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    1964 Antique MODEM Live Demo

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9dpXHnJXaE"]YouTube - 1964 Antique MODEM Live Demo[/ame]

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    Wow, I remember using an acoustic modem when I was about five... I was only allowed an hour at a time because of the phone bills!

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    Ah the old one hour a day of internet allowed and arguing over phone bills. That takes me back...

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    Fantastic!!

    I just love vintage hardware...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzz View Post
    Fantastic!!

    I just love vintage hardware...

    Are you talking about the average schools' computer provision in the UK?

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    I ran up massive bills when I first got onto the internet in 1994/95. Then BT introduced free weekends a few weekends later with a 2 hour cutoff, and I remember redialling at 23:59:00 to get an extra 2 hours out of them :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    I ran up massive bills when I first got onto the internet in 1994/95. Then BT introduced free weekends a few weekends later with a 2 hour cutoff, and I remember redialling at 23:59:00 to get an extra 2 hours out of them :P
    Lol, I remember doing the same. Was on Demon Internet - 10 per month + local rate phone call - from 1993 onwards.

    I remember flirting with Compuseve and AOL, and PlusNet (on ISDN) before Freeserve came alone and then eventually Broadband.

    But, does any body remember trying to get (and stay) online for free with these guys...

    X-Stream Network - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    0800 number supported by ads if you where lucky enough to connect for your hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    Are you talking about the average schools' computer provision in the UK?
    Don't know about the UK's computer provisioning (as I work/live in the Netherlands), but i think the situation over here isn't much better... I've got PC's and servers which are over 6 years old

    But I did mean 'real vintage' hardware... At home I've got an old Commodore 64, one of the first 80386 PC's, a five meg harddrive (5.25", full height) etc. etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzz View Post
    But I did mean 'real vintage' hardware... At home I've got an old Commodore 64, one of the first 80386 PC's, a five meg harddrive (5.25", full height) etc. etc.
    Still got an Amstrad MegaPC (OLD-COMPUTERS.COM : The Museum) sitting at the bottom of a wardrobe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    Lol, I remember doing the same. Was on Demon Internet - 10 per month + local rate phone call - from 1993 onwards.

    I remember flirting with Compuseve and AOL, and PlusNet (on ISDN) before Freeserve came alone and then eventually Broadband.

    But, does any body remember trying to get (and stay) online for free with these guys...

    X-Stream Network - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    0800 number supported by ads if you where lucky enough to connect for your hour.
    I had a bt 0800 number I got from someone on IRC circa 96/97 that I used 24/7 on and off for about a year a half before BT intro'd the weekend stuff Then there was some RedHotAnt username and passwords for 0800 accounts that I managed to pick up some place RedHotAnt hit by heavy users ? The Register

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    I remember dialling up to some 8'clock thing for two hours with no charge for a while, no idea what it was called. Lines used to open at 7:58 so getting in there quick was a must!

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    Was anyone here into phone phreakin' back in the day ?
    There were various scams, dialling some random telephone exchange in Honolulu, then stealing their line with a computer generated blackbox tone. Leet phreakers would break into the large telephone companies, and then sell eg AT&T numbers so we could spend all afternoon downloading some 1MB Amiga game at some poor american's expense.

    not me, obviously. I was a good boy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Was anyone here into phone phreakin' back in the day ?
    There were various scams, dialling some random telephone exchange in Honolulu, then stealing their line with a computer generated blackbox tone. Leet phreakers would break into the large telephone companies, and then sell eg AT&T numbers so we could spend all afternoon downloading some 1MB Amiga game at some poor american's expense.

    not me, obviously. I was a good boy.
    So you were not a member of Legion of Doom then ?

    Showing your age talking about AT&T etc - next you will be refering back to the E911 document.....and playing a Steve Jackson game...

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    So you were not a member of Legion of Doom then ?
    lol, closest I got was phrack magazine from bbs. In those days you could download the terrorists cookbook without being raided
    TBH I didn't spend so much time on the boards, I only had 2400 at the time when 14.4HST was becoming commonplace. My paper round wouldn't extend to such luxuries as a 'high speed' modem.

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    My first foray into computer naughtiness involved Sinclair computers and Prestel mailboxes...and my telephone bills used to be huge....and I'm showing my age now....!

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