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How much has connectivity changed since you started using computers? Do you remember your first modem? What was the connection speed like?



asked Oct 20 '11 at 09:51

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i started with dial up 56k modem, the speed wasn't that bad since sites weren't that heavy on pictures and images, chatting on line was okay as well because the software was more tuned for the slower connections. downloading programs was fine too as they were small files as well, don't think i ever found anything over 80mb.

i then had a USB broadband modem, it was just double the speed of the 56k, which at the time seemed quite fast until they upgraded me to an 8mb connection (which really wasn't 8mb, it was more like 4mb) had those kinds of speeds for quite a while, only recently have i changed to fiberoptic.

when i got my first modem with a network connection, i had a huge problem, because i didn't have a network connection on my computer, gone out, bought a network card, put it on the PCI slot and tried to install it, having windows 98 i couldn't get the drivers to install off the floppy, that network card is still lying around somewhere in my house.

had many different modems and routers over the years, most were huge bulky things that could only handle 1 computer connected to it, no wifi, liked the fact that they were informative with all the lights to tell you what was happening, but they were way too big.

my current router that i have with fiber optic is fantastic, not for the speed, but for the fact that you can connect up to 4 computers with network cables and have wifi at the SAME TIME!

now at least i can share all my files with other computers on the network, got a PS3, 2 (working) computers and a laptop that can all share with the files, so not having to make loads of copys or find ways of getting files onto other computers, you can just share them, and there is no messing about with connecting one computer and removing another.

answered Oct 20 '11 at 11:56

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Yeah I remember those days so well. Running back then with an XT machine with a 8MHZ processor not an 8GHZ that we are coming so close to. And a 2400 baud modem as well a Hyse modem if I remember correctly. back then like Chris had mentioned in his youtube video. The one thing I do remember fondly of back then when BBS's were so popular and the Internet was not yet out to the general public. Was getting my emails either through the college BBS that I went to at that time or through two other BBS boards that I subscribed to back in the day. Was downloading my email in a form of qwk packet. Kind of like a zip or a rar file that we use for compressing files normally. But used for opening and closing new and replied packets with pkunzip and pkzip back in the day. And using a small dos mail reader.

I remember one Sysop from the college looking so surprised at one point when I was downloading my email from the college board. I was getting back then something like 242 CPS or something like that back then. And even then I was really pushing my lil 2400 baud modem to the limit with the throughput and the buffers that I was using for uploading and downloading as well. The guy jaw dropped when he had seem me. I helped him in a couple of times with fixing that with some of the other students and faculty. and got them the maximum speed on the modems they were using on their computers as well. The Good old days my god I had almost forgotten about them.

answered Oct 20 '11 at 18:57

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i think the first modems I was using back when were 200 400 and 800 baud and concidering it was all text they were pretty quick, it was actually getting the phone attachted to the modem before the screetching stopped that could be tricky to get loggin ..

2400 was a dream on the first window machine I had running win 3.1

even though when netscape first came out loading some pages was alot like watching a poliroid picture develope ....

answered May 28 '12 at 18:57

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edited May 28 '12 at 19:00

My first modem was embedded into my Gateway computer, that dialed into AOL. Then I moved to Manhattan and got Time Warner Cable's high speed internet which I still have today.

I changed my speeds over the years this is what I got:

2003 Time Warner advertized speeds- 2mb/.3mb

2005 Time Warner advertized speeds- 4mb/.5mb

2009 Time Warner advertized speeds- 10mb/.5mb

Current Time Warner advertized speeds- 30mb/5mb

answered May 28 '12 at 19:24

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