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Lazy Friday: 300 baud modem from 1964

Saw this on Fark and thought it was pretty cool. A working modem from 1964. Back when things were built to last rather than our modern mode of “planned obsolescence”. I think one of the major downfalls of our current society is that everything we purchase is designed to be discarded and replaced four or five years later. I only expect my routers to last two or three years and can’t imagine one that would last 45!

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13 Replies to “Lazy Friday: 300 baud modem from 1964”

  1. Grant

    Hey – that guy typed his username and p/w into the laptop on the video. We can totally hack into his site now. If only we had one of those modem thingies. And a phone large enough to fit it.

  2. Clown

    I started the video and woke up with about a minute remaining.

    I actually found it quite fascinating and will try to watch it later, when his voice isn’t so easily able to put me to sleep.

  3. whall

    I don’t understand why people need “broadband” or “highspeed internet”.

    You can’t type faster than 1200 baud!

    (I’m wondering how many people will get this joke)

  4. Blondefabulous

    I was cleaning a house yesterday and saw these HUGE routers that were really old. I’m talkin’ really old IBM’s that were as big as my TV. (32″) I was thinking to myself, where’d they get those antiques?

  5. Starfish

    Showing my age here, but the first puter I ever used had huge disks and it had to have it’s own special room with the AC running all the time. Froze my butt off!
    This is just a reminder of my old dial up days and makes me want to shove pencils into my ears hearing that tone!

  6. martymankins

    I wanted to see him load up :lmao:

    Still impressive. Up until 3 years ago, I had a 1200 baud modem that still worked. I bought it in 1985. 20 years and still worked. So this find is very impressive.

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