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2012-06-06 12:33:44 PM  
Oh they have a cool link on there for that museum of endangered sounds.. should be worth an hour of time wasting.

I remember hearing my dad's 300bps Popcom modem for the first time. Shortly thereafter I was surfing BBSes and then making my own. Fun days!
 
2012-06-06 12:37:16 PM  
Oh those were the days! Waiting patiently for those low-res titties to download while Mrs. Henry screamed in the background cuz she needed the phone.
 
2012-06-06 12:47:34 PM  
Part of my everyday office background noise is the dulcet tones of modems negotiating

/ah, the classics
 
2012-06-06 12:50:41 PM  

oldfarthenry: Oh those were the days! Waiting patiently for those low-res titties to download while Mrs. Henry screamed in the background cuz she needed the phone.


AHHHH I remember getting into games, "Door Games," and being like 50% done with TW2000 and my mom would get a damn call and break me off the line. Then I would sit there on redial for an hour trying to get back in. As soon as I was old enough to work I got a job at Chuck E Cheese and paid for my own phone line with -no- call waiting!
 
2012-06-06 12:59:54 PM  

xynix: oldfarthenry: Oh those were the days! Waiting patiently for those low-res titties to download while Mrs. Henry screamed in the background cuz she needed the phone.

AHHHH I remember getting into games, "Door Games," and being like 50% done with TW2000 and my mom would get a damn call and break me off the line. Then I would sit there on redial for an hour trying to get back in. As soon as I was old enough to work I got a job at Chuck E Cheese and paid for my own phone line with -no- call waiting!


Kids. Didn't you learn how to kill call waiting in your dial-up string?

/what kind of nerd were you?
 
2012-06-06 01:03:11 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: xynix: oldfarthenry: Oh those were the days! Waiting patiently for those low-res titties to download while Mrs. Henry screamed in the background cuz she needed the phone.

AHHHH I remember getting into games, "Door Games," and being like 50% done with TW2000 and my mom would get a damn call and break me off the line. Then I would sit there on redial for an hour trying to get back in. As soon as I was old enough to work I got a job at Chuck E Cheese and paid for my own phone line with -no- call waiting!

Kids. Didn't you learn how to kill call waiting in your dial-up string?

/what kind of nerd were you?


Yeah but my mom had a shiat-fit. "Your dads been trying to call for two hours blah blah blah." Then dad would get home and pull the modem off the computer... wasn't pretty.

And for the record... *70w
 
2012-06-06 03:17:15 PM  
The guy in the office next to me still dials up. I have no idea why, as our building has been wired for high speed at least since I moved in about 6 years ago and probably for plenty of years prior to that. Yet every now and then throughout the day, I can hear the shhhhhhbllleeeeepboingboing of him connecting. He has this tiny little office and I have no idea what he does in there, but the lights are off most of the day when he is in there. It is possible that he sleeps the majority of the day, but his office is about the size of a closet and there is certainly no room for a couch or bed, so if he's sleeping, he's sleeping sitting up. It's dark, so he can't be doing paperwork. His phone never rings, so he's not talking to clients. The radio drones Glenn Beck in the morning, Rush in the late morning/early afternoon, Hannity in the later afternoon, then the local righty until he leaves. His business name implies he does something with mortgages, but I can't for the life of me figure out what he does with them as he never gets phone calls, I've never seen anyone else go in the office, his lights are always out, and he has dial-up. For a long time, since the lights are always out, I figured he was just farkin' around on the internet all day, but that makes no sense since if that was what he was doing, he'd probably pay a little extra for high speed. My wife thinks he may have some kind of dungeon dug down through the floor in there like that guy in Austria. Anyway, I hope he isn't surfing FARK all day in there, because he'll totally know this is about him and I'll end up in his dungeon.
 
