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  •  Do you remember connecting with an analog modem? (3+ / 0-)
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    I remember trying to remotely diagnose computers with an analog modem connection. There was more than one of us working on the problem at the same time.

    When you got noise on the line, random characters would start showing up in your receive box.

    The square root character always seemed to show up: √

    The office tradition was to call out, "I'm getting free radicals!" whenever this happened.

    •  I remember double-sided, double-density... (0+ / 0-)

      ...5-1/4" floppies, in an IBM PC! And 2400 baud modems!

      Ya wanna talk old? Meteor Blades will tell you about the older versions.

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 07:23:22 AM PDT

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      •  Single density, single-sided, 300 baud... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...but we upgraded to 1200 baud pretty quickly.

        Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 09:20:16 AM PDT

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        •  I'm surprised you didn't get... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...the DSDD floppies. We were lucky in that all of our original 5150's came with them. Of course, only one came with a 20 MB hard drive originally, but then we got 20 MB HardCards for the other 2. We got 9 years of use out of those old machines.

          Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

          by JeffW on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 09:32:12 AM PDT

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          •  We started with zero hard drives. And half our... (2+ / 0-)
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            ...first six machines had only a single drive slot. And they cost a fortune to do 1% of what your watch can do now.

            Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

            by Meteor Blades on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 09:39:20 AM PDT

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            •  Too true... (0+ / 0-)
              And they cost a fortune to do 1% of what your watch can do now.
              We've come quite a ways, and yet there's a lot of excess "stuff" that crowds computers these days.

              Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

              by JeffW on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 02:15:15 PM PDT

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