Life changed as is the Internet

My life evolved as I experience a different phase of the internet that grew up along with me. Internet, as we know, today is nothing comparable to the good old days where it is seen as a luxury of life.

My first experience :

My first exposure to the internet was early days in the 90s. We needed a modem and telephone line, RJ45 jacked into the modem that supports max bandwidth of 56.6kbps. Whereas the telephone line only supports a max of 6-8kbps and when digital tone dialing came along it supported up to 28.8kbps.

The manufacturer marketed well that modem “does make things go faster.” But in reality, it does not. It depends on the line, and its capacity to support higher bandwidth relies more on cable or phone company infrastructure.


While using the phone lines will be engaged and cannot be used for making calls nor receiving a call. It puts a lot of disadvantages during those days where landlines are seen as god’s gift of communication to humanity.
Next comes the new technology where everyone wants it badly for their homes, which is called the always-on DSL connection. It comes with basic bandwidth of 64kbps and does not need to do the dialing into the phone numbers to get connected to the internet. Phone lines won’t be affected, and you can independently use this, later it got upgraded with speeds like 128/256/512/1024. When you hit 1024, its referred to the next table of units. In this case 1024kbps= 1Mbps. 1Mbps is like a magic number or celebrity status or A-lister in Hollywood slang.


During these days we heard from our outside contacts from many developed countries where they say that 1Mbps is nothing and many claims that minimum speed they get is somewhere around 10Mbps or 100Mbps like countries like South Korea or Romania.

The days of envying are over today, but still, they are ahead of us in terms of speed and latency.

Now since there is a lot of talk about bandwidth and speeds and technology of the past, let’s look at things like latency where the real power and speed are. Bandwidth and latency are 2 different things. Many think that bandwidth is the one that delivers speed, however, it is not the case.


Lets put it in examples:

Latency is the actual speed; how long does it take to ping from your location to another location, that is the speed.
How BIG the data you can ping whenever you send a package in the shortest time possible that is the bandwidth

A bus can take a lot of people however it is not faster to reach from point A to point B.
Imagine if we can use something like Bus but it travels Faster than Ferrari
That’s what the Fibre optic network does. it delivers shorter latency while enabling you to send a larger package at the same time.

First, when I heard about Fibre optic cables and network infrastructure, that was only exclusive to enterprise solutions and for Big banks and businesses. For many years it was seen as expensive to implement for a residential level.

Slowly and gradually the internet service providers and many other private cable operators came together on fiber optic infrastructure throughout the country.

Initially, the installation setup goes like this, the main 100 pairs of Fibre optic gets plugged into a mini DSLAM box where the distribution is converted and delivered in CAT 5/6 cable to every house here, which also means that you need to buy your modem/Routers.
Then this entire setup got scrambled and dumped and now they distribute the Fibre optic and splice it into individual feed for router and routers now comes with the option to take in fiber optic cable directly.

I’m sure there are a lot of us who have gone through this similar journey in their life to where we are today. The technology keeps upgrading and there is no stop to it, people who embrace it and keeps up with it will sail through the transition and will be relevant and those who cannot or unwillingly will be sidelined as old or outdated.


About the author

Anil is a forward thinker and always ponders over the next big things in life. He puts himself ahead of the present existing life experience into futuristic ways of life. Always ready and open for new technology and does his research on his own without relying on spoon-feeding from other peers. He is an Auto enthusiast, a photographer, videographer, used to work for movies and tv production.

Comments

  1. It’s about time ANIL! I’ve been waiting for you to take the plunge!

    I was first introduced to the internet in 1993 while working for Hewlett Packard. My first experience with computers was in college during the 1970-71 school year. That left a bad feeling at the time. I am glad I went through that back then so I could make adjustments to using computers today.

    Your description of the advances of the internet are refreshing.

    1. Sorry to do this in 2 parts. I clicked and my comment went to post! LOL

      As I was saying, your description is refreshing. I felt I was right there with your time-line as you wrote. Sometimes, looking back makes looking forward clearer.

    2. Congratulations Anil! Reading your blog brings back so many memories, and challenges learning and combating internet problems. I had so many battles of getting involved with the comuter until that day, I realized I had no choice. I hired a trainor that spent 2 days with me. After that she refused to answer my calls. I realized then, I was on my own. Its amazing how far we have come and how much further there is to go. Enjoyed reading. Thanks.