2012-06-06 03:33:26 PM  
 
2012-06-06 03:37:01 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: The guy in the office next to me still dials up. I have no idea why, as our building has been wired for high speed at least since I moved in about 6 years ago and probably for plenty of years prior to that. Yet every now and then throughout the day, I can hear the shhhhhhbllleeeeepboingboing of him connecting. He has this tiny little office and I have no idea what he does in there, but the lights are off most of the day when he is in there. It is possible that he sleeps the majority of the day, but his office is about the size of a closet and there is certainly no room for a couch or bed, so if he's sleeping, he's sleeping sitting up. It's dark, so he can't be doing paperwork. His phone never rings, so he's not talking to clients. The radio drones Glenn Beck in the morning, Rush in the late morning/early afternoon, Hannity in the later afternoon, then the local righty until he leaves. His business name implies he does something with mortgages, but I can't for the life of me figure out what he does with them as he never gets phone calls, I've never seen anyone else go in the office, his lights are always out, and he has dial-up. For a long time, since the lights are always out, I figured he was just farkin' around on the internet all day, but that makes no sense since if that was what he was doing, he'd probably pay a little extra for high speed. My wife thinks he may have some kind of dungeon dug down through the floor in there like that guy in Austria. Anyway, I hope he isn't surfing FARK all day in there, because he'll totally know this is about him and I'll end up in his dungeon.



The fax machine in our departmental office makes the same noises as a modem. Could it be a fax?
 
2012-06-06 03:44:24 PM  

ricewater_stool: Three Crooked Squirrels: The guy in the office next to me still dials up. I have no idea why, as our building has been wired for high speed at least since I moved in about 6 years ago and probably for plenty of years prior to that. Yet every now and then throughout the day, I can hear the shhhhhhbllleeeeepboingboing of him connecting. He has this tiny little office and I have no idea what he does in there, but the lights are off most of the day when he is in there. It is possible that he sleeps the majority of the day, but his office is about the size of a closet and there is certainly no room for a couch or bed, so if he's sleeping, he's sleeping sitting up. It's dark, so he can't be doing paperwork. His phone never rings, so he's not talking to clients. The radio drones Glenn Beck in the morning, Rush in the late morning/early afternoon, Hannity in the later afternoon, then the local righty until he leaves. His business name implies he does something with mortgages, but I can't for the life of me figure out what he does with them as he never gets phone calls, I've never seen anyone else go in the office, his lights are always out, and he has dial-up. For a long time, since the lights are always out, I figured he was just farkin' around on the internet all day, but that makes no sense since if that was what he was doing, he'd probably pay a little extra for high speed. My wife thinks he may have some kind of dungeon dug down through the floor in there like that guy in Austria. Anyway, I hope he isn't surfing FARK all day in there, because he'll totally know this is about him and I'll end up in his dungeon.


The fax machine in our departmental office makes the same noises as a modem. Could it be a fax?


I kinda think THATS_THE_JOKE.JPG... but I'm not getting the reference.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-06-06 04:17:12 PM  
It's easy for me to remember modems. Sparrows in my neighborhood sound like modems negotiating. I mean Song Sparrows, Melospiza melodia, not invasive English Sparrows which don't do anything but chirp.

Local mockingbirds mimic car alarms, which is cooler.
 
2012-06-06 04:17:26 PM  

downstairs: The fax machine in our departmental office makes the same noises as a modem. Could it be a fax?

I kinda think THATS_THE_JOKE.JPG... but I'm not getting the reference.


Actually, not a That's the Joke moment. I've never heard a fax machine make that noise, so ricewater_stool could very well be right. I still wonder what the fark he does there all day with the lights off. He has a narrow window next to his door so you can see into the very small front room. He's never in it, he must always be in the very small back room. Since I moved into my office six years ago, the limited view I have is dominated by the same old files filled with crinkled paper that never move and an old desk that looks like a desk you'd find in a maintenance man's room or the head janitor. On the desk is an ancient computer that looks like the one my dad brought home from work in 1988 or so that is never used. The radio that drones on and on can be seen, as can an old computer monitor that is perched on top of a stack of old files that never move. I just got back from the bathroom and thought I'd walk by to take a peak since I had just wrote about him on the internet. Yup, I know he's in there because his truck is out front, but the lights are off.

Also, he comes in every Saturday and every Sunday. Same thing. In there with the lights out for the majority of the day. I figure on the weekends he just doesn't want to be around his wife. But what the hell is he doing M-F?
 
2012-06-06 04:18:46 PM  

oldfarthenry: Oh those were the days! Waiting patiently for those low-res titties to download while Mrs. Henry screamed in the background cuz she needed the phone.


this
 
2012-06-06 04:24:01 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: Actually, not a That's the Joke moment. I've never heard a fax machine make that noise, so ricewater_stool could very well be right. I still wonder what the fark he does there all day with the lights off.


Wow. All good then. That is creepy.

When I managed multimedia developers and designers they liked to work with the lights off. But that kinda made sense. I couldn't stand it, and was glad I finally got an office.
 
