and crackling noises that modems
make to each other in order to communicate
. The ability to speak this language was wished for by many geeks
, who thought it'd be neat to dial up a bbs
, hiss, beep and squeal into the reciever, and be able to play door games
from work without even having a computer.
Of course, it's slightly more difficult these days, as not only do you need to learn to hiss and squeal, you also have to speak the gibberish known as TCP/IP.