Surfing the web
I remember the first time I thought how really, really cool the Internet was. (My clean version )
I was in college and we were playing, (ugh name escapes me) some barbarian, dwarf, and sorceress Sega Genesis game. It was actually very cool that it was multiplayer, anyway we were getting our ass kicked and my college roommate said "enough of this!". He went on his Macintosh and found cheat codes on some obscure site to allow us to have unlimited guys. In the matter of 4 minutes we were rocking the game. As nerdy as it sounds it was like this unbelievable moment. There was no way I would have been able to find out that we could get the codes needed to advance in this game. I would have just shrugged my shoulders and put the game back like so many others I got stuck on. I had come to know the Internet as a source for some news, business, and well, nudity, but for video game news and hints?! Amazing.
I think that was the first time I really realized that any information was only seconds away.