What tech do you remember?

By beef_jerky4104 ยท 20 replies
Mar 13, 2007
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  1. I was looking through an old magazine and I saw something that made me very sad. I this magazine they were explaining about motherboards. In fact during the time of magazine BTX form factors just came out.

    Anyway they had real old tech like riser cards, SIMM Memory, WTX form factors. Real old stuff. It made me sad to realize how far I've come in this and to think about how useless its really been. It kind of depressed me reading the reviews of those 478 pin boards and stuff.

    It also made me happy. It reminded me of the good times I had back then. Like the first time I messed with the hardware of a computer, in the "Compaq". Which was a pentium I computer.

    Anyway the point is what old and outdated or obsolete tech brings back good or bad memories.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I'm not sure this is what you are looking for. But back before XP if you connected a digital camera you had to use a 3rd party program, usually full of BLOAT to get your pictures. Now Windows just takes care of it.

    Another thing, all (or most) of us know all about Master/Slave jumpers and needing to be sure they are correct when connecting another drive. People 'growing up' with computers now and in the future won't even know what that is, since SATA doesn't use it.

    Or what about Zip and Jaz? drives. Or those 120 meg optical floppies.
  3. Boogityboo04

    Boogityboo04 TS Rookie Posts: 302

    I miss my Zip drive :(
  4. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    I miss bigbird
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,167   +986

    learning to make fire,
    trapping my dinner
    shoe lass
    HA! the wonders of technologies ... :rolleyes:
  6. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Topic Starter Posts: 822

    Some more I'll add.

    ISA Slots
    Game Ports
    Pentium Series CPUs
  7. Masque

    Masque TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,058

    The Amiga and the 68000 series processors.
  8. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    I remember as a kid being the first one on the block to have an Atari 2600! And how cool the game Demon Attack was!
  9. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    clockwork train set that went round, round, round, round, round, round, round, round . well, that is if it didn't come off the rails...:haha: :haha: :haha:
  10. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Booster Posts: 575

    I don't miss setting dip switches!

    I do miss the 'turbo' button, made me feel like the computer would actually go faster by upping the mgz from 8 to 12 LOL!
  11. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    WOW !!!!!!
  12. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Booster Posts: 575

    Dip switches were a pain in the rump (wouldn't let me say b u t t) for me to remember how to set if I was making a change in my parents computer. Yes, that was very old school!
  13. peepnklown

    peepnklown TS Rookie Posts: 126

    Oh, the Apple 2e in my computer programming class.
  14. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

  15. beef_jerky4104

    beef_jerky4104 Banned Topic Starter Posts: 822

    Thats what the Turbo Button did?
  16. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    As far as I know, the turbo button was intended to be pushed down (on) most of the time, but some poor coding in some apps/games ran too fast so when you turned turbo off, they ran at the correct speed. I'm sure if I'm wrong on this someone like Mict, or Nodsu (if they even read this forum) can come in and correct me.

    But related to this topic, what about back in the day before we used tabbed browsing :)
  17. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 937

    Still have to deal with that at school, and there crappy I.E 6 browsers.

    Back when a 500 M.B H.D was $4-500...

    When you had to punch holes in cards to run the computer...
  18. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,167   +986

    557 electro-mechanical correlator,
    401 tabulation machine.
    1401 with 32k ferite memory
    2305 hard disk with a platter diameter of 24inches
    360 mod 30 with 64k memory with r/w times of 32ms!
  19. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    I kinda remember that when we got a new computer (from Dell :D ) my brother saw that it had a Pentium 4 and was surprised that they had already been released. That was in 2001, about the earliest new tech I remember. Kinda shows my age...

    We did get a "new" computer running Windows 95 before that, but I didn't know anything about that thing (except it was 166 or 120 MHz, I wasn't sure which).
  20. takaboku

    takaboku TS Rookie Posts: 136

    I remember my high school "computer" class had a Punched-card Processing class.
  21. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    growing up, I remember my family's good old Apple IIe. served us well for years (long after the technology was already obsolete ;)). by today's standards it's a useless machine, but back then it was light-years ahead of a typewriter/calculator, which is all we had before that :D


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