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General Chat Thread, Remember when these were £20 a pop? in General; We have zip drives still sealed in sellophane in the cupboard here. Bought way before i started and have never ...
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    We have zip drives still sealed in sellophane in the cupboard here.

    Bought way before i started and have never seen the light of day. Anyone want a Zip drive doorstop?

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    Somewhere in a box at home I still have one of these:



    Which belonged to my very first PC, which was one of these

    Which had an 80286 processor with a whopping 1MB of RAM and 60Mb HDD. In physical size that hard drive was huge - a full 5 1/4 inchs across and double height! You can get laptop computers smaller than that now with 1000 times the storage!
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    last time we got some more mice (a regular occurrence) we accidentally got ball mice. No problem just glued them all in like we used to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatmas View Post
    Ebuyer

    Bargain :-)
    They want six quid for an "installation service!"

    My computer at home doesn't even have a PS/2 port to plug one of those relics in, neither does my work laptop. I still remember taking the ball out and plucking cat hair out of the rollers though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    They want six quid for an "installation service!"

    My computer at home doesn't even have a PS/2 port to plug one of those relics in, neither does my work laptop. I still remember taking the ball out and plucking cat hair out of the rollers though.
    The irony. Using your cat as a mouse mat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Does anyone actually use PS2 ball mice anymore? Anyway, not bad at £2.50 a go, if you need them that is
    I am actually using one of them at this very moment!

    My (old) KVM is PS2 only, so it does the job (until i get around to replacing it with my newer USB version).

    The mouse still works well, although the scroll wheel is too sticky and you end up doing a "button three click" when you try to use it.

    mb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    I remember having an early USB drive in 2003 and recall one teacher remarking about how they'd never catch on. It was about that time I stopped using my Zip drive. I actually found a Zip disk in the attic the other day and I am a little curious as to what it contains.
    In secondary school my idea of mass storage until I got the USB stick was a box of 10 floppies in a blazer pocket... how times change

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    I remember when mice plugged into the COM1 port and the keyboards were the beefy AT connector
    I'm sure the Motherboards has COM1 & COM2 as well!!

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    I still have 2 Macs here with ADB keyboards and mice.

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    Zip drives! I remember Jazz drives and LS-120 drives too!

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    Yeah - I paid £220 for a double speed CD writer - sheesh!

    This is a good bargain at the moment though - Logitech 2 for 1 Deluxe 250 USB Keyboard - Misco.co.uk

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey View Post
    Yeah - I paid £220 for a double speed CD writer - sheesh!
    I recently dug out an old external CD drive I bought (not even a writer!); the price on the box was £240!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mb2k01 View Post
    Zip drives! I remember Jazz drives and LS-120 drives too!
    We had a JAZZ drive on the 'media' computer when I was at school. The same computer also had a duel speed CD writer, 2.6GB hard drive, video capture card and a whopping 128MB of RAM and was based on a Pentium 133MHz processor. This was cutting edge stuff at the time, and I remember it apparently cost about £3000 for the school to buy and was pretty much obsolete within 3 years. We did have a lot of fun with it as the video software we had could do croma key, and we managed to talk the media teacher into letting us paint one whole wall of the room blue so we could use it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey View Post
    Yeah - I paid £220 for a double speed CD writer - sheesh!
    I paid £9.99 for a blank cd to go in one of those CD writers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    I paid £9.99 for a blank cd to go in one of those CD writers.
    The worst thing was, is that as you used Win98 burn CD's, especially before the days of CD burners having buffering and other controls to enable better burning, you could often have several failures before you got one success!

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