Ahahah indeed, that was the cloud waaaay before we had that term coined :)
I had a relative in computers I asked for help setting up a Geocities/Angelfire like my friend had.
He refused to help me, gave me an account on his webserver Unix box, taught me to use FTP / set up Netscape Navigator's editor to publish to it, and, when I hit a wall with Netscape Navigator's editor, taught me how to edit the HTML of my page for finer-grained control.
Wouldn't help me with the fun unless I picked up some "real programming" along with the fun.
Set me up with an e-mail account on that box, too, and taught me to telnet to it and use Emacs to edit my mail when on someone else's computer instead of on a computer when I had ... boy ... there must've been a mail function in Netscape before Thunderbird came out or something... :-)
I didn't properly program for many years thereafter, but it was a great foundation for later learning. Mission accomplished, picky older relative!
We're a place where coders share, stay up-to-date and grow their careers.
We strive for transparency and don't collect excess data.