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1964 Antique MODEM Live Demo
Circa 1964 Livermore Data Systems "Model A" Acoustic Coupler Modem, live demonstration. --- EDIT: FOLKS!!! Thanks for pointing out that I didn't obscure my typing. All the accounts, credentials, &etc used in this video were created in a lab environment at work for the DEMO. They don't exist now. I didn't mention it because a) it seemed obvious and b) I didn't want to break up the continuity of the video with such a mundane detail. --- Background: This modem was given to me ~1989 by the widow of a retired (IBM?) engineer. Computerhistory.org has a Model B dated 1965, and I've seen a ~1967 Model C written up in a magazine. (Interestingly, incorrectly identified as being only 110 baud.) Even better than seeing it in a museum, I decide to hook the trusty Model A up and make it talk to something. After some trial and error, I manage to get it to talk to a terminal server at work and use it to connect to a linux box. It's ALIVE! So, 45 years after it's creation, this antique modem gets to send data to and from the modern Internet. Enjoy! - K.C.
When surfing online remember Sturgeon's Law: "90% of everything is cr@p."
I wonder if the baud rate even reaches triple digits?
I remember in my high school Computer Science class putting the receiver of a dial telephone on the acoustic cradle of a 300 baud modem built into a huge teletype machine to log into the L.A. City Schools BASIC-language 'mainframe' in 1971. We would play a Star Trek game during lunch that printed out a text matrix that was a map of 'the galaxy'. It was waaay cool high tech.
Hot damn, I found it! I Googled it, and sure enough....
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