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icerabbit

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I had dialup for a long while too. Stuff was exciting back then if slow and expensive. We paid by the minute for a landline connection and for the internet connection on top of it. I remember my first internet account was for 10 hours pay as you go. :)

Dish internet with its latency and caps - as you've confirmed - was out of the question for me during a property search. While it may be fine for casual use when really no other option exists, it isn't a choice I'd make except maybe for a boat or RV that goes into off the grid territory.
 

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if only we could break the speed of light then we could reduce latency to geo-sync satellite's tremendously ;) oah and make most scifi a reality, but lets be practical here.. warp drives will be invented when we want alien pornography.

the old BBS days were so slow, interwhat? compared to today it seems like we were communicating with a tin can and some string.. or was that morse code?
 

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Speaking of modems, I was actually thinking about BBSs a bit ago, after the mention of dialup. Recalling when I got my first modem (don't recall how slow it was) and that to test it out, I dialed international into a friend's system who had setup a small BBS. Didn't really know yet where else to go. Was on the line for about an hour. That was not a cheap call but so cool. Then still for a while only used it for some direct communication. And faxing. Then at some point I got an invite / offer for a few free hours of internet use ... and I was like, where would I go? Planning out a route over the course of a couple days for a few things to check out one evening. LOL.
 
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