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    WOW. What an interesting thread. I'm not the smartest person on the block but my first computer was a Tandy with just a single 5-1/4" floppy. I can remember logging onto the local BBS. I only had that computer for a month as they had just come out with the dual 5-1/4 floppies. Oooohhh. Gotta have that upgrade. Of course it was a landslide from then on. It seems every year I was upgrading but don't know that I could remember them all. Never went to school for any of it but had a little fun messing around with Basic. I knew I could never be a programmer!!
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    My resource management office had a CPT word processor - twin 8 inch floppies, one for the program, one for storage. Actually all the secretaries in the directorate had one. You could change the printer ball for different fonts. It also had a math package - insert another program disk and get 4 function math, very very few knew how to use it.

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    Default Re: Anyone ever use a 300/1200 baud modem using 5 1/4" floppies

    Quote Originally Posted by radrock View Post
    WOW. What an interesting thread. I'm not the smartest person on the block but my first computer was a Tandy with just a single 5-1/4" floppy. I can remember logging onto the local BBS. I only had that computer for a month as they had just come out with the dual 5-1/4 floppies. Oooohhh. Gotta have that upgrade. Of course it was a landslide from then on. It seems every year I was upgrading but don't know that I could remember them all. Never went to school for any of it but had a little fun messing around with Basic. I knew I could never be a programmer!!
    I remember when I got my first PC with a 286 processor.. I thought I was screaming. Alot of online games where written in Quick Basic and Pascal and later converted over to C+ so they would work with faster processors. I made a fake format bomb written in basic and my son started it up. He thought he was formating C: and yanked the cords out of the wallso hard I had to replace the wall plug.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The kid View Post

    I remember when I got my first PC with a 286 processor.. I thought I was screaming. Alot of online games where written in Quick Basic and Pascal and later converted over to C+ so they would work with faster processors. I made a fake format bomb written in basic and my son started it up. He thought he was formating C: and yanked the cords out of the wallso hard I had to replace the wall plug.
    How funny. I didn't get very far in basic. Too much work. I can remember the first 286 too. I think I had three or four different Tandy,s. then I got to be a gateway fanatic. Yup technology really took its toll.
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    Don't know about the rest of you guys, but sure would be nice to have the $$$ back I spent those first 25 years.
    I read an article last year that if instead of buying a Mac desktop in 1990, I think it was, if you had spent the same dollars for Apple stock how much it would be worth now - staggering

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    Default Re: Anyone ever use a 300/1200 baud modem using 5 1/4" floppies

    You guys must be really old farts :-) I jumped in on the sci-fi age with a TRS80 MODEL 2. That cutting technology used the 9" discs. And in no time at all (like 2 or 3 years) I was the proud owner of a screaming Hays 1200 baud that I used for my BBS - Carrz; car related topics.

    It was only 4 or 5 years later that I snatched up several US Robotics 5600 baud modems for a mere 'thou' each and a super fast IBM AT ($2800) and a crisp NEC monitor ($900). Adding a 'cheap' DOT matrix printer for another 'thou' gave me a cutting edge system. Still, I couldn't afford to play around much on the TSO connections - not at $4.00/minute.

    Uh - tell me again how prices have gone up :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sodamo View Post
    Don't know about the rest of you guys, but sure would be nice to have the $$$ back I spent those first 25 years.
    I read an article last year that if instead of buying a Mac desktop in 1990, I think it was, if you had spent the same dollars for Apple stock how much it would be worth now - staggering

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    Oh gosh yes. I can remember paying Close to $4000 on a couple of those high priced computers.


    And as far us old farts! Yup I am sure there are several of us here that can remember when the first color TV came out. I can remember watching lots of black and white tv shows.
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    I have been thinking of starting a computer museum. Anyone have an old Data General Nova 2 Processor or maybe a spare Diablo 5 MB drive handy?
    I used to repair these type of products with a solder sucker, soldering iron, oscilloscope and bag full of chips. Used to design the peripheral boards as well.

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    Default Re: Anyone ever use a 300/1200 baud modem using 5 1/4" floppies

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    Try a Timex Sinclair 1000 - look it up! Apple ][ (not +, not E, nor C!) .. Hayes Smartmodems and US Robotics modems.. ahh, the good old days when you actually had to be smart to get online!
    I think i sprained a finger or two on that Timex keyboard.

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    mine never sprained.. but I think a few of them are flat on the end..

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