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7005RE: [midatlanticretro] Re: Slow modems

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  • Kelly Leavitt
    Feb 6, 2008
      Congrats!! You don't look old enough to remember upgrading from 110 to 300. Either you started real young or aged real well.

      I'm 41, started with computers in 1981, and I think my first modem was 300 baud even then. But the upgrade to 1200. WOW! Does anyone else remember RLE graphics on Genie (or was it Compuserver)?

      I still remember my last Genie (XTH43602) and compuserve (70145,1013) accounts.


      -----Original Message-----
      From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Sridhar Ayengar
      Sent: Wed 2/6/2008 12:02 PM
      To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: Slow modems

      sicaproductions wrote:
      >> A 300 baud modem must've been awful!
      > In a way, the slow modem just made for a different reality, but it
      > was the only thing we knew. It didn't seem "awful" 'cause this was as
      > good as it had ever been and as fast as it had ever been. Before
      > that, if we needed faster than the U.S. mail, we were Telexing things
      > and having a secretary re-type it on a Selectric.
      > At 300 baud, I can clearly recall being able to read the text as it
      > scrolled past you on the green screen. You didn't have to save it to
      > disk or print it out if you didn't want to, you could just read it as
      > it came in! Since it was going by just about as fast as I could read
      > it, I didn't see any advantage to a faster modem at the time :-)
      > (seriously!) I did eventually upgrade to a "hot" new 1200 baud unit.

      I remember upgrading from 110 to 300. It felt sooooo much faster!

      Peace... Sridhar
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