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How to use a modem

From a suburban British house in 1984, Julian (password: 1234) demonstrates a modem while Pat (seemingly not allowed to touch the keyboard) lists her uses of the "communal" BBC Micro. Turn on your recorders as this TV clip ends with a data transmission! But how, in bygone online times, have modems been used... [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Mar 19, 2016 - 30 comments

Dynamic spectrogram of dial-up modem handshake sounds

Short-but-pretty SLYT. So that's what was going on ... [more inside]
posted by carter on Feb 10, 2016 - 25 comments

You've Got Mail

Relive the excitement of connecting to the internet with the noise of a 56k modem, from Monkey Dust
posted by growabrain on Oct 16, 2015 - 61 comments

In honor of its longevity, this title will be cut o

Here's Compuserve WOW!, a new youth-oriented online service! Commercials for it. C|Net reports on it. The Chicago Tribune. Christian Science Monitor. Suck is less than enthused. (via Wayback) Advertising Age reports that its "editor" will be the guy who created Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego for PBS. Compuserve WOW! will offer its own features as well as unlimited Internet for the low price of $17.95 a month. It's coming your way Spring of 1996! And closing less than a year later....
posted by JHarris on Sep 28, 2015 - 18 comments


posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 14, 2013 - 36 comments

Modem Love

Remember the sound of dialup modems handshaking? Here's what was happening.
posted by pjern on Jan 31, 2013 - 28 comments


You may remember the sounds your old dial-up modem used to make, but do you know why it was making those sounds and what was happening during each part? The Atlantic explains the Mechanics and Meaning of That Ol' Dial-Up Modem Sound.
posted by bjrn on Jun 3, 2012 - 58 comments

This is what dialup sounded like

Kids today won't know the shrill cry of a 9600 baud, or the magical "doodleeedoo" of a 28.8 modem. Help preserve our digital history. Join us in recording your best impression of a "modem handshake" sound.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 11, 2011 - 67 comments

My God! It's full of krchhhhhhhh... EEEE-errrr EEEE-errrrr... chhhhhhh...

The dial-up sound, 700% slower.
posted by katillathehun on Jul 27, 2011 - 85 comments

300 baud of awesome in a wooden box

This is what 300 baud looks like online today.
posted by loquacious on Jun 1, 2009 - 111 comments


The Internet Before its Time. Telidon was a novel "two-way TV" system that debuted in Canada in 1978. It used NAPLPS, a basic vector-graphics protocol, for presentation and operated over a 1200 bps modem. It was never a commercial or technological success, but I was 10, it was 1981 and I was playing hangman... ONLINE.
posted by GuyZero on Mar 30, 2006 - 25 comments

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