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    Primary school - playing a game on the BBC Micro (black and orange keys ftw) with some cartoon dog running along a beach
    Later primary school - getting an afternoon on the Acorn Archimedes to do a WWII project on Pendown (remember that?) and saving the files in the system folder so no-one would find em!
    Secondary school - when getting information online meant passing around (read fighting) for the Encarta 95 CD which scratched to hell, amazed it worked
    6th form - paying 25 quid for a 64MB USB stick and thinking the future had arrived when mass storage previously meant carrying around a box of floppy disks

    Nothing beats RISC OS even to this day

    If anyone has one of these in a cupboard me want lol...


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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    Nothing beats RISC OS even to this day

    cant agree more it wasnt the prettiest os but it did what it was supposed to and just worked (aparantly risc os is being ported to raspberry pi

    In computer suites full of crt's "charging up" your finger and zapping someone else with the static

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    The Archis were years ahead of their time - YEARS ahead. And we threw loads out, so that'll cheer up @gshaw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    Primary school - playing a game on the BBC Micro (black and orange keys ftw) with some cartoon dog running along a beach
    Later primary school - getting an afternoon on the Acorn Archimedes to do a WWII project on Pendown (remember that?) and saving the files in the system folder so no-one would find em!
    Secondary school - when getting information online meant passing around (read fighting) for the Encarta 95 CD which scratched to hell, amazed it worked
    6th form - paying 25 quid for a 64MB USB stick and thinking the future had arrived when mass storage previously meant carrying around a box of floppy disks

    Nothing beats RISC OS even to this day

    If anyone has one of these in a cupboard me want lol...

    All my early days were with Archi/Acorn, was on the Committe of The ARM Club for a while, ran my BBS initially off A305 with 4MB upgrade and a 100SCSI Drive (yeah Rock on!)
    That was moved over to a Spare RiscPC when that got replaced for a StrongArm RPC.

    Sadly being out of work for a year caused some asset stripping, and they all had to go. :-(

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    Learning BASIC on one of these Sinclair ZX80 computer

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    The Archis were years ahead of their time - YEARS ahead. And we threw loads out, so that'll cheer up @gshaw.
    You make me cry :'(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    Becoming "Elite". You have to be old enough to understand...
    On the ZX Spectrum version...

    As soon as the game loads, and you're given the option to LOAD
    a new commander, press "Y", then save your position. Go back to
    the game you are now Elite.
    Couldnt be any easier than that and totally ruined a competition they were running to mark its launch on the Spectrum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    Learning BASIC on one of these Sinclair ZX80 computer
    D'you know, even today ZX Basic has the best string handling functions in any language

    e.g. LET a$="abcdefgh"
    PRINT a$ (2 TO 5) gives bcde
    PRINT a$( TO 5) gives abcde
    PRINT a$(2 TO) gives bcdefgh

    None of your left, mid and right rubbish. "TO" is all you need.
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    Playing Monkey Island 2 with the girlfriend and laughing so hard milk came out of our noses.

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    At the age of 15 deciding that I need the latest version of Office on the school PC's (Office '97), So installing it when the Tech wasn't paying attention (and he didn't notice!).

    Setting up the one PC we had in the school to share the Internet connection across the computer room (That was noticed, but only because it was an improvement).

    Finally a bit earlier the arrival of a 5" Floppy Disk drive for my Commodore, and the excitement of loading games in a few seconds from disk rather than an hour from tape...That was a day to remember!

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    On PCs with Word '97 (original version not a service pack update)

    - start a new document
    - type the word "blue"
    - make it bold & blue
    - Help > About
    - hold CTRL+SHIFT and click on the Word icon

    PINBALL
    Last edited by gshaw; 13th March 2012 at 03:13 PM.

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    Playing on my friends Amiga 600. His house was like a house of tech, and mine was like a medieval cave. He used to get an Amiga magazine every month which came with a free floppy with game trials on. I just remember playing on Lemmings and Civilization. Also, Worms Armageddon. That soundtrack still makes me cry today.

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    Impression on the Arch. One April 1st, the caret changed into a carrot. Really made my day that!

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    I immediately scrolled down to 1982/3 and played my favourites: Jetpac, Horace Goes Skiing and Scuba Dive.

    Go on - you know you want to.

    ZX SPECTRUM

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    You're a b*****d. There goes an hour and half of my life, and no doubt more to come!

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