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    I dunno, you lot with your old fashioned PCs...

    My first home computers were:

    Acorn Archimedes
    Apple Color Classic - which we had the internet on! Setting up a Mac OS 7 machine to use the net was not very simple, especially as you had to get everything off magazine disks!

    Then I got my own computer - an Apple LC III.

    We then replaced the family Color Classic and my LC with a Performa 5200.

    After that, my dad started receiving a work laptop (Compaq), and I saved up and bought myself my first desktop PC - an Athlon 1Ghz in about December 1999. And when Windows ME came out, I put that on it.

    At school, I ran a great network consisting of some 386s, 486s and a couple of Pentium I 133Mhz machines (which I got hold of by asking a load of local companies for donations), all running on 10Base2. With our fancy machine made by Mitsubishi (266Mhz P2!!) in the corner with its own dedicated 64kbs ISDN line for sending work to the local college to produce on their CAM machine. We used them for playing GTA.

    Ah, those were the days.

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    "Try telling the youngsters of today that - an' they'll not believe you"

    (can't believe I was the first to post that oldie from MPFC)

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggiep View Post
    At least back in the day, simcity used to work.
    Link: A SimCity Update [EA apologizes for problems with new SimCity release with a free game]

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    I remember getting my first SVGA monitor. It was a 14" AOC model. I used to run that thing at 1024x768@60hz. In hindsight, I'm amazed that my eyes still work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    Remember the 'Turbo' buttons?
    Didn't the turbo button actually under clock the CPU?

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    Yep, mine changed the clock speed from 25MHz down to 8MHz!

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    Great thread, I thanked the particular post that had certain, shall me say, resonance with me

    The one I'd pick out though is the volume on the Speccy. Gawd, takes me back! We had the 16k model and a tape deck with a broken play button. Not only did you waste 5 minutes loading Jetpac at the wrong volume - rewind, start again - but once you got the volume set just right, the clothes peg that held the play button down would jump out and fly half way across the room


    EDIT: and I miss CRT monitors - fullstop. At college we gave each other pretty big electric shocks by holding the screen in one hand and zapping passers by with the other. The effect was particularly good if you got a chain of people holding hands. Person on one end of the chain touching the screen, person at the other end of the chain resetting pacemakers...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    Didn't the turbo button actually under clock the CPU?
    Yes, it used to clock it down to 8MHz so that software designed for old XTs which were directly tied to the computers clock speed wouldn't run too quickly.

    I had a friend back in school who worked out how to change the clock speed display on his PC by holding down the reset button and he was convinced that changing it from 80 to 40 (say) would slow the PC down to 50% of the speed. He wouldn't be told otherwise. It was quite funny when he changed the "slow" speed to 80MHz and the real speed to a lower number and left the PC slower
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    Quote Originally Posted by cobra427col View Post
    "Try telling the youngsters of today that - an' they'll not believe you"

    (can't believe I was the first to post that oldie from MPFC)
    Floodgates opened... here goes:

    Quote Originally Posted by unixman_again View Post
    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, Attachment 17510; 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 Attachment 17511

    <Yorkshire accent>
    Input devices? Absolute luxury.

    It were all ones and zeros in my day. Times were so hard, we ran out of ones and we had to make do with lower case 'L's.

    But we were 'appy.

    </Yorkshire accent>
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben604 View Post
    LAN Parties with 3 mates, your 19" CRT's and Coax network cables!

    "Have you got any terminators?", "I thought you had them from last time?!"
    LAN party you say.....? I'm not in this photo but I did take it - and we were using Token Ring....



    I am in this one though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    <Yorkshire accent>
    Input devices? Absolute luxury.

    It were all ones and zeros in my day. Times were so hard, we ran out of ones and we had to make do with lower case 'L's.

    But we were 'appy.

    </Yorkshire accent>
    Lower case L's, spoilt!

    We had to beat the corner out of a J with a rusty ammer! And it were minus 5 and dark!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    My Fav was IBMDOS.
    I still use a 21 inch monitor for my photo work with a degauss button. Some of the youngsters on here won't even know what we are talking about.
    Place an old CRT upside down for a few hours and see what a newbie technician does .

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    Surprised no-one has talked about changing platters yet!

    Being called a sad, old fart that is jumping on the bandwagon because I had a 1st gen iPod Mini ... and that Apple kit was for young people. I was only just turned 30!!!

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    I remember referring to a storage device as a Winchester [Closest match: HDD]

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    MY first computer was the Amstrad cpc 464. When I was about 11 I got an Amiga 500 which I loved. I actually got through a few of them but really really wanted the Amiga 1200 which was a 32bit machine.

    Fondly remember playing endless hours on Rick Dangerous.

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