2012-06-06 04:34:58 PM  
56k? Try 1200 baud, biatches!
 
2012-06-06 04:40:11 PM  

downstairs: When I managed multimedia developers and designers they liked to work with the lights off.


I guess that could be the case, but I doubt it with this guy. He's old. I don't know why that should make a difference, but I just don't see a 60-70 year old guy clicking away at his keyboard in the dark. He gives off an air of creepiness. There could be very logical reasons for all his oddities, but without knowing what they would be, I think I just work next door to a creepy guy.

Also, every time he leaves the shared bathroom, he turns off the lights if no one is in there. I don't know why, but it is strange to me to open the door of a public restroom in an office building during business hours and the lights are out.
 
2012-06-06 04:42:39 PM  

cmunic8r99: My current ringtone


Dial-up-sound-as-ringtone respect knuckles.
 
2012-06-06 04:50:27 PM  
My first modem. I'll never forget her :-)
mirrors.apple2.org.za

I totally remember connecting to BBSs and watching the text scroll across the screen (at a screaming 300 baud, you could transfer about 25 ASCII characters per second....think about how long this page would take to load, even if you removed all the fancy graphics...)

www.blogcdn.com

OMG....Google BBS
ATDT baby
 
2012-06-06 05:01:57 PM  

xynix: Oh they have a cool link on there for that museum of endangered sounds.. should be worth an hour of time wasting.

I remember hearing my dad's 300bps Popcom modem for the first time. Shortly thereafter I was surfing BBSes and then making my own. Fun days!


Heh. 300 baud was my first, on a Franklin Apple ][ clone.
Thought it was pretty happ'nin. It had dual 148k disk drives built in, 64k for the 6502, 1.02mHz for Apple emulation, and the best part - a separate Z-80 card with its own 64k (which you could bank switch with the mainboard 64k), that ran at like 6mHz for CP/M.
 
2012-06-06 05:08:24 PM  
I remember the day as a teenager when I found out I could mute the dial up sound. My mother would listen for it when I wasn't supposed to be on the net. I would put it back on again before she tried to use the internet.

Much fapping was had.
 
2012-06-06 05:11:21 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: The guy in the office next to me still dials up. I have no idea why, as our building has been wired for high speed at least since I moved in about 6 years ago and probably for plenty of years prior to that. Yet every now and then throughout the day, I can hear the shhhhhhbllleeeeepboingboing of him connecting. He has this tiny little office and I have no idea what he does in there, but the lights are off most of the day when he is in there. It is possible that he sleeps the majority of the day, but his office is about the size of a closet and there is certainly no room for a couch or bed, so if he's sleeping, he's sleeping sitting up. It's dark, so he can't be doing paperwork. His phone never rings, so he's not talking to clients. The radio drones Glenn Beck in the morning, Rush in the late morning/early afternoon, Hannity in the later afternoon, then the local righty until he leaves. His business name implies he does something with mortgages, but I can't for the life of me figure out what he does with them as he never gets phone calls, I've never seen anyone else go in the office, his lights are always out, and he has dial-up. For a long time, since the lights are always out, I figured he was just farkin' around on the internet all day, but that makes no sense since if that was what he was doing, he'd probably pay a little extra for high speed. My wife thinks he may have some kind of dungeon dug down through the floor in there like that guy in Austria. Anyway, I hope he isn't surfing FARK all day in there, because he'll totally know this is about him and I'll end up in his dungeon.


Some dedicated pieces of equipment (alarm systems, remote site sprinkler timers or lighting systems, that sort of stuff) still operate on dial up because there's no need to wire them to the internet nor any need for a massive amount of bandwidth to transmit "change scheduled start time from 8 to 9 pm and send me a report of all equipment failures".

But I can't think of what sorts of equipment a mortgage something-or-other guy would use.
 
2012-06-06 05:13:53 PM  
Today it's called dubstep.
 
2012-06-06 05:15:55 PM  

TXEric: xynix: Oh they have a cool link on there for that museum of endangered sounds.. should be worth an hour of time wasting.

I remember hearing my dad's 300bps Popcom modem for the first time. Shortly thereafter I was surfing BBSes and then making my own. Fun days!

Heh. 300 baud was my first, on a Franklin Apple ][ clone.
Thought it was pretty happ'nin. It had dual 148k disk drives built in, 64k for the 6502, 1.02mHz for Apple emulation, and the best part - a separate Z-80 card with its own 64k (which you could bank switch with the mainboard 64k), that ran at like 6mHz for CP/M.


