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Old 05-27-20, 02:35 PM
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Remember how lousy old computers were?









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When I was a kid, heck, we didn't even have any 1s, only had 0s.
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Old 05-27-20, 03:41 PM
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There was a kid at school who chronically stole all the mouseballs and was caught red-handed at least once. I have to say there is something oddly satisfying about that heavy little overcooked yolk.
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I think this is generational warfare. Youth and vigor are no match for old age, wisdom, and treachery.
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My fave was taking a screen shot of a live screen, and making it the screen saver.

Oh and moving a couple of keys on a keyboard...

Good times.
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In Chinatown here there used to be an Abacus Bank. I always wanted to go inside to see if the tellers were using them.
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Old 05-27-20, 05:31 PM
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My fave was taking a screen shot of a live screen, and making it the screen saver.

Oh and moving a couple of keys on a keyboard...

Good times.
I did this to a coworker once. He was so confused! Hard rebooted (holding the power button down for several seconds) thinking it froze, then it came back to where it was. Took about ten hilarious minutes to figure it out.

This isn't why you're supposed to lock your computer when you get up, but it had that effect on him.
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Old 05-27-20, 06:02 PM
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Back in the 1990's I was working in the networking dept of a large high-tech company, and had a Sun server serving several Xterminals. For those too young to know what an Xterminal was, it was a predecessor to Sun's Sunray, i.e. a dumb desktop that just served a display/keyboard/pointer with all processing/storage done on a remote server. These terminals were used by several older women for clerical duties.

One day as a prank, I started as "Xroach" process on the server, and sent it's display to the terminal of one of the women. Here is the package description of Xroach from a current FreeBSD machine:

Xroach displays disgusting cockroaches on your root window. These creepy crawlies scamper around until they find a window to hide under. Whenever you move or iconify a window, the exposed beetles again scamper for cover.

I did this when she was off at lunch, so the roaches were all hiding behind the windows on her screen when she came back...until she moved a window. I suddenly had her breathlessly rushing into my cubical: "OH! OH! OH! THERE ARE BUGS ALL OVER MY SCREEN!!!"
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My first work computer of my very own (as opposed to a Unix terminal) didn't have a hard dive and only 1 - 3.5" floppy. You ran the program off the primary disk, then swapped to the data disk, saved and went back to the primary disk. But the program I used was great and saved a ton of time not having to hand write stuff. It was like amazing to get an IBM PC with 2 drives. I guess this was around '84 or so. I used a free word program called PC Edit. I still have the disks 35 years later and can read the files off them.

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My first email machine was a TRS-80 I used to connect to a Compuserve account. Dam, I sure do miss dial up...
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I remember the first time I used a T-1 connection. Man! a meg and a half! Smokin'!
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My first Laptop had a built in printer. It was awesome, since I worked in the jungles of Papua New Guinea.... not a lot of printers out there.
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
When I was a kid, heck, we didn't even have any 1s, only had 0s.
binary code is a myth that is what the crazy lady told me at the Golden Chick when I got me some chicken tenders and fries and an iced tea. Iím not sure if she is crazy or not. She said if you are from Texas or the southern states and you donít like football then you are condemned to a lake of fire on the 50 yard line. Not going to test her theory...
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I remember the first time I used a T-1 connection. Man! a meg and a half! Smokin'!
Yup the T-1 I couldnít wait to visit my rich city cousins because my PO country azz only had dial up. That dial up mating call? I tried it only women my age responded Was looking for something younger ya know around 42. Just another day.
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Old 05-28-20, 04:45 AM
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I remember the first time I used a T-1 connection. Man! a meg and a half! Smokin'!
Yup, I remember the first time I heard a T-1 connection mentioned was on The X-Files, with the Lone Gunmen crew arguing about whose hacker kung-fu was the best.

Now I whine when my home DSL is only 10 times that fast because I can't stream an HD movie while playing music and editing photos with a dozen web browsers open.
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Tandy Model 100 and CompuServe, 300 baud modem and acoustic coupler. Wow. Then I upgraded to a Model 102 and 1200 baud modem with modular jack so I didn't need the acoustic coupler on the road. Hot stuff.

Commodore 64. Sprites, baby.
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I remember upgrading from WordStar to Wordperfect . . . . WOAH!! The good ol' days when upgrades really were an improvement.
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I remember upgrading from WordStar to Wordperfect . . . . WOAH!! The good ol' days when upgrades really were an improvement.
I remember using a mechanical typewriter then I got an electric one. Exciting times
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I remember using a mechanical typewriter then I got an electric one. Exciting times
I remember using a manual and upgrading to a better manual. My first college papers were done on a typewriter. I took actual typing classes in High School.

I never did the Word Perfect jump... Went from WordStar to Word for Windows... as an early adopter of Windows. I had a tendency to skip processor families too... was just too expensive to buy each new thing. (and yes, was, and still is a PITA to upgrade each new OS... ohhhh I have done that way way too many times)
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Kerouac typed On The Road on a single roll of paper. When his editor read it, he said "that's some really good typing."
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Heck, I remember making camera ready copy for small newspapers using an IBM Selectric and similar typewriters with a single line of memory for copy editing and justification, confirmed a line at a time. Cut the sheets, run 'em through the hot waxer and paste 'em up. Good option for organizations that couldn't afford a Linotype or Compugraphic typesetter.
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The quaranteens who will start being born in about 7 months won't believe there was ever a world without ubiquitous broadband.
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Gawd.

We is a bunch of old farts. Prolly need to move this thread to the 50+...
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no. i prefer the good olí days. we didnt have to worry about malware, spam, and viruses.

computers didnt crash. neve4 had to reboot.
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Gawd.

We is a bunch of old farts. Prolly need to move this thread to the 50+...
Hey the collective memories and long held "antiques" will be what saves the day when the big EMP happens... one Carrington event and all our current silicon toys will be as good as the sand from whence they came.

So keep those old cars, old cameras, old typewriters, old printing presses, old wood stoves and tube radios... it's simply a matter of "when."
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