  2. Awesome blog Anil! It brought back so many memories. In the ’90s when I got my first computer, I managed to lose the DOS Menu that got me into things and I spent all day in my pyjamas trying to make it work. It was only late in the evening when I plucked up the courage to phone a friend who talked me through the restoration process that I finally switched off and went to bed. That was the beginning and I have not stopped trying to keep up with all the new technology and hardware ever since. I am a little behind now with all the new stuff, but I have a mean pc, networked to my partner’s setup downstairs and a fibre optic internet connection that keeps me online for roughly18 hours a day…by choice. I am looking so forward to running a full node for Compumatrix. I spent all day researching what I am going to need so that I will be ready. This is going to be AWESOME!!!

  3. Good stuff Anil, it made me think back to when I first thought, “how am I going to learn how to work this?”
    It was a kick up the backside when my young son came home from school saying that they had been taught how to use a ‘mouse’ in computer studies. When I was at school I ‘got into trouble’ for bringing a mouse into class…ha ha.

    I then when on an evening course at the local college to learn how to use a word processor.
    At some point and somehow, I pressed the wrong buttons and how to call the teacher over as something wasn’t right. She was horrified to see that I had somehow accessed the accounts of all the staff.
    Anyway, I reached the end of the course a lot wiser and it stood me in good stead for the future.

  4. Great post Anil . Thinking back at the 90thist I must admit how we advanced over those years and to be honest I could not imagine my life without the internet anymore. Sometimes I regret that it takes too much of my time and that’s the time I try to cut back and get more active with my outside life. Wish we had Fibre optic in my neighbourhood and we are fighting for years already with the phone company to get it, but being our park occupied with seasonal families mostly, they think it’s not worth for them to make that investment even most people around in our little town have it.

  5. I appreciate your independent thinking and get a sense of a great man who has learned much in his life. I give you to thumbs up Anil. You have an abundance of knowledge in you, maybe it is meant for us today. When you mentioned the dial-up to get onto the internet, I had to chuckle. We were excited by this technology that allowed us onto the internet, but with this came much frustration. I think it was the first of many times, speaking to an inanimate object. The progression you explained made it easier to utilize. Each sequence has carried us to this point. What you see happening in the world of technology will propel us into the twenty-first century. Thank you for this short trip into your mind, give us more enlightenment.

  6. Anil-great blog, well done. I fought change for years now I do my best to embrace it. Being in my mid-sixties the pace of change these days is sometimes quite challenging but I find if I am willing to look and learn I can grasp it most of the time. Thanks for writing this.

  7. A good read Anil. Worth the wait and so interesting to hear about the developments from your experience. Being in my mid-twenties, I went through the internet phase at probably the right stage. It was introduced at school and was constantly adapting which allowed me to pick up and learn whilst everything changed for the better.

    I remember when I was much younger and hearing the sound of the dial-up from my bedroom as my Dad struggled to send an email with the internet connection. Can you imagine that now with our whole business moving so rapdily? Crazy!

    I look forward to your next blog and reliving those little flashbacks so thank you.

  8. Thank you Anil for immediately sending my mind back to our home’s introduction to computers back in the late ’80’s. We brought home a sharp little PC jr at a cost that would seem prohibitive now. How my son and I loved that computer – mainly to play King’s Quest games (any other fans out there?) My granddaughter learned to be able to control the mouse and play a game that challenged her mind before the age of 2. Little did I know that I had taken the first important step to always trying to become more computer literate!

  9. Very interesting read Anil that brings back many memories. I started my life in the digital world with a Commodore 64 machine that I only used for playing games with my kids. Then my employer offered a financial plan for the employees to buy their own personal computer on very profitable terms. That was my first pc with a dial-up connection. I still hear the sound it made. Now my window to the world is laptop that has a super fast fibre connection. And Brasil started to do test with 5 G that will make internet even faster. Quite a journey of 35 years.

  10. Wow, I used to type my college papers on an old typewriter! Then I graduated an Apple ‘Box’ computer with the floppy discs with dial up internet access that never worked and it took forever. Now I look at my iPhone and I am blown away how fast technology has evolved.

  11. Yes the memories come flooding back using dial up I remember I use to start my pc up and go make a sandwich or even warm up supper and it was around 5 min or longer and it finally came up and then I switched to DSL and used that for quite awhile, it was much better then dial up but no match for cable internet I finally switched to it and I could of kicked myself for not doing it a lot sooner it is lightening fast and I was just amazed at not having to wait more then a few seconds when clicking on a link. I remember chatting with Henry one afternoon and he sent me a screen shot of his speed from his internet and so I took one of mine to and sent it to him mine was like 10X faster then his and that is why it was taking so long. He was like man could I ever do some work with your internet.

