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  1. BigMike

    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    Since everyone here looooves Engadget so much, I figured I'd link to it again! ;)

    Just found this, it's pretty funny. The best of the best of technology......from 1985.


    Some of my favorites:









    I love this stuff! I guess that makes me a nerd, eh?
     
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  2. Austin Bike

    Austin Bike Turbo Monkey

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    I have been in tech for more than 15 years. The first computer I sold professionally was a 286. One of the first jobs that I had at Compaq was to kill off the 386 product line.

    My how times have changed. Now I am pimping quad core processors with hundreds of millions of transistors.

    The coolest part is now I have a bunch of computers at home, dual and quad core, and all the procs I can eat.

    Life is good.
     
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  3. BigMike

    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    no love for the 8088?
     
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    Arkayne I come bearing GIFs

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    Don't forget to push the TURBO button on your 286 case. Mine went from 8MHz to a whopping 12MHz!

     
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    JustMtnB44 Monkey

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    I was cleaning out the basement this weekend and found a box of software packages. Dug out a pile of 5.25" Floppy disks with some old games on them (Tetris, Wheel of Fortune, Number Munchers). I've never owned a computer that even had a 5.25" floppy drive, and I think the last time I used those disks I was in middle school.
     
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  6. w00dy

    w00dy In heaven there is no beer

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    What eats me is that someday this same conversation will take place in reference to the shiny new stuff we're using now.
     
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    eaterofdog ass grabber

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    Someday? In about 6 months.
     
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    Red Rabbit Picky Pooper

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    I love my laptop Athlon 64 dual core with 2 gigs of ram and 256mb ati 1275. Blows most desktop computers from three years ago out of the water.

    My first computer was a mac plus. I loved that thing.
     
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    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    My first computer was a TI-99/4A with cassette tape backup.




    Released: June 1981
    Price: US$525 (without monitor)
    How many: 2.8 Million

    CPU: TI TMS9900, 3MHz

    Memory: 16K RAM, 26K ROM

    Display: Video via an RF modulator
    32 characters by 24 lines text
    192 X 256, 16 color graphics

    Ports: ROM cartridge (on front)
    Data storage cassette
    Audio/Video output
    Joystick input
    CPU bus expansion

    Peripherals: Speech Synthesizer
    Peripheral Expansion Box
    Data storage cassette
    300 baud modem

    OS: ROM BASIC
     
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    Prettym1k3 Turbo Monkey

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    Haha... Nice:

     
  11. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    C-64!



    Introduced: January 1982
    Released: September 1982
    How many: ~17 million
    Price: US $595.
    CPU: MOS 6510, 1MHz
    Sound: SID 6581, 3 channels of sound
    RAM: 64K
    Display: 25 X 40 text
    320 X 200, 16 colors max
    Ports: TV, RGB & composite video
    2 joysticks, cartridge port
    serial peripheral port
    Peripherals: cassette recorder
    printer, modem
    external 170K floppy drive
    OS: ROM BASIC
     
  12. LordOpie

    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    That was my first PC as well :)


    Here's JBP's...



    :D
     
  13. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    I went from a C-64 to an 8086 and it sucked. I didn't get another computer until I started at Intel in '93 and got my P90. That thing was FAST!
     
  14. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    when i bought a mac with a 40 meg HD, my computer 'expert' buddy said i would never use all of the storage on it.
     
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    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    Same here, plus, that 40Mb HD cost $400!
     
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    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    640K ought to be enough for anybody. - Bill Gates, 1981
     
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    Arkayne I come bearing GIFs

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    I use a slide rule sometimes. They are pretty handy.
     
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    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    I grew up in the cool house. Not only did we have an Apple IIgs, we had a 286 with windows 3.1, AND a dot matrix printer!

    Does anyone else remember the gorilla game in Dosshell?
     
  20. BigMike

    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    Check this one out!

    20 whole mhz, and 2 megs of RAM!

    and according to The Inflation Calculator,