaic - which improved things a lot (No Internet Explorer or Netscape then). When I look back I'm amazed at how the Internet has changed in the dozen or so years since I first got involved.