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Old 01-05-14, 09:47 AM   #1
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its amazing how long 10 years is in computers

as crapy as my gpu is on my laptop its faster then the best video card there was 10 years ago and probaly takes 1 % of the power
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Old 01-05-14, 09:58 AM   #2
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How many years is that in dog years?
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lol a lot
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As I read this, I am sitting on my 6core, re-encoding an entire season of a tv-show, burning dvds, browsing the interwebs and posting here... on the same PC, at the same time... no performance hit whatsoever. Years ago, burning a CD alone was a task you had to do alone.
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yep 8 core here and it was cheap as hect i cant recall but i got the mobo and cpu for so cheap
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10 years ago I'm pretty sure my comp was like 128mb memory and maybe 20 gigs of storage. It still shocks me how cheap memory and storage have gotten, comparatively.
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Plus internet speeds:

My first computer was a Vic-20, in 1985 or so. Modem was 150 baud, but you had to dial your phone manually, then put the handset on the modem. This was old technology even then, so the next year I upgraded to a 300 baud modem with *gasp* autodial.

300 baud = 0.000300Mbs . Slow enough to read text as it downloaded to the screen. RAM was measured in kilobytes and you were hot stuff if you had a megabyte of storage capacity. Seems like forever ago!
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I remember backing up my entire hard drive with a few floppies.

Then came "The Zip Drive".... and then, "The DVD Burner"... and then...
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i luckly got into pcs after floopys.ps i think in 1 year we can get a 512 gig ssd for like 80 bucks probaly a terabyte for 120
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i luckly got into pcs after floopys.ps i think in 1 year we can get a 512 gig ssd for like 80 bucks probaly a terabyte for 120
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Plus internet speeds:

My first computer was a Vic-20, in 1985 or so. Modem was 150 baud, but you had to dial your phone manually, then put the handset on the modem. This was old technology even then, so the next year I upgraded to a 300 baud modem with *gasp* autodial.

300 baud = 0.000300Mbs . Slow enough to read text as it downloaded to the screen. RAM was measured in kilobytes and you were hot stuff if you had a megabyte of storage capacity. Seems like forever ago!
I bought my first PC, a TI 99/4A back in 1981. It used a tape recorder for data storage and a 300 baud accoustic coupler. I upgraded to a Leading Edge Model D PC in 1985 with an amber screen and dual 5.25 inch floppies. I thought I was living large when I was able to buy a 2400 internal modem and a 20 MB hard drive on an internal card for it.
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man im glad im late to the game win 2000
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I just moved some crap out of my parents' home including a TRS-80 Color Computer. I suppose it still works although it probably hasn't been plugged in since 1990. So far as I can tell all the changes since the arrival of 3D graphics and then Internet connectivity have been of degree and not of kind.
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Hmm, my computer is pretty darn close to 10 years old now, 2005. I'm too poor to keep up with buying new computers every 2 weeks when the last one I buy is outdated in that amount of time. The only thing I use it for is to surf the internet, at least until I just bought a cheap chinese tablet. Now I'm not sure what to do with the computer. It's nice to have something with an actual keyboard and if I ever get back into photography I'll need something, but for now it just sits in the basement and does nothing.
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I had one of those. I toss it one day because I was moving and had no space to spare. It was a sentimental moment... my first ever PC, I really wanted to keep it.
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A couple weeks ago I was visiting the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy annex of the Air and Space Museum. There's a '70's-era launch console with an associated PDP-11 computer. The computer is as big as a refrigerator and has (I think) a whole 128 kilobytes of hard disk space. You've come a long way, baby.
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My first computer was the Commodore PET. It had a whopping 8K of memory. You had to load the programs in on tape. I had more fun with that computer than just about every one I have owned except maybe my Atari 800.



The mentioned Atari really was ahead of it's time. It's OS and video graphic design made it so easy to program. For those that remember Atari, may remember the fact that lots of games scrolled, either horizontally or vertically. This is because the graphics chip would use a memory register to determine the start location. The programmer would design a large scene in memory. The program would scroll through the scene simply my chaning one register. This saved a huge amount of processing time.



I used to maintain a security system run by a Dec PDP 11/02. It had 32K of memory but much of that was needed for the database which was resident in memory along with the program. It would take a half hour just to load the whole application. Many times it would crash just as it was about to complete then you would have to start all over again.

I built one of the very first IBM PCs in the Pittsburgh area. It had an unbelievable 640K of memory!
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cool keep the vintage storys comeing i love reading this stuff
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A couple weeks ago I was visiting the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy annex of the Air and Space Museum. There's a '70's-era launch console with an associated PDP-11 computer. The computer is as big as a refrigerator and has (I think) a whole 128 kilobytes of hard disk space. You've come a long way, baby.
At the Tropocana Casino in Atlantic City, they had a similar huge PDP 11 that ran their environmental control system. They needed the space for a new fire panel in their already crowded security room. The control system had hundred of sensors and relay controls, dozens of control boards and thousands of feet of wiring. It would have been extremely expensive to replace. I wrote a program that was compatible with the existing sytem that ran on a PC. I was able to plop the PC on a desk and roll out the PDP11. Saved them tons of cash.
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I had one of those. I toss it one day because I was moving and had no space to spare. It was a sentimental moment... my first ever PC, I really wanted to keep it.
You should have tried to sell it. A former roommate sold his PET just recently. He was able to sell it for what he paid for it 30 years ago.

I understand what you mean about sentimental value. I really wish I would have kept my PET. I sold it to be able to raise money for my Atari.
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ha i sspent like 40 bucks ona 64 gig micro sd card id guess weighs like 1 gram or less
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My first computer was the Commodore PET. It had a whopping 8K of memory. You had to load the programs in on tape. I had more fun with that computer than just about every one I have owned except maybe my Atari 800.



The mentioned Atari really was ahead of it's time. It's OS and video graphic design made it so easy to program. For those that remember Atari, may remember the fact that lots of games scrolled, either horizontally or vertically. This is because the graphics chip would use a memory register to determine the start location. The programmer would design a large scene in memory. The program would scroll through the scene simply my chaning one register. This saved a huge amount of processing time.



I used to maintain a security system run by a Dec PDP 11/02. It had 32K of memory but much of that was needed for the database which was resident in memory along with the program. It would take a half hour just to load the whole application. Many times it would crash just as it was about to complete then you would have to start all over again.

I built one of the very first IBM PCs in the Pittsburgh area. It had an unbelievable 640K of memory!
Could you get porn on that?
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Could you get porn on that?
TextArt Pr0n, yes.
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Could you get porn on that?
Well I am sure someone had it but they would have to display it with all characters. There was no graphics except special characters like lines and such that let you display things like boxes.

There was a came called Toker that was sort of a cartoon character smoking a bong. You would control a straw. The faster you toked the more points you would rack up. But don't hit a seed!


Sadly it looks like it does not show what happens when a seed is hit.
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ha i sspent like 40 bucks ona 64 gig micro sd card id guess weighs like 1 gram or less
Last time I had to buy an SD card, around '07, It was more than that for 1 gig. Maybe just about that much.
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