User Input

User Input: Relics of a Bygone Era

The earliest versions of AtomicToasters lacked a certain visual appeal.

I was thinking about this the other day as I waited for a page to ever-so-slowly load from my tethered iPhone connection; I actually miss the modem handshake sound. I can’t explain why, or what the cause of the nostalgia is, but there […]

User Input

User Input: We Are All Connected

Just add meatballs.

I am currently in the process of putting together the pieces for the in-home network in our new house. Now, for some, that would mean installing a wireless router and calling it done. Hell, I’ve been there many times myself, where I didn’t have the energy or motivation to try […]

User Input

User Input: Ludicrous Speed!

Nevermind the modem... remember those phones??

I just installed a new ringtone on my cellphone, specifically for whenever Techie calls me. It seems remarkably appropriate: familiar, somewhat annoying, and largely a relic of a bygone age. The sound, that is. Hit the jump to have a listen, and see if it’s as familiar to you.

Continue reading User Input: Ludicrous Speed!


Startup: Vintage Modem

"Your call is important to us. Please wait on the line, and we'll be with you shortly."

In the early 1980s, this was how you got your computer to talk to other computers a long ways away. You picked up the phone receiver, and held it up to your computer’s metaphorical ear. In […]