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Computer flashback time...

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Gallium, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. Gallium

    Gallium CLM

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    Geez. I just recently ordered a computer, and as I was reviewing the order, I noted that it had the correct amount of RAM - 4MB.

    :faint:

    It was "4GB", but I saw 4MB, and somehow got back to 1993, when I paid a whopping $700 (if memory serves me correct) for 4x1MB sticks.

    I also remember my 20MB hard drive, which I promptly "double stacked" to somewhere near 40MB.


    RLL for the WIN! :supergrin:
     
  2. gwalchmai

    gwalchmai Lucky Member

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    Remember Steve Gibson's InfoWorld article? :supergrin:
     

  3. StarShip2100

    StarShip2100 Futurist

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    My first computer was a Tandy TRS-80 with cassett backup / storage and 16K memory.
     
  4. INJoker

    INJoker Simply Charming

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    When I was in junior high my parents bought a computer.

    I don't know what the specs on it were, but I do know that my father was told, "You will never, EVER need a computer with that much RAM or disc space."

    I'm sure you couldn't boot my cell phone contact list on that machine now.

    I also just told a teenager on Monday that I can remember when AOL was "new" and when everyone used Yahoo because Google didn't exist yet.

    The scariest part? Google isn't very old!!!
     
  5. mechanica

    mechanica Texazonan.

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    Bill Gates once said, on the subject of RAM, "640 k ought to be enough for anyone".

    Granted, this was 1981.
     
  6. rfenster

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    Same here, but mine was a TRS-80 Color Computer with 4K memory (later upgraded all the way to 64K and dual, count em, dual floppy drives)
     
  7. mechanica

    mechanica Texazonan.

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    Also, the Space Shuttle's General Purpose Computer runs on 1MB of RAM.
     
  8. RonS

    RonS Millennium Member

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    My first computer was a full size tower, Pentium 90, 1GB Hard drive and I think 16MB of ram. I got the 400 pound 19" monitor. Oh, and a 14.4 modem. Paid right at $3000.00 for the complete rig, including a UPS and a Canon printer. But no shipping, I drove up to the factory and picked it up.

    The monitor still worked when we sold it at a yard sale last summer.
     
  9. Gallium

    Gallium CLM

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    I have at my office, model computers from...about 1990 up to present.

    8088?
    8086
    286
    386 (DX? SX)
    486 > current.

    Also have Mac SE > Powerbook

    and one lonely straggly Sun Workstation. :)

    'Drew
     
  10. m2hmghb

    m2hmghb

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    I remember the tandy, 800 I think. The one where you used a TV as a monitor. My uncle gave us a Pentium 75 machine with a 14.4 baud modem that kicked butt with Combat Arms. Ahh the good ole days, when there were few cheaters in games.
     
  11. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Sandbox Refugee CLM

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    <<<--- Is trying to forget her Trash-80
     
  12. TexanRon

    TexanRon Come 'n Take It

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    And we're off down memory lane......I upgraded on my first one from 2MB RAM to 4MB-for what NYC said, about $700. Then my brother bought one and sprung for a HD with a whopping 440MB. I remember laughing at him and asking what he would need "that much" HD space for? Oh, and that dot-matrix printer, remember that sound? Brrraaaappp, brrrraaappp, brrrrrraaaapppp?
     
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    My first home computer was a 4.77mhz, 5 1/4" dual floppy drive that I bought in 1989. When we upgraded our office computer from a 20MB to a 40MB I replaced one floppy drive in the home computer with the 20MB. I think it had 256K of RAM. We thought we were just right up town with all those big numbers. Did I forget to mention DOS?:rofl:
     
  14. airmotive

    airmotive Tin Kicker

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    My first PC.
    I ordered it from a company called CyberMax.
    Like most PC manufacturers, they've folded.
    CPU: Cyrix P150
    4 MB of RAM
    1.2 Gig hard drive
    Windows 95 (Just released!!)
    9600 baud modem.
    (When's the last time you saw "baud"???)
     
  15. HK Dan

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    Oh geez...My first one was a Commodore 64. The salesman actually SAID: "64k? The human brain can't wrap around that much storage--you'll never fill that up..."

    Cassette back up--If I wrote something in basic and wanted to save it, I'd pop in the tape and go to chow. It would almost be done when I got back.

    Dan
     
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    Ahhh the golden days... you can still get emulators that let you run old DOS programs at their appropriate speeds (Sierra and LucasArts games FTW).

    I had....
    8088 (dad's)
    8086 (dad's)
    PCjr.
    286
    486
    Pentium

    Everything from the 286 on up still works!
     
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    I remember in the early 1990's, there was a discount computer warehouse running a "buck a meg" sale on replacement hard drives. A 250MB hard drive would have been $250, etc. It was a good deal at the time, but at that rate, a 1TB HD that can now be had for around $100 would have cost one MILLION dollars!
     
  18. geminicricket

    geminicricket NRA Life member

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    My first was a TI-99.

    Mother-in-law scored a dozen at Employee Sales for $20 each. Everybody got one for Christmas.
     
  19. bobby_w

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    I just reluctantly disposed of my TRS-80, C64, IBM 8088, Mac 128 and AppleII. All still worked. They were just taking up space in my store room.

    I did keep my Sinclair ZX81 and TI red led 4 function calculator.

    I even belonged to HAL and HAUG computer clubs in Houston when they first started up.

    I had a DEC VAX 3800 in my computer room at my house.

    I built a 25 year IT career (started in 1978) on the foundation of those wonderful machines.
     
  20. aircarver

    aircarver Descent Terminated Silver Member

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    Memory was hand-made by elves back then.....:supergrin: