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The Need for Speed

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As I’m typing this, a chap from AT&T is perched on a ladder high up on a pole, prepping the fiber optic line that is going to snake its way into my house.

I’ve been online, in one form or another, since 1981. The fiber install today got me thinking a bit about my history with connectivity. My first go at it was with my TRS-80 Model I and a 300 baud Lynx modem. I couldn’t find an image of it – – – and, mercifully, I just barely missed being required to use an acoustic coupler like the one shown below – – but this is pretty much the level of technology I was dealing with (and I felt fancy having 300 baud instead of a mere 110):