7005RE: [midatlanticretro] Re: Slow modems
- Feb 6, 2008Sridhar:
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.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of Sridhar Ayengar
Sent: Wed 2/6/2008 12:02 PM
Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: Slow modems
>> A 300 baud modem must've been awful!I remember upgrading from 110 to 300. It felt sooooo much faster!
> 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.
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