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Who remembers Cyrix CPUs?
PCs that had a "Turbo" button?
The "awesome" (at the time) quad speed optical drives?
Voodoo graphics cards?
SCSI?
56K modems being "leading-edge" technology?
16M colours being something more than slightly impressive?
4Mb RAM being above average?
A 486 DX2 being the best you could get?
A 100 Mb hard drive was big
Windows came on a set of floppy disks (95 being about 40 of 'em or something stupid)?
Loading Windows off floppies?
Nestscape Gold Navigator 3.0?
Alta Vista?
It's not even 20 years ago...

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KentsOkay (author)2009-09-27

The turbo button and 56 internal modem is all I know from that list.

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Goodhart (author)2009-09-27


Who remembers Cyrix CPUs?
:-) Yes, but I had already gotten very fond of the 8086 and later the 8088 uP's (first pic)

PCs that had a "Turbo" button?
Yeah, that button you used when you didn't want to play games like an older version of PacMan and have the machine beat you in 3 seconds flat. ;-)

The "awesome" (at the time) quad speed optical drives?
The good ole CD-420E. Still I resisted all of that with floppies until I got my first "dual core" up

Voodoo graphics cards?
Heck, I remember the Hercules MONO graphics card LOL

SCSI?
We still have scsi drives on our servers at work....

56K modems being "leading-edge" technology?
I remember acoustic couplers as leading edge technology ;-)

16M colours being something more than slightly impressive?
I remember the good ole CoCo and the Commodore 64 too and they had a lot less ;-)

4Mb RAM being above average?
How about when it was in the Kb range?

A 100 Mb hard drive was big

I remember when the 10 Mb HD was BIG :-)

Windows came on a set of floppy disks (95 being about 40 of 'em or something stupid)?

I had a set up until about a month ago.....Win95, I believe, had about 13 disks to it ( and, just in case I had forgotten how many there were, I looked it up )

Alta Vista?

Oh yeah, and don't think I didn't freak when I found this out - - (second picture)

And one extra:
Does anyone remember having to PARK their heads (on the HD) in order to move the computer safely to another location? :-)

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lemonie (author)Goodhart2009-09-27

Oh crikey, yes. The school's Archimedes had a 1Mb HDD, thanks for pushing me even further back. L

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Goodhart (author)lemonie2009-09-27

I still have an old 8088 uP chip in my collection somewhere, from when the motherboard gave up the ghost ;-)

I am not really sure what I can do with it though

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2009-09-27

ps: I still remember the TV ad coming on to sell the handheld calculator that did ALL four functions ( +-X \ ) AND had a new LCD screen on it, for only $199.95 ! The last calculator I bought, had trig/calc/geometry functions as well as the ability to create and nest functions, and it cost me $9.95 :-)

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Tool Using Animal (author)2009-09-26

I still remember when my dad brought this beauty home.

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Wow, weighing only 18 pounds it's portable too!

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DJ Radio (author)2009-09-26

Looking at all that, computers have come a long way....

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lemonie (author)DJ Radio2009-09-26

Oh yes, which is largely why I did this. L

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gmjhowe (author)2009-09-26

I love how the iPod in my pocket plays the same games that you needed £1000 worth of computer to run.

I do have a nostalgic tendency, specifically to Amigas, and the original apple computers.

The first is because that was the first computer that i used alot, the second is to make up for not being around when apple first began.

My most recent purchase shows this very much so, an original Macintosh from 1984. Two pictures, one from the day it arrived, the second is it with its newly fitted screen and internals. (runs as a 3rd monitor on my iMac)
I do hope to finish the internals, and use it as a server, and yes there will be an I'ble on it

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lemonie (author)gmjhowe2009-09-26

I do remember kids who had Amigas being in that upper tier, I love Stunt Car Racer, but it's a long time since I've played it on an Amiga. L

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gmjhowe (author)lemonie2009-09-26

ZOMG stunt car racer, such a pain when you fell out the track..

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lemonie (author)gmjhowe2009-09-26

Yes, but it was a stupidly-fun game. You don't get that kind of racing in Gran Turismo.... L

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