Old friends

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I guess it's a combination of wine, Pink Floyd and the fact that this week the world wants to remind me that I'm older than I feel. Thoughts drift back to the past. Times past and friends forgotten.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away I used to play an online game called MUD II. This was back when you had to use your modem to dial another modem to get a connection to the world and there was no such thing as "the internet" unless you could connect to a university computer somewhere (like Essex Uni, perhaps). A time of Gopher and FTP and 300/300 and 12/75 modems. I met a lot of very good friends back then. I'm still in touch with lots of them, including Michelle (my other half), a chat room romance (a real woman? online??) back before anyone knew what "the internet" was...

Floyd's "A Momenary Lapse of Reason" took me back to wet Sunday night "resets" in front of my Apricot Xen i386 with Procomm running, sitting in "the land" chatting to the other wizards, drinking beer. One of the guys I used to chat to a lot at the time was Panther, looks like he's still around in Hawaii, he's been blogging since before we knew what blogging was... Shine on you crazy diamond...

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Wow the scary thing is I know exactly what you're talking about and remember those days, seems so long ago. How things have moved on since then.

What's almost more scary is that I expect I probably still have some of the old hardware around somewhere... I remember being very impressed by the 2400 baud modem that I imported from the US... I don't even have a modem on my desk anymore...

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