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    Lightbulb Reminiscing Moments in ICT

    Just sitting here thinking about old school times and things popped into my head, such as,

    Netscape Navigator...used to use this in my ICT lessons (used to love the logo tbf!) we had a star trek based intranet! Thought it was amazing when I was 7!
    Playing Quake 2 on the LAN, Was a brilliant game!
    Hanging around a science classroom browsing through Network Neighbourhood (Windows NT) :O! Going through the Tech's C: drive because he hadnt setup the security right...

    Ahhhh Happy Days! Anybody got anything they would like to reminisce about?

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    using my old compuserve account (lol when it was account numbers e.g. 111398972 - predating email addresses), to download a copy of doom (shareware) on a 19.2k modem, via a "local" access point of cardiff at the time - took about 4 hours going flat out. (god I feel old now)

    I can even remember spry mosaic as a browser

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    Ohhhh Compuserve, I always remember having a 19.2k modem and whenever you launched the Compuserve browser there was a woman's voice that said "Welcome To Compuserve!" ahhhhh!

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    I can remember using infonet in 1990 with a 300 baud modem. I then got a 1200/300 modem and no longer had time to make a cuppa whilst a page downloaded. I had a list of numbers around the world that I could dial into. Then I got a laptop with a builtin 2.4k modem. Someone told me that was the fastest practical speed a telephone line could handle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    Someone told me that was the fastest practical speed a telephone line could handle.
    So, as usual, the sales team make up "facts".


    Quote Originally Posted by rich_tech View Post
    god I feel old now
    You're making me feel young. Really, really young.


    And it's not nice. So, stop it.
    Last edited by X-13; 13th March 2012 at 08:41 AM.

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    Installing Quake on to our college network from 13 floppy disks. Much fun had after that! Ohh and editing someone elses background to have a yellow submarine as he was soooo proud of his Quicksilver background he had 'hacked' on to the system

    Earlier was that lander game on the Acorn's that no one knew what you had to do (if anything) and hardly anyone could control.

    Even earlier was Grannies Garden

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    REmember compuserve, but not fondly!
    ICQ'98! Wow - I think i remember my ICQ number still!
    Quake 2 at school? Damn you youngsters Wolf 3d all the way here! Although in the last year we did more Virtual Pool than Turbo Pascal
    Started Quakeworld (Quake1 online) in 1996 at home.

    A few months ago I had a clearout of old stuff. I found an old, golden coloured CDR. One speed. Handily marked "Stuff." It hadn't seen the light of day for years, so I popped it in the drive.
    Savegames. Carmageddon. Quake 2 (and config files for it). Grand Prix 2. A version of redhat linux so old it was in a folder called "FDD version". It was in fact one of the very first CD's I had burned, back when a single CDR disc cost a tenner and the drive (a twin speed, I hasten to add! No re-write though ) was a shade under £250!

    Other than that, I remember paying the ICT technician (also the teacher) at school 20 pence for 10 minutes of surfing via the schools only connection, a 24.4k modem

    At Junior school was first exposure to computers. They had two (and were well off for it) - an RM Nimbus which replaced a Cub half way through it's life, and an Acorn of some description.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechMonkey View Post
    Installing Quake on to our college network from 13 floppy disks.

    Diskworld. 26 disks. [IIRC]


    I think I still have it knocking around indoors.

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    No wonder it was called diskworld

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    No wonder it was called diskworld
    I didn't even play it.

    Also, it was on a Tiny Computer.


    Which was obsolete as we took it home. I think it cost around £1000. But, I'm not sure.


    Also, you forgot your coat.


    Quote Originally Posted by TechMonkey View Post
    he had 'hacked' on to the system

    I found and edited the Windows 98 animation to be Tux. [I totally didn't read your post properly... Hence, the fragmented replies.]
    Last edited by X-13; 13th March 2012 at 08:49 AM.

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    Audio coupler modems and rotary dial phones. One knock and it's bye-bye data integrity.

    8inch floppy disks and drives like twin tubs. Reel to Reel tape drives with the "suction tubes". Line at a time impact printers with acoustic shielding. ST-506 MFM/RLL drives with stepper motors that got out of alignment at certain temperatures leading to no boot. "Big red power switches" on IBMs.

    MDA/CGA/EGA adapter cards, full length ISA..haha...memories..RAM ISA expanders with individual 16 leg chips in banks...

    Oh dear, oh dear...I still have an MDA card in a cabinet somewhere..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirbendy View Post
    8inch floppy disks
    Show off.


    Quote Originally Posted by Sirbendy View Post
    Reel to Reel tape drives with the "suction tubes".

    [/Frankie_Howerd]



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    I remember Netscape 4.2... and then a few years later, I remember trying to code CSS for it, and now I have only bitter hatred towards it.

    I remember going into the old computer lab running Win3.1 to program random games in QBasic at lunch. No way to save the work once you were done so it was a new game every day.

    Swapping copied floppies in the playground at school for my Amiga, despite being told don't copy that floppy (not that I saw that until years later online, but still, any excuse to drop it in)

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    From the sounds of it, I was born too late for shenanigans.

    And too early for awesome tech like replicators and teleporters.


    #BornIn1988Problems

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    Becoming "Elite". You have to be old enough to understand...

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