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Metasquares
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I remember when 5 1/4" floppy disks were considered "small", because the previous format was 7". I don't recall using any of the 7" disks, however.
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quote:
Originally posted by Metasquares:
I remember when 5 1/4" floppy disks were considered "small", because the previous format was 7". I don't recall using any of the 7" disks, however.

8" actually, but what's an extra inch between friends?

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If you watch 'The History Of NASA' backwards, it's about a space agency that has no manned spaceflight capability, then does low-orbit flights, then lands on the Moon.

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I remember being grumpy when Apple cost-reduced the auto-inject floppy drive out of their computers. What do you mean I have to shove it all the way in myself?

Erm. You can interpret that last comment any way you want, I guess.

(Edited to fix retarded spelling error.)

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Metasquares
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quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
quote:
Originally posted by Metasquares:
I remember when 5 1/4" floppy disks were considered "small", because the previous format was 7". I don't recall using any of the 7" disks, however.

8" actually, but what's an extra inch between friends?
Ah, you're correct. I guess I'm not quite old enough to remember that accurately [Smile]
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I'm old enough to remember a Sony expo of Future Technologies... lame.
I didn't know any other OS than Windows 95 and Linux was that penguin thing.
Our president at the time was involved in a drug scandal uncovered by the next president who in fact worsen every aspect in Colombia.
Remember Barbie Girl, and played over and over again the Backstreet Boys [blush] .

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I remember playing with my Speak 'n' Spell and Speak 'n' Math.

And I feel like I grew up in the earlier computer revolution, because our first computer was an 8088 "IBM Clone" rather than something running Windows. [Razz]

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I remember being dragged out of bed in the middle of the night to watch the Moon landing. We looked at a blurry grey trapezoid on a black background for a few minutes, then everyone cheered and I was sent back to bed.

It took me almost exactly thirty years to clue-in to why I didn't remember seeing a guy in a space suit [blush] What we watched was the actual landing as seen through the LM window; when Armstrong stepped off the next day we were on the highway somewhere between Toronto and Halifax.

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I also remember when my highschool got a 32kB Commodore PET to go alongside the 8kB machines; we all wondered why on Earth anyone would ever need 32 kilobytes of RAM...

The computer lab still had a couple of card presses in the corner with decks of Fortran code in them.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
8" actually, but what's an extra inch between friends?

Sometimes it's everything. [blush]
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Hehehe, dirty [Wink]

Oh, I'm old enough to still remember the original Transformers. I still love em. Still have all my old toys too. First one I ever got was Motor Mouth in Changi Airport, Singapore when I was a wee little tacker. Must've been about 20 years ago now. [Happytears]

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first of all. thank you everyone for making me feel older than dirt, because not only do i remember all off the above, but i remember armstrong & co landing on the moon (sorry, i know this is sort of a twofer) as well as all the feeds from mission control during apollo 13 showing the engineers working away furiuosly on their slide rules (that's right folks, no calulators for those boys) trying to figure out how to bring the astonauts back.
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I'm just old enough to remember Luke's parentage being a spoiler in The Empire Strikes Back.
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I'm old enough to remember flares, and platform shoes.

But I'm told that with enough therapy, I'll be able to forget.

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I'm old enough to remember three figure member #s.
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I'm old enough to remember ... umm ... hmm ...

I'm old enough to forget :-/

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I'm old enough to remember Ed "Big Daddy" Roth and the Rat Fink.

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I remember learning the words to "Little Arrows" (~1968?) off my grandma's kitchen radio... I Googled/Limewired it a few weeks ago, what an annoying song. Never revisit your past!
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I too remember the moon landing - I watched it on the BBC news and I was all of 5 at the time.

I also remember using a mechanical calculator at school which had a lever on the side to make it work. And I still have both my slide rules (pocket one for quick calculations and a BIG one for more precision. I don't USE them now of course.

*Sigh* Happy days . . .

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Alright I can think of several things but I'll boil it down to these.

I'm old enough to remember when the only audio in the car was an AM radio. And then 8-tracks (remember the Panasonic portable player?).

Captain Kangaroo. That's another one.

Oh, and getting soda out of the machine where you pulled out the glass bottles.

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I remember when you opened a can of fizzy pop, and the ring pull came off in your hand!
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I remember when it was legal to wrap Fish & Chips in old newspapers - Blech! [ohwell]

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I've been here five years, almost, and I'm still young.

Actually, it's kind of a refreshing feeling. I talk to kids these days who don't know what Ghostwriter was.

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Richard Wolf VI
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Hey! Ghostwriter was the R0X0R!!!!1!!one11!
The Spanish dubbing was relatively *new*, just when Discovery Kids started as a 6+ channel, not the awkward, kiddie, brain-washer type it has become these days...

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Richard Wolf VI
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I have found out that I'm old enough to remember when Cable TV was still a privilege.

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I can remember:

Rotary dial telephones
4 major network channels and a few UHF ones
Remote controls with 20 foot long cords
No cells phones anywhere whatsoever
No internet - only one user at a time BBS dialup

And I'm really not THAT old, dangit! [Eek!]

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