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Do you remember...

Posted 16 June 2009 - 07:04 AM

... when 1GB Storage was going to be all you'd ever need?

I do, yet I still panic now that I see I only have 50GB remaining on my D:\.
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 07:27 AM

i remember my first computer had a 2gb harddrive. with a 16mb diamond stealth video card. those were the days huh. i sure lots of the fogies on here remember way before that too. like the hard drives that would shake the whole table and you needed two people to lift up. what will we think of todays technology in 10-15 years? pretty crazy to think about that.
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 07:42 AM

My first PC was a 386 with 1MB RAM and a 10MB HDD, expanded to a whopping 20MB using Doublespace in DOS.

And I'm not a 'fogie' :P
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 07:56 AM

Turbo Button!
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 08:07 AM

View PostBort, on 16 Jun, 2009 - 06:42 AM, said:

My first PC was a 386 with 1MB RAM and a 10MB HDD, expanded to a whopping 20MB using Doublespace in DOS.

And I'm not a 'fogie' :P

That sucks, I suppose that was the best at the time, huh? Well, I'm guessing that was one of the most expensive things at the time as well!
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 08:11 AM

Dang, I remember when the P1 chip first came out...of course my mom had it with 2 20mb HDD in one case, and they were partitioned into 2 drives each so she had a total of 4 HDD's in one case. Found some pretty interesting stuff on them since she never cleaned the computer off BEFORE sending to my school to use. We also had 386 and 486 computers with the 1mb RAM and 10mb HDD's....they are what I learned to program on in QBASIC.
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 08:15 AM

Ahhh those were the days *tears up*
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 08:34 AM

View Postpapuccino1, on 16 Jun, 2009 - 08:56 AM, said:

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Yep, couldn't play sopwith or tetris wihout it. :P

My first computer had 64K of RAM, upgraded from 32K. It was an Atari 800. The games it played were from 30-50K. Computer magazines still had source code; pages of it. The Internet didn't exist. My modem was 300 baud and I could watch the bytes being downloaded.

I've used IBM PC computers that had 256K of RAM and no hard drive, but a second floppy. Then another IBM PC that had a hard drive; it was a whole 10M. Yes, not Gig, Meg. And when your spread sheet program could run off a 360K floppy, a MB was considerable.

Yeah, I remember lots of dead tech. :rolleyes:
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 08:48 AM

Well, back then programmers were really gifted. You had to craft everything yourself and you had to properly manage your resources. Shave off the extra fat your software could have was crucial.

Baavgai, do you think we're spoiled now? What with all the available libraries, .NET classes, etc. I feel dirty every time I make a program and use .NET and I know I shouldn't but I do. I mean, people busted their ass off for this and I feel cheap knowing I didn't make it.

Have you ever had that problem?
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 09:15 AM

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Turbo Button!

Aah, I needed that to play all the games made by Epic Megagames (The EA of those days).
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 09:16 AM

Oh yeah. I remember people thinking that 1GB of space was ridiculous, and you'd never need that much.

Now, people have way more than that on an iPod! Technology is amazing!
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 09:25 AM

Oh Voodoo FX 3D wo bist du?
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 11:22 AM

:)

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 02:15 PM

I remember Windows 98 w/128 mb RAM from before my dad upgraded us 6 years ago to Windows XP w/512 mb RAM(before I had enough discretionary $ to upgrade us). This past winter he, got us a new XP computer w/2 gb RAM (finally!). I'm just really glad he hasn't downgraded us to vista or windows 7.
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 04:00 PM

View Postpapuccino1, on 16 Jun, 2009 - 09:48 AM, said:

Baavgai, do you think we're spoiled now? What with all the available libraries, .NET classes, etc. I feel dirty every time I make a program and use .NET and I know I shouldn't but I do. I mean, people busted their ass off for this and I feel cheap knowing I didn't make it.

Have you ever had that problem?


We were also awed by Mandelbrot sets that took days to generate, spinning color pallets, and photo quality graphics at a whooping 320x200. It's was a lot easier to impress the natives back then. So, in a sense, the tools have allowed programmers to keep up with user expectation.

We really haven't been able to write directly to the hardware since Windows. (Or Linux, I just finished a small Xlib project. ) We write programs for a certain level of abstraction, using tools that offer even more abstraction. Even if you were to write ASM now, on some systems it would just turn into some kind of p-code for a virtual machine.

I do feel things like C#, Python, and the plethora libraries most languages have, make some tasks really easy. However, the overall job is so much more complex than it used to be, it's hard to get real bothered by it.
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