Saturday, May 14, 2016

Re: Why-black-shouldnt-hang-onto-pawn.html

When I was working at Lafayette Indiana from 1988 to 1991, I had gone to some computer fest and picked up a 300 baud modem for really cheap.  At the time my work was selling a dumb terminal because they often sold old equipment cheap.  

With the pair I could dial into my work.  It was all text only.  The modem was so incredibly slow that I could type faster than the what the modem could transmit.  I would have to type something and then wait for the dumb terminal to transmit it.

Despite this, I really liked it.  I could do some work from home, but my real motivation was to be able to access email and "usenet" from home.  Usenet was the real internet before the world wide web came along.   It was text only.   On usenet you could have bulletin board discussions with people all over the world on your favorite topics.

After moving to Salt Lake City, around 1995 someone showed me how to play chess on the internet.  I decided that I had to have this feature.  I spent a fortune to get a 486 33mhz computer with a 14K modem that could do practically nothing else.  I could play DOOM with it.  Over the years I would spend too much money upgrading that computer piece by piece until finally I decided that the computer was completely outdated, so I bought a new computer around 2000.  Bought newer computers again in 2005 and 2010.   I learned that it is better to buy new computers than it is to try to update old equipment.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

On Sat, May 14, 2016 at 4:13 AM, Albert Nelms <> wrote:
Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I really appreciate you taking the time to teach and guide me in Chess. Btw, remember the days when you had dial an Internet provider? Good ok' AOL. Those were the days. lol