When I was at a friends checking out car rental prices.
I thought it was a lot slower than I remembered. Then I noticed that soulseek was running, I shut it down and the pages loaded marginally faster :) Thank Zod for broadband.
The early ones just didn't have flash in the modem itself but had a DPS (digital signal processor), so they'd have to load it into the modem after each reboot. (Lucent LT was one of these, I think, but it's been 7 years since I've done dial-up support) These can be loaded from Linux, and can be very reliable, so long as you have a good driver for it.
The modem uses the CPU for the datapump. (I want to say the Rockwall HSF was one) It's obvious as your CPU load goes up when the modem is in use.
It's much more likely that a modem that has its own DSP can still be used in linux. Take a look at modemsite or linmodems to try to identify your modem and find linux drivers.
I also play an old Arcade Golf game which has a dial-up connection to update scores on a server somewhere. :P. Nuh, just pulling the chain, dial-up golf is for drunk yobbo's who havn't yet played duke nukem.
I chose "today". Not for internet purposes (fortunately) but I've been working on a project using those little payment-processing terminals that use modems to phone home. Outside of that, fortunately I've had decent internet for about five months now. Before that, I _was_ stuck with dialup.
It was about a year ago. My wife insisted we have broadband before she moved into the house. At least she paid for it, cementing my reputation as her trophy husband. If I tried to use an acoustic coupler, my wife would divorce me ... or am I embarrassingly confused again?
tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub) And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
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About a month ago I was in Shanghai, China, staying in the best known but very old hotel near the bund. I wanted to check my email, so late night I went to the business center to see how to get online (I've got my laptop/wireless, but didn't work there). The lady got the PC ready for me (there were only two PCs there, a good indication the service is not used much), after waiting for my yahoo email to come up, I commented to the lady "this is slooooow!", she said: "oh, it's dial-up". I stood up, apologized, and went to find a internet cafe nearby.
We ("the company" but not me personally anymore) still access our legacy customers via cu and do data transfers with uucp. Some (more forward thinking) customers now have internet access via ssh. Or VPN to their network and telnet to the server. And some allow internet access via telnet (no, I won't tell you who those are).
And some allow internet access via telnet (no, I won't tell you who those are).
You amuse me. The meme "telnet is insecure" is not inaccurate but it is rather incomplete. Telnet is only insecure if you've got a "man in the middle". If you've got that, "he" already knows who those clients are. :)
Ah... the fortunate who have a choice...
Dialup sucks, but it's still better than my alternative: Smoke signals! The usual muck in the local atmosphere really cuts into bandwidth... even when outdoor burning is not banned....and the hawks get most of the pidgeons.
My pigeon has the flu today, so I had to wait for the planets to align and drink some Newt's Wort to get my sighkick energy up to speed. For some reason my employer wouldn't accept my authentication, so I had to walk.
"There's more than one level to any answer."
For my personal projects, I am using 2Mb residential ADSL. For work, I do application support, and am on a callout rota, which needs me to dial in with a company laptop, using a 56K modem. These days, this doesn't happen very often - partly thanks to my perl monitoring scripts which have gotten the application quite stable :).
I also help non-techie friends with their computer problems, for my sins. Several of these use dial-up.
Oh Lord, won’t you burn me a Knoppix CD ?
My friends all rate Windows, I must disagree.
Your powers of persuasion will set them all free,
So oh Lord, won’t you burn me a Knoppix CD ? (Missquoting Janis Joplin)
I'm on dialup, ever since I got my PC way back in 2003. Nevertheless, a laggy, low-bandwidth connection has never really obstructed me to participate in free software projects. ;)
FWIW, I connect via a Conexant HSF modem using the Linuxant drivers, which uses Perl for managing the DCP (digital call progress) process for the winmodem. So I truly owe Perl a lot for getting me on the Internet. :D
Believe it or not, the last time I used a modem I really did use an acoustic coupler! It was in a holiday cottage in deepest darkest rural Cornwall, where the only phone was an old rotary job wired into the wall, so I couldn't just unplug it and plug in my laptop.
update: that was in 2001 IIRC
PPP setup and ssh key exchange takes a loooooooooooooooooong time at 300bps.
Since then I've done dialup on a mobile phone (9600bps) and using a 3G data card (300+ Kbps) but seeing that those are entirely digital there's no modem involved.
Well, today. I STILL receive my mail via UUCP for an entire domain. Then I filter out all the garbage stuff (don't ask!). One of these days I'll get around to setting up my own server for mail, but for now this "works".
The next questions:
When did you first "dial-in"?
When did you first use "electronic mail"? (on what computer?).
We must not however forget the fastest creature on the earth, quite capable of carrying vast quantities of data and with it's own built in security system.
I refer of course to the Toddler. As any parent knows these innocent looking creatures are capable of incredible feats of speed as in "I just turned my back for a moment ..."
They can also carry a sizeable number of DVDs or flash cards though these need to be chew/suck proofed to ensure that data is not corrupted en-route.
Security wise they are equiped with a distinctive siren type device should someone try to remove the data from them without following the correct procedure. This may prove problematic and a further issue would be the tendancy to simply dump data at any time something interferes.
A further advantage is that should they get into a situation where progress in blocked then observers are much more inclinded to remove the obstacle or assist the carrier than they would with a snail or even a pigeon. Also they are less likely to get eaten. (Pigeon breast with peas and a cream sauce -- mmm)
Which option do I vote for if I dialed in today via accoustic coupler, I'm current dialed in right now, and I've now gotten to the point where I'm pretty sure I'd prefer either telegraph or carrier pigeons to dialup?