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I just realized (well, not just, but...) I'm getting old...

I remember....

using a 300 baud modem to connect to FTP sites to read Usenet

when a 120 MB hard drive was the largest you could buy

when 1 MG of RAM cost over $40

using SLIP to connect to MIT to see my first "graphical" web page

when there were no domain names, only IP addresses

the time before Microsoft

Windows 1.0

DOSSHELL

OS/2

DOS 1.0

The problems with DOS 5.0

Ultima I

The TI/99A (my first "real" computer)

memories.....


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Surfer Wrote the following on 05/03/2005 8:53 PM :
Oh let's see....

I still have the 40 meg hard drive (which when I got it was the largest you could get). In fact, it's sitting on the counter while I wait for the replacement motherboard (the one I just bought that I am having probs with). I want to see what I can pull off of it (there's a sticker on it that say's "Warrantee void if explosed to excess of 40G")

Couldn't even get past the 640K barrier

Dos 2.0

Timex Sinclair 1000 was my first. Membrane keyboard. 2k of onboard memory. 16K exapansion module. Loaded and saved via cassette tape. No sound. Hooked up to the television. 2 colors.

Apple lo-res graphics were amazing. Hi res was best left to the pros. Page flipping was the latest technological advancement for animation.


codewolf Wrote the following on 05/03/2005 9:44 PM :
HA HA this should be fun!

I forgot a few....

Using that old style modem where you put the phone on the holder was considered old skool for me when War Games came out, I'd been using that for years.

Setting interrupts for your devices was a daily occurrence

Cassette tapes to hold my programs was common, I saved my chess games I wrote on the TI/99A on a tape player (the regular cassette tape) and that was high tech then

There was no security to be heard of anywhere - I could connect to a modem anywhere modems were connected and "hacking" was just a matter of figuring out what the protocol was

TRW's credit service would hang up after three bad guesses at passwords, so you just guessed twice, then reconnected....

The PS2 was an IBM computer way beyond your monetary reach...


codewolf Wrote the following on 05/03/2005 9:47 PM :
BTW - there are, still to this day, 300 baud modems in government installations available as redialers. Someone forgot to check the closet that's been locked for 25 years!


frankie Wrote the following on 05/03/2005 10:18 PM :
I still have an apple IIGS in my basement. 1987 computing powerhouse!


Surfer Wrote the following on 05/03/2005 10:49 PM :
On the apple II G(and even the GS) series, if you go into the monitor (call -151) and goto C00000 and just start listing (L), eventually, you will find a section of the memory that will either: change each times it's displayed, show garbage, or lock up the computer. To get out of the monitor, 3D0G (remember it as 3 Dog Night, just with a zero, not an "O")

Of course, if you really want to have fun, Poke 33, 255. Poke 33, [Value] where value is any number between 1 and 40 actually set the width of your screen before wraparound for easy editing (esc, then I,J,K,M to manuever the cursor). If you put 255 in, wierd things start to happen. Don't try to save anything afterwards.


Nony Wrote the following on 05/04/2005 00:18 AM :
I remember storing programs in stacks of ... punchcards A real hassle if you dropped them. The glory days of Assembler and Fortran IV. Hard drives? Never heard of them... except the one in the "mainframe" at school! 10 whole megabytes and the size of a spare wheel. You guys are spoiled! Guess I'm showing my age... LOL


Surfer Wrote the following on 05/04/2005 00:34 AM :
Ever seen an 8 inch floppy? I have. The computer it went to eventually collapsed the table it was on.


NOT_red Wrote the following on 05/04/2005 01:54 AM :
you are old


fred Wrote the following on 05/04/2005 03:11 AM :
asas


JMLongo Wrote the following on 05/04/2005 05:01 AM :
I remember the heath h-8 with no storage of any type. No keyboard, no screen, just switches and lights.....


Surfer Wrote the following on 05/04/2005 10:06 AM :
lol. Slide rules... now there's a very useful tool. Never really learned how to use it (I tried, believe me I tried) but I understand that the thing is a work of genius with what you can calculate with it.


Rob Wrote the following on 05/04/2005 11:24 AM :
My earliest memories are creating DOS .bat files on other people's computers to mess with them and placing them in a global directory called "belfrey" (there's bats in the belfrey). And then of course the BBS' where I got my first piece of pirated software.

Oh, the good times. Only more to come. My new iBook gets delivered today, and I still get the same thrill playing with command lines via Terminal.


Surfer Wrote the following on 05/04/2005 11:39 AM :
WTG Rob! Yes, good old days. I remember looking back throuhgh an old copy of PC magazine I only threw away last year. It had advertisements for processors "screaming at 33 mhz" and 16 color displays and reviews on the best daisy wheel/dot matrix printers.


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