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(Some Guy)   The Google BBS terminal. Fire up your 14.4 modem and search the "web" for all the best Usenet posts   ( divider line
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6819 clicks; posted to Geek » on 14 Apr 2012 at 7:45 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-04-14 08:08:10 PM  
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Meh...amateurs. My first modem was 300 baud. Say hello to 1975.
2012-04-15 12:13:36 AM  
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keithgabryelski: StoneColdAtheist: Meh...amateurs. My first modem was 300 baud. Say hello to 1975.

300? wow that sounds speedy

Hey...we were high-end. ;)

BTW, that photo looks just like the TTYs we used at some workstations, though in my office I had a better machine. An IBM, IIRC, with the 'daisy wheel' print head. When I was off-station, though, we used the IBM with a desktop modem. Very retro...something like this:
2012-04-14 11:45:10 PM  
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PlatinumDragon: Also, Fidonet, and this little SW US regional message network called Justanet that a friend in high school hosted a node for... in Ontario.

I had way too much fun on BBSes when I was a pimply teenager, before a relatively cheap dialup ISP appeared in our community. I can only imagine how much fun I would have had on the Internet in the mid-90s if I'd had access at that time.

I ran a BBS that was on FidoNet (among others) in the mid-90's. At the time it blew my mind that I could share message boards with both Americans in all 50 states AND Canadians and get a response within a day or two.
2012-04-14 11:37:24 PM  
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Man I stopped using usenet when Cuomo made wll the state ISP delete the binary newsgroups cuz of kiddy diddlers that were less than 1% of all the newsgroups.
2012-04-14 10:28:24 PM  
1 vote:
Rule: You do not talk about Usenet.
2nd Rule: You DO NOT talk about Usenet.
2012-04-14 09:11:59 PM  
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flaminio: StoneColdAtheist: Meh...amateurs. My first modem was 300 baud. Say hello to 1975.

I remember when they started coming out with all sorts of neat new telephones, and I couldn't get one because the handsets wouldn't fit my modems suction cups.

Good times, good times...

Yep, there was a specific Ma Bell handset that fit the suction cups. AT&T owned all the phones then. (Yes, youngsters...the phone company OWNED all the phone lines and hardware right into your house, including the phone itself! And if you wanted a second phone in the bedroom, it cost extra per month to rent.)

At 300 baud the pulse count was so slow you could actually hear the individual tones if you put your head down near the modem, which was the size of a loaf of bread and sat on the desk near the terminal. That's "terminal", as in a glorified teletype machine. There was no such thing as desktop computers that talked to anything like an internet. Unless you were the military and talking to the doomsday mainframe that sat ready to launch the nucular missiles against teh Commies.

Our mainframe was a CDC 6400. Think 16-bit, 16-megahertz 1990-era "286" desktop with a 100 megabyte hard drive...except that it needed freon refrigeration to cool the CPU and it took up a whole room and cost about $5-million. Up to 70 users shared it and our accounts were charged 64 cents per CPU-second. Even so, it could take as long as 12 hours for your program to float up to the top of the queue and execute. Woe unto the programmer who didn't have his shiat together... ;^)
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