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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    1640.... why does that ring a bell - did it have a hard drive mounted on an expansion card? I think I bought one of those for a mate from a computer fair!
    and in those days you had to "park the Hard drive" before you could turn the system off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mcshammer_dj View Post
    and in those days you had to "park the Hard drive" before you could turn the system off
    When tech improved, you could still get the park utils, even though the drives didn't need them. Psychosomatic software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthling View Post
    I miss mainframe operations. Sometimes.

    Me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    1640.... why does that ring a bell - did it have a hard drive mounted on an expansion card? I think I bought one of those for a mate from a computer fair!
    I believe it may well have done.

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    is it bad that im 22 and can recolect with most tho not all of this :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by januttall View Post
    is it bad that im 22 and can recolect with most tho not all of this :P
    Im 25 and know most of this .

    I think doom was installed as standard on most networks. Maybe by the techys lol ?

    Any one remember RM NETWORKS ?? Jesus i wonder if there still around lol !!!



    Back in my rebel days of computing .

    I still remember putting the end of matches onto a floppy disk with nail varnish , putting it in the floopy drive and turn the PC off . Waiting for the next person to turn the machine on for a little fire
    ( stupid now i look back at it as i imagine i could have killed some one)

    Also the time i installed a RM username logger , it basically replaced the login prompt for a fake one and logged every ones information . I didnt think it had worked untill the NM called me in a week later and told me it had logged 2 pages of usernames and passwords ! lol

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    I remember me and my cousin making "dens" when we were little and setting up my spectrum complete with monochrome monitor and playing hunt for red October in a beautiful shade of green while pretending we were actually in the submarine

    The one thing i do remember is the "effect" you got from turning the monitor on and off was amazing at the time ;x

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    My Best ICT moments:-

    KID: playing with BBC micro then switching to DOS

    college - findng the wall ( or w.exe) that would braodcast on the novell network
    - finding the college had a BBS system with a modem that could dial out!
    - using above BBS to get duke nukem on the network
    - running up 300quid monthly phone bills for the internet

    Apprenticeship:- watching as it happened all the I LOVE YOU emails come in and kill all mail servers and internet connections
    CODE RED! ..%c0%af.. in the IIS logs and trying it for ourselves ( and it worked! still does on NT/win2000 sp3)

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    Quote Originally Posted by shenley View Post
    I still have a box of 8 inch floppy disks, and they are the expensive double sided, double density disks too (500kB).

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    "Floppy disks" always brings out the Frankie Howerd in me. But that was almost too much.

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    I remember....

    Turning Windows 3.11 into a clock and being very upset that I couldn't work out how to fix it, I remember kids at school trying the nail varnish and match head thing... naughty cookbook that had all this.

    Geocities websites for hax0rz, AOL chat rooms, Duke 3D, Compuserve and a 400.00 phone bill... getting 'the matrix' chat window when I got 'hacked' by downloading a screensaver of a wwf diva... trishstratus.scr ... damn those scrs running as exes.

    From school I remember really bad image checkers, if you opened a certain hue of pink it'd block you from the network. Net send not being disabled and accidentally sending messages to teachers not just the user in question - got banned for 2 weeks haha. Dodgy websites like football with an extra l getting you in a lot of trouble. HyperOffice - the first document repository around. Everyone sitting around on itsagoal instead of working... people group joining chatrooms and abusing people.

    Those were the days, I wasn't really into IT then but was great fun to get around the laws of the school, unfortunately then it was alot harder to manage us, a bunch of teenage boys with techs and network managers learning new microsoft technology. The guy who was NM was a very smart guy though, he had the common sense not to be our enemy but friendly as he knew that some of the kids were very good at circumnavigating the systems.

    I actually miss school!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    And did anyone else (who's old enough) get sucked in to Lords of Midnight on the Sinclair Spectrum back in 1984:

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    Awsome, awesome game, perhaps one of the best ever made!

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    Anyone remember free dial-up Internet from NTL?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthling View Post
    I miss mainframe operations. Sometimes.
    I don't miss them cheerfully calling me at 2am because the batch runs had failed ! I know they had to call, but alwys so Bl**dy cheerful about dragging those of us from Tech Support out of bed!

    No mobile in those days, though I did have a pager. Ghastly thing - batteries always failed in the middle of the night and it would start beeping.

    Still the operators were always good for copious supplies of food and coffee as I arrived after a drive through Chatham in the early hours of the morning. (Lovely part of the world in the depths of night! The security guard would come out to the car park to meet me! )

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    No, but I do remember when it first went in, and myself and a good friend made use of teh free NTL to NTL calls to set up direct modem connections for Red Alert

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    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy text based on the RM Nimbus and PC paint. I don't know if it was a bug or an insecure system but you could get to other user areas through the save feature in PC Paint.

    copying lines of BASIC out of magazines.

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