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General Chat Thread, 10 Years in IT in General; Originally Posted by creese My maternal granparents had at best a slab of marble or stone to keep the milk ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by creese View Post
    My maternal granparents 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.
    Gees - when mothers could stay at home with their kids - I knew I was born in the wrong era!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Oooh I remember those. My OH had to lug them across London when he was a trainee accountant going to audits. Not exactly portable!
    Only just seen this - does he want one now?!

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    And before anyone else does................ We used to live in shoe box int middle of road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solitaire89 View Post
    Only just seen this - does he want one now?!
    I'll suggest it to him when he gets back tonight. Old times sake and all that!

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    Solaris 2.6
    That (earlier more loved version) was pretty much what you ended up with to run your own DNS etc. when you got a business Internet link in the days when it was mostly Pipex for business and Demon for home. Found the Internet guide Pipex give you the other week, inside which was a copy of usage agreement we had to fill out for NSFnet in order to access a significant portion of the Internet.

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    10 years ago...

    where all a student had to do to hack your system was pull the network cable out on login, or just escape

    Oh the fun times of playing unreal tournament, quake 3, and various motorcross style games

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe90bass View Post
    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!

    Daft isn't it I've still got all of the NT4 MCSE books I just can't seem to throw them away

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    Quote Originally Posted by creese View Post
    And before anyone else does................ We used to live in shoe box int middle of road.
    A shoebox?

    We used to DREAM of living in a shoebox...we thought people in shoeboxes were snobs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    Daft isn't it I've still got all of the NT4 MCSE books I just can't seem to throw them away
    I finally chucked away all my DB2, CICS and PL/1 manuals last summer... it's more than 10 years since I had anything to do with any of them! It was hard, but we needed the space in the loft!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    I finally chucked away all my DB2, CICS and PL/1 manuals last summer... it's more than 10 years since I had anything to do with any of them! It was hard, but we needed the space in the loft!

    Ruthless

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    I cut my teeth programming Fortran, then PL/1, before becoming a systems programmer where I learned Assembler. I still have a vintage set of IBM manuals and Redbooks on CDROM.....

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    I was think just the other day how much USB ports have changed IT for us over the last few years -

    DIN5 keyboards
    Serial mice
    serial analogue modems
    ISDN modems
    DIN5 barcode scanners
    parallel port CF card readers

    Data portability was limited to CDs, a parallel port drive if you were rich - none of your USB drives back then.

    And how expensive things were - £10 for a blank CD-R that actually had gold leaf on it, £100+ for a 4x CD drive, £250 for an HP500 deskjet printer.

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    so far all the machines we have installed dont have floppy drives, and only the staff workstations had dvd rom drives.

    I look forward to the day when computers have no mechanical components for a resonable price

    dvd rom drives, cpu fans, psu fans and mechanical hdd are always the first to die and cause problems after 1 - 2 year

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    Quote Originally Posted by broc View Post
    I cut my teeth programming Fortran, then PL/1, before becoming a systems programmer where I learned Assembler. I still have a vintage set of IBM manuals and Redbooks on CDROM.....
    I was a SysProg for just under 10 years, but with a database specialism. I didn't do that much Assembler... and if you've got those red books on CDRom, they're not originals!

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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?
    Eek - I wrote my thesis on one of those!!

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