what was the first thing you did? (I mean at home, not work) For me, it was early 1998. I'd been using an old computer at home and I decided to upgrade. A tech-savvy buddy took me shopping and got me set up. I first sent some emails, then I went to AOL chat rooms! Woo boy, remember those? (This was just as the Monica Lewinsky scandal was heating up.) A whole new world! Life as I knew it would never be the same.