Last night, PC World posted my latest history-flavored slideshow on their site. It's a visual survey of dial-up modem history that they titled "Modems: 60 Years of Hooking Up."
I wanted to go into more detail, but it was hard to find good quality pictures of old modems. That's unsurprising because modems not devices that folks celebrate as often as, say, computers themselves. My personal book collection on modems came in handy, but the muddy black and white photos printed there are as clear as molasses.
(By the way, if anyone out there has photos of a Racal-Vadic VA3400 or a Bell 212A data set, please let me know. Those would come in handy for a more complete history of modems in the future.)
I didn't go into more detail about non-dial-up modems (i.e. ISDN, DSL, Cable, wireless, or satellite) because you could fill a whole slideshow on the history of each of those separately, and I was already running a bit behind from trying to find photos of dial-up modems. But hey, the result should still be entertaining and informative.
I hope you enjoy it.