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Twilight's new take on Friendship Lessons is going well
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RayKVega

Very Special Agent Ray V
When you Zoom/FaceTime with Princess Twilight, you know it's bound to have some fantastic friendship lessons. But then again, we're in the middle of the crazy time, so yeah, I feel for Luster.

Also, is it just me or is Twi's computer seems a little old? It's looks like a dial up computer or something.
BigBuggyBastage
My Little Pony - 1992 Edition
Wallet After Summer Sale -
Not a Llama - Happy April Fools Day!

Go fsck yourself
@Nightweaver20xx
It's a wonderful thought. :D

But I very much doubt it. Although a human may be able to create something that sounds very much like a modem to our own ears, the signaling rates and frequencies specified for communication, even at one of the lowest baud rates, e.g. Hayes command set & Bell 103 modulation at 100 or 300 baud, would simply be unattainable.

Example:
The Bell 103 modem used audio frequency-shift keying to encode data. Different pairs of audio frequencies were used by each station:

• The originating station used a mark tone of 1,270 Hz and a space tone of 1,070 Hz.
• The answering station used a mark tone of 2,225 Hz and a space tone of 2,025 Hz.

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I just cannot see a human hitting and/or alternating between those exact frequencies at 300, let alone 100, times per second, accurately, each and every time.

@Altair the dragon-horse
Oh man, remember the echo problem?
Altair the dragon-horse
Preenhub - We all know what you were up to this evening~
My Little Pony - 1992 Edition

@BigBuggyBastage
Modems made with plug in jacks appeared in the late seventies. You can also shove at least 1200 baud through an acoustic coupler but you need a clean line and a good phone on real phone lines.

@Nightweaver20xx
Don't know about humans but this is literally what soft modems do. They're just sound cards attached to a phone line that emulate those tones.
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BigBuggyBastage
My Little Pony - 1992 Edition
Wallet After Summer Sale -
Not a Llama - Happy April Fools Day!

Go fsck yourself
@Nightweaver20xx
The earlier & lower-cost ones, definitely.



Those were known as "acoustic coupler" modems. I don't recall a nominal 'cutoff' baud rate for that type. Technology just progressed, and manufacturers finally stuck an RJ-11/-14 jack on them, so all customers had to do was buy a splitter and another phone cord, instead of an entire phone. Remember at this point that, although Bell was being split into many smaller companies, the phone industry still had a virtual monopoly over the equipment, and it was much more common for physical phonesets to be rented to customers.

The serial/RS-232 connection was reliable up to about 115,200 bits per second, but could be pushed much higher, to about 256 kbps, IIRC.
BigBuggyBastage
My Little Pony - 1992 Edition
Wallet After Summer Sale -
Not a Llama - Happy April Fools Day!

Go fsck yourself
@Coretz
Oh no, immersion broken: how the hell is that ancient thing connected to the internet?!

Probably by a DB-25 serial cable & RS-232 connection, rockin' at 1,200 baud. :D
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YukoAsho

You know, I'm not sure Twilight would be bad at setting up a computer…

She'd probably be doing everything from the command line, if anything.
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