Rantingkitten's /. comment shares his rant titled "The Old Man and the PC" -- "Kids today. With their fast computers and broadband. Their Farkmemes and Slashfilters and Diggwoots and Facespaces. Where any doofus can smear up some graphics with a few clicks, drop the result into an HTML editor that practically runs itself, and call themselves web designers. Where installing hardware is a matter of plugging it in and turning it on. There are scores of you young whippersnappers talking about how 'back in the day' of 1999 you got your first computer with, sighing as you reminisce on how you had to learn the hard way how to use Blogger and now everyone has a blog. Well, boo hoo! Punk kids. No idea what it's like.
This two pages TechRadar article tells about a history of modems -- "Their arrival heralded a new age of communications and they played a major role in the explosion of the internet. We're talking, of course, about modems. Here we look back on the development of this remarkable device..." Other modem types weren't mentioned, so this is just a brief history.
Six Revisions share "The History of the Internet in a Nutshell" starting 1969 -- "Here's a brief history of the Internet, including important dates, people, projects, sites, and other information that should give you at least a partial picture of what this thing we call the Internet really is, and where it came from.
This four pages Technologizer article takes six classic personal computers (PCs) from yesteryear–some cheap, some expensive–and compare one could buy today for the same price
Tempnexus' Broadband/DSL Reports forum post tells a funny and dirty computer story
This three pages TechRadar article explains "why computers suck at maths and how simple calculations can be a matter of life and death. Computers might struggle to exhibit intelligent behaviour, but blindly performing arithmetic calculations is surely their forte. Or is it? ..."
This Computerworld blog reports The Linux Foundation's report (portable document format/PDF) on who writes Linux -- "... Linux isn't written by lonely nerds hiding out in their parents' basements. It's written by people working for major companies -- many of them businesses that you probably don't associate with Linux.
Digg shares a Wired article on old/outdated/nostalgia stuff -- "There are some things in this world that will never be forgotten, this week's 40th anniversary of the moon landing for one. But Moore's Law and our ever-increasing quest for simpler, smaller, faster and better widgets and thingamabobs will always ensure that some of the technology we grew up with will not be passed down the line to the next generation of geeks.
Like teenagers, computers are built to hook up. Abstinence doesn't work for Information Technology (IT) or for teens.Submitted by ant on Sat, 06/27/2009 - 10:26am. Communication | Education/School | General Computing | Hacking/Modification/Cracking | Hardware | History | Internet/Network | Personal | Reading Materials | Religion/Culture | Security/Privacy | Software | Technology | Windows
Guardian reports "Like teenagers, computers are built to hook up. Demanding that users abstain from net will never work when they need it for their jobs. Better to practise safe hex. While Information Technology (IT) departments may wish to restrict users' connections, they are less eager to obey such limits themselves..."