I still occasionally get asked to rescue files off floppy discs. Thank goodness for usb floppy drives.
5.25" floppys still turn up in the back of cupboards every now and then - when Im asked whats the best thing to do with them they get lobbed into the wastebin
we have roamers too (with changeable skins!), but the battery charger pack is broken, so we have those busy bee things currently...
Just taken out of service an old Pentium 2 machine running Windows 2k.... No one realized it was still there working either! Ah the good old days of technology we grew up with eh?
I grew up with an Amstrad PC1512. That had 512kb of RAM, an 8086 CPU, DR DOS and the GEM GUI. It had two (count them, two!) 5.25" floppy drives, a monochrome (upgraded to a colour CGA, four whole colours!) monitor and later on a 10MB hard drive card. I still have difficulty considering anything with the name "Pentium" to be old. And even then I'm a n00b compared to some on here
Last edited by Norphy; 26th February 2014 at 08:57 AM.
The first PC i ever got my hands on was a 386, somehow i got a virus or something on it (Dr Watson rings a bell) and it got rid of minesweeper and solitaire D: ( i was about 4 at the time....)
Then we had a 486 PC, followed by a pentium 200mhz beast.
The family pc is now an old and barely used pentium 4 pc, which is on it's last legs, everyone has laptops and tablets etc now, so its just left in the corner of the dining room slowly gathering dust, poor thing.
Oldest stuff eh? Despite @Norphy's claims earlier when he told me about this thread, I wasn't involved in designing colossus. Or the atom.
Could be the IBM 3090 which was the first 'professional' computer I used in my first IT job, in the 80s. We actually had this connected to the internet.
Or the VAX 6000 I used to use at an old Uni job.
Or the Texas Instruments TIMAP (discussed but not really seen here but if you want to know what it was like, imagine 6 very loud 1-inch reel tape drives which were in floor-standing units that went to head height, a complex panel full of blinkenlights and trip-switches, and a teletype console with a large paper hopper behind it with a PFY sitting at its keyboard weeping) which was also part of the equipment we used at my first IT job (oil exploration for GSI/HGS). On the first day I started there I was told "we're getting rid of that TIMAP thing soon". 6 years later when they closed my datacentre and paid me to be part of the decommissioning team for the centre, the TIMAP was one of the last things we turned off.
It was a beast that booted from a set of hand-coded instructions you entered via a series of binary switches on the front panel, which provided enough of a bootstrap to load the OS from punched paper card. This then allowed you to load programs from drum storage and data from 1-inch magnetic tape.
Last edited by Roberto; 26th February 2014 at 12:15 PM.
Roberto (26th February 2014)
Well the school was formed in 1595 and was boarding till the '90s, I think. There's so much old stuff here they have an archive room (museum).
We've found empty tins of baked beans and apricots, newspaper cuttings, fag packets all from 40s-60's.
Computerwise I'm currently using a mud brown, unbranded 'laptop' running 3.1 as a foot rest. We booted it up successfully last week.
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