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Old 11-03-2010, 05:40 AM
 
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What used to drive me nuts about the C64 was that it would overheat after it was on for many hours. I used to place it up on some little blocks of wood and had my own fans to counteract it.

One thing I distinctly remember is the atari joystick that was permanently bent forward from playing "Test Drive" AKA "Need for Speed" and "Pitstop".



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I don't remember anything prior to CDs and CD drives.


What is this CD thing you speak of?
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I programmed on an old TRS-80 when I first learned about computing. We used a tape drive...yeah, cassette tapes.

Remember having to compile a program?
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:43 AM
 
Location: USA
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Reading through all these comments just gave me a much better appreciation of how super smart computer geeks were back then. People we worked with and learned a lot from. Those who programmed in 1's and 0's. And Assembler and Fortran and C. Those who could read a memory dump and say: "Ah, there's the problem" ... pointing out a byte in the dump. Probably all retired now.
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Old 11-03-2010, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Diaspora
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Probably all retired now.
Nope. We are still here. Long live JCL. IEBGENER


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Those who could read a memory dump and say: "Ah, there's the problem"
It still exists, just in a different form. They are called logs now.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:09 AM
 
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I think computers were more interesting back in the day because it was a nascent thing. Everyone takes the Internet and computers for granted now. It's just expected that everyone has a computer and a high-speed connection. Back in the day it was truly odd for someone to have a computer and be whiling away their days hacking in Basic programs.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:43 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Did you ever play Dungeon on a DEC PDP machine?
Subscribe to a USENET group?
Have "your time of day" to call your BBS?
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Diaspora
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Back in the day it was truly odd for someone to have a computer and be whiling away their days hacking in Basic programs.
Oh yea, real fun on computers when everyone had their own version of DOS. I just loved TRSDOS on my model 3 and had to use 5.25 disks to boot it. I dont know what I miss more: My green screen or my red screen on my plasma computer from Grid.

The big jump forward was the 10 meg hard drive and dos 2.11 and the birth of the Tandy 1000 series.

I'll stop too many bad memories of spending hours on end to hsect,fdisk,format a hard drive.

I so love my Ipad even more now.
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Old 11-03-2010, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Reading through all these comments just gave me a much better appreciation of how super smart computer geeks were back then. People we worked with and learned a lot from. Those who programmed in 1's and 0's. And Assembler and Fortran and C. Those who could read a memory dump and say: "Ah, there's the problem" ... pointing out a byte in the dump. Probably all retired now.
No, although the version of dumps we play with in the UNIVAC (Unisys) world is somewhat different from the IBM guys. We still do octal dumps, 36-bit words, and even FIELDATA at times.

There's a lot of Fortran still in production. Guess what generates the flight plans at most airlines ... still?
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Old 11-03-2010, 05:52 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Himem.sys
Emm386.exe
Memmaker
Math Coprocessor
Com1
Com2
IPX Network
AT&F1
ATDT5551212
ZModem
XModem
Error Control
PPP
SLIP
EDLIN
AUTOEXEC.BAT
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:19 AM
 
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Reading through all these comments just gave me a much better appreciation of how super smart computer geeks were back then. People we worked with and learned a lot from. Those who programmed in 1's and 0's. And Assembler and Fortran and C. Those who could read a memory dump and say: "Ah, there's the problem" ... pointing out a byte in the dump. Probably all retired now.
Being handed a 16" thick COBOL source code printout and hearing "there's a problem, charlie just quit and his program won't compile, fix it.
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