TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: History of Hayes Modem

Re: History of Hayes Modem

Scott Dorsey (
10 Jan 2006 09:56:10 -0500

The Great Idea Finder <> wrote:

> Dennis C. Hayes invented the PC modem in 1977, establishing the
> critical technology that allowed today's online and Internet
> industries to emerge and grow.

Well, THERE is some pretty impressive revisionism. Hey, by 1977 there
were even kits like the Pennywhistle aimed directly at the
microcomputer community. --scott

"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: I know that the very first computer I
owned (Ohio Scientific OSI-C-1-P) did not have any modem with it
originally. I had people in those days ask me if I thought it would
be 'worth their time or expense to invest in a modem.' I told people
that buying a modem would increase the overall value of their computer
ten-fold. And I cannot imagine today a computer without a modem
connection of some kind, but I guess there are still some out there.

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