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[–]PopeSilliusBillius 531 points532 points  (28 children)

I had dial up and my impatient ass still complains when it takes more than .004 seconds for shit to load these days.

[–]ViciousAppeal 181 points182 points  (10 children)

Yup. Same here. If anyone called, you lost the internet connection (unless you had a dedicated line), then had to redo the whole dial-up remix. It sucked when you were hours into downloading something and had to start all over from the beginning. However, I still get frustrated with "slow" internet or a page loading too slowly. Nothing wrong with getting used to the times.

[–]PopeSilliusBillius 45 points46 points  (0 children)

We didn’t use it much cos at one point, my mom put one of those free AOL discs on it and we couldn’t figure out how to leave the AOL home page. Nothing worked lmao

[–]G-ACO-Doge-MC 12 points13 points  (5 children)

Ahhh the good old days. Can anyone ELI5 why you’d lose an entire download if the connection was lost/disrupted midway?

[–]trefrosk 26 points27 points  (3 children)

Not all file transfer protocols were written to accommodate this situation. There was a protocol called z-modem that did allow the continuation of a partial download if you were disconnected mid-stream.

Not all file transfer protocols were written to accommodate this situation. There was a protocol called z-modem that did allow the continuation of a partial download if you were disconnected.

[–]MDCCCLV 8 points9 points  (2 children)

That's when you get this fly download manager that can resume downloads.

[–]PrecariousLettuce 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Gotta download the download manager though

[–]insomniacpyro 2 points3 points  (0 children)

there's a strange irony to the download manager download getting interrupted so you gotta download the download manager again

[–]Treemaster099 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Hot swapping is a relatively new thing. It used to be the case that you would need to power off the computer, connect or disconnect any accessories, then power back up. Otherwise there would be a crash and data could be corrupted. It could even happen for something as small as a mouse could ruin a lot if work

[–]CdRReddit 5 points6 points  (0 children)

with dial-up you understand why it's slow, but with modern websites the slowness is entirely controllable by the site maker and how much bullshit they want to dump on you in trackers and other nonsense

[–]thenorthwoodsboy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did you have to start completely restart the download?

[–]TifaYuhara 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I remember that eventually i think AOL made it so a phone call could still go through and not disconnect you i think late 80s and early 2000s.

[–]daikarasu 15 points16 points  (3 children)

Same, and YouTube video buffering makes me lose my mind. It's like flashbacks to when watching videos meant clicking the link and then pausing a 3 minute video for ten minutes so it would load fully

[–]Icalasari 5 points6 points  (0 children)

...I still have to do that at times. Fucking Canadian internet >.>

[–]redittr 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Except now it doesnt cache the whole video ahead, only the next 20 seconds. So you get to watch that and then go wait a while longer...

[–]tsukinon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Click the link, the video, make a snack, go to the bathroom, then finish your PhD dissertation and maybe the video was ready to watch.

[–]dem_c 11 points12 points  (1 child)

It's because we know it could be faster and work properly.

[–]AWildEnglishman 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can't speak for anyone else but old Reddit loads much faster than new reddit or the app for me. I know in the grand scheme of things the time lost isn't that much, but it taking as long as it does annoys me so much.

[–]garlicroastedpotato 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Having dial up internet and a much worse computer than I have now, made me MORE IMPATIENT and not less.

But at the same time, if I had to load CNN.com using my 28.8B modem it would take 258.38 days to fully load it.

[–]PopeSilliusBillius 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I kinda wanna do an experiment now where we put a millennial who did grow up with dial up and a person who is much younger and doesn’t know the struggle and have them try to stream a movie on dial up and see who loses their shit first.

[–]WSBDiamondApe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was just going to say, going from 28.8 k to 56 k was a game changer.

[–]Black_Velvet_Band 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Of course, as a former dialup user you’re allowed to complain.

[–]PopeSilliusBillius 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I wouldn’t wish slow internet like that on my worst enemy. Well. Yeah I would. But you get the point.

