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21st November 2011, 02:55 PM #1
Time to clean the office I think!
Its nice to have a monday morning where your not rushed off your feet by a heap of work, requests, problems or the dreaded hardware failure if your unlucky but I started my day just like that and decided I starteed here in January and i'm yet to give this office a really decent tidy up and sort the piles of folders and paper on the many shelves and draws, 30min into my cleanup I find this
I have now found 3 of them including Barcode programs v2.0 Altek, BBC master series microcompputer welcome and utilities disc and one simply branded Fuji, I know the office needed a clean but this is taking the pee
21st November 2011, 04:04 PM #2
Is that a 5.25" diskette? Haven't seen one of them since the old Macintosh we had. Then again, we have laserdisc in our office.
21st November 2011, 04:13 PM #3
We found a laptop the other month, it was on the top shelf and it had last been used in 1996. It had a very early version of Windows on it, (can't remember the version).
21st November 2011, 04:27 PM #4
we've had a tidy up in our office and found a whole box of windows NT4 disks and an original tosh satellite with what looks like a 10" square screen!
21st November 2011, 04:28 PM #5
Yep its a 5.25", I took it into the IT lesson next door to which the kids were amazed by the size and even more when I explained they only have 1.2MB of storage and a year 7 askineg "was it from the 50s" We have a machine still in use by a member of staff at home, a viglan contender which I found some warrenty details on during the cleanup. They asked us about upgrading it last week along with their ergo laptop :P
21st November 2011, 04:30 PM #6
see, kids today will never understand how fast and how far we have come, if they don't realise where we were not very long ago...
21st November 2011, 04:38 PM #7
I'm only 22 so its not something I had experience with, had my first computer when I was around 13 as a family Christmas present.
21st November 2011, 04:41 PM #8
hey, i'm only 31, but i cut my teeth at the age of about 8 on bbc micros and bbc basic so did battle with all of this arcane and archaic technology. (my first home computer was a zx81 with the unbelievably expensive 16k ram pack!)
21st November 2011, 04:42 PM #9
Take em to Bletchley Park into the Colussus room, that's a real education in IT
I think those floppies need to be put in a frame in your office, I saved a BBC from here a few years back so the oldest thing in here now is a 386 laptop...
21st November 2011, 04:46 PM #10
I do have memorys of in year 2 playing a game on some form of computer, an RPG Text game I suppose you could call it you had to go throught a house and perform certain tasks, I renember something to do with a wolf and the characters grandmother? Ring any bells for anyone?
21st November 2011, 04:50 PM #11
I found a couple of laptops in a cupboard in a classroom the other week, one hadn't been used since 96 or so, the other was an acorn laptop. I didn't even realise acorn made laptops.
21st November 2011, 04:53 PM #12
Nice! I have a manual for the Acorn RISC OS3 in my drawer, but the best Ancient Artifact I've found here was a digital camera with a floppy drive in the side.
21st November 2011, 05:00 PM #13
Before i started this job i was working installing projectors and we had to run a cable though a cupboard, and when we opened the cupboard we found several sony mavica fd200 cameras, a complete bbc micro rig (including the dual floppy drive) and an acorn with the external hardrive (not sure if it was the 40 or the 100mb). I desperately wanted to take them away and give them a better life but i was unable to find anyone to ask!
21st November 2011, 09:55 PM #14
I proudly have my 5" disc of BBC Repton bluetacked to my office wall along with a photocopy of my software mentioned in Acorn User! My technical manual shelf also has a copy of the invaluable WIMP Programming for All by Alan Wrigley (for RISC OS 2)
At home I've got a working RISC PC 600 (StrongARM 233, 586 card, 128MB RAM, Viewfinder - the works!)
22nd November 2011, 09:44 AM #15
Our head of music (who used to work in the BBC) done an assembly earlier this year where he showed varying stages of media storage. Went from reels, to vhs/betamax, to dv/minidv, floppy disk, cd, bluray, then down to compactflash, xd, sd and finally microsd. showing the difference in size from a reel to a microsd and saying that in just 20/30 years we've gone this far, and the amount you can store on the fingernail sized card is far more than the face sized reel
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