My internet hobbies were still focused on networking protocols, system security[^hacker], and the proto-Minecraft worlds of MOOs (especially LambdaMOO and MicroMUSE). But I was increasingly reading web-posted content, usually discovered via Usenet. I had salvaged and repaired a Macintosh SE/30 that had an Ethernet card, which I used to connect it to an old PC running FreeBSD that I set put o automatically dial for IP and NAT it to the Mac. Staying connected was very important to me.
Having a GUI machine made the web much more appealing. One of those essays Philips Greenspun posted one that really inspired me to play with CGI, which felt full of potential but quite tedious. Then I discovered PHP/FI and became enthralled with developing dynamic web pages.