I was, believe it or not, a fairly early-adopter
of working on-line. In my first (pre-journalist) lifetime I was in fact a
My first home computer was a lovely Epson QX-10. If I dragged it out of the garage and fired it up today, I know for certain it would work perfectly.
Try that with your old MS-DOS PC or Apple II.
My first laptop was a Tandy 102. It ran on four penlight batteries, and I could send a story to The Star with about four keystrokes from any phone in the world with a dial tone, using the old ear-muffs style modem (you kids have no idea what I'm talking about).
Plus, the thing was so tough that in a pinch you could use it as a jack stand.
The transmission speed was 300 bits per second, but if it took five minutes to transmit a 1,000 word story, that was essentially instantaneous, compared to typing up four double-spaced pages and driving an hour and a half to deliver them to 1 Yonge Street, which is how I did it when I started.
My transmission speed isn't a whole lot better now - I am on rural dial-up, so if I get 40k I do handstands.
And now I'm blogging on-line!
But it will take some time before I figure all this out.
I am starting to get posts from you readers/viewers, for which I thank you. Keep 'em coming.
I have figured out how to correct some, er, spelling misteaks (yes, that was deliberate) but not yet how to actually respond to your posts. My blogging coach, who is also editor of wheels.ca, will be helping me out as we go along.
As for my transmission speed, rural Milton is supposed to get microwave high-speed Internet next month. I can SEE rural Milton from my home-office window, about two hundred metres away, across the town line boundary. I just hope the signal can leak that far.
You will be among the first to know.
Oh yeah - as soon as we can make it happen, we're going to replace the photo of the fat old guy over there with one that actually looks like me.