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  1. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    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. :lol:
     
  2. Chemahkuu

    Chemahkuu Admiral Admiral

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    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.
     
  3. Peach Wookiee

    Peach Wookiee Cuddly Mod of Doom Moderator

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    We've gotten used to the ease of present computers.
     
  4. Captain Ice

    Captain Ice Cookie Constructor Moderator

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    We can thank Apple for that.

    I remember having to type all the paths and such to launch programs.
     
  5. bluedana

    bluedana Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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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.
     
  6. Coloratura

    Coloratura Snuggle Princess Premium Member

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    1st: Commodore 64
    2nd: Zenith 286 (12Mhz, 1MB RAM, 20MB HDD, MS-DOS 4.0 & Windows 3.0)
    3rd: Laser 386 (33Mhz, 4MB RAM, 300MB HDD, MS-DOS 5.0 & Windows 3.1)
    4th: HP Pavilion (533 Mhz, 64MB RAM, 10GB HDD, MS-DOS 6.22 & Windows 98SE)

    I still own most of my DOS games. I use DOS Box to play them.
    I also own all of the Roger Wilco series. :D
     
  7. Lindley

    Lindley Moderator with a Soul Moderator

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    My first machine was a Macintosh 2. 40MB hard drive, System 6.

    I remember the moment that set me on the path to computer science. I was writing an essay for school, and MacWrite ran out of space. It refused to add any more pages to my document. So I had to figure out how to convert it to WordPerfect. That was a big deal back then.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Coloratura

    Coloratura Snuggle Princess Premium Member

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    ^ :lol:

    SO many memories. :lol:
     
  9. MacLeod

    MacLeod Admiral Admiral

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    Still have to buffer these days.
     
  10. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Especially if it was somebody who was on the terminal before you, who screwed it up.

    Or in other words, somebody *set you up* the bomb. ;)
     
  11. Tora Ziyal

    Tora Ziyal Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Yup. And filmstrips.

    I remember being so impressed by the Xerox copier at a summer job -- I was excited to operate it for a couple weeks while the regular person was on vacation!

    My husband and I were the first people we knew (other than one friend who worked in IT) to own a PC. A Tandy 2000. 256K.
     
  12. bluedana

    bluedana Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Mmm. Mimeographs: Purple print and intoxicating smell.
     
  13. Unicron

    Unicron Continuity Spackle Moderator

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    Hah! :lol:
     
  14. RyanKCR

    RyanKCR Vice Admiral Admiral

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    My first computer was the Commodore 64 then in 1991 I got my first real computer, a 286 with 1mb and a 40mb hd. It only had Dos 6.2 on it and I also had a printer. It was about $2,200.
     
  15. marksound

    marksound Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    In the early 80s I bought a Radio Shack Color Computer, the one with the program cartridges, a cassette tape drive, and a dot matrix printer. The only extra tv I had to use as a monitor was an old 13" black & white. I got a spreadsheet cartridge, one for finances, a word processor, and a couple of cassettes with text based games.

    I spent hours copying Color BASIC programs from the book that came with it, only to find that when I tried to run them there were errors, somewhere in all those lines of code.

    It was fun to play with, but didn't really do much.
     
  16. Lindley

    Lindley Moderator with a Soul Moderator

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    Doesn't matter what language you use or how much experience you have, there are *always* errors the first time you try to run a program.
     
  17. MacLeod

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    Ah basic pgramming. Yes I do remember it. And yes you invariable made at least one mistake when entering it. Still Basic was easier than other languages to write a programme in.
     
  18. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Anybody here ever go to computer camp? That pretty much defined my childhood summers (from about 7th to 10th grade). God, I miss it. :sigh:
     
  19. Lindley

    Lindley Moderator with a Soul Moderator

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    Yes, I did a couple of summers at Mintueman Tech learning BASIC, Pascal, and doing LegoLogo. Then a couple more summers at American Computer Experience learning C and Red Alert. Once ACE was at MIT, the next year it was at BU.
     
  20. lurok

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    I remember hooking up a dial-up modem to show colleagues the interweb. May as well have been a shaman for the look of wonderment on their faces.
     

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