2 decades ago is more than half my life. I'm still a baby, really.
At least my grandpa would say so.
Let's see...I often think in terms of computers. The internet wasn't mainstream back then. There were bulletin boards BBS I think they were called. There was a sysop who was like a webmaster. We connected to them with modems whose speed was 2400 baud. The 56,000 baud modem was bomb when it came out. Let's see, the 56k would run at 5.6 kb/s max so I guess a 2400 baud modem ran at 0.24 kb/s. My internet connection now is about 700 kb/s.
12kHz was a good speed for a CPU, and I remember a time before math co-processors which was the big thing with the 386 computer. Eventually CPUs had math co-processors built in. With Intel's first 586 (aka pentium), there was some errors that needed patching.
An i7 CPU can run at 3 GHz times four CPUs. 3GHz, that's 3 billion cycles per second. 12kHz is 12,000.
The first computer I had with a hard disk was a 286 with a 40MB hdd. 40MB is enough room for fewer than 10 mp3s. Electronic film for digital cameras now hold 2 GB easy. That's 2 billion compared to 40 million. And they have hard drives now that go up to 2TB, 2 trillion bytes. In those days, DOS 5.1 was a big deal because it allowed users to compresses their OS files to save room but nowadays, DOS is so utterly primitive it's almost hilarious. No multitasking whatsoever.
I believe the first hard drive was developed by IBM I forget what year but I surmise 70's or 80's. It was huge and could hold ONE MB. I believe it looked something like this:
If I recall, it was used for the Olympics.
And now they have solid state drives which have no moving parts and are uber fast, though still quite expensive.
One searched the internet through what were called gophers. Rudimentary search engines.