[nerdgasm.aif]

Thanks for that. My first modem was 9600 baud, but I had an Apple //e from roughly the same era. Didn't need a modem as my friends would all come over to play Wizardy all night long.
 
2012-06-06 05:16:07 PM  

queezyweezel: My first modem. I'll never forget her :-)
[mirrors.apple2.org.za image 640x480]

I totally remember connecting to BBSs and watching the text scroll across the screen (at a screaming 300 baud, you could transfer about 25 ASCII characters per second....think about how long this page would take to load, even if you removed all the fancy graphics...)

[www.blogcdn.com image 600x368]

OMG....Google BBS
ATDT baby


Is that whole thing just one giant wall wart? Or did they expect you to hook it up with an extension cord or something?
 
2012-06-06 05:18:17 PM  
My work still has to do them. Our product is network based and some of our customers don't have a standard network addressing scheme, so when we first install it we have to dial-in to setup the network and subnet.
 
2012-06-06 05:27:04 PM  

Robo Beat: queezyweezel: My first modem. I'll never forget her :-)
[mirrors.apple2.org.za image 640x480]

I totally remember connecting to BBSs and watching the text scroll across the screen (at a screaming 300 baud, you could transfer about 25 ASCII characters per second....think about how long this page would take to load, even if you removed all the fancy graphics...)

[www.blogcdn.com image 600x368]

OMG....Google BBS
ATDT baby

Is that whole thing just one giant wall wart? Or did they expect you to hook it up with an extension cord or something?


It was a wall wart. You could use a three prong extension if you needed too. It was AWESOME! Not as awesome as my first next modem...The veritable hays optima. I think it was a 14400 Baud, and man did the bewbies fly in.
Only had to wait a minute or two instead of 15-20. It was incredible.
I never got on the 28.8 train, and instead held out for the 56.6Kbps modems. Man was I peeved when I found out my phone lines were so crappy that the modem topped out at 33.3 even with all the error corrections bells and whistles enabled.

/You kids today got it easy.
 
2012-06-06 05:32:01 PM  
My last job, we had a Sun Ultra 1 whose sole task was to dial-up Wells Fargo once a month and transfer a file. No one on either end knew what encryption the link used, so we didn't mess with it.
 
2012-06-06 05:38:56 PM  
Am I geeky enough because I know the Pac-Man sounds on that web site are actually from Ms. Pac-Man, not Pac-Man?
 
2012-06-06 05:42:15 PM  

queezyweezel: Robo Beat: queezyweezel: My first modem. I'll never forget her :-)
[mirrors.apple2.org.za image 640x480]

I totally remember connecting to BBSs and watching the text scroll across the screen (at a screaming 300 baud, you could transfer about 25 ASCII characters per second....think about how long this page would take to load, even if you removed all the fancy graphics...)

[www.blogcdn.com image 600x368]

OMG....Google BBS
ATDT baby

Is that whole thing just one giant wall wart? Or did they expect you to hook it up with an extension cord or something?

It was a wall wart. You could use a three prong extension if you needed too. It was AWESOME! Not as awesome as my first next modem...The veritable hays optima. I think it was a 14400 Baud, and man did the bewbies fly in.
Only had to wait a minute or two instead of 15-20. It was incredible.
I never got on the 28.8 train, and instead held out for the 56.6Kbps modems. Man was I peeved when I found out my phone lines were so crappy that the modem topped out at 33.3 even with all the error corrections bells and whistles enabled.

/You kids today got it easy.


Well, my first modem was a 9600bps, so I'm hardly a kid anymore. However, I still think that the wall wart is possibly the worst thing to ever hit consumer electronics and that the man who invented the thing ought to have his testicles gnawed off by ravenous voles.

Anyway, I remember very well having all the same kinds of trouble with our phone lines. Back in the day I was sharing a house with some friends, where the neighborhood had its phone lines installed when it was laid out in the late 60s and which hadn't been updated since. I think the highest we ever got any of our modems to go was 19kbps.

One of those guys eventually bought a house in the same neighborhood, and he always complains about how the phone lines are too crappy for DSL and how Comcast is reaming his butthole open for cable internet. Can't even hook his burglar alarm up by landline; he had to buy a module for it that's basically a dedicated cell phone. I guess the wires are just good enough for POTS service, so the local telco doesn't care beyond that.
 
