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Old June 13th, 2021, 07:45 AM   #16
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anyone remember Elcassette - I loved them " tape in a cassette at 3 and 3/4IPS.
I remember them well. They sounded so much better than the early Philips cassettes. Here in the states they were marketed by RCA and others.
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Old June 19th, 2021, 01:51 PM   #17
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Old enough to remember people getting themselves into an excited lather about "bubble memory" some sort of a revolutionary new tech which was going to come our way. I wonder whatever happened to it.

Learned enough about DOS3.2 to unpick and manually rewrite from a handwritten copy a somehow damaged batch file for Olivetti word processor which used a proprietory software called SWS.

Strangely enough, a screenwriting program of that generation works in Windows 10. It was originally a DOS software but in its version 5, was given its own shell which emulated the look of the Windows GUI but did its own thing. I am still using it and it was one of the few softwares which was millenium bug proof.

Olivetti SWS sent a much newer computer quite insane but sometimes it worked, blisteringly fast with the cursor going off rapidly like a disco strobe. Now Windows and its core guts is such a huge beast, I have no hope of mining into its gizzards to heal it.

Presently there is a conflict going on between a Nvidia graphics driver and Windows 10 that neither company is doing much to correct. Once COVID is put to bed, I guess some progress will be made.

Now does anyone have enough wrinkles and fullness under their chin to remember CTOS, Unisys and Token Ring networking. I never knew how it worked but it did and quite well so long as you learned and remembered all the keyboard shortcuts for WordPerfect 4 I think it was..

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Old June 22nd, 2021, 10:46 AM   #18
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Old enough to remember people getting themselves into an excited lather about "bubble memory" some sort of a revolutionary new tech which was going to come our way. I wonder whatever happened to it.
The bubble burst. ;-)
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Old July 12th, 2021, 03:33 AM   #19
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I'm old enough to remember how we used to sweat over the possibility of dropped frames.

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Old July 14th, 2021, 07:27 AM   #20
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Seeing as this has become a 'computer throwback' thread I'll chime in.

I remember freshman year of college 1991 I was assigned a computer class my first semester. My Dad worked in programming & an older brother was a computer science major, so I sorta knew a bit about it. I was keeping up, then about halfway thru we were assigned a 'calendar project', where we had to code a working calendar (pure data/BASIC, not like graphics too). Different days in month (28, 30, 31) and leap year. The horror!

I was really struggling, I'd break ground (28 days for February) then run into another obstacle (July/Aug 31). I'd complete it for a year, but it wouldn't flow into year 2. Then around Thanksgiving I got years done but couldn't get leap years. I kinda made friends with a kid in the class who was similar to me, ok at it but not a CS major, and saw him I think the last week of classes. I recall being in a near panic and asking him if/how he got leap years done. To his best, he tried to explain it or help, without fully giving it away, which I got. As much as I understood and respected him not fully telling me what to do, I was near pleading with him for help. I had met with the professor once or twice outside of class already, and was at my wits end. First semester and I'm almost flunking a class.

Anyway I took what he said and don't even remember but must've gone to the lab a few times or over the weekend and made progress. I do recall a point where I thought 'This might make it' after doing a change or two. I know it passed but I think there was something like it fell off after 100 year or a 1000, I just submitted it anyway. The professor noticed but I think I got a C or B & took it with pride. It was old DOS type computing before windows, kindof a stretch to assign a video major into back then for 'Intro to Programming'. Anyway, I look back on that with alot of pride, it really shows something about my sticktoitiveness & commitment.
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Old July 14th, 2021, 09:15 AM   #21
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Congratulations. There is certainly a lot of satisfaction that comes from figuring stuff out and making something that actually works. People that just want to be handed the answer on a silver platter will never understand that sense of accomplishment or build up their troubleshooting skills that can be applied to all kinds of situations in life.

BTW, imagine if you had to do that with IBM punch cards and you could only press "run" once every 24 hours to debug. You'd still be working on it! :-)
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Old July 15th, 2021, 12:18 PM   #22
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This is more my vintage:

- how things have changed!

Also, I believe that I was one of the first in the UK to use a computer for editing digital audio recordings for subsequent release on CD. The system was based on an ATARI computer and went by the name of Sound Maestro, manufactured by Audio Design and Recording, a well respected audio company here in the UK. This would have been around 1985/6.
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