From: Jerry Avins on
Green Xenon wrote:
>> Green Xenon wrote:
>> .
>>> Also, could the analog telephone systems be simulated digitally so
> that
>>> one can experience the nostalgia of dial-up [dialing the phone numbers
> and
>>> hearing the modem tones] while using cable/DSL so that the speed is
> much
>>> faster.
>> Sample it. The modem dialup sound is probably in a sample or effects
>> library somewhere. You could use it as the ring tone on your mobile. You
>> could record the sound of a fax connection. Can't be that different,
> really.
>> For myself, I feel no nostalgia, didn't think dialup was worth what one
>> had to pay for it, and definitely not the number of times the ISP went
>> down altogether. Punched ticker tape readers - now that was something to
>> get nostalgic about. A prof I know still has a stack of computer punched
>> cards on a shelf, in "as-new" condition. Doubt if he is nostalgic about
>> the week-long turnaround for the results though.
>> Richard Dobson
> 1. It's not just the sound that's nostalgic but pretty much everything
> perceptible about the dial-up internet access. So if it could be simulated
> on a modern cable internet connection [like NES and gameboys can be
> simulated on modern PCs]. That would be both nostalgic and fast. This
> simulated dial-up can be much faster because the devices involved in cable
> internet access have a much larger dynamic range than those involved in
> actual dial-up access.

High dynamic range can provide some speedup, but high bandwidth can
provide much more.

> 2. To me, fax and dial-up modems sound *very* different from each other.

Listen to 14.4 Kbaud. the major difference is the connect handshake.

> 3. Dial-up can be free. Here:

That's slow and free. How do you simulate free?

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