Tuesday, July 01, 2008

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.

3 Comments:

At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Kelly said...

True story: Megan was attending a Girl Guide sleepover in a church hall. She got homesick and wanted to call home, but couldn't because "the phone had one of those number go around things and I had no clue how to use it."
I guess that's one skill I just never had the oppertunity to teach her.
Man, I am really old.

 
At 10:01 AM, Blogger Robin said...

Now *that's* funny.

 
At 9:09 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

I heard a ring tone the other day that was the sound of one of those "old fashioned" dial phones...I was looking for the rotary phone outside.

S.

 

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