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[#] Mon Jul 08 2013 09:47:40 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I know this is going to be disappointing news for everyone...

Microsoft is finally shutting down MSN TV (formerly known as WebTV).

Remember those cheesy set top boxes with dial up modems in them, for grandma to read her email and pull up web pages on the TV?  Yeah, believe it or not, the service is still running.  They finally announced that they're shutting it off at the end of September.

Microsoft spent nearly half a billion dollars to buy WebTV.  Fat lot of good it did them.  :)



[#] Thu Jul 11 2013 15:38:06 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Heh, Bill Gates is Hitler.



[#] Thu Jul 11 2013 15:43:54 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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My dad had one of those things.. back when computers cost a fortune, it was a lot cheaper than buying a new one... 

We had a 286, and our ISP stopped supporting shell-only access. You had to access by PPP. 

He didn't want to buy a new computer, because he was already planning on coming to live in Israel at that point, but he couldn't be without email b/c it was basically his lifeline to the family (my mom was already living in Israel half the time, and he was still in the US).

I guess these days, you'd buy a netbook or a cheap tablet...

back then, it was pretty much the only thing that could get him email that didn't cost $1000+



[#] Thu Jul 11 2013 19:01:43 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I know some people that had a webtv. My cousins purchased my aunt and uncle one.  One cousin I think is familiar with computers, the other cousin got her first computer and personal email address this year.  I don't think my aunt and uncle ever used the webtv.

The other person I know that got one... well I laughed when I heard about it, I hope it was a painful expensive mistake.



[#] Thu Jul 11 2013 20:10:20 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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And in other news ...

It seems that "Outlook.com" (last year they renamed Hotmail and skinned it to look like Outlook) has been down for most of the day. Some commenters were suggesting that perhaps M$ should spend less time integrating social media to mail accounts and more time on ensuring that basic functionality works.

Nothing like that classic M$ un-reliability. They're probably running it on Windows. :)

[#] Fri Jul 12 2013 03:18:00 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Thu Jul 11 2013 20:10:20 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

And in other news ...

It seems that "Outlook.com" (last year they renamed Hotmail and skinned it to look like Outlook) has been down for most of the day. Some commenters were suggesting that perhaps M$ should spend less time integrating social media to mail accounts and more time on ensuring that basic functionality works.

Nothing like that classic M$ un-reliability. They're probably running it on Windows. :)

maybe their NSA plugin got busted?

 



[#] Fri Jul 12 2013 05:45:14 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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RE: WebTV - In some cases, it actually made sense.

If you only wanted to be able to email and read the news or whatever, it was the cheapest solution at the time.

 



[#] Sat Jul 13 2013 01:21:11 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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My father-in-law does not use a computer yet.  He can get results.  All he has to do is say, "can you poke this up on that thing" and most people will do it for him.  It is surprising, but complete strangers will do it.  I find him to be the antithesis of both Bill Gates and Hitler.



[#] Sat Jul 13 2013 21:40:21 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Peek and Poke, ahhhh Beagle Brothers and apple // software.

[#] Mon Jul 15 2013 13:44:36 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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What about Commodore Pet?

[#] Mon Jul 15 2013 16:39:32 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Damn buncha newbies. I was doing PEEK and POKE on an S-100 box running CP/M (that is, when I wasn't rocking that machine with assembler)

[#] Mon Jul 15 2013 16:50:10 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Heh.. peek/poke... fun times on the TRS-80.

CP/M was great fun, too. Pity MS-DOS ripped their ideas.

[#] Mon Jul 15 2013 18:34:44 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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That's nothing. In my day, we had to program by singing our code onto the tape-drive.

[#] Mon Jul 15 2013 21:27:51 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Oh what I would have given to have had a microphone to sing into the tape drive. I had to write to tape with a magnetized needle.

[#] Tue Jul 16 2013 07:16:42 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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magnetic tape? I had to use paper tape with holes punched in it.

[#] Tue Jul 16 2013 09:03:44 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Luxury.

I needed to scratch the holes into the deck of cards using a pen knife, carry the whole load to the computer without dropping any of them, and feed the cards one by one like you're feeding a baby.

The results would show up in a series of lamps representing the binary result we had to interpret. And if any of the lamps burned out without our noticing it, we'd have to do the whole thing again to get the right results.

[#] Tue Jul 16 2013 11:46:25 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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lightweights. we didn't have lights. I had to use an abacus.

 



[#] Tue Jul 16 2013 11:48:21 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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You had an abacus? Really? We had to do nuclear simulations in our heads.

[#] Tue Jul 16 2013 13:06:37 EDT from vince-q @ Uncensored

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Hah!
Nothing compares with doing tensor calculus in your head.
Just ask Steven Hawking!

[#] Tue Jul 16 2013 19:46:49 EDT from Sig @ Uncensored

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We had to use Windows 3.1.

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