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Old July 30 2013, 07:55 PM   #16
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Re: We've come a long way baby - world wide web and technology

Yep I remember RealPlayer, you used to need just about every player possible due to all the different types of files, and a somewhat lack of compatability between them.
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Old July 30 2013, 08:02 PM   #17
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Re: We've come a long way baby - world wide web and technology

At school over the years I used BBC, Amstrad and Apple computers (years 1985 to 1997)!
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Old July 30 2013, 08:06 PM   #18
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Elite on the BBC Micro, a classic game.
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Old July 30 2013, 08:15 PM   #19
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We were barely allowed to touch the BBCs at school!
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Old July 30 2013, 08:26 PM   #20
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Yep I remember RealPlayer, you used to need just about every player possible due to all the different types of files, and a somewhat lack of compatability between them.

Yep, thank goodness for players like VLC now!

And the computers we got to use in school, and I read now that it was primarily an Ontario Canada thing, Unisys Icon computers which were designed for the classroom in mind which had built-in trackballs. The school system kept using them well into the 90's where they really started to show their age against more modern computers. I remember my High-School having two computer rooms, one which was all Icons and the other being PCs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unisys_ICON

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Old July 30 2013, 09:07 PM   #21
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Actually, Flash didn't even exist then. But there were AVI and Quicktime files which did take tons of time to load.
You're right! My memory was playing tricks on me.
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Old July 30 2013, 11:43 PM   #22
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I actually sat my computer studies GCSE (for the benefit of the non-brits that's End of High School exam)without actually attending the class had to sort of self teach myself, I did manage to get a grade though.
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Old July 31 2013, 06:18 AM   #23
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And the computers we got to use in school, and I read now that it was primarily an Ontario Canada thing, Unisys Icon computers which were designed for the classroom in mind which had built-in trackballs. The school system kept using them well into the 90's where they really started to show their age against more modern computers. I remember my High-School having two computer rooms, one which was all Icons and the other being PCs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unisys_ICON
I used those when they were still called Burroughs ICONs - 1984-5ish. I remember using its Paint-like program to draw a picture of the Enterprise orbiting a planet. Most of our class work was still done on Commodore PETs, though.
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Old July 31 2013, 07:37 AM   #24
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Our first computer was a 386, 25mhz, 40mb hard-drive, with Windows 3.1. It was second-hand and cost us $1150 (about $1900 in today's money). It used 3.5 disks.

We used it mainly for games. Games were expensive and not that easy to locate in Hobart. To get shareware games I used to have to catch two buses to a store where I look through list of games and the man would download programs onto the 3.5 disks I provided.

Eventually I came across a catalog of games I could order by post.

I did buy some games and other games were given to me by my sister after her children had played them (Monkey Island 1 and 2 for example).

There were some games I paid full price for. One was Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss which I loved. It took me ages to play all 9 dungeons and rescue the princess. I only needed tWo talismen to get out of the dungeon but at the point one of my sons took the game off so that he could put another game on. I was quite annoyed by that.

My family loved Castle of the Winds and we got the first part as shareware (from the mail order place) but for a long time I wasn't able to find the second part which which we so much wanted to play. One day, when I was down to my last few dollars, I saw it in a bargain bin for $8. It bought it but it meant we had to fo without bread but my kids were happy to do that.

In about 1997 we bought a 486 with a CD-Rom but it wasn't until 2000 that I got a Pentium and we went on the internet (dial-up).

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Old July 31 2013, 10:02 AM   #25
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Those were the days when we thought a 40Mb drive was huge.
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Old July 31 2013, 03:29 PM   #26
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Our first computer was a 386, 25mhz, 40mb hard-drive, with Windows 3.1.
Do you remember what year that was?

We used to have a terminal at home, connecting via dial-up to the mainframe at my father's workplace. So, no games for me at home. However, I remember using some text-browser to read things on-line (nothing much though). We got our first PC in 1997, it was a 133mhz, 2GB hard-drive one. My father got hold of a beta version of Windows 98 to install.

I remember using some software to split .zip files because .mp3s began to appear and they often could not fit into one hard-disk!
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Old July 31 2013, 10:00 PM   #27
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^^^It was 1993, the year my number 2 son started high school.
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Old August 1 2013, 06:13 AM   #28
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And the computers we got to use in school, and I read now that it was primarily an Ontario Canada thing, Unisys Icon computers which were designed for the classroom in mind which had built-in trackballs. The school system kept using them well into the 90's where they really started to show their age against more modern computers. I remember my High-School having two computer rooms, one which was all Icons and the other being PCs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unisys_ICON
I used those when they were still called Burroughs ICONs - 1984-5ish. I remember using its Paint-like program to draw a picture of the Enterprise orbiting a planet. Most of our class work was still done on Commodore PETs, though.

We never got near PETs, though maybe that's more due to the different timeframe? The ICONs were generally slow as molasses. They felt very clunky to use. I was more happy when we didn't have to use them even though I loved computer class.


Heh, I just love the wide-eyed optimism of the early days of the Internet as shown in this video:



And slightly different is a retro-futuristic view of an interconnected system as viewed from the 60's:


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Old August 1 2013, 06:30 AM   #29
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Re: We've come a long way baby - world wide web and technology

My earliest computer memories are of my cousin's PC that only ran on MS-DOS, and if you couldn't remember or find the path you needed to type for the game you wanted to play you were screwed.
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Old August 2 2013, 05:21 AM   #30
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You guys are all way, way too young. My first computer memories all involve TRS-80 Model 3s (aka Trash 80), cassette tape drives, monochromatic displays, and televisions used as monitors due to cost of monitors.
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