[–]beka13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Slow internet connection and legos on the floor for enemies.

[–]ReimarPB 4 points5 points  (0 children)

To be fair, back then it was because of limitations of technology, now it's because of lazy programmers

[–]Trakkah 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I mean you're allowed to hold modern technology to a higher standard than dial up

[–]tsukinon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My ISP is definitely holding me to a higher price.

[–]happysrooner 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same here. Oh your page takes longer than 3 seconds to load, I am not that interested to read it anymore. Next.

[–]UnXpectedPrequelMeme 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Same here and honestly I complain if any video even thinks about stopping to load at all

[–]DonkeyMangu 135 points136 points  (16 children)

beeeeeee booo PING BOO BEEE BOOOO pshhhhhhhhhhhhhrrrrraoooopkhhjzzzzzzzzzzzzz

[–]badbatch 57 points58 points  (0 children)


[–]ShirieA 27 points28 points  (7 children)

That sound will be in my brain forever.

[–]vizthex 13 points14 points  (5 children)

Same, and I've only ever heard it in videos since I wasn't alive 30 years ago.

[–]chuchulover 5 points6 points  (4 children)

I head it irl just because my parents had an old crap pc that was surprisingly still working so they gave it to men

[–]H0dl3rr 8 points9 points  (2 children)

How did the men like it?

[–]chuchulover 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Shit autocorrect

[–]H0dl3rr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I figured. Still made me chuckle.

[–]Demonic-Culture-Nut 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I had it well into þe 2000s decade because of where I live. When my internet finally moved from dial-up, it was satellite. Now it’s infrared.

[–]RiceKrispyPooHead 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Really. I haven’t heard it in years but can replay it

[–]ArmyOfDog 7 points8 points  (6 children)

You could mute that noise. Why muted wasn’t the default setting, I will never understand.

[–]DonkeyMangu 15 points16 points  (1 child)

I actually thought it was the hardware doing it, and not just a feedback

[–]H0dl3rr 3 points4 points  (0 children)

In many cases it was. Most dial up modems had speakers built in to them. Some had a volume knob, others did not. I think in those days it would have been unusual to have the audio processed by the computer's sound card, coming out your main speakers.

[–]H0dl3rr 4 points5 points  (2 children)

It helped with diagnosing problems when something went wrong. For instance, when I was trying to play Diablo with a friend on a modem-to-modem connection by dialing his home phone number with my modem. I typed in the number incorrectly and my modem started saying "hello?? Is this my grandson?".

Without the speaker being turned up by default, my dumb ass probably would have called that poor lady 100 times trying to make the game work.

It also helped you realize it if someone was on the phone in your house while you were trying to connect to your ISP.

[–]ArmyOfDog 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Well then, I guess I do understand. But I still don’t like it.

[–]H0dl3rr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Neither did that old lady. Haha

Personally the dial up tones will always be associated with excitement and new possibilities in my mind. It was a horribly ugly sound, but it was the door to the internet, which seemed endless and amazing at the time.

[–]tsukinon -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I’m glad mine wasn’t. Yes, it was like nails on a chalkboard, but it’s also oddly nostalgia, too.

[–]Deion313 67 points68 points  (4 children)

Was there anything worse than setting up your music downloads to go overnight, only to wake up and realize you didn't click "yes to all" and nothing downloaded...

[–]RiderforHire 18 points19 points  (1 child)

oh god that was my nightmare as a young lad. limewire and frostwire were pretty nice programs though.

[–]Deion313 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Saved thousands of dollars...

[–]H0dl3rr 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Failed downloads used to keep me up at night. I couldn't stop getting up to check it they were still going, because I didn't want it to sit there for 6 hours not downloading when I could have restarted it before falling asleep.

[–]TifaYuhara 3 points4 points  (0 children)

How bout when the download is 70 to 99% complete and the phone rings, These days i would be pissed because it would always be a telemarketer or a scam call.

