That's right. It was before "the WWW" and before the first "IMB PC". Prior to Microsoft Windows...
Back then, Microsoft made a compiler and that's about it.
incidently, I remember when we made the jump from 300baud to 1200baud...and then to 9600baud...
I remember dialing in at 9600 baud, then 14400. When i got one of the earliest 28800 modems people online said i must be at lightning speed!!
In 92' I planned my 3-month backpacking trip around the world using my Dad's CompuServe on his win 3.1 system----black screen with green text, but got some great advice on some of the forums. The Well was the big thing then too.
"Well, my photos are actually much better than they look..."
In the 80s, my boss at EK used an Apple ][ computer for on-line banknig! He used an acoustic coupled 300 baud modem. I helped him set it up.
Similar experience with me. Every time we turned the thing on and connected to "the mainframe", lots of money transferred from our bank account to theirs. I think we were using PDP8s at the time... and thought that was "state of the art". Oh... I guess it was.