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Friday, March 9th, 2012 | Uncategorized

Scott Adams last August, one of my all-time favorites:

I don’t know why but the following story reminded me of that strip:

“What to Tweet About” is the topic of the next Digital Formation webinar, slated for March 16 at 1 pm Eastern (noon Central, 11 Mountain, 10 Pacific).

A joint program of the General Theological Seminary (GTS) of the Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Church Office of Communication, Digital Formation is an educational series for clergy and laity to understand and appreciate the importance of the use and effects of social media in the church as well as its theological foundations and implications.

BYO 5¼” floppy disks.

28 Comments to 300 BAUD

Steve L.
March 9, 2012

I have an 8″ floppy Wang

Ed the Roman
March 9, 2012

Last year I got rid of my 8″ disks for the Xerox 860.

Michael D
March 9, 2012

Chris if I had a coupla thou to spare I’d fly you out here to teach our church about how you leverage web technology in your ministry. We could learn a thing or two.

A charming dissenting opinion is offered by this Vesta ad that I first saw on a link from Stand Firm.

Steve L.
March 9, 2012

I do keep an emergency backup transcription device suitably activated. A deletion protocol is available.

Dale Matson
March 9, 2012

When “Power Point” first arrived, I referred to it as bullets with babble. I still see it that way.

Steve L. Thanks for the clarification. Your link to your Wang changed my unfortunate initial opinion of your comment.

Smurf Breath
March 9, 2012

This might be a nice complement to Chris’ chatroom pieces: what sorts of tweets would TEC send out to all their followers? What sorts of things would they post on their Wall?

Katherine
March 9, 2012

If I could find the Wall on Facebook maybe I could post there.

Seriously, what to tweet about? If you have no message, don’t bother with any medium.

Truth Unites... and Divides
March 9, 2012

Love the tactile feel of the IBM Selectric typewriter.

Christopher Johnson
March 9, 2012

I first started fooling with the Internet in the early 90′s. A 1200 or 2400 baud PC was more than enough to haul all over the Web. 9600 was blazing to me back then and 11,000 was off the charts. That’s because there was nothing but words, no pictures at all. I was the king of Gopher sites back in the day.

The Pilgrim
March 9, 2012

Ah yes — back in the day of the BBS. Mustang was the preferred software in this area.

Bill2
March 9, 2012

Sounds like a waste of a few grand if you ask me. I wonder how many followers Katie Rags has on twitter?

Steve
March 9, 2012

IBM Selectric. Pffft.

You can’t been the chicklet keyboard from the IBM PC jr.

Steve L., I’ll see your Wang and raise you… something. In high school, we had some behemoth with a touchscreen and a giant 8″ floppy drive. I did some Pascal programming on it. I don’t remember what it was.

Scott+
March 9, 2012

I worked a PHP 8 with paper tape and a teletype. In college had to do punch cards for the first year. Floppies were years away at that time.

Scott

jamesk
March 9, 2012

“some behemoth with a touchscreen and a giant 8″ floppy drive. I did some Pascal programming on it. I don’t remember what it was”.

I’ll bet it was PLATO
(though TUTOR was the language of choice)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Platovterm1981.jpg

Clown Celebrant
March 9, 2012

Ahh, the 300 baud modem. Gopher. Yeah, those were the days… But, “what to tweet about?” Why, tweet about your episcopal sexuality, of course. Even clowns know how important that is.

mithrax
March 10, 2012

Gopher? Psh. Telnet and Usenet for the win!

mithrax
March 10, 2012

And Eve was the first Multitasker.

She had an Apple in one hand, and a Wang in the other….

Brize
March 10, 2012

Mithrax, I’m a little embarrassed at how funny I found that.

Sinner
March 10, 2012

PHP 8

PDP 8. trust me.

Mike
March 10, 2012

Clown and Bill2, you’ve nailed it. TEc’s bizarre message isn’t going to fly in ANY medium, so this is just a big waste of money.

Michael D
March 10, 2012

King of the Gophers. I like it.

Ed the Roman
March 10, 2012

Somebody has to say it:

You kids get off my LAN!

Don Janousek
March 11, 2012

I don’t tweet or twitter. I have no iPad, no cell phone. I have a table-top PC and a nice monitor. I don’t Facebook. My phone remains at home where it should be.

I cannot understand how following the thoughts of an idiot all day will add to my life.

I read, listen to Mozart and Keith Jarrett and Orthodox chant. I go for long walks and insult squirrels and tell arguing crows to “Shut up.” I play with my Norwegian Forest cat.

For those of you who have never met me, I will be one of the geezers in the first group called before the Obama Death Panels. I serve no useful purpose.

Hope and Change! Yes, We Can!

Dr. Mabuse
March 11, 2012

I remember years ago, when I first moved to Washington DC back in the 80s, there was a series of quite funny essays in the Washington Post by a Catholic priest, who, I believe (just going by memory here) had been at a predominantly black Catholic parish in town. He described the incredible boredom of having always go to diocesan seminars. One days, the seminar was on the then exciting new field of satellite technology.

The priest giving the lecture was VERY enthusiastic about employing satellite TV as an outreach tool, and he was saying very emphatically “We HAVE to keep ahead of technology! We can’t afford to miss the boat the way we did the last time there was a world-changing development in communications technology!”

The writer turned to the priest sitting next to him and murmured, “What’s he talking about?” “The printing press.”

Steve
March 11, 2012

I just remembered! It was a Plato machine. Yay, memory.

J.M. Heinrichs
March 12, 2012

My new iPad arrives Friday; it will be #4.

Cheers

wyclif
March 13, 2012

Back in the early to mid-’90s, when churches were just beginning to put sites on the Internet, I used to do some consulting helping them get up to speed. Most of the time this was at the behest of vestry members or elders, never the clergy. I quickly found out why.

I’ll never forget explaining HTML to one Episcopal priest, who glassed over immediately. It was very funny even for the people standing nearby watching the expression on his face.

Well, I still have a “grandpa box”, but it’s brushed aluminum and has a sliding panel for when I want to replace the motherboard and geek out. Strictly for the hobbyist. I have a laptop and smartphone but I’m still too cheap to fork over what Apple wants for a MacBook.

wyclif
March 13, 2012

Smurf Breath wrote:

“What sorts of tweets would TEC send out to all their followers?”

Unfortunately, we know the answer to that question:

https://twitter.com/#!/episcopalchurch

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