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The good ole days

The good ole days

My first computer was the Texas Instruments ti99/4a. I chose it over the Commodore vic20, because it seemed to have better sound and graphics, and at the time there was more children's educational software available for it than the vic20. Of course, the Commodore 64 was soon to surpass it in every way. The OS was TIBASIC, so I learned to program in BASIC. I was an industrial electrician at the time, and this was sort of the start of my later career as a programmer/integrator. It had 16k of memory, and the only affordable data storage device was a cassette deck. For a monitor one used a color TV and a RF modulator. Ah, those were the good ole days, when things were measured in kilobytes rather than gigabytes, and one had to actually learn a computer language to operate a computer, rather than just click a mouse. “In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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Re: The good ole days

  Well, that didn't work.  I tried using the HTML editor as it didn't seem to eat my white space.  Alas, as soon as I posted, all my white space dissapeared.  Here is the message as I meant it to be: 

 

  My first computer was the Texas Instruments ti99/4a. I chose it over the Commodore vic20, because it seemed to have better sound and graphics, and at the time there was more children's educational software available for it than the vic20. Of course, the Commodore 64 was soon to surpass it in every way.

 

  The OS was TIBASIC, so I learned to program in BASIC. I was an industrial electrician at the time, and this was sort of the start of my later career as a programmer/integrator.

 

  It had 16k of memory, and the only affordable data storage device was a cassette deck. For a monitor one used a color TV and a RF modulator.

 

  Ah, those were the good ole days, when things were measured in kilobytes rather than gigabytes, and one had to actually learn a computer language to operate a computer, rather than just click a mouse.

 

“In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.”
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Re: The good ole days

I had a Commodore Vic 20, then a couple years later a Commodore 64, when I was a kid.  I got jealous when I found out that the neighbor had gotten an Apple IIc, though it's not like I knew what the heck to do with their computer any more than I did my own, which was very little.  

 

I didn't really know how to do anything with a computer until I started working with a Pentium 166 clone with Windows 95, and the first computer I ever bought myself was an eMachines 366i.  


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Re: The good ole days


@gaines_wright wrote:

Here is the message as I meant it to be:    


You can edit any one of your posts.  


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@GabeU wrote:

@gaines_wright wrote:

Here is the message as I meant it to be:    


You can edit any one of your posts.  


  I've noticed posts here that have edits.  How does one do this?

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Re: The good ole days


@gaines_wright wrote:

@GabeU wrote:

@gaines_wright wrote:

Here is the message as I meant it to be:    


You can edit any one of your posts.  


  I've noticed posts here that have edits.  How does one do this?


Click on the three dots to the upper right of your post and click either Edit Message if it's an opening post, or Edit Reply if it's a reply.  Then work on it like you would a normal post and click Post when you're finished.  You can also click Preview above the message body to see what it's going to look like before you actually post it.  I use that often, myself.


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Re: The good ole days

"Good old days"? Lol, online experience was more like using a teletype machine and high end graphics was a game of pong. Some things are nostalgic but not necessarily good, I like advancement. 

 

Even if I had an old machine setting in front of me right now I think I'd get bored with it pretty quickly. Even I'm getting up there in years now I like a challenge and learning new things. Measured in kilobytes? No thanks! Smiley Happy

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@BirdDog wrote:

"Good old days"? Lol, online experience was more like using a teletype machine and high end graphics was a game of pong. Some things are nostalgic but not necessarily good, I like advancement. 

 

Even if I had an old machine setting in front of me right now I think I'd get bored with it pretty quickly. Even I'm getting up there in years now I like a challenge and learning new things. Measured in kilobytes? No thanks! Smiley Happy


I don't think regular people could even connect online to anything back then, could they?    


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Re: The good ole days


@GabeU wrote:

I had a Commodore Vic 20, then a couple years later a Commodore 64, when I was a kid. 

  I guess I'm showing my age,  I was in my late twenties, with a couple of young kids at home.  The kids loved playing with the computer, especially TI's version of space invaders.     I wrote a graphical version of the old card game "concentration" in BASIC  that they liked also.

 

  After I learned to program in 'C',  I started to hate BASIC.

 

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Re: The good ole days


@GabeU wrote:

@BirdDog wrote:

"Good old days"? Lol, online experience was more like using a teletype machine and high end graphics was a game of pong. Some things are nostalgic but not necessarily good, I like advancement. 

 

Even if I had an old machine setting in front of me right now I think I'd get bored with it pretty quickly. Even I'm getting up there in years now I like a challenge and learning new things. Measured in kilobytes? No thanks! Smiley Happy


I don't think regular people could even connect online to anything back then, could they?    


There were bulletin boards in the mid 80's, I was on a few of them. That's about it for the average person.