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[#] Sun Sep 23 2018 21:08:58 EDT from wizard of aahz

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HOORAY! Thanks IG.

[#] Sun Sep 23 2018 21:54:42 EDT from winzlo

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Yay, we're finally off the 386SX/20 with 4mb RAM and 30gb IDE hard drive?

[#] Mon Sep 24 2018 08:03:47 EDT from wizard of aahz

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No. That's the new machine.

[#] Mon Sep 24 2018 08:33:45 EDT from zooer

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Thirty gigs on a 386sx is a lot of storage.

[#] Mon Sep 24 2018 09:09:35 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Hey I still remember my Apple Cider hard drive. I think it was a whole 10 meg.

[#] Mon Sep 24 2018 10:44:43 EDT from Decomposed

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I remember DEC hard drives that were the size of today's mini-fridges.

I had a friend in college who inherited some money.  With it, he bought a 10  meg Winchester hard drive.  Around school, everyone was wowed.

But he didn't have the controller.  It was too expensive.  To the best of my knowledge, he NEVER got it to work.  But he had a Winchester hard drive!  That alone got him the chicks.  (Not.)

[#] Mon Sep 24 2018 11:35:25 EDT from wizard of aahz

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I had a 10 meg Winchester in the 1987 or so I think in an IBM AT compatible.

[#] Mon Sep 24 2018 11:42:46 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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My first "winchester" was 40 MB, and it was the one used to run this very system when it opened on 1988mar10.

System upgrades aren't that interesting anymore. And I like it that way.

[#] Mon Sep 24 2018 12:22:40 EDT from Decomposed

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I have an 8 TB external drive I bought on Black Friday a couple of years ago for $125.  I don't follow the technology much anymore but 8TB is still the biggest personal drive I've seen.  Once upon a time, you'd NEVER have been able to say that after two years.

[#] Mon Sep 24 2018 17:31:23 EDT from zooer

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Some citadel friends and I went to a computer show, they were selling 256meg drives for $256, a buck a meg... what a bargain. This was a big bulky 5¼ size drive. 

My first phone that could use an external micro SD card used 256meg, which I purchased for $36, that was about the size of a dime.

[#] Mon Sep 24 2018 17:36:21 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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You were lucky! We used 8-inch floppies and we were happy!!

[#] Mon Sep 24 2018 18:46:09 EDT from Decomposed

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When I bought my first computer, it only used 5.25" floppies.  It came with a software pack (word processor, spreadsheet and BASIC), so I bouhght *ONE* blank floppy disk for $7.00.  92k I think it was.

When I later bought a 10-pack, I learned that we could use a hole punch so that the floppies could be inserted and used upside down, doubling their capacity.  That was a big deal!  We called them "flippies".

It's amazing, when you think about it, what we were able to do with so little memory (64k) and disk storage.  I learned assembly, BASIC and C on that computer.  I wrote and sold games.  A friend and I typed in the hex for a forth interpreter and we actually got it working.  (Must have been a hundred pages of just straight hex.  Lots of fun to debug.  Not.)  Those with the money bought dBase IV.  So that little computer had word processing, games, spreadsheets, databases, connectivity (via 300 baud modem), compiling - pretty much all of the major applications we have today except for color, graphics and internet surfing.  In that respect, computer advances have been really disappointing.  Back then, I'd have bet that we'd be talking to computers like they were people by now, and that people would be spending all of them time in a virtual world more interesting than the real thing.  Being wrong on that last part might be a good thing...


[#] Tue Sep 25 2018 10:27:23 EDT from spilk

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I used to hear about these things. Cool they still exist. I got in too late to have ever been exposed to them. Hope you're all well!

[#] Tue Sep 25 2018 11:29:02 EDT from winzlo

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Man, I loved the sound of those Apple Hard Drives. A cool metallic ping sound with every read and write. I used to use that to fall asleep at night.

And 30gb on my own 3865SX/20 ran 4 nodes of a PCBoard BBS very well using DESQview and QEMM. Citadel multi-line was something of a pipe dream back then...

Back then, it was fun to get on the CB channels and let anyone listening that haed a modem to call in. Free public advertising. I won't admit to whether or not I was in FCC compliance with my power ratings, however, since my neighbors could also hear my adverts over their TV programs. ;)

[#] Tue Sep 25 2018 11:40:51 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Welcome, spilk! You'll find that small online communities are far more welcoming and comfortable than the big social media sites. Make yourself at home, and on behalf of the entire community, DIACF!

[#] Tue Sep 25 2018 11:43:04 EDT from winzlo

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Stay sharp, trust no-one, keep your laser handy, and remember - the computer is your friend.

[#] Tue Sep 25 2018 15:41:43 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Trust the computer....

No. I'm not paranoid. <evil grin>

[#] Tue Sep 25 2018 17:13:26 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Welcome! You enter the room and ... you have died.

[#] Tue Sep 25 2018 18:17:46 EDT from LoanShark

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Died? No use crying over spilk...

NO CARRIER18923746*%^&^$&^$%

[#] Wed Sep 26 2018 05:48:35 EDT from fleeb

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Yeah, 8" floppies... boo... wretched things. Glad I didn't have to use them too regularly, or much at all. Unfortunate I had to use them in the first place (it was for a typesetting machine, peculiarly).

Welcome aboard, spilk! If you haven't tried the text client yet, and you wanna go retro, try ssh-ing into this place with the username 'bbs' (no password required).

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