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Old 04-15-02, 08:29 AM
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How fast was your first modem?

I just forced a reconnect because I didn't like it that my modem had connected at 41.2Kbps. I usually get at least 44Kbps. While the modem was setting up, I was wondering why I bothered since I probably wouldn't notice the slight difference in speed. Then it occurred to me that the 3Kbps difference was over twice as fast as the 1200 baud modem that I had with my brother's old PC XT.

It was a Hayes. lol Brought back lots of memories of BBS's, phreaking, wardialers, etc. I still remember the very first porn picture I downloaded. It was like EGA or something and you could barely even tell what the picture was. I was young, though, and it beat the hell out of the lady's underwear catalogs.

I remember my mom was always yelling at me for tieing up the phone line. I don't think call waiting was even available at the time. Man, what a nostalgia trip.

Anyway, I was wondering what everyone else's first online experiences were like.
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In 1986 I had a 400 baud IBM modem that was huge. It was the size of a showbox. Used it to get on to bulletin boards with it. Much fun and late hours.
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2400 baud in August of '93. I got a 14,400 in December of that year and thought I was tough crap.

I never got one for my Apple IIc, which kind of puzzles me. It's probably because there was nothing local to connect to.
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1985, on my commodore 64.. but dont remember the baud rate..
guess I could always check when I go home.. because Im prettu sure I still have the modem up in a closet with the commodore
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1200 Baud baby...

My first computer was an AT&T machine my dad got from work (it cost about $6000 at the time) and it had a 4 MEG hard drive...ooooh baby.
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Damn... I'm a junior compared to you guys. My first modem... uh... my modem right now. US Robotics 56K...
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Originally posted by eedoon
Damn... I'm a junior compared to you guys. My first modem... uh... my modem right now. US Robotics 56K...
56K here too....but I've stepped up to a cable modem.
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Way back in the commodore days, I'm pretty sure I had a 300 baud modem. Thankfully now, I don't have one at all.

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The first modem that I used was a 2400 baud modem. It was a hand me down from a friend who had upgraded to a 9600. The first modem that I purchased was a 14.4K baud modem ... I paid $100 for it back in 1991 or 1992.
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300 baud. Acoustic too!
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28.8 on an HP machine
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110 baud. Not acoustic though.
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9600 for me
Old 04-15-02, 02:09 PM
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Originally posted by X
300 baud. Acoustic too!


Me too, weren't those cool
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Originally posted by icondude
110 baud. Not acoustic though.
Someone beat me to it... Had a 110 baud connected to a PDP-8 system....

got a 300 baud acoustic modem on my TI Silent 700 thermal right after that... boy was I uptown...
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Originally posted by 4KRG


Me too, weren't those cool
Yeah, they just didn't work worth a crap with a trimline phone.

Actually, the first one I used was a 110 connected to a teletype with paper tape reader/punch.
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Wow, I thought I'd been using computers for a while, but some of you guys are dinosaurs . I'd forgotten about the acoustic couplers. That just seems so... analog.

Anyway, the really surprising thing to me is that it really wasn't that long ago and yet it all already seems so ancient. I wonder if there was ever a BBS called VHSTalk...
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300 baud on an Atari 800 baby. I was sssssmokin!

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Originally posted by belboz
Wow, I thought I'd been using computers for a while, but some of you guys are dinosaurs . I'd forgotten about the acoustic couplers. That just seems so... analog.
just the sound of the acoustic coupler was like a dinosaur...


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THe first one that was mine, 1200 blazing baud, baby, in the early 80's. I had used 110 acoustic and 300 baud at work, so I thought my 1200 was hot. (until I saw I 9600, then it was toast)
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Had one of those high-speed 2400 baud modems. I then upgraded about a year later to a 14.4k and thought I was blazing fast on my IBM 386-25 MHz. Ahh the good ol days browsing bulletin board systems. Perhaps that's why I like these forums so much?

I then upgraded to a 28.8k modem and still have it sitting in an old NEC Pentium 100 sitting on the floor at home. The thing is huge - I measured it. 12 inches long and 5 inches high. Now they're something like 2 inches by 3 inches...amazing really.

Don't even get me started on hard drives.
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Good ol' Commodore 64 with the 300 baud VicModem! Ahh, the days of the BBS...
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2400, then 14.4, then 33.6, then 56k, then 10mbit ethernet

it's gonna suck when i leave school, and then i have to go back to aDSL
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Originally posted by D. Pham
it's gonna suck when i leave school, and then i have to go back to aDSL
Depends on your perspective.
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Originally posted by X
Depends on your perspective.
well, compared to my current connection, DSL sucks, especially the crap that I have at home. It's horrible.

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