From my O’Reilly blog:
An old friend called in a panic the other day. The modem on her G3 lime iMac had crapped out, and she needed to get online that evening. We verified that she could still get a dial tone on the line. Had her reboot. No dice. â€œStill no broadband?,â€ I asked. â€œMaybe someday. Havenâ€™t gotten around to it.â€
Started troubleshooting. â€œClick the blue apple icon in the top left of your screen,â€ I said. â€œI only have a rainbow apple.â€ Uh-oh. OS9 user on dial-up. How do people live? Time had caught up with her. Fortunately she had a bit of cash. Told her to order DSL, and meanwhile, Iâ€™d pick up a new iMac to get her online by evening. A new Mac is a very expensive modem â€” even as a stopgap â€” but the time was ripe.