How did we survive on dial-up?

Well it’s been a fairly hectic month. I’ve moved house now and whilst that is potentially stressful it hasn’t been to bad an experience. Not one I plan on repeating for a while though, where does all this stuff come from?

Anyway, part of moving means you need to arrange insurances, utilities, tv packages and of course, internet.

I went with Sky for this and the process was painless. The only issue I have is the time it takes to firstly activate the phone line (two weeks) and then broadband (another ten days). Now I’d like to give the the benefit of the doubt and say it’s for technical reasons but I doubt that’s true. Anyway, that isn’t the point. During my (nearly) month long hiatus from broadband I have been using internet dongles. These have been great for just keeping up with email and social networking but for most present day internet related activities the connection the dongles could manage just wasn’t up to the job.

The other problem was that my temperamental laptop didn’t like the T-mobile dongle. It would happily sit there doing it’s thing and then, without warning, shut down. Very annoying when in the middle of writing a message or something! The Vodafone dongle however, it didn’t mind, go figure.

Now the lack of speedy dongle made me think of dial-up days. Now for some of you youngsters out there, who won’t know what dial-up is, this was an old-fashioned way to connect to the internet, whereby you would plug a ‘modem’ into the phoneline and connect to the internet at a maximum of 56.6kbps. Yes, that’s right, the best we could get was 56.6kbps and that was unusual. Now some areas have up to 20mbps available. In real terms, it meant to download just one music track could take a day. Yup, 24 magic hours. And we were impressed by that.

So, what will another decade of advancement lead to? Well I hope in ten years I can write about how we used to be pleased at 20mbps and that the speed we’ll be living in, measured hopefully in Tb a second, will be a dream.

Anyway, that’s me waffling on enough for now, will get back to regular posting soon.

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