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Windows 7: 25 Years: How the Web began

29 Dec 2015   #11

windows 7 professional 64 bit

We had no hills in LES PAYS-BAS ( The Netherlands ) in those early days and still haven't, but it was always freezing cold on the pushbike to school ( 8 km) and always against the wind for some reason, it just turned during the day when you were not looking.

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29 Dec 2015   #12

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

The Internet started out as ARPANET. A military survivable network initiative. It moved to University interconnects. The TCP/IP protocol suite was its backbone and it had its little fight with ATM which lost. The WEB is a way of accessing information over the internet and I think the pervasive development of PCs moved it into businesses and homes.
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29 Dec 2015   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64bit

I was fortunate to work in the electronics and "information technology" field during the birth of the PC.
Here are some highlights:

My first "PC" was made by Altair Systems and me.

I worked as a technician on Data General room sized mainframe computers during the day and assembled Altair computers at night and on weekends as a "tech for hire".

I used a 300 baud modem to attach to a BBS to advertise my services.

At a trade show I was talking to people about my services when 2 guys named Steve approached me about working at their small shop building computers for them. I saw no future there and moved on.

I worked at a motion picture company helping them transition from MS-DOS and Unix to Microsoft Windows 3.1. Many of those people had never used a mouse before and they still used 1200 baud Hayes compatible modems to link to the New York offices, Transferring Lotus 123 spreadsheets over a modem and praying it would not drop the connection.

My first real exposure to the internet came when I worked at Seagate Technology (the hard drive maker).
Wow, what a cool thing, being able to "download" a driver or application over their "broadband" connection in hours instead of days.

Today, I still work in IT Administration and sometimes find myself whining when I can not download driver from a manufacturer's website in seconds, then I think back to those early days and sit back and enjoy the ride.
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29 Dec 2015   #14


If you were around when the internet was first publicly available, you were probably not aware of it. At that time, there were PCs in businesses that were not internet connected - not even LAN connected. Outside the military, universities were the first to use the internet. The web was really the spark that made the internet what most of us know today.

The internet has its dark side and that also has to be acknowledged. Governments want to regulate it.

Where will it be in the next 25 years? Maybe we will all be chuckling at how it was in 2015. Maybe it will not be able to sustain itself using 2015 technology through to 2040 and be replaced with some newfangled technology. You may need a chip in your neck to access it.
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29 Dec 2015   #15

Windows 7 Pro x64

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At a trade show I was talking to people about my services when 2 guys named Steve approached me about working at their small shop building computers for them. I saw no future there and moved on.

I'd be kicking myself in the pants for something like that! is just 4 months older than I am. I was exposed to computers from an early age, when DOS typing programs were still used to teach kids how to use a keyboard. I had no interest in these things and preferred to be outside.

I didn't really start using the internet much until I was in middle school, but from there search engines took over my life and now I find myself online for most of the day.
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29 Dec 2015   #16

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

I worked at IBM in those early days as a mainframe programmer. We had an intranet that spanned the world complete with email, newsgroups and software repositories. However, all of it was internal to IBM. In 1990, I learned about the internet and the WWW. I made a request to be connected to the internet outside of IBM and was then able to access the fledgling internet. I used the Mosaic browser and accessed the WWW which (at the time) consisted of a text menu where I could access things like news and weather. Everything was text based.

At home, I signed up for an internet account thru an ISP and was provided a phone number that I called with my 2400 baud modem. After login, I was dropped at a command prompt of a Unix mainframe. Downloading something from a remote website was interesting. I first had to use FTP to transfer the file from that remote server to my local account, then had to use my modem's transfer software to transfer the file from my local account to my PC.

Sometime in those early days I became a Beta tester for a service known as Prodigy which was a joint venture between Sears and IBM. Prodigy was one of first (if not THE first) to offer a graphical interface to the internet. It was extremely slow over a dialup connection but was very user friendly so my kids got their first on-line exposure thru Prodigy.
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29 Dec 2015   #17

windows 7 professional 64 bit

Well Brink, you really started something here with us all rolling golden oldies. I was always on the complete other side of technology.

Building a house out of nature stone in the middle of now where, ( south of France) no electricity, a generator that went on one hrs on Saturday to fill up our water reservoir for the week, we managed to get a phone and fax on batteries. this was 1990/1991 time and Gulf war. We did not know anything about it till one backpacker helper told us we were in the range of missiles.

No TV, no radio and of the grid, happy days !!! The toilet was a wooden box you had to move after use and dig the new hole in anticipation of the next user, we called it the crappy!

Still am very carefull with water use and have almost no electric appliances.

Long live candles and oil lamps.
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29 Dec 2015   #18
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

sherwoods12 if their ever was a better definition for (day late and dollar short) I don't know what it would be.

At a trade show I was talking to people about my services when 2 guys named Steve approached me about working at their small shop building computers for them. I saw no future there and moved on.
I still have Lotus 1.2.3 Release 4 new in the original box.
All it's manuals, pamphlets, order forms and floppies.
Never been used. (New)
For Windows 3.0 or higher as it states on the box.
*Along with Ami Pro
*Freelance Graphics
*Lotus Organizer
*Lotus Notes

I have no idea why I have saved it. I just located the box and after knocking off all the dust and cob webs I notice a price tag on it.
I bought it from a old computer store cheap just to have it.
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29 Dec 2015   #19

Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I have no idea why I have saved it.
How about a CDC 9760 40 MB (unformatted) storage module disk drive.
It has 5 platters and 10 retractable heads. It only weighs about 150 lbs.
Great center piece for your living room.
I used to work on these and replace/adjust the heads when crashed with expensive piece of
equipment and an Oscope. Now those were the days. I save nothing. I junk it or give it away.
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29 Dec 2015   #20

Win7 64-bit, Vista 32-bit, XP 32-bit, W2K 32-bit (VM)

Well, I was at least half the age I am now than I was back in '90 and one thing we all have in common is that WE had a childhood before the internet. We are the generation that knew what life was before the internet and we are also the only ones who will ever speak, as it were, both languages. We are the only fluent translators of Before and After.

How many remember the Dewey Decimal System? That was the filing system used in libraries and the alpha numbers found on thousands of index cards that was kept well organized within what was called the "card catalog" and if we wanted to know what the meaning of life was we actually had to finger through that card catalog, find the book and read it!! OMG! Can you imagine?

And when we had a group project, there was no Facebook or google docs which meant we had to ask all the hard, embarrassing questions in person then jot notes down on paper in a spiral notebook made of paper that had a cardboard cover, front and back.

We went to the store to buy the latest music release on a Long Playing (LP) album made out of vinyl and we didn't have cells phones so we could call our friends to tell them all about it till we got home and used the land line. GASP! (you can google landline too.)

How many here remember maps? You know, the kind that are made of paper and once unfolded, never seemed to fold up right again. We didn't have google maps, maps quest, GPS's. We had what was called a sense of direction. (I do believe that is googlable as well )

Yes... those were the good 'ol days. Where will society be in 20 yrs? Kind of scary. Makes me think of that T-Shirt where the prehistoric man walks slumped over and evolves to the biped man standing upright then evolves back to the guy slumped over the computer. Gives new meaning to the saying of, "what goes around comes around".
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