Well that‘s a painful subject. You can even start talking about it using fairy phrases like “a long time ago”… well, I remember it existing, and even using it (which is more terrifying). Let me refresh your memory my fellas. Do you know what year dial up internet commercially started – it was 1992, can you imagine. Of course, not all of us were so technically advanced to use it right away, but still, to know it was 25 years ago when it started makes you feel a bit odd/old.
Can you remember the sound? It was connecting to another galaxy. Like you can hear aliens speaking, and then it starts. First what you do is open internet explorer. Poor little thing, as slow as he is, he still managed to open some home page. And as soon as you start typing – your mom yells “get off of the internet, I need to make a phone call”. Remember that? It was either… or.. and the speed.. I think that made us (late) 80‘s kids a bit more tolerant and patient, because dial up internet thought us if you want something – you need to learn how to wait, and wait, and wait… And eventually, we were provided with information. Its speed of 20kbit/s. Just to compare, today’s average internet speed of average household is 20Mbit/s, just a thousand times faster. It was the time when less smart asses were bragging with stories, because for every little subject they were right about before, now you could have “google it”. And win a lot of arguments with facts, you had to chance to be smarter (if you wanted it).
But now, we take everything for granted. If you‘re mobile internet connections speed decreases, you‘re already annoyed, inpatient, pissed off. Do you know who still uses dial up internet? Your first thought may be – no-one, but ewer, you‘re wrong. Of course, it‘s not a significant number, but there are people in rural environment, still using dial up internet. I wonder how does it feel now (not that I would change it)? Now when they still can connect, maybe it isn‘t so slow if you think about the fact that those people probably have better equipment (such as modems, and computers) than we used to.
It would have been fun to try it now and then. To pick up few memories of patience while you try to order some piece of clothes on sale, or gadget on auction. I bet it would be funny to try to participate in an auction. Till you click one time to type an offer – it was already sold among 200 other faster clickers. But then again, you are patient. Your time will come.