Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The idea of having to tell the computer to dial in to your ISP to access mail still exists in some parts, but for the vast majority of us with a broadband connection, those days are long gone. One must go and watch the 1998 movie, "You've Got Mail", a film now 16 years old, older than my son, to see the characters dial in to AOL, here the familiar buzz, and learn that they have indeed got mail.
I remember fondly all those AOL cd-roms being available free of charge to get the software to download and start your trial membership. Since then, the AOL business model has changed from subscription membership revenue to an ad supported one. But those days were not so far ago. How quickly we forget the changes that have happened in our connectivity. We are now so connected that anytime our broadband access fails, we agitate as our webpages no longer refresh or connect to the video we seek to watch. An always on internet connection has become as important as shelter, food, and clothing. What's dial up - that has now become a history lesson.
Posted by Andy Hunn