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Happy Birthday Windows 95!

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Steve Mehs, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. Redster

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    Its not very old but I have a fully functioning quad 166 netserver with 2 full memory cards sitting in our computer room. It makes a pretty good table, cant think of what else to use it for. My first was an Acer 200mhz back in 91, I was a late bloomer I guess.
     
  2. Richard King

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    Yep. The numbers glowed a nice orange color.
     
  3. ntexasdude

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    Nixie tube counters are still very cool devices. We used to use them to check the output frequencies of radio transmitters. I would imagine there are probably some still in use. :D
     
  4. cboylan3

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  5. Cholly

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    My guess is that they were IBM Series/I computers. In my former life at IBM, I programmed them, using both assembly language and an interpreter called EDL (Event Driven Language). They were cool machines, used largely in process control systems. In the Air Force, they were used in Minuteman silos.
     
  6. Danny R

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    First computer was a Commodore 64. That thing definately was a fun game machine and its still sitting out in my garage for the rare occassions I want to play some of the old cartridge games that worked with it.

    I certainly don't miss the high end cassette tape drive though. ;)
     
  7. Richard King

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    I have run into very few people who have ever heard of much less owned a 186 based machine in the past. Most people when I tell them that I had one say that there was no such processor and that I am mistaken. I just dumpstered mine about 6 months ago.
     
  8. Pepper

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    The Tandy 2000 had a 80186 and two dual sided 720K floppy drives. I never had one but wanted it real bad when it was introduced.

    At the time I had a TRS-80 Model 4P which was slightly less (only $2499) expensive. Before that a TRS-80 Model III with 16K and a cassette recorder.
     
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    I did the same with my Amstrad not long ago. Later I ran across an outfit that would have really liked to have gotten their hands on it, they collect very obsolete stuff like that. The Amstrad was neat in that the monitor stand sat in a small well on the top of the computer case. Under that was a well that took (I think) C batteries. This was the battery backup for the computer. About once a year you just changed the batteries. Very handy, batteries very available, didn't even have to take the cover off.
     
  10. SimpleSimon

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    My old boss still has a full set of Windows 1 diskettes. :)

    Of course, I started a bit before that - over 30 years ago. Was a beta-tester of the 8086 when I worked for Siemens. That was a couple of years before I built my first PC - an S-100 machine. The FDD controller issued seek pulses too fast for those IBM 8" drives I got surplus, so I had to design and build a speed-matching buffer for it. :)
     
  11. Bogy

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    This was in my Clean Laffs email this morning. It has to have been one of the very early Windows, Since it came on floppies.

     
  12. TNGTony

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    I still have my Atari 800 computer in its original box. I also have the printer, external 5ΒΌ" floppy drive and lots of disks. I also have the cassette tape drive. I think I also have several game cartridges too.

    The computer box has a sticker on it proudly stating, "Now with 48k memory!"

    See ya
    Tony
     
  13. SimpleSimon

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    :D Pirates get what they deserve. :lol:
     
  14. Tim Lones

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    My first computer was a used ACER with Win 95..Dont remember what the memory was but it had I think it had an 800 MB HD. this was about 1997-98. My first new computer was an Emachines ETower 533i with Windows 98SE which I bought in 1999. With all the discounts and rebates at Best Buy I ended up paying about $25 out of pocket for it. It had 8GB HD which I thought was huge. I just this spring upgraded to the EMachines T2894 wth Windows XP, 512 Ram and DVD Combo Drive..with a 60GB Hard Drive..should be the last computer I have to buy for a long time
     

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