@ Andrew Fernie (was: Re: But ... but ... but ...)
My 3/470 "Pegasus" has been T1 connected since roughly 1988. Old and slow? Yes. But it works for my "friends & family" userbase quite nicely. Just as it did back in the day. (Runs email, ftp, Usenet, IRC, Gopher and the johnnycomelately WWW.)
I updated my last SLIP connection to something more modern when I stopped supporting UUCP in late 1999. Was (and is!) primarily a charity email link, with a proprietary Usenet messaging system.
I do, actually, listen to ballgames on a Philco tube (valve) radio when I'm up at my place in Fort Bragg. It's kinda nice, because it's the same radio that my grandfather introduced me to the SF Giants when I were a nipper in the late '50s/early '60s. Nowt wrong wi' nostalgia.
Why do people like you automatically assume that something that has been working nicely for decades is bad, simply because it isn't usable with your iFad/FanDroid, as configured by the factory?