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Mike H
01-19-2014, 09:35 AM
http://www.wimp.com/theinternet/

S/V Laura Ellen
01-19-2014, 09:39 AM
Interesting that some papers were looking at the emerging technology to see how they could leverage it back then. So many papers failed to make the necessary changes to adapt to the changes.

Get your own acoustic coupler modem now, join the new wave of hightech.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/TRS-80-Acoustic-Coupler-old-school-modem-/321297851339?pt=US_Vintage_Computing_Parts_Accesso ries&hash=item4aced823cb
http://www.atarimuseum.com/computers/8BITS/400800/830/830.JPG

willmarsh3
01-19-2014, 10:19 AM
I remmber the sounds of modems from back in the days of BBSs. By the time I started with dialup this acoustic pickup had been replaced by a jack to plug the phone line into the back of the computer.

I got to thinking...

If the worst fears of (no) net neutrality play out we may see a come back of this type of technology as people build an alternative internet over voice lines.

http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?169663-the-bilge-is-in-peril

http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?124027-Net-Neutrality-Decision-from-FCC

http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?117835-Net-neutrality-amp-freedom-of-speech

http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?69565-Say-goodbye-to-the-Internet-as-we-know-it

John Smith
01-19-2014, 12:25 PM
Technology keeps moving forward faster and faster. I can't imagine what the next century brings; if we survive.

carlg
01-19-2014, 12:40 PM
I go back pretty far. Used an ASR33 to connect to a GE time-sharing service that would run BASIC and FORTRAN programs. That would have been in the late to mid 60's.

S/V Laura Ellen
01-19-2014, 12:44 PM
Norm: the first printer I worked with was a model 33 teletype. can you remember the conversion kit that clipped onto an IBM Selectric typewriter to make it into a printer? The kit had a series of solenoids that would strike the keys.

The early days were lots of fun. I can remember making a call to Centronics to tell them that the new printer model I bought from them (300 LPM) band printer had an error in the implementation of the parallel interface. They laughed at me for the first few minutes, but by the end of the call I was working with the engineering department to resolve their problem.

Todd D
01-19-2014, 01:16 PM
The first system I used (pdp-8) had a paper tape reader, but the boot instructions were input in binary via a bank of 8 switches. Once the computer was running it did read the output of our mass spectrometer via a/d converters. Later I graduated to a system with a decwriter and punch cards for I/o. Punch card output was physically carried down to the university computer center to run the more sophisticated processing programs that wouldn't run on the dedicated computer. Back then you submitted your data AND program on cards and got your output a few hours later. You could run a program off tape, but that cost more since you had to pay to mount, unmounts and store the tape.

S/V Laura Ellen
01-19-2014, 01:24 PM
The first system I used (pdp-8) had a paper tape reader, but the boot instructions were input in binary via a bank of 8 switches. Once the computer was running it did read the output of our mass spectrometer via a/d converters. Later I graduated to a system with a decwriter and punch cards for I/o. Punch card output was physically carried down to the university computer center to run the more sophisticated processing programs that wouldn't run on the dedicated computer. Back then you submitted your data AND program on cards and got your output a few hours later. You could run a program off tape, but that cost more since you had to pay to mount, unmounts and store the tape.

In my early days, I maintained a network of very similar computers used for pipeline monitoring and control. Some of the units were upgraded from paper tape boot to cassette boot (a massive improvement). The remote units sat in concrete block buildings along the pipeline.

Dan McCosh
01-19-2014, 02:05 PM
I was using a computer at my desk at a local newspaper in 1972. I bought a PC and was using it at work in 1976. I was writing an online column in 1977. We had an online information service for the newsletter in 1975. The business model for mass communications didn't really collapse until the dot com bubble, however.

Dan McCosh
01-19-2014, 02:27 PM
Technology keeps moving forward faster and faster. I can't imagine what the next century brings; if we survive. One of the great myopic myths of today is that we are living in an era of record technological change. The time span between Edison's first electric light and the launch of commercial electric power was just three years. It was about 15 years between the Wright Bros. first flight and the first commercial airline. It was about five years between the introduction of the Ford Model T and the first auto assembly line.

wardd
01-19-2014, 04:06 PM
Everything From This 1991 Radio Shack Ad You Can Now Do With Your Phone



http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2014-01-16-radioshackad.jpg


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-cichon/radio-shack-ad_b_4612973.html?utm_hp_ref=technology

ccmanuals
01-19-2014, 04:12 PM
Anyone remember Vines networks?

willmarsh3
01-20-2014, 09:52 AM
Dragnet season 3 episode 22 "Frauds" featured a punched card machine for entering data, a computer to validate it, a magnetic tape drive to sort it and a keypunch to enter a search query. All this took several rooms. This was state of the art in the 60's.

oznabrag
01-20-2014, 10:12 AM
http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2014-01-16-radioshackad.jpg


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-cichon/radio-shack-ad_b_4612973.html?utm_hp_ref=technology
Wow !

I can use my phone as a CB radio, a police band scanner and a radar detector?

Where do I get those apps?

skipper68
01-20-2014, 10:29 AM
Wow !

I can use my phone as a CB radio, a police band scanner and a radar detector?

Where do I get those apps?What kind of phone? The apps are different for computers and phone types.
BTW, it was around $3,780.00 for those devices, not including a room full of all that stuff..

S/V Laura Ellen
01-20-2014, 12:24 PM
What kind of phone?

Don't think the type of phone would make much difference.

skipper68
01-20-2014, 12:53 PM
Well, I have a LG840, that is a smart phone, but not an Android. Then they have different scanner downloads for Mac and the Windows puters/cell phones. Thats why I asked.
BTW, it can be illegal to have your phone police scanner App running while your in the car in some states. Each state has its own laws. Same with Radar detecter App. Just google your OS and they should show up.

S/V Laura Ellen
01-20-2014, 01:58 PM
Well, I have a LG840, that is a smart phone, but not an Android. Then they have different scanner downloads for Mac and the Windows puters/cell phones. Thats why I asked.
BTW, it can be illegal to have your phone police scanner App running while your in the car in some states. Each state has its own laws. Same with Radar detecter App. Just google your OS and they should show up.

In apps that I looked at the smartphone does't become a scanner or a radar detector.
In that case of the radar detectors, they just provide information about where the radar detectors have been reported in operation. Since you don't actually have a radar detector, it would be interesting to know if the use of the app would be prohibited. But using a cell phone (hand held) while driving is prohibited in some areas.
In the case of the scanner, they typically just connect you to a remote scanner so you can listen in (I assume it's some sort of audio streaming arrangement), if the service is offered in your area.