General Chat Thread, Reminiscing Moments in ICT in General; Lemmings, the Amiga 500, Microsoft Sidewinder gamepad with "tilt control"...
13th March 2012, 11:06 AM #46
Lemmings, the Amiga 500, Microsoft Sidewinder gamepad with "tilt control"
13th March 2012, 11:15 AM #47
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.
Try telling that to the kids these days - they just won't believe you.
13th March 2012, 11:49 AM #48
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.
Originally Posted by X-13
13th March 2012, 11:52 AM #49
Running a BBS was a great time, 2 Lines, FidoNet and able to give users an email address at my demon account... fun times.
Originally Posted by andydis
13th March 2012, 11:55 AM #50
When I first started supporting sims it was a dos prorgam using Dbase, with numerous floppy disks sent through from capita for each upgrade
13th March 2012, 11:58 AM #51
One of these - teletype and punched paper tape.....PDP8e
13th March 2012, 12:02 PM #52
That's right. Though I think it was Foxpro, not dBase - the compound indexes had a different structure to dBase.
Originally Posted by Mcshammer_dj
13th March 2012, 12:07 PM #53
?&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
13th March 2012, 12:11 PM #54
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!
13th March 2012, 12:11 PM #55
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?
13th March 2012, 12:15 PM #56
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***
Originally Posted by Sirbendy
Last edited by jinnantonnixx; 13th March 2012 at 12:19 PM.
13th March 2012, 12:16 PM #57
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.
13th March 2012, 12:19 PM #58
HOW could I have forgotten that...MCA, the white elephant..
Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx
13th March 2012, 12:22 PM #59
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.
Originally Posted by Sirbendy
13th March 2012, 12:24 PM #60
Yep, still got it, still awesome.
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