April 3rd, 2005

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05:34 am - going on a date with someone ten years younger than you means...
"Wow, that's the longest life story I think anybody's ever told me."

"Yeah, well, I'm old."
All in good fun, though.  I gotta admit, I was initially pretty sketchy about the idea of a blind date, and even more so after Emily wound up sick at the last minute before dinner tonight leaving me without a wing(wo)man, but I had a hell of a nice time.

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Current Music: Butthole Surfers - I Had A Dream Last Night

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[User Picture] From: clme
Date: April 3rd, 2005 - 06:11 pm
Ten years younger than you?

You mean when you get as old as you are, you still measure time in years??

Damn. Here I was thinking ages, or epochs, or generations at the very least...

[User Picture] From: staringgoldfish
Date: April 3rd, 2005 - 06:49 pm
hey Hey HEY!

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: April 3rd, 2005 - 08:05 pm
You're just jealous 'cause you aren't old enough to remember acoustically coupled modems. SO YOU CAN NEVER BE ALPHA DORK.


[User Picture] From: staringgoldfish
Date: April 3rd, 2005 - 08:09 pm
1985, there were only two places in this town that had those. The Top 40 radio station and a woman who taught computer progamming privately to the local kids.

Ain't no school like the old school, Jack.

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: April 3rd, 2005 - 08:12 pm
Hahahaha, 1985... using an acoustically coupled modem in 1985 would be like using a Tandy computer today. Those things went out in the late 70's.

ONE HUNDRED TEN BAUD, BAYBEE! Same's a teletype. (I remember those, too.)

From: (Anonymous)
Date: April 3rd, 2005 - 08:14 pm

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: April 3rd, 2005 - 08:19 pm
hey, your mom likes it.

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: April 3rd, 2005 - 08:16 pm
Although actually (by use of a "friend who's not here" gambit, but still) last night my 110 baud acoustically coupled modem bit got preemptively trumped... Maura (the friend who set me up with Marie, the girl I was there to meet) was telling a story about somebody she knew who had actually owned (and built) an Altair WAY back in the day.

And I was like "damn... I usually win the 'whip out your oldschool tech wang and compare sizes' competitions, but I got nothin' to trump building an Altair in your garage." Heh. (Then I told my acoustically coupled modem story anyway.)

[User Picture] From: clme
Date: April 3rd, 2005 - 08:28 pm
I shouldn't laugh, I'll be 27 in a few months and thats not that far away from being as ancient as Jimbo is now.

(22:09:19) Jimbosworldorg: dude, they did NOT have acoustically coupled modems in Wargames

They did SO! :)

Anyway. I remember them, I just thankfully never had to use one. First modem I had was 9600 baud, and even that I technically wasn't allowed to use until it was too slow to bother.

I've been (re)building computers since I was ten, but I didn't ever go on the internet at anyplace but school until I was 19. Hell, school didn't have the internet available until my Junior year.

My commodore didn't have a modem, and I got my first Tandy when I was 10.

I still have a warm place in my heart for that old USRobotics 33.6 ISA modem that I used for several years during college. I wish I had never gone to the 56k software modem. It never compared.

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: April 4th, 2005 - 10:36 pm
I always had a soft spot in my heart for the first modem I actually owned - I had an Apple //c when they were new, and man, parts for Apples were EXPENSIVE. An Apple modem ran something like $350-$450, if I recall correctly, and that in 1980's money! So my dad and I picked up a 300 baud external modem from Radio Shack that was actually intended for the Tandy CoCo (ghetto-ass s00per-cheap n00b computer), found a pinout diagram for its output port and another for the pinout of the Apple's serial port, and built a conversion cable. Presto change-o, modem for 1/3 the price!

That little sucker was all of 300 baud, and it didn't do any dialing - you picked up the phone, dialed a number, listened for a squeal and then pressed the big red "connect" button on the modem and hung up the phone. It was reliable as HELL though, being external and so simple, and many was the time I snickered at friends who had no end of troubles with their internal modems not recognizing dial tone, etc, etc, etc.

I actually missed out on 1200 baud, 2400 baud, AND 9600 baud (not that many people got in on 9600) and my very next modem was a 14.4. MANNNNNY years later, heh.


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