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    Quote Originally Posted by Nibiru View Post
    It'll be 20 years next year since I had my first home pc - a 486 with a 14" crt monitor, 8mb ram & a 850 mb hdd.

    It took me 3 years to fill up the hdd!

    I went online with that machine in the early days of the internet. It was fine as long as the webpage didnt have any pictures in it - if it did the browser crashed (an early incarnation of netscape was my favoured browser way back then)

    I upgraded the ram to 24mb at enormous expense at one point.

    That base unit sat around for years until it turfed out into a scrap bin up at the local tip.
    I had a similar model.

    It ended up as one of the first editions of Smoothwall's 'Firewall in a Box'. 2001, I think.

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    Since we all seemed to have had Amigas, I'll have to trot out my Atari 520ST, bought to replace my Spectrum ZX+2. Sold the 520 6 or 9 months later to replace it with a 1040ST. Twelve-inch colour Atari monitor and an external floppy B: drive and an Epson (I think) tractor feed printer. About two years after I bought it, I bought a 9600 baud modem and dived into Bulletin Boards.

    When I got it out of the box, I remember thinking, 'Hang on, it's got a serial port and a parallel port. This thing is the Real Deal'. '1st Word' was my introduction to word-processing and a desktop publishing application, that I can't remember the name of. 'Serious' stuff had to be run in 4-colour Medium Resolution, games were in glorious 16-colour Low Res.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthling View Post
    About two years after I bought it, I bought a 9600 baud modem and dived into Bulletin Boards.
    My first modem...

    Awesome tech you have owned-3191084319_8da8bfae47_o.jpg

    Aw, the pains of setting up AmiTCP... (the days when everyone got their own static IP address!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthling View Post
    Since we all seemed to have had Amigas, I'll have to trot out my Atari 520ST, bought to replace my Spectrum ZX+2. Sold the 520 6 or 9 months later to replace it with a 1040ST. Twelve-inch colour Atari monitor and an external floppy B: drive and an Epson (I think) tractor feed printer. About two years after I bought it, I bought a 9600 baud modem and dived into Bulletin Boards.

    When I got it out of the box, I remember thinking, 'Hang on, it's got a serial port and a parallel port. This thing is the Real Deal'. '1st Word' was my introduction to word-processing and a desktop publishing application, that I can't remember the name of. 'Serious' stuff had to be run in 4-colour Medium Resolution, games were in glorious 16-colour Low Res.
    Dungeon Master - Atari 520ST - nuff said

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    My US robotics 56K modem- sooper fast internet.

    C64 1541 5 1/4 Inch floppy - oh god yes, after the pain of tape....

    Or currently sat on my desk is my IBM Model M keyboard from 1985 - been with me for 10 years now.

    My first dual screen monitor setup with 19" Iiyama CRT monitors.

    Or the lastest thing that people think is cool, ODBII bluetooth connector with Torque on my android - Go check it out if you drive and are a geek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garacesh View Post
    Childhood gadgets sure ain't what they used to be.
    Give me a Tamagochi and I would've been the happiest kid for miles! I remember I went through a few of them in my youth.

    There was one, I don't remember what it was called, but the outer chassis was rectangular (cuboid, technically) and it had a pattern engraved onto it to look like rugged bricks. The screen was on the left, buttons on the right. Definitely my favourite out of the lot of them I tried (on account of I still remember it pretty vividly)
    One of the monsters it would 'evolve' into was t-rex ish. Another kind of looked like a poo (which happened if you didn't care for it too well.. I accidentally left mine in my mum's car over the weekend and it became a poo minion.. I actually preferred it to the t-rex. It had eyes on tentacles, kind of like you'd expect on a cartoon slug (Ooh, I know, think Gary from Spongebob.. except it was a poo-like-thing)

    Oh, those were certainly the days. There were no iPod's for me, and I was happy with that.
    @Garacesh - Do you mean the Digimon Battle Tamagotchi? Those things were awesome!


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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    @Garacesh - Do you mean the Digimon Battle Tamagotchi? Those things were awesome!
    YES! YES!
    THOSE WERE THE ONES

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    This is the post my sig is made for... My first computer with an MS OS. TBH it wasn't particularly good, but I used to sell them and it made me a fortune!

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    Awesome tech you have owned

    Went right through the amiga range and eventualy poped the a1200 out its original case and into a pc tower case. Had to un solder a hd cable off the main board as thats how the shop fitted th 20mb hd when i bought it. And yer bring back dungion master it was the best. Think i have a boxed amiga copy in the loft.

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    The Atari ST/Amiga Dungeon Master for PC, requires Direct X 3 (or higher)

    Return To Chaos - The Dungeon Master / Chaos Strikes Back / Dungeon Master II Clone

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    Silicon graphics octane (showing my age) back in 97. Not the royal blue one (that was gen2) , the cyan one
    The animation dept bought 15 of these, god knows how they got the money. £30k new, £5k for the multimedia expansion card, £3k for the 24in widescreen CRT monitor. Lovely piece of kit.

    I saw one of these on eBay the other day for 50 quid. Times change.

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    I suppose it has to be my computer mouse, its one of the intellipoint optical ones from MS, bought it for a £10 and its still going strong, although faded from its original colour I went back to it a few years ago. Other than that I suppose it was a keyboard I had, it was perfect that was a chicony one, now on my Logitech one which its the next best thing. I am really picky about my mice and keyboard over anything, they have to feel right.

    I suppose I came into it all quite late compared to the majority, so never saw the "true" tech stuff.

    The only true awesome tech I have outside of IT is my Sonos sound system, its mint Cannot wait to expand it and crank it up!!

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    Qtek 9100 (HTC Wizard) - The PDA phone that would not die!

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    Not that old. But I'm only 23.

    P3 computer that I had when I was about 9. I had the game called driver. Also with a steering wheel. Epic game.

    Then I had a p4 1.7 512mb sd ram. Running windows me or 2000. Used to play need for speed underground (the first need for speed game)

    Nokia 3210 do I need to say more.

    Also I did have a p4 HT and that was fast. Installing Windows updates used to take no time at all. (On xp)


    Brought my own kit when I started working.

    Core 2 quad
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    Hd2600xt graphics card.
    Antec 900 case

    Best case.

    Best phone I own. Samsung note 3.

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    All the classics:

    Nokia 3210 (Snake!)

    NES with Elite... The greatest game ever
    Hang on no... mega man.

    Atari Jaguar, I must have been the only owner... but it did come with Alien vs Predator (the very first game, and by far and out the best ever, maybe not in today's graphics but in playability and story it was awesome!)

    Sega Master System... With original Sonic

    A Palm PDA that was shocking, especially when you wanted to try and put a 200 quid sat nav on it that had no search function!

    My dad has an intellevision game system.from the 80s. Still works, just, If you hit it every 30 seconds... and some classic games there too!



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