[LMB] OT: Tech marches on

Karen A. Wyle kawyle at att.net
Mon Dec 13 14:59:26 GMT 2021

 At one of my early law firm jobs, there was a computer research setup where one could choose a 1200 or 2400 baud connection. I had a "discussion" with one of the partners about my desire to use the 2400 baud setting. I argued it would save on my time, a valuable resource. I was maybe forgetting that they billed for my time by the very expensive hour . . . .
Karen A. Wyle
    On Monday, December 13, 2021, 12:25:35 AM EST, Joel Polowin <jpolowin at hotmail.com> wrote:  
A few months after I started my Ph.D., I ended up going out to a pub
with a couple of friends and some of their acquaintances.  Several
worked for the university's computing centre as support, and they
got to talking about the idiots' calls they'd handled.  One started
hooting about the fool who'd called asking what the computer's *real*
communication speed was, when it was supposed to be 1200 baud.

I told him that that had been me.  And that, *as I'd told him*,
though the nominal speed was 1200 baud, it was obvious that the data
was coming through far more slowly than that -- that I was having no
trouble keeping up with reading the text, and that it looked like what I
was used to seeing on a 300-baud connection.  And that at my *previous*
university -- the one that the students at this one liked to sneer at --
there'd been a utility which was able to determine exactly that: the
*actual* data transfer rate.  Perhaps this university's systems didn't
have that ability?  Or perhaps the support people here didn't know about
such a distinction, and couldn't understand when a computer-literate
person tried to explain..?


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