Big Pink wrote on 2023-03-03, 18:58:
Yes, it reminds me of a time when the screech of the modem was a sonic wall which kept the real and the virtual apart. No-one was terminally online then.
I don't install modems in my systems, but that is a beautiful way to put it. I remember that feeling of exploring the unknown back then. Dialing up, and waiting for the all-clear sound... then diving in (slowly) and searching (very slowly) for game modding utilities, editors, patches, etc. It all felt like uncharted territory back then.
The only thing that really gives me that feeling these days is exploring old websites on archive.org or digging through an FTP looking for long-lost drivers for obscure sound or video cards. But it doesn't quite bring the awe that dialing up (at my uncle's house, with a stack of floppies from home because we were poor) gave me back in the mid to late 90s.
... not that I would ever wish dial-up upon anyone in 2023. No way. I bet the code and basic graphics that make up one page now are several times larger than a whole website was back in the 90s. Talk about slow...
Now for some blitting from the back buffer.