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Old 07-31-2009, 08:55 AM   #61
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Staying late at school to play games on the BBC Computer
We didn't have games on our computers at school. But we did at home, on my father's Apple. You only had to type them in yourself...


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Only 3 TV Channels (UK)
That's one more than we had! But then, we also had the BRT (Belgian channels) (those were in Dutch too, or rather Flemish, but that's close enough )


Talking about games...

Playing all through the night, only stopping to walk the dog at around 2 in the morning. The game? Civilization by Sid Meyer.
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Old 08-01-2009, 04:13 PM   #62
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I wish I would finally get to the point where I don't remember that there's something I can't remember but need to remember.
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Old 08-01-2009, 04:17 PM   #63
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I remember when we had no television, relying on books, imagination and a short-wave radio for entertainment; Writing a computer program meant punching holes on cards and feeding them through a card reader (no monitors); and a 30MB hard disk drive held all code and data for a company.
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Old 08-01-2009, 08:21 PM   #64
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I remember movie theaters with only one screen and you had to wait for weeks for that new anticipated movie to come to town.
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:38 PM   #65
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I remember movie theaters with only one screen and you had to wait for weeks for that new anticipated movie to come to town.
They showed two main features on Saturday mornings, with a episode of Flash Gordon, Gene Autry, or Zorro (sometimes all three!) and the Movietone News before the main movies. The matron would be patrolling the aisles with her flashlight, throwing out the rowdy kids! Entry fee was 25 cents and that included a big box of popcorn.

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Old 08-01-2009, 10:42 PM   #66
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I remember interstate phone calls costing $.38/minute. I never complain about the cost of cellphone calls.

And I remember when MTV played music. (It was a shock finding out why they stopped... apparently, the Nielsen ratings were unable to get numbers for 3 minute videos so they couldn't figure out where to put the marketing dollars. Once they switched to half-hour shows, they could gather stats usable to convince advertisers to spend money.)

And I remember typing papers on an Adam tape-drive word processor. Shudder.
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Old 08-01-2009, 10:57 PM   #67
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I remember laughing at all the jokes I didn't get on Are You Being Served? and The Benny Hill Show.
I remember the shock I had when I saw Are You Being Served in colour for the first time and seeing that Mrs Slocum had purple hair!
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Old 08-02-2009, 12:18 AM   #68
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Remember the first time you saw color TV? I saw 'Bonanza' in color on a friend's TV and was astounded! There was so much GREEN!!! Trees, grass, the mountains... westerns were supposed to be shades of gray, but 'Bonanza' was green! Now the only B&W TV's I see are people's front door security!


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Old 08-02-2009, 03:30 PM   #69
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Our neighbors were the first on our block to get a color tv. We went to their house to watch Bonanza because it was such a beautiful show in color. The episode they had on that evening was the one where Adam was lost in the desert, so all we saw for most of the show was sand.
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:46 PM   #70
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Remember the first time you saw color TV? I saw 'Bonanza' in color on a friend's TV and was astounded! There was so much GREEN!!! Trees, grass, the mountains...
Green lawn, and Lorne Greene !!
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Old 08-02-2009, 09:19 PM   #73
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I remember when the Atari 2600 was the coolest toy. I remember 8" floppies, when MacDonalds Happy Meals came in nifty and interesting boxes even some shaped as flying saucers.

In a weird way I sometimes feel nostalgic for the days when I never seemed to have enough hard disk space. Now a days I my drives are typically only half full at any given time. Gone are the clever archiving strategies and shuffling applications around between floppies and hard disks depending on what I needed to do at the time. It was a major part of my computing life for about two decades but in the last decade hard disks are so large that it's hardly an issue. [sigh]
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In a weird way I sometimes feel nostalgic for the days when I never seemed to have enough hard disk space. Now a days I my drives are typically only half full at any given time. Gone are the clever archiving strategies and shuffling applications around between floppies and hard disks depending on what I needed to do at the time. It was a major part of my computing life for about two decades but in the last decade hard disks are so large that it's hardly an issue. [sigh]
Do you ever find yourself starting to panic when you fill your disk more than half full, before remembering that, actually, you've still got tons of free space left?
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Old 08-02-2009, 11:15 PM   #75
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Do you ever find yourself starting to panic when you fill your disk more than half full, before remembering that, actually, you've still got tons of free space left?
My first 'real' computer (IBM286) had a 20M hard drive that held all my software and data. DOS 2.0 was the operating system. I bought it to write my graduate thesis. WordPerfect 5 (complete with Keyboard template for the function keys,) had all the correct pagination, footnote, headers, etc., built right in! (If those weren't correct, the thesis committee wouldn't accept your work!) All text-based, no GUI yet.... And I never worried about running out of storage space.

These days I have over 4.5 terabytes of storage on two internal and four external drives... and I worry.

(But I've got back-ups of my back-ups )

I miss my Vic20. 20k of computer hooked to the TV, playing interactive games in text! Yellow text on a black screen. Those were the days...


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