2012-06-06 05:48:45 PM  
Remember the 14.4 and setting it to download Netscape during the night by morning it was there. Did move up to a 56K (was a biatch to install with a Packard Bell) but at best most times could only get 36.8 or there about. Had two phone lines because got sick of getting cut off, or not being able to get through to wife, no cell phones at the time. Was on ICQ, remember that? 1 computer and internet for whole family, now have business line with more computers and Apple TV's and cell phones then we have people LOL HOw times have changed
 
2012-06-06 05:53:36 PM  

Robo Beat: I still think that the wall wart is possibly the worst thing to ever hit consumer electronics and that the man who invented the thing ought to have his testicles gnawed off by ravenous voles.


This is something that I may have to print and frame. Beautiful.
 
2012-06-06 06:02:16 PM  

lwpengy: Remember the 14.4 and setting it to download Netscape during the night by morning it was there. Did move up to a 56K (was a biatch to install with a Packard Bell) but at best most times could only get 36.8 or there about. Had two phone lines because got sick of getting cut off, or not being able to get through to wife, no cell phones at the time. Was on ICQ, remember that? 1 computer and internet for whole family, now have business line with more computers and Apple TV's and cell phones then we have people LOL HOw times have changed


You had a Packard Bell? (place big LOL graphic here).

One of my first jobs was as the RTV "Return To Vendor" manager in the warehouse section of CompUSA. It was a great job for an emerging geek because I got to dick around with all the PC tech that came in either broken or "user error" broken. We had quite a few types that were field destroy instead of send back to manufacturer.. SIMMs, some hard drives, some system boards, modems, CUSA branded monitors, etc. So I would take the crap out back and sledgehammer it to pieces then toss it in the dumpster. The GM of the store was really cool though so he let me take anything I wanted home as long as I marked it field destroyed. Lets just say that in 1991 I was rocking a bad ass rig with 16MBs of RAM that I used as a RAM drive for games. I also had 5 SCSI HDUs in a field destroy CUSA case sitting under my other field destroy CUSA case.

So by around 1992 or 93 Packard Bell which used to be send back to vendor became field destroy. The entire PC.. We were seeing like 20-40% returns on those pieces of shiat and the company couldn't keep up with them so they just asked for field destroy. I took much pleasure in smashing apart that affront to the PC market.. PC after PC smashed to pieces :)

/CSB
 
2012-06-06 06:10:49 PM  
Just got off dial up a couple months ago, got my that brand new 4g satellite internets. It's not bad.
 
2012-06-06 06:11:54 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: downstairs: The fax machine in our departmental office makes the same noises as a modem. Could it be a fax?

I kinda think THATS_THE_JOKE.JPG... but I'm not getting the reference.

Actually, not a That's the Joke moment. I've never heard a fax machine make that noise, so ricewater_stool could very well be right. I still wonder what the fark he does there all day with the lights off. He has a narrow window next to his door so you can see into the very small front room. He's never in it, he must always be in the very small back room. Since I moved into my office six years ago, the limited view I have is dominated by the same old files filled with crinkled paper that never move and an old desk that looks like a desk you'd find in a maintenance man's room or the head janitor. On the desk is an ancient computer that looks like the one my dad brought home from work in 1988 or so that is never used. The radio that drones on and on can be seen, as can an old computer monitor that is perched on top of a stack of old files that never move. I just got back from the bathroom and thought I'd walk by to take a peak since I had just wrote about him on the internet. Yup, I know he's in there because his truck is out front, but the lights are off.

Also, he comes in every Saturday and every Sunday. Same thing. In there with the lights out for the majority of the day. I figure on the weekends he just doesn't want to be around his wife. But what the hell is he doing M-F?


Saving the world, 108 minutes at a time.

static.ddmcdn.com
 
2012-06-06 06:14:29 PM  

natazha: My last job, we had a Sun Ultra 1 whose sole task was to dial-up Wells Fargo once a month and transfer a file. No one on either end knew what encryption the link used, so we didn't mess with it.


Given banks, probably nothing.

