Monday, August 15, 2022

Dial-up is dead, but Apple just made it deader – and we still miss it

The news that Apple’s macOS Ventura would cease offering guidance (opens in new tab) on how to set up your dial-up modem waylaid me with an intense wave of nostalgia that rocketed my mind back 32 years to the early days of the Internet, email, and that oh-so-classic handshake sound.

Dial-up, the phone-line-based communications protocol for connecting computers to distant computers, and the early Internet, is not dead in the clinical sense. You can still use it to connect your computer to the Web through a Mac or Windows PC. You just need a functioning dial-up modem  (widely available on eBay (opens in new tab)), a phone line port, the physical phone line cable and RJ35 connector (opens in new tab), and a system on the other end to dial into.


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