I've been online so long that when I first started, I had to teach myself Unix to manage my shell account. Windows existed, but I didn't own my own computer (!) and the laptop and desktop I worked on were DOS based because they had so little memory.
When I finally bought my own computer in late 1995, I bought a PC with Windows 95 on it and was thrilled to finally see the Web graphically. I remember when Alta Vista was the hot new search engine, and later when Google first started and was only word-of-mouth to learn about it. (Once I tried Google, thanks to a tip from my brother, I never went back to Alta Vista ever again!)
Last week, after reading about the demise of Netscape, I decided I needed to do something and finally downloaded Mozilla's Firefox that I've been hearing about for years. I love that it was able to import not only my Netscape bookmarks, but even the passwords I've let Netscape store. That's a feature that even the Netscape upgrades were never able to do for me -- they'd import the bookmarks but I'd have to do passwords manually as they came up. (There was also an option to import from IE, but not both for some reason. I imported from Netscape since the vast majority of my bookmarks were there.)
I also like that it's Open Source. And so far, I can use it for almost everything I do, including my internet banking, which is awesome! Unfortunately, my hobby site doesn't work with Firefox any better than it did with Netscape. Probably has something to do with the fact that I created the site with Microsoft's Front Page.
But for the most part, I'm done with IE! :)