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This article was published on May 29, 2009


    Connecting to the Internet with a 1964 Modem

    Connecting to the Internet with a 1964 Modem
    Zee
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    Zee

    Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos, designing, listening to good music and making lurrrve.

    Handed to KC in 1989 by the widow of a retired (IBM?) engineer. The model is a 1964 Livermore Data Systems “Model A” Acoustic Coupler Modem.

    KC explains

    “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.”