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    Quote Originally Posted by HaleStorm View Post
    I remember the first proper upgrade i bought for my PC, saved up all my pocket money for weeks and weeks to buy a 3DFX Voodoo3 PCI card....to play the original version of Thief...worth every penny
    Voodoo cards! YES!

    I did exactly the same but wanted it to play Kingpin: Life of Crime. Loved that game!!!

    Before that, I played Half-Life in software rendering mode and loved it. When I realised I could play it again this time with 3D rendering, I wet myself! It was like playing a whole new game!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CESIL View Post
    Ah yes, typing code onto punched tape and then making a mistake right near the end several feet of tape later...happy days...NOT!
    In no particular order:

    Submitting a pile of punch cards an inch thick only to discover, two hours later, there was a mistake and trying to find the single card to correct knowing it was going to take another two hours to resubmit. Maybe that's why I became such a good proof-reader.

    Playing a quest type game on a Commodore Pet that my Dad used to lug home from work occasionally. No graphics, you had to build the images in your imagination and responded only to sentences on the screen.

    C15 and C30 cassettes.

    Phone calls in the middle of the night because the batch run had failed. Trying desperately to explain to the operators how to fix it over the phone. Giving up and driving in to work. I could handle calls after 4am OK, calls between 1am and 4am were a nightmare. Remoting in was a distant dream.

    The excitement of my physics teacher showing the new school computer to us in my final term at school... the first one. I still wondr what led me, a few months latr, to choose Computing at university as my third subject. I certainly didn't anticipate it being my career!

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    5 1/4 in floppies having an amazing speed of data access on the C64.

    Then later on buying 100 * 3 1/2" floppies and a 1/2 meg upgrade from my Amiga 500 from a computer fair in some obscure part of london.

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    Clubbing together at work to buy blank CDs so we could get an order for over 100 to get the price down to £2 a disk..

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    Computer Fairs!

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    I posted last night on Facebook that I felt old, look in the Top 10 and see how many Artists you recognise?!!!! Ahhhh yes im 25 and remember doing all of those!! The good old days!!!

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    Youngsters have it too easy today, when I was young you had to have sworn, thrown some things around the room and nearly thrown the damn machine out of the window before you could even hope to play a computer game.
    Made you appreciate it

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Youngsters have it too easy today, when I was young you had to have sworn, thrown some things around the room and nearly thrown the damn machine out of the window before you could even hope to play a computer game.
    Made you appreciate it
    I don't know about that...there're some pretty unhappy people about, having serious trouble with the new Tomb Raider...Gaming PCs are just as annoying now as they've always been!

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    and that is why we have consoles :-)

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    At least back in the day, simcity used to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKGarry View Post
    and that is why we have consoles :-)
    Well, if you're happy with SD graphics...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben604 View Post
    I don't know about that...there're some pretty unhappy people about, having serious trouble with the new Tomb Raider...Gaming PCs are just as annoying now as they've always been!
    lol, yeah you do have a point there

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    DOS 6.22
    CONFIG.SYS & AUTOEXEC.BAT FILES
    PCI cards
    5 1/4 floppies
    C64,ZX81, etc
    What is all this new fangled technology?

    When I started in IT, we had to manually identify the sectors on the mass storage device where you wanted the file to go, and then write the file to the device. These self-indexing floppy disks made is far to easy.

    Here is a real input device, You know you're a sad old geek when.....-4506vv4002.jpg; not of your electronic VDUs. This was back in the days we were "in computing", never "in IT".

    For the pedantic, this is the actual input device You know you're a sad old geek when.....-2501.jpg

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    I love old fangled stuff.

    I have a small collection in my loft, all enfangled in the '70s and '80s.

    Commodore PET, several working Spectrums (48K rubber keys & Spectrum+), lots of Spectrum software and accessories, two Cambridge Z88 laptop-ish things (both broken), working Sinclair QL, Apricot F1 (twin 3.5" drives), several Psion 3 (these were great).

    I have have no idea why I'm keeping them, perhaps I'll open a museum.

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    I have been playing Gabriel Knight (2) The Beast Within on my Mac in Dosbox, very badly compressed FMV game, but it has a great plot (6 CD-ROMS though)



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