Remember when... 250 MB was all you needed?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by JamesE, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. Thrup'ny Bit

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    My first home computer came as a kit

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    1Kb RAM...
     
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    My first computer was an Altair. Never did a whole lot with it after it was built. (I wish I still had it!)

    My first personal computer had 4K ram...

    My first computer with a hard drive had 20 mb....

    I still have an operational Commodore C64.

    Don't even get me started on HP calcs....

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    "Open the pod bay doors, HAL"

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    We did real time data acquisition and control at sites with 8K and 16K words and 1200 baud modems. It was self modifying code in mini-mainframes. The master control was a 256K word mainframe. The fastest modems we had were 4800 baud.
     
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    My first computer in the early 80's was a Dragon 32k

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    We have it good these days.

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    Hook up into a Rats brain....

    Youll get 80 terraflops, competes with IBMS BLUEGENE at 90 terraflops. RAM is pretty much the same.





    Who needs more proccesing power than that.







    Rat brains....the future CPU and proccesor.

    Human brain is about 1000 times more powerful. Pretty amazing.
     
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    64k of memory (takes over 15 million of these to equal one Gb), 5.25" floppy drives, turbo buttons, 8088 processors, "trash 80's", thermal printers with tractor drive, punch cards, monochrome monitors, DOS editors, the Mac Plus, 2400 baud modems - yes I recall all these.

    What I've noticed with consumer computer products and even commercial products, is that performance peaked a long time ago, and has actually reversed. It takes longer now to perform the same functions due to the incredible cumbersome inefficiency of operating systems from years of lazy short-sighted patching of systems, deceptive information gathering routines and spyware, and other parasitic activity built into applications and operating systems. You have to have lived thru the whole era to get it.
     
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    I had an Ensoniq 16+ sampler (1990) that I upgraded the memory to ~4 megabytes of sample space, that's it, that's all it had was 4 megabytes of sample space for all 8 tracks of instruments.

    A week ago I downloaded a single sampled piano that is 34GB in size.
     
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    I received a Sinclair as a gift in 1983. Never could get it to work and tossed it. Bought a TRS-80 after that and taught myself BASIC. Later, the company I worked for was introducing PCs for the shop floor and I was part of the test group. I thought the Mac 128 was pretty cool and bought one for myself...but the shop decided to split and put IBM PC jr's in the machine-shop and Mac's in the graphics dept. (which was a good move). I tossed my 128 Mac and bought an AT 25mhz clone which had both a 5-1/4 floppy and a 1.44 micro drive. I thought that thing was awesome!
     
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    When buying my first computer (a Leading Edge Model D) I thought long and hard about the size of the hard drive that I was going to get.

    I said "to hell with it" and spent the extra $1000 or so to get the 20Mb drive instead of the 10Mb one.

    This was when the best word processing program (WordPerfect) fit on two 360Kb floppies.

    I also went nuts and got the maximum RAM (640Mb) and the fastest modem (1200 baud) then available.

    Whoa...
     
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    I printed up some labels for a few 1.44Mb floppies that read "Super Drive 5.6Mb" and really freaked out a few co-workers.
     
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    120Kb singled sided floppies.

    "And if you tell that to the youth of today they won't believe you."
     
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    Young pup.
     
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    I still have nightmares...punch cards... Fortran... impossible homework deadlines... balky printers and plotters...and professors with no clue how to teach computer programming. Screw all that!
     
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  20. thomquietwolf

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    Yeh
    Sumpin like...
    {
    Grampa....
    You olds sure had a dull life...
    Floppies...
    750K memory...
    Whittlin sticks with paring knives...
    How did ya not shoot yerself...
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