/Security through obscurity
 
2012-06-06 06:22:23 PM  

lwpengy: Remember the 14.4 and setting it to download Netscape during the night by morning it was there. Did move up to a 56K (was a biatch to install with a Packard Bell) but at best most times could only get 36.8 or there about. Had two phone lines because got sick of getting cut off, or not being able to get through to wife, no cell phones at the time. Was on ICQ, remember that? 1 computer and internet for whole family, now have business line with more computers and Apple TV's and cell phones then we have people LOL HOw times have changed


I remember going from a 28.8 to a 56k v.90 modem back in the late 90s. Thought I was screaming. Nowadays, I don't even have a phone line (unless you count DSL as a phone line) and a Roku, Wii, iPad and laptop hooked up. My iPhone gets faster data connectivity on the cell network than my old 56k modem did over a POTS line. I haven't even heard a modem squelch in years. Amazing how times have changed in 10+ years.
 
2012-06-06 06:33:56 PM  
What dialup sound?

AT M0
 
2012-06-06 06:42:09 PM  

dustman81: lwpengy: Remember the 14.4 and setting it to download Netscape during the night by morning it was there. Did move up to a 56K (was a biatch to install with a Packard Bell) but at best most times could only get 36.8 or there about. Had two phone lines because got sick of getting cut off, or not being able to get through to wife, no cell phones at the time. Was on ICQ, remember that? 1 computer and internet for whole family, now have business line with more computers and Apple TV's and cell phones then we have people LOL HOw times have changed

I remember going from a 28.8 to a 56k v.90 modem back in the late 90s. Thought I was screaming. Nowadays, I don't even have a phone line (unless you count DSL as a phone line) and a Roku, Wii, iPad and laptop hooked up. My iPhone gets faster data connectivity on the cell network than my old 56k modem did over a POTS line. I haven't even heard a modem squelch in years. Amazing how times have changed in 10+ years.


Incredible that our phone are now more powerful than the computer we paid thousand for just a decade ago. Thinking about getting a Roku and getting rid of dish. Whats your opinion and how are they, what can you get with them?
 
2012-06-06 06:46:20 PM  
I think murderous thoughts regarding "those" days. Best left where they are, in the past. Ya it was fun hunting down BBS numbers to dial into and check out ... but we're in a much better place.
 
2012-06-06 06:47:22 PM  

lwpengy: dustman81: lwpengy: Remember the 14.4 and setting it to download Netscape during the night by morning it was there. Did move up to a 56K (was a biatch to install with a Packard Bell) but at best most times could only get 36.8 or there about. Had two phone lines because got sick of getting cut off, or not being able to get through to wife, no cell phones at the time. Was on ICQ, remember that? 1 computer and internet for whole family, now have business line with more computers and Apple TV's and cell phones then we have people LOL HOw times have changed

I remember going from a 28.8 to a 56k v.90 modem back in the late 90s. Thought I was screaming. Nowadays, I don't even have a phone line (unless you count DSL as a phone line) and a Roku, Wii, iPad and laptop hooked up. My iPhone gets faster data connectivity on the cell network than my old 56k modem did over a POTS line. I haven't even heard a modem squelch in years. Amazing how times have changed in 10+ years.

Incredible that our phone are now more powerful than the computer we paid thousand for just a decade ago. Thinking about getting a Roku and getting rid of dish. Whats your opinion and how are they, what can you get with them?


Do it. I cut DirecTV a few months back. Plenty on Netflix, Amazon VOD, Hulu, Vudu, iTunes, etc.

You also have a lot of options with media boxes. Roku, AppleTV, WD TV Live, etc. If you just want to stream, go with Roku. If you want to use your own media, go with AppleTV (which can be jailbroken too).
 
2012-06-06 07:03:08 PM  
My first computer was an 8088 with a 2400 baud modem. I knew whenever the tone started I'd soon be connected to the University BBS or the MUD! I MUDded (is that a word?) on Toril or Duris. I'd actually lag out during some longer text fights. When I got a new PC with a 14.4 later on in college, MUDding was much better + Prodigy and low res titties!
 
2012-06-06 07:29:42 PM  
Leading Edge Model D, anyone?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-06-06 07:32:00 PM  
I played Adventure over an acoustically coupled modem, back when The Phone Company didn't like you to connect equipment to their lines.
 
2012-06-06 07:43:31 PM  
My first modem was 75/110 baud with a cradle for the handset. Wasn't much of anything to connect to anyway. Wish I still had it, just because I've got the Cromemco Z80 S-100 bus computer I was using then. Has electrolytic capacitors in the power supply the size of Fosters cans. I suspect they would explode if I plugged it in.

Paper tape reader is MIA, as well.
 