  12. I remember when you I the telephone for the modem. Each time we got an incoming call the modem died..LOL!
    Still good times..When everything came to a start..Much like Compumatrix. Perhaps we will look back in a few years and think of these days as the 90’s..

  13. Great blog Anil, I started laughing because seems like we lived in dinosaur days compared to now. I remember when I first introduced my son at 12 to his first laptop he wanted an editing part to it, I had no idea what that even was. Now hes doing video’s and even his teacher asked to use his work as an example for class. I have no idea how he knows all this. The kids these days are just hard wired to plunge right in. I love the indigo and crystal brains they are amazing kids.

  14. Your blog is extremely good Anil. Welcome to blog writers community. You explained your journey with the internet so well as we got the feeling that we traveled with you on that journey. I started with computers in 1986 when I and my boss organized a course for all IAS officers on the topic, “Use of computers in Government administration.” That was very well received. I was both a trainer and also a learner. That way, I got 2 certificates, one who successfully participated in the training and the other for successfully training the group of IAS officers. We can write a blog on anything that we encountered in life, but here we have to write business-related blogs only. Once again hearty congratulations.

  15. I may be dating myself when my first computer class was in 1965. The computer I used in the class was an IBM 1401. There was no monitor or public internet and programming was hand written binary code (machine language) or use of punch cards only. It took days to complete an assignment. It maybe ancient history to most nowadays. The IBM 1401 was considered the “Model T” of the computer world.

    1. Robert, after your comment, I had to look up the computer system I was first introduced to. The closes I can identify was the IBM System/360 Model 85. I was an Engineering student in the Fall of 1970 at Cornell. As the story went, IBM took the market from General Electric which knocked General Electric out of the computer business. I did not get it and stayed away from computers for many years after!

  16. Thanks so much for this blog. It brought me back to a time long ago in years past of how we had to do business on the internet. These were exciting times even though now we consider those days as being antiquated. We live in a metropolitan area and fiber-optic cables still have not reached even the main cities. We hope it will reach us soon along with any other new technology that can help us grow our Compumatrix business.

  17. Congratulations, Anil, on becoming a published author on the Compumatix blog! I’m happy to see that you stepped up, overcame your concerns, and took action. This first blog is informative, and I learned some interesting technical things about Internet connections. I particularly like your example of a bus Vs. a Ferrari, to clarify the difference between bandwidth and latency regarding speed! That made it easy to understand. I look forward to reading your next article.

  18. I remember those days when had to use dial-up service to get access to the internet. It was so frustratingly slow. I mean, even now, when we’re in a hurry to get things done online, there are times when we get impatient when the connection is slow. I cannot imagine trying to do any type of online business back then then we only had dial-up. I’m thankful for the technological advances that continue to make things much more accessible and faster to work online.

  19. Very nice Blog Anil.Thank you.You trace the history of the Internet It’s evolution.I too remember buying a commodore 64 for my son and watched him lot of projects on it even it being at a snails pace.That was in 1983.I never tried to learn then.We installed our 1st computer in my office in1987-88 but only the office manager and my nursing staff used it.It was few tears later that I acquired my desk top pc. —windows and all and have been learning ever since and like all the post suggesting more and more changes would be coming along and at a rapid rate.Like Timothy Rice wrote that if Henry had the computers as fast as Timothy ,things would have looked different regards Compumatrix.But he persevered with less then perfect conditions and has brought us this far along.One again Anil a great post and hope 1st of many .

  20. A very well-written blog, ANIL. Congratulations!
    We used to speak about FIBRA OPTICA a lot, when I was in Chile. And the MODEM, as well.
    As you rightly said, the technology keeps advancing and we must keep abreast with new developments.
    Long ago, computers, internet and windows were all GREEK to me and very hard for me to understand. New technological developments help us to learn something new, each day. We now visualise that COMPUMATRIX is the right way to go. Cryptocurrency is our future.

  21. what a great stroll thru memory lane and remembering the early 90s and the top of the line dell and time spent to learn for biz had then — and paperwork ease of print outs and such made record keeping so easy — anyways lest i digress great read Anil and it is great to read thru these replies also — great info —

  22. Congrats Anil , I was waiting for you to do your very first blog. You took the plunge and for your first posting you did a awesome job. Very interesting first post to become a author on the Compumatix blog.

    I will be looking forward to your second and third etc, etc , etc .

  23. Although my mind is completely boggled at all of the technological talk in your article, It does make some sort of interesting sense to me, like the difference between bandwidth and latency. I remember the old days when I was learning about computers, and the dial up technology which it used then. It took forever to connect. I remember spending many, many hours just sitting in front of the PC waiting for something to happen. Then, just as I familiarized myself, (and not very well at that) with the DOS system, technology took giant steps forward and I had to learn how to operate my PC all over again. As I grow older and hopefully smarter, I am able to be more comfortable using today’s technology.

