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Old 02-23-2010, 09:07 PM   #41
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I miss the original floppy disks that you could frisbee like 50 meters
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Old 02-23-2010, 09:12 PM   #42
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I sold my 16K Heathkit H89 a few years back on Ebay for $700. Horrible investment (I think I paid $1500 for it). I guess I should have bought some MSFT instead <G> (would have probably been worth MILLIONS of $$$ by now).





I can remember getting my first 300 baud modem. Was a shame because there was no one to call. I did the old war dialer thing just trying to connect with anyone. Was pretty interesting what you could get into back then.
Ah Heathkit.. never built any of their computers, but I did buy an RCA oscilloscope kit from them and build it. I don't imagine they're still around...

When I was in college we used 300 baud modems to compile COBOL... our PrimeOS mini didn't have a COBOL compiler so we used the "SuperWylber" at WSU.
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I miss the original floppy disks that you could frisbee like 50 meters
My father worked for NCR and the disc packs (metal platters stacked up inside plastic cases - imagine a huge HD with 14" platters) would sometimes "crash" when the read heads would slam into the platters. The crashed discs were thrown away and later recovered by me. Imagine a 14" metal frisbee with sharp edges. Lots of fun...

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Ahhh 5.25 floppies. Joe and I are similar aged. He may be a couple years older. My first jobs were with SGI computers and I was a 3-D Modeler for real time flight simulation. I'm a long way from that now.... I plant seeds in the ground and harvest them in the fall.
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Ahhh 5.25 floppies. Joe and I are similar aged. He may be a couple years older. My first jobs were with SGI computers and I was a 3-D Modeler for real time flight simulation. I'm a long way from that now.... I plant seeds in the ground and harvest them in the fall.
Kind of went the other way there didn't ya? I will soon start a career in the computer world soon (officially anyway) but I also do some planting and selling on the side in the summer. The highest and lowest (in a sense) of technology. Nice to be on both ends of the spectrum, purely man made, and nature.
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Kind of went the other way there didn't ya? I will soon start a career in the computer world soon (officially anyway) but I also do some planting and selling on the side in the summer. The highest and lowest (in a sense) of technology. Nice to be on both ends of the spectrum, purely man made, and nature.
Yea I started a family and moved back home. Really screwed up the career.

I still have a contact at Flight Safety in STL and he says they would hire me anytime. I work a LOT, but it is a family based business and pays the bills. 4500 acres of row crop and 300 head of cattle.
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Ahhh 5.25 floppies. Joe and I are similar aged. He may be a couple years older. My first jobs were with SGI computers and I was a 3-D Modeler for real time flight simulation. I'm a long way from that now.... I plant seeds in the ground and harvest them in the fall.
We have a shelf here at work in the public area that still has a few boxes of Maxell 5 1/4. We have punch cards and the like in a display. I just tossed a box from the bottom shelf of my desk last month when I was cleaning **** out.

The 5 1/4s are there simply because everyone is too lazy to clean the shelf, not because they're being "displayed" for historical purposes.

What's worse than the old media is the fact that we still use some Fortran software that is 20+ years old. It's math heavy geodesy stuff that nobody has the time or desire to rewrite. It does some coordinate conversions and is only used once in a blue moon.

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