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Old July 30 2013, 03:02 PM   #1
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We've come a long way baby - world wide web and technology

Remember news groups, Windows 95, 64mb RAM, 2GB hard drives, and dialup?

There were no social networking sites, no Youtube, Amazon just sold books, and the only streaming videos were short flash videos that took FOREVER to load (because of dialup).

There were no tablets and smart phones for surfing the web. Laptops were so expensive few could afford one.

Now computers are 10 times more sophisticated and so much cheaper and less bulky. Tablets, smart phones and and laptops are everywhere. 4Gb RAM is considered so-so, 1Tb hard drives are standard, and there are streaming movie sites all over.

The only thing I miss from the old days is the original Usenet.
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Old July 30 2013, 03:17 PM   #2
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Re: We've come a long way baby - world wide web and technology

I remember when there were no news groups, Windows 95, 64mb RAM, 2GB hard drives, or dialup. When "computers" were mentioned, most people thought of something like this.

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Old July 30 2013, 03:44 PM   #3
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I remember when there were no news groups, Windows 95, 64mb RAM, 2GB hard drives, or dialup. When "computers" were mentioned, most people thought of something like this.

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When I was in school, we had punch cards and mimeograph machines.
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Old July 30 2013, 03:50 PM   #4
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Re: We've come a long way baby - world wide web and technology

My first computer/gaming console was an Amstrad CPC464, 624kb processing, casette tape deck drive, stand alone processor you could cook your dinner off of. Not really missing it these days.
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Old July 30 2013, 04:00 PM   #5
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Re: We've come a long way baby - world wide web and technology

It is a wonder indeed and it only makes you wonder how our world will be in 20 years from now. People have been over-optimistic in the past, e.g., thinking that human-robots would be among us by now. I don't see that comming in 20 years either. However, I think that things like heads-up displays will be as common as smartphones are today, we will "cyborg" our vision a bit.
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Old July 30 2013, 04:08 PM   #6
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However, I think that things like heads-up displays will be as common as smartphones are today, we will "cyborg" our vision a bit.
I think that technology is in the works.
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Old July 30 2013, 04:36 PM   #7
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I still use newsgroups.
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Old July 30 2013, 04:50 PM   #8
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I still use newsgroups.
Yes, they're out there, but they're not the same as they used to be.
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Old July 30 2013, 06:17 PM   #9
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My first computer/gaming console was an Amstrad CPC464, 624kb processing, casette tape deck drive, stand alone processor you could cook your dinner off of. Not really missing it these days.
Oddly enough I had the Amstrad CPC6128 with 3" disk drive, though we did have a tape drive as well.
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Old July 30 2013, 06:21 PM   #10
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Re: We've come a long way baby - world wide web and technology

What I miss is the advertisement free zone that the Internet used to be. But some dick had the idea that he needed to extend his greed into that realm, and now see what happened, everything sucks.
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Old July 30 2013, 06:26 PM   #11
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Well aren't you the ray of sunshine.
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Old July 30 2013, 07:15 PM   #12
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Re: We've come a long way baby - world wide web and technology

When I was at primary school in the late 1980s / early 1990s, our school had the BBC computers.
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Old July 30 2013, 07:19 PM   #13
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and the only streaming videos were short flash videos that took FOREVER to load (because of dialup).

Actually, Flash didn't even exist then. But there were AVI and Quicktime files which did take tons of time to load. And they weren't even really streaming either as you pretty much had to load it all up before it would play. And then Realplayer came along and changed that.
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Old July 30 2013, 07:21 PM   #14
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Who remembers RealPlayer?
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Old July 30 2013, 07:40 PM   #15
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Who remembers RealPlayer?
It rings a bell....faintly!
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