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Old 11-02-2010, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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paper tape escape on the huge printers that printed out MILLIONS of state and federal cheques LOL

fun times
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:31 PM
 
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Wow, this thread might as well have been called "How much of an old fart are you really?"
As the OP I apologize..... but come on, back in earlier days as someone else said they were simpler times...

Someone said: Anyone remember the earlier days of the internet ... that was without ads and spam?

How about even earlier than that, the Internet without the GUI

High speed band printers with acoustic hoods

Setting up a BBS for the first time configuring the modem to auto-answer

At home finally getting a connection established to a BBS (after 20 minutes of trying) with an acoustic coupler on the phone and the wife picks up the other phone in the bedroom Then hearing her say "OH I'm sorry dear I didn't know you were using the phone"
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:47 PM
 
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plwhit,

Ha ha. Those were the days. I sometimes long for the simpler times, but I never will miss modems. They were always hit and miss.
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:57 PM
 
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Ha ha. Those were the days. I sometimes long for the simpler times, but I never will miss modems. They were always hit and miss.

Agree with the modems, other thing I won't miss? Mag cards and their readers.... I had to repair them back in the 70's...... snubber adjustment arghhhh
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Wilsonville, OR
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I still refer to "folders" (bleh) as "directories".
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Programming with punch cards... oh yeah...

Computer programming in the punched card era - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The youngsters wouldn't have the patience....
I considered it a good experience.

My first year we had a keypunch room (with one keypunch that let you DUPE cards!) and 24-hour turnaround time, and the profs would dock your grade in the basic language classes (MASM, Fortran, and COBOL) if you exceeded five (5) runs. I also played on the CDC Cyber 73 (running KRONOS, I think) using a 30cps DECwriter.

The second year they brought in VAXen to use as front-ends for the 1100/82, and we got to use SOS under VMS on SOROC or ADDS terminals emulating a VT120 or something, learn a little DCL, and send our UNIVAC ECL compilation jobs via REMOTE queue to the 1100. Faster, but sometimes you had to wait hours because the queue was processed one at a time.

Later on, we had Microterms emulating a VT220 or VT340? and the EDT editor, which was rather nice. By that point, tho, I'd learned how to use CTS on the UNIVAC via Uniscope and could bypass the VAX<->1100 queue completely.

Fun times.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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For those with a Commodore does Hack'em and "parameters" bring back any memories?
I remember programs like Locksmith, Lockmaster, and Nibbles Away for the Apple II. PR#6 to boot back in the pre-II+ days, and 3D0G to get into monitor mode.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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FIDO BBS, and BBSs in general (which housed early versions of forums like City Data)
Sysop
Yup. I was on Fido and RIME for years (SHAREWRE, COMMS, OSDEBATE, etc.) and also on I'Link for a while.

Why were the good QWK readers so much better than these web forums? My kingdom for regex-capable score files on C-D.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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How about having to PARK the hard drive?

How about 150 baud modems and trying to figure out half-duplex or full-duplex to connect to a BBS?

Or better yet Acoustic modems?
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Old 11-02-2010, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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How about having to PARK the hard drive?

How about 150 baud modems and trying to figure out half-duplex or full-duplex to connect to a BBS?

Or better yet Acoustic modems?
Whistling in the TTY booth in high school was a good way to **** people off. Not only would it sometimes print random stuff, but you get it to hang up with enough practice.
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