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Colonel Panic
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Icon 1 posted March 07, 2007 15:50      Profile for Colonel Panic         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I understand this is the age of speed dating, this is more an act of carbon dating.

Only one memory per post, and geeky things count double ...

This is not my oldest memory but appropriate for geeks.

I'm old enough to remember when my best friend's oil delivery business handled its billing with an Apple II computer.

Don't be shy.

You're old enough to remember what?

Whippersnappers

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Colonel Panic _________________ I was growing up in Decatur Mi and when we got a phone we had a four digit number thats right folks there were not ten thousand people in that little crossroads.

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Icon 1 posted March 07, 2007 16:14      Profile for DoctorWho     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
In the 70's down here in the heart of Cajun country, we still had drive in movies and my grandmother had a party line.

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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted March 07, 2007 16:55      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
When I was a kid, people didn't ask your phone number, they asked if you had a phone number.

My family got a phone when I was 10.

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Mac D
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I remember actually having to DIAL a number. Not push buttons. You would turn a dial. And then it would fairly slowly roll back and you would turn it again for the next number. And all phones where connected to the wall. And you put a really long cord on it so you could move about the room you where in.

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Icon 1 posted March 07, 2007 18:01      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I remember at school (and I was 16 by then) we had a "steam terminal" to the local college computer... it had a "real" audio coupling modem (where you dialled and then put the handset into a foam filled box and flicked a little switch on the outside) and if you typed in a program in BASIC, you could save it for later reinstallation by getting a little "ticker tape" punched paper ribbon that could be run back through a reader...

One of my friends spent weeks programming a "huge" game he called Magic Caverns into it and we all took turns playing it (text based RPG it would be known as now.... L/R/F/B? L - you hit the wall, L/R/F/B? F - You meet a Wibble Monster - R/F/MS.... etc.) Seems totally crude and rubbish? It was totally heaven and an unbelievably magic experience. We played it every chance we got until the "steam terminal" got taken away... We were leaving school then anyway.

I didn't really have any real involvement with computers for another 10 years bar a bit of tinkering with ZX81s and a few Amstrads until I was introduced to the Macintosh IICX in about 1990 - the rest, as they say, is history....

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My father had an LED watch. It was a power hog when on, so you pressed a push button to turn on display and it would shut off after you let it go.

I think I get my geekiness from my father. He signed up for a course that taught him to repair televisions. Part of the course required him to build one from parts. I was three years old watching him solder circuits together and plug in tubes. He installed a huge antenna that must have been at least 60 foot high so that we could catch both New Orleans and Baton Rouge clearly.

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boo
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I'm old enough to remember the world before the internet. [Happytears]
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I'm old enough to remember writing programs on coding sheets and then taking the sheets to the keypunch to "enter" the program onto a stack of cards and then sending the stack of cards off to the "machine room" to have your stack of cards read and then hover around the "output bins" waiting for your paper output just to find out that you didn't space over to column 7 on one line and the whole thing didn't run because of it.
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GrumpySteen

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I'm old enough to remember buying DRAM chips to stick in the empty memory expansion sockets on the Apple ][ memory card. 256k cost a -lot- back then.

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Richard Wolf VI
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I'm young enough to have played The Greatest Console Ever [Razz]
...remember when Compaq started selling the "multimedia" PC, Apple was almost broke, Geo Cities was the greatest thing in the Internet and Google didn't exist... scary.

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I'm old enough to remember when computer word sizes were not all multiples of 8. (I've used 10, 18 and 36 bit machines)
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I remember when AOL was mac-only.

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Icon 1 posted March 07, 2007 21:41      Profile for WinterSolstice     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hmmm - let's see... 1 per post, eh?

I'm old enough that I learned C before it was standardized.

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WinterSolstice

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Icon 1 posted March 07, 2007 21:44      Profile for WinterSolstice     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ok - I'm cheating by adding a second post [Big Grin]

I remember when INN and GEnie and Prodigy had all the good games, and Shadows of Yserbius was the best MMORPG ever.

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Bibo
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Icon 1 posted March 07, 2007 22:42      Profile for Bibo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I remember playing Pong in the Lobby of a Ramada Inn back in the 70s. And when this was THE game to have (it was released 4 years before Simon).
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Oh and I remember my Grandparents having a party line in a small town in Michigan (Marion).

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boo
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quote:
Originally posted by WinterSolstice:
Ok - I'm cheating by adding a second post [Big Grin]

I'm old enough to cheat, too. [Big Grin] And I want a piece of that amazing Treasure Chest cake. (I want a piece with some treasure, please)

And that Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal .. that was freakin' amazing!! [Eek!] Martha Stewart, eat your heart out.

/endhijack

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I remember having a Pong game console...that's all it played...and we thought it was great. Such an innovation!
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I remember a lab I was once in buying a 200 mb drive -- I thought "we'll never fill that up".

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I'm old enough to have used eWorld. (My first Internet Community! [Happytears] )

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Mac D
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I remember having to make 4 partions on a 160Mb HD because dos 3.1 could only handle 40Mb drives.

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WinterSolstice

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quote:
Originally posted by boo:
quote:
Originally posted by WinterSolstice:
Ok - I'm cheating by adding a second post [Big Grin]

I'm old enough to cheat, too. [Big Grin] And I want a piece of that amazing Treasure Chest cake. (I want a piece with some treasure, please)

And that Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal .. that was freakin' amazing!! [Eek!] Martha Stewart, eat your heart out.

/endhijack

Jess makes amazing cakes, and thanks - I love photography.

Here's another one:
I have a 50 MB miniscribe MFM hard-disk that's bigger and heavier than a Shuttle PC.

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Cap'n Vic

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I'm old enough to remember when the first man (allegedly) walked on the moon. Although I often wonder if I manufactured the memory (because I would have only been 3 years old) but I can recall being at my grandparents and watching it on a big ol' console black and white TV.

Years later (when I was arounf 10) I remember being totally stoked when my dad announced we were going to buy a colour TV which seemed completely amazing even though we only got two channels.

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I remember us kids getting the Atari 2600 game console for Christmas. [Smile]
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