Connecting to the internet with a 1964 modem

Wow, a 1964 modem. These things belong to the museum but not yet – this guy has it. What good is such devices when in a museum.

Background: This modem was given to me ~1989 by the widow of a retired (IBM?) engineer. Computerhistory.org has a Model B dated 1965, and I’ve seen a ~1967 Model C written up in a magazine. (Interestingly, incorrectly identified as being only 110 baud.)

Even better than seeing it in a museum, I decide to hook the trusty Model A up and make it talk to something. After some trial and error, I manage to get it to talk to a terminal server at work and use it to connect to a linux box. It’s ALIVE! So, 45 years after it’s creation, this antique modem gets to send data to and from the modern Internet. (From Youtube)

1964 Antique MODEM Live Demo

It’s a 1964 acoustic modem.

I hate wires but I have tons of it

Take a look at all the wires around my computer. I have wires for the modem, the router, the computer, the netbook, the external hard disk, the iPod, the cable television thingy and all my other computer peripherals:

All the wires around my computer

At one point of time I actually wanted to wireless most of my computer set up. I started with the keyboard and mouse set up. I bought one of those wireless desktop set from Microsoft. It worked but not all the time.

There was this slight lag when typing, probably a 0.1 second lag but it’s there and I feel it. It’s enough to make to prefer wires. I talked to Uzyn that time he encountered a similar problem too. Once in a while, the mouse wouldn’t really response and that ticks me off greatly (when I couldn’t click and hold to select my units on the screen successfully).

As you can see much of my computer table is made of metal and that probably affected the wireless to some extend. Today I live with the wires. Things are really messy but at least they work. Wireless? No thanks.

[By the way, the elongated cylindric thing is a CD holder and does not contain beer.]