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General Chat Thread, 10 Years in IT in General; Originally Posted by cookie_monster Daft isn't it I've still got all of the NT4 MCSE books I just can't seem ...
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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
    Just got rid of mine last year. Did you notice just how slim they were compared to the 2000, 2003 books!!! NT4.0 MCSE was a doddle!!

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    I had the books as I wanted to learn about the systems ... never bothered with the courses.

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    Yeh how times have changed, shame I still have a large number of 19" CRT Monitors in the DT Room They are beasts to shift around never mind roll on next year when they, fingers crossed, will get swapped out for 22" TFTs instead

    I've been employed in IT in schools for nearly the last 7 years, but working in it for nearly 8 now (used to have a Saturday job in a computer shop) and things have changed for sure and in a lot of cases for the better I always dabbled in IT though, was always the one to look at familys PCs etc from when I was 12 or so

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    Been tinkering with IT since secondary school so about the same time. Things I miss:

    - The noise my 56k made. I still remember it in my head! I later discovered the laptop's volume control made it louder...
    - Boot screens that show technical information as they load.
    - Typing win to start Windows. I got my first PC like this because the school librarian thought the PC was broke (which it was, and I rescued it by isolating corrupt disk segments but that is another story).
    - The original Crazy Frog when he was funny and not an annoying mobile phone gimmick.
    - Typing school essays using the EDIT command in DOS
    - DOSSHELL
    - Hamster In A Microwave
    - Shockwave Browser Plugin
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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?
    If they are one of those, can I come and pick one up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    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!
    Oh yes they are; IBM provided them for their Systems Engineers & Consultants..... & I used to work for IBM. I even helped write a couple.

    I also had a version of OS/390 that was supplied on CDROM & could be installed to run under OS/2; you could build a complete OS/390 system with IMS, CICS, DB2 and TSO/E & run it on a Thinkpad X series notebook..... it was great for demonstrating new functions to clients, or for training.

    I had a P/390 at home too......
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    I almost forgot:

    AOL Connie!!



    And guys? Can we keep this thread in the past 10 years please before I start to harp on about my ZX81!

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    Try the WayBack Machine, you can view pages from years ago how they used to look then http://www.archive.org/web/web.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    And guys? Can we keep this thread in the past 10 years please before I start to harp on about my ZX81!
    But the past 10 years have been a little boring! It's been mostly about - a) faster internet, b) new versions of Windows, c) the rise of Apple, d) Google.

    All the interesting stuff - BeOS, Next computers, the 16bit era, Sinclear Microdrives, BBC Micros running LOGO controlling a robot turtle, 9pin DMP's that made the whole house shake when you printed your homework, waking the neighbours with the noise, Setting the volume correctly on your tape player and watching the loading screen draw on your favourite game, etc, etc, etc all happened before the last 10 years.
    Last edited by tmcd35; 20th May 2010 at 08:35 AM. Reason: Added quote to make sense.

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    The last 10 years has been spent with PCs implementing what mainframes had 30 years ago

    Runs away & hides ......

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    What search engines were people using 10 years ago? I was using Metacrawler up till about 3 years ago when I made the switch to Google!

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    lycos.com and mamma.com were the ones I used until about 4 years ago when I started using google.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Just got rid of mine last year. Did you notice just how slim they were compared to the 2000, 2003 books!!! NT4.0 MCSE was a doddle!!

    Except for Networking Essentials which was a beast of a book I don't seem to remember the 2000 modules being much more difficult than the NT4 ones the exception of the 70-292 2003 upgrade exam which was the only one I failed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post

    And guys? Can we keep this thread in the past 10 years please before I start to harp on about my ZX81!
    But ZX81 doesn't count as commercial IT... me and broc are talking about being Systems Programmers (now known as IT Technicians) 25 years ago, not the kit we played with at home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    But ZX81 doesn't count as commercial IT... me and broc are talking about being Systems Programmers (now known as IT Technicians) 25 years ago, not the kit we played with at home!
    Oh, I don't know. I remember thumbing through Sinclear User as an 8 year old reading reviews for Dot Matrix Printers, Microdrives and Spreadsheets.

    I'm sure there must have been at least one small business in the early 80's that was brave (stupid?) enough to use a Spectrum as their state of the art office PC

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