2012-06-06 07:49:45 PM  

Three Crooked Squirrels: The guy in the office next to me still dials up. I have no idea why, as our building has been wired for high speed at least since I moved in about 6 years ago and probably for plenty of years prior to that. Yet every now and then throughout the day, I can hear the shhhhhhbllleeeeepboingboing of him connecting. He has this tiny little office and I have no idea what he does in there, but the lights are off most of the day when he is in there. It is possible that he sleeps the majority of the day, but his office is about the size of a closet and there is certainly no room for a couch or bed, so if he's sleeping, he's sleeping sitting up. It's dark, so he can't be doing paperwork. His phone never rings, so he's not talking to clients. The radio drones Glenn Beck in the morning, Rush in the late morning/early afternoon, Hannity in the later afternoon, then the local righty until he leaves. His business name implies he does something with mortgages, but I can't for the life of me figure out what he does with them as he never gets phone calls, I've never seen anyone else go in the office, his lights are always out, and he has dial-up. For a long time, since the lights are always out, I figured he was just farkin' around on the internet all day, but that makes no sense since if that was what he was doing, he'd probably pay a little extra for high speed. My wife thinks he may have some kind of dungeon dug down through the floor in there like that guy in Austria. Anyway, I hope he isn't surfing FARK all day in there, because he'll totally know this is about him and I'll end up in his dungeon.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao6YfW_-tLE
 
2012-06-06 07:59:57 PM  
Ther's plenty of pre-1995 for your computer audio nostalgia. I remember the clackety-clack of an IBM model 29 keypunch, the BANGITYBANGITYBANGITYBANGITY of a chain printer, the machine-gun-like noise of a tape punch, the chugchugchugchug of a teletype ...

Then there's the non-computer stuff: the *clink* of a Zenith Space Commander tuning fork-style remote control, the whir of a rotary phone dial ...
 
2012-06-06 08:11:42 PM  

joness0154: lwpengy: dustman81: lwpengy: Remember the 14.4 and setting it to download Netscape during the night by morning it was there. Did move up to a 56K (was a biatch to install with a Packard Bell) but at best most times could only get 36.8 or there about. Had two phone lines because got sick of getting cut off, or not being able to get through to wife, no cell phones at the time. Was on ICQ, remember that? 1 computer and internet for whole family, now have business line with more computers and Apple TV's and cell phones then we have people LOL HOw times have changed

I remember going from a 28.8 to a 56k v.90 modem back in the late 90s. Thought I was screaming. Nowadays, I don't even have a phone line (unless you count DSL as a phone line) and a Roku, Wii, iPad and laptop hooked up. My iPhone gets faster data connectivity on the cell network than my old 56k modem did over a POTS line. I haven't even heard a modem squelch in years. Amazing how times have changed in 10+ years.

Incredible that our phone are now more powerful than the computer we paid thousand for just a decade ago. Thinking about getting a Roku and getting rid of dish. Whats your opinion and how are they, what can you get with them?

Do it. I cut DirecTV a few months back. Plenty on Netflix, Amazon VOD, Hulu, Vudu, iTunes, etc.

You also have a lot of options with media boxes. Roku, AppleTV, WD TV Live, etc. If you just want to stream, go with Roku. If you want to use your own media, go with AppleTV (which can be jailbroken too).


Agreed. I have Netflix and Hulu Plus. I pay $16 a month for both. If there is a movie that Netflix doesn't have, I can run down the road to the local video store, Redbox or Blockbuster Express. If there is a game I want to see, I can go to the local bar and watch. With the amount I save per month, that can buy me a lot of beer and wings. I use an antenna to get local broadcasts.
 
2012-06-06 08:17:15 PM  
I miss Violet. That slut.
 
2012-06-06 08:18:18 PM  

queezyweezel: Man was I peeved when I found out my phone lines were so crappy that the modem topped out at 33.3 even with all the error corrections bells and whistles enabled.


We got to have our phone line replaced after getting our first modem due to low bandwidth, before the phone company learned that keeping that policy would result in laying new phone cable for the entire country.

/You've Got Mail!
 
2012-06-06 08:24:12 PM  

had98c: What dialup sound?

AT M0


That's what I came here to say. When you can only use the phone after midnight when everyone else in the house is asleep, you can't have that farking modem noise going off like that, especially if you have to redial cause the line dropped.


I still can't believe I was able to play the first EQ over dialup. Are there any MMORPGs that can work over dialup anymore?

 
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