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Sunday, January 14, 2007
Goodbye, 9 and 25 pins:
I just unplugged what is probably my last serial connector. After 35 years of dialup and printing at speeds from 75 baud to 115kbps, I no longer own a non-USB serial device. I haven't used an external modem in years, and when my internal laptop modem broke two years ago, I never replaced it. The second-to-last serial device I had was a Palm cradle, also dropped years ago. Today, I finally unplugged an ISDN adaptor I had at home. I had used the ISDN line for fax and an extra phone line, and a last-ditch backup when the cable modem went out. It was easy to keep it around, but the phone charges weren't cheap, and I used it less and less. I got a Sunrocket SIP phone for the fax in December, and once I finally got SBC/ATT to transfer the number to Sunrocket, I cut off the ISDN. Unplugging the ISDN adaptor's 9-to-25 pin cable got me nostalgic, for slower times, for plugging in six cables and three devices and making several dialling attempts to do half of what my cell phone does from my pocket every minute of the day. (This picture was taken by that phone, 'natch). 3:03:32 PM