What was the Dial Up experience like?

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  • David
    Lv 5
    9 months ago
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    It sucked. Downloading porn took forever.

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  • James
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    8 months ago

    Having any kind of internet was a big step forward compared to what there was before.  It could be kind of slow, but that was part of the package at the time.  It's easy to say everybody was miffed and waiting for broadband to arrive, but did everyone really envisage broadband back in the dial up days?  Doubtful. 

    It's a bit like saying the first people to cook with an oven were impatient for microwaves to arrive.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Mighty slow.......

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  • Dale-E
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    We had dial up and auto-dial-up connections for Teletype all thru the 80s. A word was measured as a 5 character set and 50 words per minute was typical, 100 words per minute was exceptional. Some of the data was actually musical and all was audibly identifiable for speed and protocol. Fax is still a viable dial-up protocol.

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    • Dale-E
      Lv 7
      7 months agoReport

      Lilly Tomlin on Saturday Night Live said, "You put your finger into the little hole and make it go round and round."  That is the way we reached out and touched people back then!

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  • 9 months ago

    It was and --- and for some it still is ---

    like waiting for 1960s oil-based house paint to dry.

    If you never got to see how long paint stayed wet back then,

    you really can't know what this means.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    It was slow but the internet was less evolved so it wasn't that bad at first, I'm talking like 1995 to 1998 but then when the internet became more sophisticated then the slowness got ridiculous slow.

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  • 9 months ago

    A bloody nightmare...

    Wait 30 minutes for the page to load. Then screaming at your sister for using the phone and loosing your progress 29 minutes in.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    The internet in those days was an adventure, the wild west. Ah yes 40 minutes  to download a 3.5 minute song, happy days!

    I can still remember experiencing the  quiet joy of getting a connection after 30-40 seconds of  beeps and strange squeaks 

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  • Cei
    Lv 5
    9 months ago

    Slow and normally accompanied by by the repeated plea of "Have you finished in the internet? I need to use the phone"

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  • User
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    slow

    but still exciting (for computer afficianados) because it was a new and inexpensive way of connecting your computer to other computers

    I remember the old 150 / 300 baud acoustic modems...(i.e. before any internet)

    • Dale-E
      Lv 7
      9 months agoReport

      Yes, we had dial up and auto-dialup connections for Teletype too.

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