Anyone seen my handset cradle?

While reading Bruce Sterling, Roberta X tosses in this historical note:

Is there anything quite as dead as dial-up BBSes? I can still use a 1920s dial telephone; but a 300 baud modem (heck, even a superfast 2400-baud) isn’t even a good doorstop. No, I’m being unfair: the landline telegraph guys use them (plus a custom interface) to telegraph one another, via a nifty hub and The TelCo, in a very clever mash-up of time-spanning technologies.

I may as well mention here that until we ripped out the shop’s T1 and replaced it with sweet, sweet fiber — sweet, sweet, farging expensive fiber — our Monster Tower called home to its Big Blue overlords over what used to be a luxury: ISDN. Far as I know, it’s still supported in the hardware.

Oh, and I still own a USRobotics V.90 modem. Just in case.


  1. Roger Green »

    8 September 2012 · 1:53 pm

    Where I work now, I was in charge of the BBS, despite the fact that, when I was hired I didn’t even know what BBS MEANT. Got reasonably proficient at it, actually.

  2. CGHill »

    8 September 2012 · 2:46 pm

    Had it been rocket science, I’d never have been able to pass myself off as a competent sysop. (Fortunately, it wasn’t.)

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