I started modemming with 1200/2400/9600bps
I ever login to sia bbs.
I started using internet since 1st browser was available.
I have no idea what you are talking about...
I was a semi-late adopter for internet.
Used modems like 14.4bps (as spares) made by Racal Electronics. These modems can last 10 yrs or more. Those were good modems made in usa and our local military, police and banks used them as a back up for ATM networks when the local/international circuit failed. Emmm... not that kinda of ATM... Besides surfing, used these old modems to link up computers while travelling to access pc remotely with a shareware. No internet while travelling, so used idd as a form of dial up connection and the idd phone bill cost a bomb!
With 14.4, I disabled pictures downloading and cruising (for info) was rather fast. Only needed to see pictures when i needed to see nice pictures of my pretty "gf".. ahem,,,
First experience of push media in US was when i tried my schoolmate's pointcast network (not offered in singapore) that came with free email, which required a receiver unit connected to a pc. No monthly fee either. It's a black pyramid looking thing, about 8" high, came with limited free bandwidth just for emails, but must take all the marketing spam. It wasn't called spam then. It was push media... Spam filters? No such service... We were happy to read them all.
Had free email accounts like Juno...
That was a nice era and I do not wish to relive those days on narrow-band. The per mb bandwidth charges that went by the minute by isp was a killer then. I am happy with cable modem on cat5 cable now.
this thread really brings out all the old folks sentimentality!
CS says, "We can't help you ignore yourself."
Ah...dial up software... one of the all time favourite that I remember- procomm plus! Quite advance! I think there's another one call Qmodem i think. The first remote control software- carboncopy(dead or alive?), PCAnywhere survived till today.
I am still using AT&T Compshere 9600bps (made in 1993) for remote dial in to console port of routers if a leased line connected to it fails.
Now i remember why I didn't login to teleview.
I don't play any of those door games.
I forgot many of the BBS names... These are the only 3 familiar to me. I remembered SIA because it was the first that has most lines. The dialup software would redial again and again until its connected so i could chat.
"He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."- Jim Elliot
I set up a BBS in 1991 using PCBoard. It was a really user-friendly software which allowed almost anyone with some experience in modemming to setup their own BBS.
Was so thrilled when I started getting calls and modemmers started registering accounts on my BBS. Had to pay for a separate phone line, and the computer had to be kept on 24hours! I was only in secondary school then and only managed to keep it up for about half a year before I ran out of money to maintain it. My parents didn't really understand what I was doing then..hahahaha. They just endured the late night buzzing of the modem when people dialed in.
And I remember when I was dialing into other BBS with my 1200bps modem, the screens loaded really slowly. I basically memorised the menu commands and typed them in to get to the new messages on the forums even before the screens loaded.
I also remember going through the list of BBS'es in Singapore and dialing them one by one in search of boards that had a large directory of files to share. And in those days the phone bills were flat fee...so no problem being logged on for hours onto different boards. I had always thought the per-minute phone billing from SingTel would spell the end of the modemming community in Singapore. I was wrong. The advent of WWW was really the nail in the coffin.
ANSI graphics were IT! There were really amazing ANSI artists those days...able to draw practically anything with the 16 colours 80x40 pixel blocks.
And in those days, music was created and distributed via the .mod format.
That was before mp3 came along and swamped everything...
hahaha... my first modem was a 1200.
BBS was popular and SIA BBS was one of the premium local site. Used it to download games and stuffs. But damn slow even though last time the programmes were very small in size (WordPerfect can be installed with just 1 360k floppy disk and my HD is just only 20MB).
Datamini instead of Dell. Creative was just another shop in Funan.
I've ever seen a 300 modem.
Last edited by weekh; 17th January 2007 at 07:30 AM.
i sign up for teleview with a 14.4, after i discover bbs, i seldom login to teleview anymore.
last time email overseas via fidonet gotta wait a few days
After reading this thread again, I can recall some info ...
Application to dial BBS is Qmodem
Favourite BBS - Bilboard, SIA, P.E.A.C.E, Le Express
As for ansi graphics, I saw more complicated one in 80x25 1 page like ninja turtle created with ascii blocks ▄ █ ▌
What I really missed most were the bbs games
Land of Devastation
Legend of red dragon.
Man wish they can make pc version of these classics
Planets is an abosolute favorite where players form differents bbses fight it out with each other building fighters, troops, nukes. economy and blowing others bbses to bits heh heh...
Anybody from meteoride bbs? Eddie you happen to be on clubsnap. Lost contact with you guys heh heh..
Last edited by Tsangstudios; 17th January 2007 at 09:02 AM.
those were the days where 200MB harddisk is sold @ 500.00 .. bought one from
one of the BBS ..
I remember that we used to use 2400 modems to download data from remote water level sensors in places across Queensland.
Some data loggers also connected to the modem via HF trancievers as the data loggers were a few kilometers from phone lines.
That was about 10 years ago. Very much different these days
Time, is an effortless construction :)