If Google were a 1980s BBS


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Only problem is the modem sounds. Modems didn’t sound like that in the 80s!

Way simpler.


#3

Obviously that’s the sound of the broadband hi-speed internet modem of today. Much faster. More complex.


#4

BBC CEEFAX was about this level of awesome


#5

Yah, in the 1980s ones the sounds were simple enough that you could directly hear if you didn’t sync up (wrong baud rate or parity). I remember when I first heard a fast one - never trusted those complex noises.


#6

Was anyone immediately thrown off by the greeting to ‘anonymous’, rather than an exhortation to join Google+?


#7

What’s with all the colors? I worked at a college in the 1980s that had some pretty expensive monitors and terminals, and the only colors we had were green/black, white/black, and a fancy amber/black.


#8

Didn’t someone post this some 3 years ago or did I see it somewhere else?


#9

Commodore C64 (or C20 even) hooked up to the TV in the living room. Colours! Lots of beautiful colours! Hey, even the Sinclair ZX 81could do colour.


#10

Nicely done, but I could swear I saw this or a similar implementation some years ago. Might not have been via BB, though.

Back in the 70’s, I had a friend who could whistle a perfect 300-baud control-G…


#11

There was this guy who connected his laptop to Google for reals with an old 1964 300 baud modem.


#12

Wow. Thanks for the link! Just look at that box!
I move we start calling this sort of thing transistorpunk.


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If you’re going to squee over old hardware, I still have my old sewing-machine-sized IBM Portable PC, complete with the expansion chassis which housed additional drives and adapters. XT motherboard with a 286 processor speed-up card and a numeric coprocessor (can’t use both at once, though), running DOS 3.1. CGA driving orange (9"?) CRT monitor. Unfortunately the MWave DSP/modem card suffered a lightning strike.


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