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    Lemmings, the Amiga 500, Microsoft Sidewinder gamepad with "tilt control"

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    I bought a C&VG magazine in December 1982, just before Christmas. I poured over the 'listings' (as they were called) ready to type in the wonderful games that appear from the mysterious code on the magazine's pages.

    Christmas day in 1982 was entirely spent trying to get the blasted cassette recorder to play the Psion 'Horizons' tape. Oh the joy of 'bat and ball' (a copy of Breakout) made it all worthwhile.

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    Try telling that to the kids these days - they just won't believe you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    Diskworld. 26 disks. [IIRC]


    I think I still have it knocking around indoors.
    Yep, I remember those days. Windows for Workgroups and Office 3.11 on 15 floppies apiece, Wing Commander 2 on about 12 floppies. And sure as eggs is eggs, about a year after you'd got them and you tried to do a reinstall, it would fail on about disk 9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andydis View Post
    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)
    Running a BBS was a great time, 2 Lines, FidoNet and able to give users an email address at my demon account... fun times.

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    When I first started supporting sims it was a dos prorgam using Dbase, with numerous floppy disks sent through from capita for each upgrade

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    One of these - teletype and punched paper tape.....PDP8e

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mcshammer_dj View Post
    When I first started supporting sims it was a dos prorgam using Dbase, with numerous floppy disks sent through from capita for each upgrade
    That's right. Though I think it was Foxpro, not dBase - the compound indexes had a different structure to dBase.

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    ?&D22=station number think thats what it was

    great for taking over the bbc mcro b

    password ripoff was good too

    created a dos program that looked exactly like the login screen on a bbc
    the user came along and typed username and password
    the strings were saved to a text file saved in my area on the econet system then rebooted the machine

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    Ha, yes..the old RM Nimbus...I'd blanked those out. 286/6,8, 12 and 20Mhz..being allowed to borrow a PC from school for the Holidays, and the sheer terror of transporting it..yet now I just chuck them around. IBM PS/2 Model 55SX anyone? What a crock of......

    Floppy disk to configure the EISA Bus (or was it VLB on those?)

    Mentioning the loading games from tape - did anyone else make up a patch to run from the old twin-decks of the time, and try loading the games in "Hi-Speed Dubbing" mode? That used to work brilliantly on Commodores!

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    God you guys are making me feel young..
    At 21 the most I remember from my computer-childhood is 3 1/2" floppies (I still have my old drive, just in case!), "It is now safe to turn off your computer" as mentioned earlier, and the horrific, ear-splitting ERRRRRRRRRR ER ERR ERR ERR... ERRRRRRRRREEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR of dial-up modems. Oh, and UT99 xD

    Final thought: Grim Fandango anybody?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirbendy View Post
    Ha, yes..the old RM Nimbus...I'd blanked those out. 286/6,8, 12 and 20Mhz..being allowed to borrow a PC from school for the Holidays, and the sheer terror of transporting it..yet now I just chuck them around. IBM PS/2 Model 55SX anyone? What a crock of......

    Floppy disk to configure the EISA Bus (or was it VLB on those?)
    MCA bus. Configured with reference disks. As techies, we used to add the reference files for each model to a single disk, so with one disk we could configure anything. DXMAID to configure networking was sheer purgatory courtesy of IBM, trying to get 'X' on PS/2s to talk to unix RS/6000 over 16/4 token ring. ***Shudder***
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    Hell yes. I still have Blood 1 - my all time favourite game, aside from Carmageddon (which I also still have). MDK? And 3.5inch disks..heh..anyone remember the 3 inch Amstrad ones? Awkward.

    Hardware now, I wouldn't give you tuppence for it. Give me an IBM 5150, they'd take a nuclear hit and keep on running.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    MCA bus. Configured with reference disks. DXMAID to configure networking was sheer purgatory courtesy of IBM.
    HOW could I have forgotten that...MCA, the white elephant..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirbendy View Post
    HOW could I have forgotten that...MCA, the white elephant..
    White elephant? Hmmm not sure. It was a LOT easier than cracking open the cases to change jumpers, and by and large most things worked on MCA. It was a good idea, on balance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garacesh View Post
    Final thought: Grim Fandango anybody?
    Yep, still got it, still awesome.

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