What's it been, 15 years since Spirit of Christmas was first leaked? Gotta be around that- I well remember downloading it from Usenet a piece at a time onto the VAX at college, carrying a huge pile of floppy disks back and forth to the computer center over several consecutive evenings to offload it via one of the few PS/2 machines surrounded by an ocean of VT220s, and then tediously re-assembling it into a single AVI file on my 486.
I'm having a bit of a "you kids today don't know what computing used to be like..." moment here.
I wonder if I still have that file somewhere...
Yep, there it is; SOC.AVI. 54.5 megs, dated August 8, 1996. So, 19 years. Man, I can't believe I still have that. I didn't even realize that folder still existed on my hard drive- I guess I've maintained pretty good backup discipline over the past few decades. Some real classic **** in there. Lot of videos that I don't have the right codec to play anymore...
Actually, I can't believe I even kept it. Back then, 54.5 megs would have been a significant chunk of my primary hard drive. I must have offloaded it to an MO cartridge or something.
That was the very first "real" video I ever watched on a PC. (eg: excluding purely CG stuff like Amiga megademos). The file is dated September 10, 1995. It took 7 seconds to upload just now, and I can't even remember how many days it took to download 20 years ago.
New toy... BudgetLightForum.com group buy of custom single-emitter/single 18650 flashlight. It's exactly as long as a regular Expo dry-erase marker and about 50% thicker. $25!!!
My cel-phone cannot provide a representation of what this thing will do, but I had it out tonight in my neighborhood park. It has no problem completely illuminating an area the size of a football field.