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Riverside Laker
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PostWed May 27, 2020 8:08 pm 
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I remember when NWhikers was born, back in the dark ages.  WTA had closed down their chat feature. Ah, thems were the days. Perhaps some readers of this site weren't born yet.
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PostThu May 28, 2020 7:01 am 
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I got my first computer in 1993, a Compaq 486 with 4 mb of RAM and a 250 mb hard drive. Now I use my iPad Pro for most of my computing needs. Though I still use my desktop computer every so often for things I can’t do that well on the iPad, like managing all the digital pictures I have taken.

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PostThu May 28, 2020 5:28 pm 
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I didn't plan or expect this to make people nostalgic although I shouldn't be surprised.  I just thought it would make a few people laugh to see middle aged and older people fooling the kids these days.  I love the last screenshot where the youth clearly isn't sure if he's being messed with or not.

But if it's a happy nostalgia I'll take it.   smile.gif

My first computer had BASIC as an operating system.  Second one, too.  This obviously set me up for a life of sedentary misadventure.  Not that I can complain, I get to work from home, don't do physical labor, etc.  I remember my mom spending $400 on a 20 MB hard disc, probably around 1990.  It was a luxury at the time.
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PostFri May 29, 2020 5:09 pm 
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catsp wrote:
And how far we have come:

5GBioShield

Ha! And it's not even April 1st yet!  lol.gif  dizzy.gif  dizzy.gif

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PostFri May 29, 2020 6:05 pm 
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moonspots wrote:
catsp wrote:
And how far we have come:

5GBioShield

Ha! And it's not even April 1st yet!  lol.gif  dizzy.gif  dizzy.gif

P.T.Barnum was too optimistic about human nature.  It's more like a millisecond now.
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PostFri May 29, 2020 7:38 pm 
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I started working in the Risk Dept at Texas Instruments in 1987. No Windows; no mouse, all DOS and keyboard. Typed in long, looonng strings to get data from the Aston Tate dBase. No mouse, no click & get. Hand-typed strings with all kinds of punctuation. I was really good at it.

Anyway, my first day, I had word processing training on a program they used, called Samna. They had tested WordPerfect and Samna, and thought that Samna was going to be the one to soar. But it didn't.

Then I went into their legal dept, which did use WordPerfect. What a pain in the ass software that was. Learning all the keystrokes to do one thing was such a hassle. No mouse, mind you. Good Lord, what a pain in the ass. I also learned Harvard Graphics.

TI had the world's 2nd largest electronic messaging system (the US military was first; at least that's what I was told). We called it "M-S-G."  "Hey, Teresa, did you send Mike that M-S-G? "

You'd go to DOS (alt-tab, and only 2 programs available at a time), and type MSG then your 4-letter handle, then and the recipents 4-letter handle. One person's handle was SEXY. It really was. Back then you could do that & get away with it.

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PostFri May 29, 2020 10:03 pm 
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We made a messaging system at my last job, feature inside a larger product, you could send things specific to that software.  We polled every 60 seconds for new messages.  Since it wasn't instant, I started calling it Pretty Quick Messaging.  Caught on in the office, I wish that went on the "box."
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PostSun May 31, 2020 7:16 pm 
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Can someone please help me extract some files from a Zip drive?  lol.gif

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PostSun May 31, 2020 7:32 pm 
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trestle wrote:
Can someone please help me extract some files from a Zip drive?  lol.gif

I actually had to do that recently.  Found a cheap one on craigslist.  The disks worked fine.  OK "recently" was more like 10 years ago but whatever.
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PostSun May 31, 2020 8:14 pm 
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I've got Zip drive with power supply and cable. It's one step away from the trash bion. Anyone who needs it can have it for postage.
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