Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dial-up

Oooooh boy, who remembers this? I found a video online recently (I'll post it at the bottom) of a recording of the old dial-up sound. It felt like a blast from the past and I immediately remembered trying to use AOL on my Windows 95 computer. This was the pinnacle of our technology of the time and everyone was fascinated by all the web pages and interesting content.

The reason I'm posting this really is because I was having a conversation the other day with a younger friend of mine, and I had to actually explain to her what Dial-up was. I had to explain that you couldn't use the phone and be online at the same time, and that you had to sit through a minute of jumbled noise just to be "online". Downloading a 30 second movie clip would take well over an hour. How old do you feel knowing that there are people alive now, and will be born in the future that won't recognize this wonderful sound?




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38 comments:

  1. As irritating as it is, that sound once heralded a brand new shore. And yeah, oh yeah, I remember AOL running on Win95 and thinking I was living in Star Trek world at the time.

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  2. God i do not miss that noise at all.

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  3. I listened to it for so many years pretty much everyday that I can imitate it in real life.

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  4. nostalgic indeed....... :/ also very frustrating haha

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  5. I can't believe this is how it used to work.

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  6. (Yelling to another room in the house) Mom, are you off the phone yet? I wanna start AOL.

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  7. I was happy to hear that sound before, I was about to enter the WEB! that was a big thing to do.

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  8. This is some serious nostalgia.

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  9. connecting to the internet sounded like a cartoon, and the sister was yelling for the phone. This were great days

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  10. Oh man... that initial DING DING DING DING PSHHHHHH is so recognizable.

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  11. Kids these days. Don't have any respect for the dial-up noise

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  12. nice

    incredible-mo.blogspot.com

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  13. I barely remember this. Mostly I remember wanting to call my friends and my dad was ALWAYS on the internet.

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  14. Man I hated that noise. I started hearing it again randomly the other day.

    Followed :)

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  15. I'm pretty sure this sound is engrained forever in my brain.

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  16. Ooooh man. That takes me waaaaaaay back. Awesome

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  17. I want to know what it looks like through a Spectrogram

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectrogram

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  18. that takes me back to the 90s super fast

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  19. Dial up noise always bothered me :P

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  20. I'm 16 and I already feel cool knowing that I lived through "The Dial-up Age".

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  21. I still remember exactly how they sound, good old dialup

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  22. reminds me of
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG1AQcGGSec&feature=related

    hahaha

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  23. There are kids who wont know what a home phone is :|
    I feel old

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  24. Brings back painful memories of slow connections, blocked telephone lines and high bills.

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  25. Oh man, I put to play the video and I was like singing the sound before it sounded. I have that written deep inside my brain :D

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  26. Ah, yes. The days when you actually had to go a video store to buy pornography. Well, somebody did. I was on the cusp.

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  27. god, so horrible. How terrible, now looking back so many years later.

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