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TBTF for 1995-04-04: An ISDN "modem"; where flaming leads

Keith Dawson (dawson dot tbtf at gmail dot com)
Tue, 4 Apr 1995 08:07:41 -0400



>>From Edupge:


DIGITAL MODEM FOR RESIDENTIAL MARKET
Motorola is marketing what it calls the first digital modem targeted at the
residential market. The $495 BitSurfr TA210 has a speed of 64K bps, and is
made to work with digital ISDN lines. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 1995-03-29
E2)

[I use an AccessWorks QuickAccess Remote ISDN "modem" from home. It cost $495
and I got it last January. What's with this "first" business?!? And anyone
who uses the word "digital" adjacent to the word "modem" should have the
grace to enclose the latter in quotation marks.]

WILL FLAMES BURN DOWN THE INTERNET?
In a discussion of the phenomenon of "flaming," the director of the 21st
Century Project at the University of Texas (Austin) suggests that "the
Internet may be on a path similar to that followed by television and other
communications media: the introduction of the masses so alienates
well-educated, cosmopolitan people that they abandon the medium or resort
to a specialized class of cultural material that advertises its disdain for
mass tastes." (The New Republic 1995-04-10 p.15)

[Next the Newt will be taking out after PBI (Public Broadcast Internet).]

>>From Tidbits:


**New Mac LC Based on PowerPC 603** -- Today Apple [introduced]
the Power Macintosh
5200/75 LC, the first Macintosh based on the PowerPC 603
processor. The Power Mac 5200/75 LC is a new all-in-one design,
featuring a tilt-and-swivel base, a 15-inch multisync monitor, and
a standard configuration of 8 MB of RAM, a 500 MB hard disk, and a
double-speed CD-ROM drive. An AV model is available as well,
featuring standard video in/out AV capabilities and a TV tuner.
The 5200/75 LC is priced at $1,699... the AV version [is] priced at
$2,099... No mention
was made when (or if) these models would be introduced to the
consumer channel, although I expect that Performa versions of
these machines can't be far off.

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Keith Dawson dawson dot tbtf at gmail dot com dawson@atria.com
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