March 5th, 2008

New Look

A Quarter Century Online

Twenty-five years ago, on March 4, 1983, I entered the online world for the very first time. I'd used modems for a few years before when my dad would let me use his teletype and log into the VAX at his work a few years beforehand, but this was a whole different deal. This was calling a BBS, a place where you could actually talk to someone. (Someone besides the operator of the mainframe, anyway).

The same model as my first modem (that wasn't built into a teletype), an acoustic Novation CAT (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Getting online, for the first time, a quarter century ago...Collapse )

The tones and hiss of the modem mating dance have gone the way of the Victrola now, but the world of cyberspace only gets bigger with each passing year. I only hope I can keep up with all the changes, as they've already been mind-blowing and have introduced me to more people than my parents' generation could even comprehend.

Here's to the next 25 years!