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Holy crap... there's a world out there

Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 8:31 pm
by dishawjp

Sorry for the subject folks,

But I just got cable installed and ummm, wellll, I knew that 56k was no great shakes... but I REALLY had no idea of how slow it really was!!

I first connected to the internet with a 1.2k modem. I remember when 4.8k modems were FAST and when 9.6k came out.. whew! I was one of the "first on my block" with a 14.4k modem. I've been using a 56k dial-up for years and have been more or less satisfied with it until recently. I mean, prOn isn't my thing. I like my BBS's (like this one), I download my updates and the occasional program or two. I FTP document files between my work network file server and my home computers... nothing big usually. It worked.

Because I live in a tiny village of 340 people in the middle of nowhere, dial up was the only internet access available until recently. Heck, we got more cows in my town than people; there are only 1600 people in the whole township. That includes two villages and a lot of unincorporated land.

Well, I gotta tell you, I just did an "apt-update && dist-upgrade -y" on my RH9 install and it downloaded 33MB in 1m 30sec. That would have taken HOURS yesterday!

I know, no biggie to many of you out there, but a big deal to me.

Sorry, but my wife could care less. She's downstairs watching cable TV, and I had to tell somebody.

Thanks for listening or ignoring... either way.

Jim Dishaw

Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 8:36 pm
by Doogee
Welcome to the internet. :void:

Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 9:15 pm
by Void Main
My first modem was one of these babies: ... puting.htm

I believe it was 300 baud.

Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 9:34 pm
by Doogee

Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 3:52 pm
by xyle_one
Doogee wrote:Welcome to the internet. :void:
yes. Welcome :)
You can never go back now. I tried to use a dial-up connection after 2 years of DSL, and I wanted to cry. I couldn't "hang" with the slow, unreliable AOL my parents were using. I have since gone back to DSL and couldn't be happier :)

Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 9:16 am
by X11
Nice story

I want cable.