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Windows 7: Any old timers?

05 Mar 2010   #31

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

My first computer was a Commodore-64 in 1983. I ran a BBS system for the C-64 club in Phx, Az. NO Hard drive, just two C-64 floppy drives

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05 Mar 2010   #32


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post

I think part of this is the realization that whatever I buy today will be obsolete very soon from the perspective of always having to be on top
Just a minor correction here:

Whatever you buy today is already obsolete because as a general rule, there are always several 'new and improved' models already designed and ready for production at any given moment - be it static, market based or competitor edge based roadmaps.

At the consumer level, being 'on top' lasts for about 5 mins. If you are lucky

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
My first computer was a Commodore-64 in 1983. I ran a BBS system for the C-64 club in Phx, Az. NO Hard drive, just two C-64 floppy drives
Two floppy drives? Greedy bugger. I had one datasette...
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05 Mar 2010   #33

Windows 7 Ultimate

Interesting thread.
I took manufacturing processing in the mid 70's and to run a program on a milling machine we use to punch holes in a one inch wide tape for instructions for the machine.
Later, early 80's, I got into computer aided design and I learned that on a Euclid System.
I also have a copy of Windows 2.0 somewhere.
Dang, how time fly's by.
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05 Mar 2010   #34

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Haha. This thread was fun to read.

I graduate HIGH school in... May this year. (That's right, I am 18).

Just imagine the stories I will tell kids in 30 or 40 years

I can see that now

Lordbob: In my days we had things called Keyboards and Mice, and we ACTUALLY had to type things using that for the computer to understand.
Grandchild: WHAT !!!! . You're kidding. (Thinking: type !!!)
Lordbob: Honest, we did that.
Nanoputer: (Processing thought input)... (mimicking C3P0) It must be true. It is there in my archives. A pretty primitive way if input, in my opinion.
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05 Mar 2010   #35
Little Darwin

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)

Another flashback just came to me.

People with dial-up think they have it bad today when they open their browser and have to wait for the modem to connect...

Do modems still use the Hayes methodology for getting commands from the computer?

I know I must have done it manually thousands of times before I got a fancy program that would deal with the dialing.... I would look at the printed list of bbs systems to get the number...

open the session
Type: +++
Type: ATDT5551212

Then wait for the connection. As I recall, I also had to add steps to set parity etc at some sites. There was no auto detection.
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05 Mar 2010   #36
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

strollin, did you work at the IBM Santa Therisa plant in SJ? I was i Bldg. 26 in the early 70's.
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05 Mar 2010   #37

7 x64 | 7 x64

My 1st real computer was a Tandy 1000 SX similar to the one in the pic below.
It had the 640k upgrade, a 720 & 5.25 floppy, and a 30 meg card drive. Cga Monitor and -- Tandy Deskmate II software.

Fair mention goes to the 9-pin noisy dot matrix printer, that I still have - somewhere.
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05 Mar 2010   #38

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
State of the art

Mine was a wooden frame with multiple wires threaded thru small wooden balls. You could place them any where you wished. Very low power. This was about the time someone came up with dirt and we had to start cleaning everything.
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05 Mar 2010   #39
Little Darwin

Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)

Ah, CGA.

I knew several people that refused to go to CGA because they didn't want to give up the resolution of their Hercules (or similar) monochrome cards.

The real geeks had monochrome, but with amber monitors instead of green.
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05 Mar 2010   #40

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
strollin, did you work at the IBM Santa Therisa plant in SJ? I was i Bldg. 26 in the early 70's.
Bldg 26 was at the main SJ plant which is where I worked. Santa Teresa Lab (now called Silicon Valley Lab) is a programming lab about 5 miles south of what used to be the main SJ plant. The main plant was sold to Hitachi a number of years ago and I'd estimate two-thirds of the buildings have been torn down (including bldg 26).
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