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Old August 2 2013, 05:39 AM   #31
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Re: We've come a long way baby - world wide web and technology

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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.
I didn't have my first computer until I was in my 40s. I got a refurbished Gateway PC with windows and a floppy drive (which cost twice as much as the new pc I'm on now and was a fraction as good). My 12 year old (at that time) niece showed me enough about using it to get me started. From that point I had to figure it out by myself.

That same niece is now assistant manager at a Walmart and being trained to be a manager and I'm pretty darn good with a computer.

The first time I learned about the internet was in 1973 when I read about it in Science Digest (no longer published). I wanted to get on the internet sooooooooooo bad, but only the rich could afford a home computer at that time, and the cost to connect to the internet was VERY expensive.

It was over 20 years before I FINALLY got that first computer and got on the internet, and of course the World Wide Web had come along by then.
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Old August 2 2013, 02:31 PM   #32
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Re: We've come a long way baby - world wide web and technology

^ That sounds pretty familiar too. The first PC that I bought for myself cost me about half again what I paid for this one and had about one quarter of this one's capability (this one is my first laptop).
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Old August 2 2013, 03:15 PM   #33
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^ That sounds pretty familiar too. The first PC that I bought for myself cost me about half again what I paid for this one and had about one quarter of this one's capability (this one is my first laptop).
Current pc (the one I'm posting with):

1 Tb hard drive
6 Gb RAM
CD/DVD Player/Burner

You couldn't even get anything like that the first time I got a computer.

And by shopping through one of my rewards programs, this NEW (not refurbished) was only $350 + free shipping.

My other good computer also has 1Tb HD and the CD/DVD Player/Burner but only 4Gb RAM. I paid $298 + free shipping for that one.

Laptop 500Gb HD, I think it has either 2 or 3G RAM. I don't remember how much it was, something under $400.

I also have an old computer (was new when I bought it) that has something like a 80G HD and about half a G RAM. I don't remember how much it was, but it cost more than any one of the above. I was proud of it when I got it, now it's one step above a door stop (I no longer use it for anything except printing coupons).

That very first computer I got was primitive by today's standards. It only had a 3 GB HD and something like 64 or 128 Mb memory. It was refurbished and cost $800 (IIRC).
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Old August 2 2013, 07:52 PM   #34
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Re: We've come a long way baby - world wide web and technology

I found my 1994 series 1 Game Gear, it still works.
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Old August 3 2013, 12:23 AM   #35
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Remember news groups, Windows 95, 64mb RAM, 2GB hard drives, and dialup?
Pffft, MS-DOS, 640K and "what the fuck is a hard drive and dial-up?" baby!
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Old August 3 2013, 12:56 AM   #36
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Ah, MS-DOS. There were some fun games for that.
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Old August 3 2013, 04:58 AM   #37
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I remember the DOS games... played them when I was four...
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Old August 3 2013, 05:05 AM   #38
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We played many DOS games on our first computer (the 386). I remember then well because I was well and truly an adult at the time.
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Old August 4 2013, 04:49 PM   #39
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Our first PC had a 512MB HDD, the idea of anything with "GB" in it was a ways off.
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Old August 4 2013, 06:28 PM   #40
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I was playing on... I remember it had game cartridges too... But I also remember my parents being amazed when I did the commands myself.
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Old August 4 2013, 06:53 PM   #41
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Re: We've come a long way baby - world wide web and technology

I remember those old-style dialup fantasy/D&D-ish boards. A couple of the ones I used could be hacked so that you got like a million points every time you logged on, so in the space of a day or two you could be Supreme Warrior of the Entire Universe or something like that.
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Old August 5 2013, 01:06 AM   #42
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I was playing on... I remember it had game cartridges too... But I also remember my parents being amazed when I did the commands myself.
I loved being able to run my Amstrad commands with the old BASIC 1.0, back when you could do that. Being able to run a DOS at age 5 seemed awesome at the time, trying doing that now though, yikes.
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Old August 5 2013, 05:35 AM   #43
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We've gotten used to the ease of present computers.
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Old August 5 2013, 03:16 PM   #44
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We've gotten used to the ease of present computers.
We can thank Apple for that.

I remember having to type all the paths and such to launch programs.
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Old August 6 2013, 07:24 PM   #45
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My freshman year of college, the student discount price for a desktop Macintosh computer (with a program called "MacWrite") was $2,995. That did not include the printer. I spent 4 years going to the computer lab at 3AM with my 3 1/2 inch floppy disk containing all of my papers. You always hoped you weren't going to be the poor soul who got The Bomb -- the symbol on the screen that meant that everything since you saved last was irretrievably gone.
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