What Else Is In Scott's Head?

The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Dial-Up Sucks

I'm out of town this week, and my hotel room only has a dial-up connection. I've had a cable modem now for at least two years, and dropping down to the slums of the dial-up world just sucks. I mean, here's how bad dial-up is, compared to broadband:

Download 5 MB file
Broadband: 30 seconds
Dial-Up: Eight days

This is all a round-about way of saying my entries may not be daily. Just publishing the blog with dial-up takes a long, long time.

This very slow connection to the Internet I have now reminds me of my first PC and my first modem, which would have been a 2400 baud modem. I remember back then (1993 or 1994) I had an AOL account and Apogee Software (now 3D Realms) had a new shareware game for download called Blake Stone. The file was one or two megabytes. I downloaded it, and it took at least six hours to download, maybe longer.

For those of you in the 21st century still using dial-up, I feel for you. Really. You get spoiled on broadband. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a file to download that is going to take a couple of days. More to come later.


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