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300 baud...where you could read the text faster than you could transfer the text.

 

I used my Commodore 128 and a 1200 baud modem to run a BBS. Anyone here ever use Quantum Link? It was an AOL-like national service for Commodore users.

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I remember using a 1200 baud acoustic modem while stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines on the Arpanet. Got material for a college term paper from the University of England and the prof thought I had faked it! I had to bring him into my work and show him before he passed me!

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My first computer, was a c64, that you had to hook upto a TV, and the save feature was a tape cassette. you had to start the tape at the right moment or it would not recored, and the modem was a plug in unit that was a 300 baud one. I could type and walk away and come back 10 minutes later and hope that the other person was done typing...I use to go to Top City BBS, and chats were loooooooonnnnnnnng....

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Yep an "acoustic coupler" modem

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When i was little i used to read about them, even at a young age i was into technology, one of my first "big words" was Hydraulic which i could say and spell at about 6 :lol:

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i also remember on dialup if you fancied a surf and someone was on the phone, you could hear them shout (allbeit digitized a little) through the modem, thank god for fibre optics, broadband is great.

but think, this was a few years ago all the coupler modem stuff, what will the net be like in 15 more years

 

to think my cell/mobile has 28k internet on it....

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My first was a 300 baud direct modem from Radio Shack. Used it to connect to the computers at the University of Louisville and would send a chat message to a 1st year Cobol user "Please verify your password - /te myusername password" and they would. We had a link to the University of Kentucky and a thing called "forum" which was a precursor to the modern chatroom programs.

 

Of course, all this was before there was an Internet proper.

 

Yes, there were acoustic couplers, but you couldn't war-dial with them like in the movie Wargames. To end one call and make another you had to physically hang up the phone and dial again.... unless someone did a hardware hack on the phone itself. The coupler certainly didn't touch-tone dial. I didn't hear of wardialing until much later.

 

Wikipedia:"War dialing or wardialing was the act of using a modem to dial every telephone number in a local area to find out where computers are available, then attempting to access them by guessing passwords."

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