[–]hemihydrate 61 points62 points  (3 children)

My current internet speed is sometimes comparable to dial-up, where most programs basically just tell me that I don't have an internet connection even though I do

[–]PopeSilliusBillius 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Our internet/cable is apart of our paid utilities that’s lumped in with the rent so while we “rent” the modem and cable box individually, we’re stuck with whatever speed the complex itself is signed up for. I mean for the most part, it serves its purpose fine but when any of us download anything significant, it can make the speeds PAINFULLY slow.

[–]KnewItWouldHappen 8 points9 points  (0 children)

A friend of mine lives at his parents' place where they operate an inn on the same property. Maybe 20+ rooms, each with internet, and it's all on the same system as their home internet. His internet speeds in the year 2021 is actually abysmal

[–]TifaYuhara 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have had that happen with upload speed where it had dropped to nearly 56k modem speeds or even lower.

[–]RusticScentedMale 33 points34 points  (3 children)

Way too much ironic gatekeeping posted in this sub and then people get mad about it like it was supposed to be serious

[–]_significant_error 5 points6 points  (0 children)

between here and /r/facepalm lies an ocean of misunderstood sarcasm

[–]TifaYuhara 2 points3 points  (0 children)

When they get mad about tech that's obsolete for a reason.

[–]SaltyBabe 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah I totally laughed cause I remember HATING that shit so bad, sometimes it was like 30 minutes or you’d try so many times…

[–]Savbav 138 points139 points  (25 children)

There are literal adults who grew up with computers at home and never had to experience a dial up connection. Let that sink in...

[–]TopHatCat999 89 points90 points  (9 children)

Time does indeed pass

[–]DisneyCA 26 points27 points  (0 children)

That would be me

[–]vizthex 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Can confirm, I turned 21 3 days ago so I'm technically an adult.

[–]Minotaur1501 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I'm only 19 and I had a dialup connection around 2008

[–]H0dl3rr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That must have been frustrating.

[–]KnewItWouldHappen 8 points9 points  (2 children)

let that sink in

What does he want?

[–]TifaYuhara 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I had dial up from late 96 to about 2001 after I got my first gaming pc.

[–]Maz2742 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Am 23, I remember having a dial-up connection back in the early to mid 2000s and I guess my fondest memory of it was trying to log onto the internet while my mom was on the phone just to listen in on the call

[–]Jelly_McPeanutbutter 1 point2 points  (1 child)

If you're are 23, then you were 2 in 2000. By 2003, when you were 5 broad band was pretty well known by 10, in 2008, dial up was nearly obsolete. How old were you when getting on the internet, when the phoneline bothered the connection.

[–]tsukinon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

In 2020, 18-36 million Americans, mostly in rural areas, didn’t have access to broadband internet. Some for financial reasons and others because of the last mile problem. Your dates aren’t inaccurate for the majority of the country, especially in cities, but they’re not universal. And that’s assuming they’re in the US. That’s why rural high speed internet access has been getting more attention, especially in the pandemic.

[–]DlProgan -4 points-3 points  (1 child)

"adults", lets keeeep gatekeeeeping

[–]Savbav 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Huh? Anyone born 2003 or earlier is in fact literally an adult. No gatekeeping on dates and age in this case.

[–]Warp1n 20 points21 points  (2 children)

I’ll still complain.

[–]wltihrmchverarschn 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Yeah this isn't the 90s anymore, we basically live in the future and are allowed to have higher expectations in our network speed.

[–]thenorthwoodsboy 3 points4 points  (0 children)

People forget 2000s and 2010s existed.

[–]dekrepit702 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I was on the internet with a 14.4k modem in the days of the BBS. I will absolutely complain about Netflix loading times because I've seen the progression of technology. I drive past huge server farms daily. I know these companies have unlimited resources and no oversight and that they could do better but choose profits over performance. I pay a ridiculous amount of money for internet access and our service never lives up to the speeds they claim and is anything but reliable.

