Updated: 9/24/02; 2:49:33 AM.
Jake's Radio 'Blog


Saturday, June 1, 2002


Simon Fell has a new FAQ for PocketSOAP.
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Eyeball to Eyeball, and Blinking in Denial

NYT: Eyeball to Eyeball, and Blinking in Denial. "Here in India's capital -- a plausible bull's-eye -- there has been no panic. The sweltering city moves to its usual somnolent summer rhythm... And that is in large measure because India's ruling elite and many of its leading strategic thinkers are in nuclear denial."
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When 300 baud was the bomb

N.Z. Bear: When 300 baud was the bomb. [via Mark Pilgrim]

My first modem was an external Hayes 300 baud modem for the Apple ][. If I remember correctly, I picked it up in 1983 for about $300 -- a dollar a baud. I used it extensively to connect to BBS's in Kansas City and Boston until I got an Amiga in 1987. The Hayes was Apple ][ only, since it had its own special controller card.

The next modem I got was a 9600 baud no-name brand I bought in 1991, which I used with my first Mac -- a Mac512, which had been upgraded to 4MB with SCSI. I used that one primarily for conencting to the VAX at the college, to read email and download shareware. Remember xmodem and zmodem? What fun. (Not!)

DSL has changed my universe. Having a relatively inexpensive always-on broadband connection to the Internet is something I couldn't have imagined having at home, even as recently as 1996. ISDN was available, but it was pretty expensive and I was on a shoestring budget. Now I've got a fast link and 5 static IP addresses for about the same cost as cable TV with a couple of premium channels.

What kind of connectivity will be available 10 years from now?...
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Jeremiah took the SAT II's today. It's been so long since I took a standardized test that I don't remember much of what was on them aside from the vaguest generalities. I wonder how much they've changed since I took them. Maybe Jeremiah will post some details for us...
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Here's my first RadioPoint presentation. Only took about 2 minutes from downloading the Tool to generating the pages. Cool.
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