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General Chat Thread, 10 Years in IT in General; Originally Posted by cookie_monster SNAP Just found CDs for NT4 server, Workstation, options pack and SP6a. Along with 95, 98, ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
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    Just found CDs for NT4 server, Workstation, options pack and SP6a. Along with 95, 98, ME, 2000 Pro and server. I don't know why but I feel I just have to keep them all!

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    I've just had 2 of these dumped on my desk!
    Compaq I Portable computer
    They're not exactly the same, but that's what they look like on the surface of it... Very large paperweight anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by solitaire89 View Post
    I've just had 2 of these dumped on my desk!
    Compaq I Portable computer
    They're not exactly the same, but that's what they look like on the surface of it... Very large paperweight anyone?
    I'd like to see that bloke halfway down the page try get on a plane with one of those now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creese View Post
    I'd like to see that bloke halfway down the page try get on a plane with one of those now.
    Haha - hadn't got that far down the page

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    Quote Originally Posted by solitaire89 View Post
    Haha - hadn't got that far down the page
    Reminds me of my first mobile phone. The Motorola Brick, the battery was at least twice as big as my current phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solitaire89 View Post
    I've just had 2 of these dumped on my desk!
    Compaq I Portable computer
    They're not exactly the same, but that's what they look like on the surface of it... Very large paperweight anyone?
    Oooh I remember those. My OH had to lug them across London when he was a trainee accountant going to audits. Not exactly portable!

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    I've been in IT since 2003 (Aged 18)..................2010 now.....things have changed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    15" CRT Screens - Still have a few of them
    15" CRT screen covers (remember them!) - have one in woodwork
    Mice with balls in - still have a few
    Hubs - just got rid of our last 2 weeks ago!
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    Low end Celeron processors as standard in school PCs - pretty much par here
    Yep, i love my school. And they wonder why nothing works!

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    Paper tape is more than 10 years surely, but I've got a souvenir strip in one of those little plastic cases you kept it in. Roughly around 2000 it was..

    ..finally getting rid of peripheral cards where a firmware upgrade meant blowing a new EEPROM and swapping it in e.g. early Adaptec SCSI.. and all the cables etc. that went with the initial SCSI generation
    ..and of course those similarly big/clunky Centronics printer cables.
    ..I had a DOS machine in the corner for occasionally still useful "this and that" (it had required a Y2K patch though)
    ..word processors were pretty much the same as they are now
    ..ditto for Windows but I was seven years into Windows NT family, we didn't do that 9x tat.
    ..VMWare was a fun new toy
    ..so were disk based MP3 player/recorders.
    ..you could no longer fit a reasonably full Usenet feed down a 56Kbps link coz of the recent increases in MP3s and porn volumes (videos were taking off).

    ..schools, specifically their students (or at least that's who they blamed when you tracked them down) were becoming a significant pain on the net forum I used to babysit.

    CRTs as noted and I suppose home net bandwidth got much cheaper/faster (I had "free for life" dial-up then which then got charged for!) but I don't think that much has changed in the last decade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creese View Post
    Reminds me of my first mobile phone.
    The first mobile phone I remember was like a proper telephone - i.e. with a cradle and a curly wire etc - you get the picture. It took ages to charge, and then would only last 10 mins or so.... That was the "office mobile phone", in my Dad's office! What a flash back, with typewriters and no computers - wow! I would only have been like 8...

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    Quote Originally Posted by solitaire89 View Post
    The first mobile phone I remember was like a proper telephone - i.e. with a cradle and a curly wire etc - you get the picture. It took ages to charge, and then would only last 10 mins or so.... That was the "office mobile phone", in my Dad's office! What a flash back, with typewriters and no computers - wow! I would only have been like 8...
    My friend had one. In such a short time we now have the Android and that other phone, who would have foreseen that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by creese View Post
    My friend had one. In such a short time we now have the Android and that other phone, who would have foreseen that?
    I think that frequently! Not just about phones and computers, but like the fact that the likes of my Grandmother (well, her family) didn't have a fridge as a child... I don't think of the fridge as something recent, but I suppose it is in the grand scheme of things!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonic1485 View Post
    PC software that came in BIIIIIIG boxes!
    I submit into evidence my own personal copy of Visual Basic Professional 3.0 with groundbreakingly modern features like OLE2, full Windows 3.1 native 16bit support and three giagantic manuals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solitaire89 View Post
    but like the fact that the likes of my Grandmother (well, her family) didn't have a fridge as a child... I don't think of the fridge as something recent, but I suppose it is in the grand scheme of things!
    My maternal grandparents had at best a slab of marble or stone to keep the milk and cheese as cold as possible. With no supermarkets and most shopping done at the 'corner' shop (GGGGGG-Granvill) no one bought a whole week of groceries. Their shop was about 4 doors up.

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