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Mindblower
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July 25, 2009 - 9:01 am
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Posted a tiny intro at the start, but believe it's time to crack the shell now (and expose more - very shocking). I've been playing with computers since the 70's . It started in school and took on a life of many proportions. To me, a computer was (is) simply a tool, nothing more (it just seems like more since you can use almost any tool to be a hammer, when you're too lazy to get a hammer).

I've never let my interest in computers become anything more than a hobby (there are a few work related exceptions) and am happy with my decision. Found it best to separate hobby from bread earnings, since the hobby would then die and I'd lose a friend (in a manner of speaking).

My quest for learning about computers and using them has always been split between hardware and software. Not a 50/50 split, but one that I hope will always linger. This is why I never like to junk something that works, just because the new years model is out. I do upgrade, and sometimes go hog out and get the new years model.

Do (did) so with software too. Was working with '95 when I plunged into XP (year 1 or 2). Don't know is skipping over the other OS's was a good or bad thing, but I'm holding onto XP till the bitter end.

Still have and use DOS machines along with its software. Only draw back is no mouse support and it does take some time to adjust (like a time zone).

This should be post number 98, so don't read too much into what I've disclosed, Mindblower!

"For the needy, not the greedy"

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David Hartsock
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July 25, 2009 - 12:56 pm
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Is post 100 where you spill the beans?

Of course, as I type this I'm using my wife's high heel shoe to fix this nail that's been poking out of the wall for some time...

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Jim Hillier
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July 25, 2009 - 11:33 pm
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MB, you do bring back memories .....I started off with a little B & W TRS-80 which loaded programs via audio tapes, I still have a working Commodore 64, Amiga 500 and Amiga 600. I remember back in the day when home computers were, largely, either word processors or gaming consoles...with a smattering if IBM clones. Who'd have thought that would all lead to what we have/know today!!

cheers mate....JIM

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Mindblower
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Well ozbloke, prior to the TRS-80 (I believe) which came with a spanking 48k (which I expanded to 64k), and yes to saving and reading via tapes, I used a (name unknown) which connected to the TV via UHF and you needed to press three keys (since it had no function keys) .....

Those were the days one could honestly say they were slaves of the computer, Mindblower!

"For the needy, not the greedy"

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Jim Hillier
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July 28, 2009 - 10:57 am
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Hey MB, you're really starting to let the cat out of the bag now!

To my eternal embarrassment I once (many moons ago when I was young and even more foolish) paid about 4 times my then weekly wage for a black and white game of ping pong which connected to the T.V. in much the same manner you described. That was all it did, one simple game in black and white, two human players or one vs the machine, no other variations....man, I must have been crazy!!!

cheers.....JIM

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July 28, 2009 - 11:37 am
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wow guys.

the first computer i remember owning was a commodore 64 -- but it was my parents!!
my first machine that was truly mine was an old white box 386 that ran Win95. It had been overclocked (complete with turbo button) to 133 Mhz (I think it was a 66Mhz) - when the CPU fan went out the processor fused to the motherboard. BAM. End of computer.

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