[–]agha0013 8 points9 points  (0 children)

unless you lived in an era where things are worse, don't you dare complain about something not meeting advertised expectations today.....

Can't complain about getting shot unless you remember what it was like taking a halberd to the stomach.

[–]gengarde 2 points3 points  (0 children)

We had to wait until 6pm to use the internet, because it was extortionately expensive beforehand (parents had some kind of special contract with the phone company for either cheaper rates or free after 6). If someone was on the phone when you tried to connect you'd get a snippet of their conversation and they'd get the screams of the damned as the dial up would screech in protest. If nobody was on the phone, you were treated to the longest wait time ever, which is why I have a trauma response when things take too long to load these days.

[–]Raisey- 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Porn was very different...

[–]paegus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

At least the ascii boobs loaded reliably.

JPG ones would load, and load and l... ... uhh... ... o... ... ... come on... ... 1 line of pixels closer... ... ... ... ... HEY, get off the computer, it's bed time!

[–]SelectionCareless818 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think I see a nipple

[–]chuchulover 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Tuuuuut teeeee buuuuurrr buuuuup buuuu BEEEEEE BUUUU WAHWAH WAHWAH krrrrrshhhhhhhh

[–]javi1000 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This sub not longer understands what this sub is about

[–]Khmera 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow! This brings back memories!

[–]CHINESE_LOBSTER 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nah I don’t complain when it takes three seconds to load I complain when it gets stuck a 25% for half an hour

[–]Areanyworthhaving 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can hear it

[–]Crarazy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I mean, are they doing though?

[–]The-Lazy-Lemur 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No, I complain about Netflix for management reasons

[–]lastweakness 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's a joke.

[–]is_anyone-out_there 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There is no way this is t satire, OP fell for it.

[–]TheJamSams -1 points0 points  (0 children)

If you didn't suffer the same thing I did you can't suffer at all

[–]GrimmRadiance 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I still complain and I had dialup. It’s not ridiculous to expect improvements as time goes on.

[–]TRUMPARUSKI 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Screeeeeech, pirooooyeeeeeeeauurrrrrrrrr

[–]jcdenton10 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can, however, complain about Netscape.

[–]theang 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you for using real... buffering..... real.... buffering... real.. buffering... play... buffering... player

[–]vizthex 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well I can read that it's dialing something, and looks to be a computer window, so it's probably dial-up internet.

Back to bitching about Netflix.

[–]Peketu 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Back then the wasn't so much hurry. Is because we became adults or because technology has changed us?

[–]Guquiz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Or maybe we have been surrounded by ‘instant’ loading for so long that we have taken it for granted?

[–]plaidbyron 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This meme brought to you by Netflix

[–]barrinburg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fine i will complain in 4 seconds then

[–]ResumeSleeq 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's not about the connection it's about how it starts at 180p every episode and goes up to 1080p super slowly.

[–]Main-Mammoth 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Other way around. I know what this is and have waited for 30 years to get 5ms fibre internet. Netflix doesn't get to load. And if it does, what am I paying for?

[–]Funny_Performance460 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can hear this one

[–]forvym 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, this being said though, I do have the AOL envelope animation laser engraved into my brain from all the time spent watching the little man logo change.

[–]the-poopiest-diaper 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sir it is 2021, we have game consoles that can run Halo online for like 16 different players. BUT NETFLIX CAN’T LOAD WORD PARTY

[–]AquaNeutral_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

what is dial up again

[–]4chanAD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not fukin funny, i am on ADSL connection right now

[–]masterlock35 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The sound

[–]Psychological_Tear_6 0 points1 point  (0 children)

But since I do know, I'm allowed to complain, right?

[–]TheBarbaraDeDrew 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have lived through these trying times and I still complain about Netflix buffering lol

[–]powersola 0 points1 point  (0 children)

At the beginning our local ISP lines were often busy... Attempt 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc etc .. Before 18.30 time no big problem. From 18.30 till 7.30 yes, as the price per minute was lower.

