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Old 12-10-2012, 07:21 AM   #31
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:05 AM   #32
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My first computer was a Radio Shack one. Didn't have an accessible hard drive. Everything was done with floppies. 5 1/4 and 3 1/2. Next one was a Packard Bell. It had a 27 mb hard drive. I remember the sales person telling me I would never in a million years use all that memory.

I remember my brother in law, cousin and myself had a program that ran in DOS to message each other. I don't remember the name of the program now. It ran off a phone line. Had the computer and phone line hooked up to a switch box. It was like text messaging in the stone age. When the phone would ring my daughter used to say why don't you just call each other on the phone.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:26 AM   #33
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Another C64 user here. Loved that computer. We had 3 or 4 of them in the house and it was that machine that started me on the path to computer programming. I started teaching myself Pascal and C along with the BASIC that came with the OS.
I miss my C64. Even wrote my own version of Tetris on it in BASIC. Ran quite well, actually - but I found out that I had made it a little too large and had overwritten the memory addresses needed for saving to cassette (my 1541 disc drive had sorta, well, blown up :P).

I miss my Amiga 500 even more, though... Had to give up on it, though, after I somehow managed to make it impossible to boot from the hard drive carriage and found that my Workbench discs (both 2.1 and 1.3) had succumbed to bit rot.

EDIT: And, man, I miss the days of BBSes. Modern forums just don't have the same sense of community...

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Old 12-10-2012, 11:38 AM   #34
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EDIT: And, man, I miss the days of BBSes. Modern forums just don't have the same sense of community...
Agreed. Back than than BBS forums were much smaller. Today everyone and his grandmother are on forums. Its was more of a novelty back than.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:07 PM   #35
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I'm thinking I'd like to get the Nook HD.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:23 PM   #36
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I'm thinking I'd like to get the Nook HD.
It's a nice looking tablet (IMO). But you'd better take a close look at the Nook app store before you buy one. It's not good.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:27 PM   #37
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It's a nice looking tablet (IMO). But you'd better take a close look at the Nook app store before you buy one. It's not good.
I'm not a real heavy app user. I have less than 50 on my iPhone and of those, only really use about a dozen or so on a regular basis.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:41 PM   #38
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I'm not a real heavy app user. I have less than 50 on my iPhone and of those, only really use about a dozen or so on a regular basis.
Good...check and see if the ones you really will want, are available, there.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:46 PM   #39
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So. Which tablet is everyone getting. Would be interesting to see the different picks of each one.
I just got the white and silver iPad mini and I'm loving it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:05 PM   #40
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My first computer was a Digi-Comp I, a mechanical digital computer. My first real computer was a VIC-20 (2K, cassette, but a "real" keyboard). I still have it. Then a C-64, an AT&T UNIX PC (I really liked it - no one else did), Amigas (2000 and 3000 - I still miss them), and a couple conventional PCs. I'm currently building my next one.

My wife has an Ipad. She uses it for videos, reading email, and Skype with the kids.

I have a Pandigital Novel, just to play around with it. It's good for games and the reading app is okay. Between my wife's Ipad and my PDN I'm pretty sure I don't need a tablet. My netbook is almost as portable as a tablet, and the keyboard makes it easier for sending email. Plus, I do use it for computer stuff -- spreadsheet, writing, audio work (my hobby), etc.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:29 PM   #41
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Then I went to college, and had to get a 286 PC for my programming classes.
Man... I was soooo jealous of my friend's 286. It was blazing fast! So fast that he had to run a program to waste clock cycles to slow it down to play some games! That thing SCREAMED at 12 MHz compared to my 4.177 MHz 8088!
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:31 PM   #42
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1200? Spoiled brat. I had 300 baud, and I was happy!
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:35 PM   #43
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1200? Spoiled brat. I had 300 baud, and I was happy!
Dude, try a 110 baud teletype....
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:46 PM   #44
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I knew somebody was going to one-up me. :-)
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:54 PM   #45
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I knew somebody was going to one-up me. :-)
I think there were 75 baud or some such. When I first started in the computer repair business those were a big part of our business. Paper Tape punch/reader for storage/playback.
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