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(Boing Boing)   Back in the day we used to use "modems" to get "on-line". It used to take all night to download a single pixelated picture of your mom. Here is an illustrated explanation of the funny sounds these modems made   ( divider line
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2013-02-03 02:58:13 PM  


hear, hear!
2013-02-03 10:42:32 PM  
1978: Storage room between two classrooms, housing the TTY Printer, connected by acoustic coupler (300 BAUD) to the LAUSD (L.A. Unified School District). The only computer on my high-school campus. 1 or 2 hours access a day, if we were lucky, playing Star Trek and eating up rolls of yellow paper. Occasionally hacking into ARPANET. Programming in BASIC, to create NPC generators for D&D.

//lawn etc.
2013-02-04 12:29:48 AM  
Used to deal with this all the time when I was Database Manager for a Satellite Telecommunications firm.

Tracking all the wireless modems we had for North America, 24/7/365, had to be up 5 nines.

Planes, trains & automobiles (ok, trucks and emergency vehicles, but that doesn't sound as nice)

/burnt me the hell out...
2013-02-04 01:03:18 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: xenomorpheus: very nice graphic, I need to see about making one of these for my company's dial-up network service and our bearer services.  I think my 286 was the first computer I had that I added a modem to so I could scour BBS systems

for you kids out there, BBS was , aw hell go wiki it already

Positive luxury.  I had to solder a pair of Motorola serial I/O chips onto the motherboard of a Commodore 8032 and write my own comm routines in 8 bit assembler to get onto the local BBS.

And we were glad.

Right.  I used to get up at half past 10 and night (half and hour before I went to bed), eat a lump of freezing cold poison, then modulate/demodulate the signals by hand.

But you try telling the young people of today that, and they won't believe you.
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