  24. Yes, all it takes to appreciate today’s faster internet speeds, is to remember how it used to be even ten years ago. Like you said, it really does depend upon your location, and what’s available there, but compared to dial- up I’m pretty sure many of us are all more than sufficiently provided for. With the thousands of satellites recently ( and currently being) launched (via an Indian company) many remote areas may end up with some of the best internet providers of all!

  25. I don’t know anything about the first years of the internet. My parents told me the stories and listening to that I thought that they must have lived in the digital ice age. Now I have fibra optic in my home and my business and without any doubt this will also be obsolete one day. I am very curious about what will happen to the internet in the future.

  26. We had phone line internet when we first began the Compumatrix journey. I remember not being able to receive or make phone calls. We now have UVerse for our connection. We tried to get a faster internet, but we are out in the country and it seems no one comes up our street! My wife says the speed is slow, but at least we have internet!

  27. Like many folks here, this article brought also memories when I first learned about computers.
    Around 1967/68 I saw an IBM add in the newspaper teaching computer lessons as that promise to be the future and will make a good paying job. I went and saw this huge boxes almost occupying half the room and after three days, I quit. Didn’t understand a thing and got bored.
    Fast forward to 1992/93 and I went to the the first Computer Science Show at a convention center and I was in awe. Still not understanding how it work, I decided to take some college classes and started to get familiar. We bought our first computer with my husband, got into AOL and I was hooked forever.

  28. I took a course in IBM card punch, just to throw it away for the age of the internet had arrived.
    My first experience was using our university computer called “smart”. Because it was always crowded, I had to book in the wee hours, say 3 or 4 am.
    I then bought my first commodore 64.
    Yes, I remember the different stages you describe and when the internet came I got Apple iBook ( i for internet), from there on is history in the making.

  29. Thanks Anil. I remember when the company upgraded to computer in their local branches. I was a branch manager and had gone to classes so Managers could help with the install and teach employees how to use them
    I rember when it was our time for the upgrade, I went in on a Sunday afternoon to open boxes and place computers in their designated location. The excitement Monday when staff showed up was exciting. Today almost everyone carries a computer around in the form of a smartphone. Advancement.

  30. Anil, congratulations on a wonderful blog. You took me down memory lane from our first “dial up” connection to the fiber optic connection we have today. The obnoxious tones & beeps if you picked up an extension trying to make a call only to realize someone else was using the phone line for internet connections. Just like the progression of technology has advanced since we started bringing computers & internet into our homes, Compumatrix was growing from the idea (seed) in Henry James’ head. What we are seeing energe now is every bit as exciting as having higher speed connections to work from home.

  31. Anil, well done ! . Congratulations on a very interesting blog . My first computer was a Comador 54 .. Then a desk top that when it was hooked up to Dial Up it made more of a loud irritating noise that would almost drive one away and want to forget all about hooking up to the internet . LOL
    Now, I don’t have fiber optic connection yet , I live in the country side and to get good fast internet is still a struggle with our internet provider. Fiber optic connection will come in time. But when it the question .

  32. This article is interesting because over time you do not realize how drastically technology has changed until you look at the technology we were using a while ago compared to now. Although when new technology is released many people become skeptical and do not want to learn how to use it, almost always is new technology put into our lives to make our lives easier.

  33. Very interesting blog Anil. After reading this, old memories were refreshed. When I bought  my first PC we did a lot of experiments with it. There was a lot of research to use the computer for the first time,stick with it all day and there were a lot of problems,We have gained a lot of experience from these problems.Going through all these problems, where we stand today has certainly been a success.Really life changed as is the internet.

  34. I took a course as an IBM card punch operator; just to throw it away for the age of the internet had arrived.
    My first experience was using our university computer called “smart”. Because it was always crowded, I had to book in the wee hours, say 3 or 4 am.
    I then bought my first commodore 64.
    Yes, I remember the different stages you describe and when the internet came I got Apple iBook ( i for internet), from there on is history in the making.
    Note: for points not given

  35. Murali, that was quite a powerful article. I think the best time I had the drive and the spirit to fulfill my dreams was in my early twenties and now that I am testing my seventies. I had a long period of time, where wife duties and motherhood took all my energy and my dreams were put in the back burner. It was also a matter of choice, since I wanted to be a housewife and raise a family, but the true freedom has come at this time in my life and I am hoping to fulfill many of my dreams moving forward.

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