Actually we do still use modems and they pretty much look like they did back when us old-timers first came down from the trees. The only difference is they are MUCH faster and they stay connected ALL the time. NO more "Beep a deep beep beep boop - Screeeeee - whoooooooshhhh." anymore. I can also remember when you would sometimes get a busy signal and would have to try again and again and again. (early Compuserve anyone?). I also had to walk 20 !$%*! to school uphill both ways and it snowed all year 'round.