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    Talking of Retro.....

    Infinite loop: the Sinclair ZX Microdrive story ? The Register

    Lordy, I once had this book:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0...F8&me=&seller=

    And now it's going for £36 on Amazon.
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    I've heard of degaussing. Is it something to do with these new fangled crt monitors? When the punch card was replaced with time sharing, we used LA36 DECwriter II's Never had to degauss those. Bring back 15x11 stationery!

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    You know your a sad old geek when.......

    You remember the AT command set, and a modem without a a handset coupler is super modern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by budgester View Post
    You know your a sad old geek when.......

    You remember the AT command set, and a modem without a a handset coupler is super modern.
    Handset coupler? Couldn't get one to work with the family Trimphone. Micronet 800 was just a dream for me....

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    i remember my first printer being an old ibm daisywheel noisy big thing that was.

    First computer acorn electron

    owned various since atart st, amiga 600, amiga 1200, amiga 4000, p120 then various pcs/laptops since

    atm got a dreamcast hooked up to the tv for some oldish games (got a lot of the megadrive/snes ones on xbox/wii arcade and sold those consoles years ago)

    wasnt a modem which used the handset an acoustic coupler? as seen iirc in ferris bulers day off and wargames

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    When you remember having to manually key in a hex bootloader in order to bootstrap the operating system, which was then loaded from punched paper cards, in order to boot up a mainframe that you then interacted with using a telex style keyboard and printer.

    I can't remember the hex key sequence, but I remember that once it had booted you had to type in [ctrl-y]TT[ctrl-Y] to tell it to start listening to the telex keyboard.
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    Playing hi-res ZX81 games and believing that it was now just as good as my friends Spectrum's and C64's.
    I was indeed deluded.





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    The game controller was the [z][x][l][p][space] keys, multiplayer meant take it turns to beat the high score and a Kempston Joystick was something the rich kids had

    You know you're an old geek if you can remember the 1-liner competitions in popular computing magazines...

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    Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.

    Anything that's invented between when you're fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.

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