Technology from the Stone Age
This post is courtesy of my parents. Who NEVER throw anything out.
I present, for your viewing pleasure, before it becomes a permanent fixture in the Smithsonian...
My first computer "modem":
A rotary dial telephone emblazoned with the "Commodore" logo.
How awesome is that?
This came with my Commodore 64 computer. And yes, it did work. It would plug into the computer, and I would *literally* dial-up to a local BBS (bulletin board service) or to the ultimate online system, COMPUSERVE. Man, I could get a movie review, or a sports score, all in text format of course.
I'm pretty spoiled by this whole new-fangled "internet" thing, but I must say, that old stuff was pretty cool at the time.