Monday, March 16, 2009

Golden Age of Steam II

I haven't stopped blogging, broadband's been out for the last few days. God willing, having finally negotiated my way past the Bombay helpdesk ('no, I am not going to turn all the computers on the network off and on again') the BT engineers will be doing something about it today.

I must just go and put some more methylated spirit under the modem's little boiler ... blogging will be light until it's fixed.


Malthebof said...

Laban good luck with BT's Bombay call desk. I spent 40 minutes of my life attempting to sign up with BT, then lost the will to continue. I am still with Virgin, they have the same Bombay 'help' line, resistance is futile.

Shlomo said...

inshallah Laban

Thanks for all the posting you do by the way...I often wish to comment but don't have the time, if only to show my appreciation.

Best wishes,


Anonymous said...

And I thought this was going to be a railway related post...

Edwin Greenwood said...

Some of us are old enough to remember connecting with a true steam modem: the Anderson-Jacobson acoustic coupler. Designed to accept the handset of a standard 700-series Post Office telephone inserted into its two rubber cups, this beige die-cast beast connected to your serial port and converted data into and from the requisite beeps to go down the phone line at a heady ... wait for it ... 300bit/s.

In those pre-error correction days, this often gave a better overall throughput than sexy modern modems offering a dizzy 1,200 or 2,400 bits.