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Old 03-03-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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I think all of us old timers will enjoy certain installation sequences in this video.

It starts by installing MS-DOS 5.0. The ASCII art and EGA screens really had me smiling on just how far we've come......


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPnehDhGa14
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Thanks for the post. VMWare is amazing.

My first PC computer was a 486 and that was so weak compared to what I have today. But an IT career was so simple back in those days compared to now.
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:24 AM
 
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Windows ME seems to be missing
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Windows ME seems to be missing
Dave,
He mentioned Me, that it was not in the upgrade path, so they went straight to 2000 Pro.
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Old 03-04-2011, 06:36 AM
 
Location: USA
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[quote=Jesse69;18124535]Thanks for the post. VMWare is amazing.

My first PC computer was a 486 and that was so weak compared to what I have today. But an IT career was so simple back in those days compared to now.[/quote]

Really? I beg to differ. Everything is much easier now than it used to be. Compare... (and lets keep this simple by sticking only to DOS PCs, not Unix and minis and mainframes).

Back in the day when you had to install programs manually? On DOS? With diskettes? For each computer.

And install drivers. For every single peripheral that was attached to the computer and the network? Manually?

And networking back then? When Microsoft didn't even have TCP/IP included? When you had Novel Netware or Banyan Vines (unix)? When there were 20 people needed, to do what 2 people and software do now?

When every sysprog had to know assembler and/or C? GML then SGML to program printers?

Assembler or C programming compared to Java/C#/Python?

No forums or company knowledgebase to get answers from? Rather, you would have to pour through tech manuals, if you could find the right tech manuals for every freaking problem that came up? If you're lucky, you could go online (via dial-up) to post on the few boards that existed at the time.

And this is just off the top of my head of how difficult thing were back then. When to be an "IT person", you had to be the geekiest of the geeks.
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Well said Ninja.

Not to mention computers that repair themselves and storage devices the size of your thumb.

It was easier to GET a job back then. Even with ZERO schooling. As you said you just needed to be the nerdiest of nerds.
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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you said you just needed to be the nerdiest of nerds.

Who you calling a nerd?


My first PC with a TRS80 model I, then a couple of C-64s, then finally a "real computer" Compaq portable 8086 4.77Mhz, 256K memory. I once tried loading Windows 1.0 (I think) and it was soooo slooooow.

Even in the Windows 95 days, networking wasn't as easy as it is now. Today Windows 7 seems to have most drivers in the hard drive already. However I am noticing Windows7 doesn't support some older network adapters, popular ones too, like my Linksys USB 802.11b network adapter. It just doesn't work with Win 7.

Oh and what about the crashed screen you'd get if you chose the wrong refresh rate or video driver. Always fun to get out of that predicament.
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Old 03-04-2011, 07:43 AM
 
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Dave,
He mentioned Me, that it was not in the upgrade path, so they went straight to 2000 Pro.
That's what I get for having my speakers muted and not paying 100% attention to the video

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Old 03-04-2011, 01:59 PM
 
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In many ways have to disagree with the statement it was easier in the old days.....

~ Configure a dial-up modem...

~ Set the interleave factor on a hard disk...

~ Troubleshoot issues with config.sys & Autoexec.bat...

~ Windows 2 & 3, setting processor priority for apps...

~ Troubleshoot IRQ problems...

~ Tweaking himem.sys

What WAS easier in the old days was there were no viruses to speak of. Malware?, didn't exist, spyware? didn't exist
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Did you mean that IT support is harder than it used to be? If so, I have to disagree. Granted there are a lot more devices and things around now but it was a PITA to always have disks around for install, drivers, etc.

It was also a lot harder to do hardware fixes since you could much more easily make a mistake. For instance, putting in a processor is much easier now than it used to be. Almost foolproof.
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