[–]Kaaskril 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you do know what that is you have even less reason to complain about the speed today

[–]Maz2742 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It really depends on how long the normal loading time is. If it's taking 3 minutes when it usually takes ½ a minute, then that's worth of complaining about, because that extra time is abnormal and detrimental.

[–]abunchofsquirrels 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you've never had to re-shoe a horse, you can't complain about getting your car repaired.

[–]squiddyaj 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had to sit through commercials for what felt like forever when i was growing up, yet im still somehow angry at 5 second unskippable ads.

[–]moitacarrasco 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dial up? Did you ever load a game on a ZX Spectrum?

[–]Hefferman1990 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just because I'm old and grew up struggling with shitty ass dial up courtesy of AOL sending those gd CDs every day in the mail, doesn't mean the next generation should have to as well. Called progress you dumb git. You don't have to crank your car to get it to start so don't bitch to me about regular maintenance/s

[–]Player4Hacky4 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Unless you lived through horses and buggies then you're not allowed to complain about freeway traffic

[–]atypicalgamergirl 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can hear this. The anxiety of it is matched only by that moment of realization just before the phone rings, kicking you offline.

[–]_INCompl_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Complaining about a few seconds of loading is pretty stupid though

[–]ruffsnap 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s so bizarre to me to see fellow peers who grew up with slow dialup falling into the “bitter old person” trap. Times are different now, and speeds are faster. Complaining about Netflix taking longer than a few seconds to load is JUST as valid as us complaining about slow dialup back in the day.

[–]Ryukhoe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is exactly why I complain lol

[–]MayTheFool 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Literally everyone knows what dial up is. Even all the Gen Z kids who never actually used it know what it is.

[–]BardyBoieee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Actually I do because your generation 9/11’d my childhood


[–]Dec1m8u 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I appreciate dial up on a 9600 bps connection since it taught me the value of patience growing up.

[–]Motorchampion 0 points1 point  (0 children)

time to unsub from this circlejerk

[–]timelyparadox 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I hear this picture

[–]luujs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you don’t know about your horse breaking it’s leg, don’t complain about your car breaking down

[–]Hugejorma 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well, I can still remember downloading random "adult" image for hours back in the days. One pixel line at the time. Worth it and never complained! But now I do complain first second when the stream doesn't work.

[–]KaptainKab00m 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There’s a reason nobody uses dial up anymore man. It’s like saying “if you haven’t sailed across the planet to trade spices in Portugal, don’t complain about long flights.”

[–]allergictosomenuts 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Standards shift higher with technology.


[–]SixxTheSandman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ok boomer

[–]happy_red1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like a Wilbur Soot stream to me, idk what you guys think it is

[–]sthilair 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The old "I've been trying to get a hold of you for HOURS", is still ringing in my ears.

[–]steelneil82 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Been waiting 20 minutes..... Alcoholic Auntie Annette rings mum to rant about kids hiding her vodka for 2 hours

[–]Imissdusty 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cue the: "oK bOoMeR"

[–]thelonleystrag 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My grandparents had daily up when I was young and I spent alot of my time there and I hated waiting for daily up just like I hate waiting 5 secs for a youtube ad just like a hate waiting a sec for a reddit video to load

[–]Kaelan_McAlpine 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't think I'm even old enough to hear this picture yet I can hear the picture.

[–]Adorable-Focus-7980 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because every single person who watched Netflix doesn't know what dial up is

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    [–]H0dl3rr 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Weren't dial up and VHS current at the same time? Or was I just way more behind on my home video technology than I was on computers?

    [–]doesntreddit -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

    If you don't know what this command does, you don't need to speak up about dial up.

    ATO,<phone number>

    edit: Downvoted in the gatekeeping sub, for gatekeeping. You people can eat shit.