I know, it's been a long time since I last posted to this blog. I'm spending most of my online time split between connecting with friends on Facebook and exploring the explosively creative 3D space of Second Life, and in addition, I've not felt the pressing need to *blog* anything. End of an era? We'll see. I'll keep this account for now.
Another end of an era:
"IST is examining the possibility of ending modem dial-up access to the University of Manitoba in 2009 on January 1. If this will cause a major problem for you or your users, please contact XY describing the nature of this problem."
Wow. Changes are happening so fast that sometimes it makes my head spin. I know that fewer and fewer people are using dial-up modems, but I didn't realize the decline was quite that precipitous.
I can remember back to 1982/83, when I connected to the University to work on programming assignments using a TRS-80 Model III and a 300-baud acoustic coupler modem. The lines of the text editor I was using, good old in-house MANTES, were 80 characters long, but the TRS-80 could only display 64 characters, so the lines would all break at character 65. At the I'm sure I was among the first set of users to conect to the University via modem. That was.... that was.... 25 years ago.
Holy shit! A quarter century ago... argh. How time flies indeed.