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zeeglen
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Re: "Chances are, we all started with dialup Internet access in the 1990s."
zeeglen   7/31/2014 8:19:33 PM
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@mikekirshner I had a 300 baud modem in 1979

And at the low end of the spectrum our college ham club had a 45.45 baud modem (built by yours truly) for Baudot radio-teletype on shortwave using a mechanical teleprinter.  Was fun to tune into those Associated Press news broadcasts.  Kerchunk...kerchunk...kerchunk...DING!

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High Speed is Relative
D J Liu   7/31/2014 4:51:03 PM
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Speaking of "high speed is relative", when 9600 modems came out, in its review PC Magazine wondered whether anyone actually needed such high speed AND find someone to connect to at this speed.


As for the $15 monthly with DSL Extreme, it will become $25 or more after the introductory offer expires in a year. Look forward to another article by then.

 

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Re: "Old guys"
Measurement.Blues   7/31/2014 1:07:42 PM
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I remember all of them. I started with AOL then switched to The World (www.theworld.com), which claims to ne the first public access internet provider. They are still in business but I don't know how the do it.

When DSL came around, I switched to Galaxy Internet a competitor of The World. They were a DSL reseller. About a year ago, Galaxy stoped DSL and switched me to DSL Extreme, based in Calif. DSLx tech support is excellent, which is why I keep them. I had some trouble at first when using the modem/router that Galaxy provided. I switched to a modem from DSLx and things have worked well ever since. They were great helping me set up my wireless router. I learned a lot from them.

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SteveP67   7/31/2014 12:59:24 PM
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I started online in December 1978 with The Source, a dial-up service that charged $2.75/hour for connection.  It was quite good with connection to the UPI raw news feed, stock market quotes and even cross-compilers for compiling your assembly code if you were into writing software (which I was).

I was online with a 300 baud acoustic coupled modem.  I used to love that sound!  Eventually went with Compuserve then Prodigy and AOL.  Anybody remember them?

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Re: DSL shouldn't work
Measurement.Blues   7/31/2014 12:57:24 PM
Weren't we all stunned and amazed when dialup speeds went from 300 to 1200 to 2400 to 4800 to 9600 to 14.4k to 28k to 56k? DSL is a marvel of signal processing using multiple frequency bins to get mutli-megabit speeds from a 3kHz POTS line.

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Re: "Chances are, we all started with dialup Internet access in the 1990s."
mikekirschner   7/31/2014 12:54:57 PM
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Sorry Martin! I should've known. Well, just the same I was accessing internet resources in the '80s (FTP sites, etc.) via modem through some crazy connections. ISPs sure made it easier!

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Re: Internet access speed - DSL is fine for me
Measurement.Blues   7/31/2014 12:53:45 PM
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@Robert I agree with you about the DSL speed. I have one grade up from Grandpa, 3Mbps and we can have a PC and an iPad streaming video and another stream on a third PC or phone streaming audio.

I live close enough to a Verizon central office that my line can support 7Mbps for another $20 a month. I don't need it but it's nice to know I can upgrade without having to switch to the evil Comcast.

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Re: "Chances are, we all started with dialup Internet access in the 1990s."
SteveP67   7/31/2014 12:50:57 PM
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@Mike  Thanks!  I've always been a PC guy, at least since my RadioShack TRS-80 Model I left service after many years of fun and modifications.

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Re: "Chances are, we all started with dialup Internet access in the 1990s."
Measurement.Blues   7/31/2014 12:50:20 PM
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@Mike, unfortunately, I'm older than you think. By "1990s" I was referring to usig an ISP. I too used a dialup 300 baud modem to connect to a VAX.

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Re: Wall phone DSL filter
Measurement.Blues   7/31/2014 12:48:44 PM
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@SteveP67 thanks for the tip on the wall phone filter. I may need it for the next task, getting Grandpa's friend to give up her AOL dailup and go DSL. She will never put up with a hanging filter in her kitchen.

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