Monday, November 14, 2011


Dial-up Dinosaurs

I don't download software from Microsoft very much any more, however last night I was fighting with some DLL issues in a VM running on my Mac.
I remember when I first spent time in the Microsoft playground writing olde VB and ASP applications.  Back then, it wasn't unreasonable to expect users to be accessing the internet via a dial-up modem.


So I was more than a little surprised to see the Microsoft download pages still, as default, calculated an estimated download time based on a dial-up 56K modem.
I'd really love to know how many people download anything from them using such a retro connection type.  Actually, I would even expect a lot of people have never heard the little chirp of a modem as it goes through it's handshaking process.