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    Default so I got a fancy computer..... and you? whats your story?

    I remember when green screen and 8 hertz was the upgrade.
    teletype was cool!

    anyways I would just like to say thank you to all involved with the development of linux and OpenSuSE.

    I have a quad core now, but for some reason I like to change software ALL the time.
    I change my software around as often as I login to the darn thing.
    that is both a good and bad thing?

    I started with slackware on a 300 baud modem.

    I used to be productive on a computer but now it is fun.
    L8r.

    xyzzy "anyone" or whats your story?

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    I'm obviously lagging behind you; I started using computers with green screens for productivity reasons and, apart from an Amstrad 6128 for home use, didn't have a computer with colour graphics until 2000 when I had Windows 98 and Linux on the same machine. I soon discovered that Linux allowed me to be even more productive and, over the past few years, my productivity has gone through the roof - perhaps one day when I've stopped having fun being productive, I'll just be able to have fun.

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    Yep, I started too started with green screens and dip switches to raise the onboard memory from 8mb to 16mb, and adding a second 5 1/4 floppy was an upgrade. Those were good and annoying times. Mostly annoying because it all IBM for me. IBM was ahead of the curve but they tried to keep everything proprietary and couldn't keep up with the demand or development. By the time IBM started lowering prices and releasing hardware for their PS/2 Multichannel PCs it was too late, ditto with their OS/2 operating system, it couldn't catch up with the ease and popularity of Windows.

    FWIW, even though Windows 7 is a fairly good release of Windows, the underlying base still feels like a DOS.
    After 25yrs, competition from Apple, BSD and Linux why does Windows still have a registry? Using NTFS file systems? Or need to reboot after an update? Or why applications are still not isolated from failing applications?

    You're absolutely correct. Linux has a way to make its users more productive. I don't know if its the abundance of apps or generally more informative error resolution or what but IMO over time the Linux user does and can do so much more than the Windows user. Of course hanging out in openSUSE forums tends to skew results and hw works just works with Windows, but how many avg. Windows users vs. avg. Linux users query about setting up servers?
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    Default Re: so I got a fancy computer..... and you? whats your story?

    tararpharazon wrote:

    >
    > Yep, I started too started with green screens and dip switches to raise
    > the onboard memory from 8mb to 16mb, and adding a second 5 1/4 floppy
    > was an upgrade. Those were good and annoying times. Mostly annoying
    > because it all IBM for me. IBM was ahead of the curve but they tried to
    > keep everything proprietary and couldn't keep up with the demand or
    > development. By the time IBM started lowering prices and releasing
    > hardware for their PS/2 Multichannel PCs it was too late, ditto with
    > their OS/2 operating system, it couldn't catch up with the ease and
    > popularity of Windows.
    >
    > FWIW, even though Windows 7 is a fairly good release of Windows, the
    > underlying base still feels like a DOS.
    > After 25yrs, competition from Apple, BSD and Linux why does Windows
    > still have a registry? Using NTFS file systems? Or need to reboot
    > after an update? Or why applications are still not isolated from
    > failing applications?
    >
    > You're absolutely correct. Linux has a way to make its users more
    > productive. I don't know if its the abundance of apps or generally more
    > informative error resolution or what but IMO over time the Linux user
    > does and can do so much more than the Windows user. Of course hanging
    > out in openSUSE forums tends to skew results and hw works just works
    > with Windows, but how many avg. Windows users vs. avg. Linux users query
    > about setting up servers?


    Careful, youngsters. You've got company on this forum whose start with
    microprocessors goes back to the Intel 4004, bootstrap switches, and hex
    keyboard/display. Oh, and I did the pcb layout and fab for that first one
    as well. Big day when we got to 1k of RAM and an ASR33 teletype or even
    better, an ASR35 with PAPER TAPE! Some others were already old hands by
    that time as well.

    It's interesting to look back and trace hardware performance alongside the
    amount of useful output and the quality of that same output. There is no
    doubt in my mind that the hardware advances far, far out stripped the
    application advances.

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    Default Re: so I got a fancy computer..... and you? whats your story?

    Quote Originally Posted by Will Honea View Post
    tararpharazon wrote:
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    Careful, youngsters. You've got company on this forum whose start with
    microprocessors goes back to the Intel 4004, bootstrap switches, and hex
    keyboard/display. Oh, and I did the pcb layout and fab for that first one
    as well. Big day when we got to 1k of RAM and an ASR33 teletype or even
    better, an ASR35 with PAPER TAPE! Some others were already old hands by
    that time as well.

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    Will Honea
    Better make that a KSR33 if it didn't have paper tape.

    Real joy was when we got a standalone PT reader that could feed the bootloader at 1200 baud, >10 times faster than the ASR33.
    Use the Source, Luke

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    I don't have a fancy computer.
    Though i remember that my first screen had a white on black monitor. A friend had bernstein (this orange/yellow color) color monitor which i always thought was cool.
    In my computer i only have a dual core which i have for a couple of years now. The only thing new is a new harddrive.
    +++ ATH0

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    My first computer was a TRS-80 (16K of memory as I recall) back in 1979 I think. I even had a old teletype printer with paper tape punch and all. It made so much noise (printing at 110 baud) that I had to roll into my closet so I could still listen to the TV. Boy, those were the days.
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    Will Honea NNTP User

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    GeoBaltz wrote:
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    >
    > Will Honea;2333042 Wrote:
    >> tararpharazon wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >> Careful, youngsters. You've got company on this forum whose start
    >> with
    >> microprocessors goes back to the Intel 4004, bootstrap switches, and
    >> hex
    >> keyboard/display. Oh, and I did the pcb layout and fab for that first
    >> one
    >> as well. Big day when we got to 1k of RAM and an ASR33 teletype or
    >> even
    >> better, an ASR35 with PAPER TAPE! Some others were already old hands
    >> by
    >> that time as well.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Will Honea

    >
    > Better make that a KSR33 if it didn't have paper tape.
    >
    > Real joy was when we got a standalone PT reader that could feed the
    > bootloader at 1200 baud, >10 times faster than the ASR33.


    Ha! Bet you could still make a cat's cradle for the PT as well ;-)

    Every so often a group of us Old Pharts get to gether and we always get
    started on the technology progression. Tales of rotating memory, core
    stacks, early disc units with (literally) hydraulic controls, tales of
    runaway tape reels abound. A few of us started with analog computers where
    the computing power was literally limited by the size of the motor on those
    mechanical monsters - ball-and-disc integration, gears, the whole mess.

    We always seem to wind up marveling at how we now have more computational
    capacity on our desktops than major DP centers had in years past.

    --
    Will Honea

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    Default Re: so I got a fancy computer..... and you? whats your story?

    Quote Originally Posted by Will Honea View Post
    We always seem to wind up marveling at how we now have more computational
    capacity on our desktops than major DP centers had in years past.

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    Will Honea
    But I don't think productivity has risen as fast as computational capacity; there are still some 1980s programs which offer greater productivity gains than their modern 'replacements' - one example being xfig which, in spite of limitations in some areas, enables me to knock out complex diagrams very quickly and easily.

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    Default Re: so I got a fancy computer..... and you? whats your story?

    Move over kids. I used an early laptop computer to calculate water flow when we constructed canals in Eridu, Sumeria back in 2312 B.C. In those days we didn't even have to plug them into a wall socket or charge their batteries. They later became popular and were called "abaci". Of course that was in a "previous life".

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