10 Awesome Things I Remember About Computers
Great fun on Twitter today as I asked when folks went online for the first time in their lives. The answers were marked with the #goonline hashtag. Mostly just random reminiscing but it got me remembering the fun we had "suffering" in the olden days.
The best part, of course, is that my "olden days" aren't yours. Maybe you learned with punch cards or maybe your first machine was a *gulp* Pentium. Either way, it was different and now it's a part of you.
Here's a totally random, completely useless collection of things I remember doing/accomplishing/working on while I was "coming up" in computers.
What's your list? Is it a list of suffering? Of joy? Of great fun? Of accomplishment?
What's 10 Awesome Things You Remember About Computers?
Using QEMM to rearrange all the TSRs in upper and extended memory. Then getting better than QEMM and using intuition to get better results.
Stacker'ing a 40 meg MFM hard drive. Upgrading to DR-DOS and getting compression for free.
Running a multi-node WildCAT! BBS under DesqView. Later running it under OS/2, then OS/2 Warp.
Upgrading my PC/XT by meticulously adding dozens of DIPs to an QUADBOARD expansion.
Using a standard paper hole punch to punch another write-protect notch in a 5 1/4" floppy to make it double-sided.
Telling everyone to be quiet so the acoustic coupler on a 300 baud modem could do its thing.
Using a regular cassette tape to play games on a Commodore Vic 20. LOAD "*", 1, 1
Printing out 40+ page or more giant-posters of Mr. Spock created entirely in ASCII on a TSR-80 and a 9-pin dot matrix printer. It took hours.
Typing in games from the back of COMPUTE! magazine. I ended up hiring kids from down street to read the long list of HEX values and CRC codes to me.
Buying a printer to work with PaperClip and having to type the printer's control codes directly into the application.
What's yours, Dear Reader?