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  #1960270 19-Feb-2018 11:53
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You think ISO 400 is 'fast'.....






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  #1960285 19-Feb-2018 12:17
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Geektastic:

 

You think ISO 400 din 27 is 'fast'.....

 

 

FTFY


 
 
 
 


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  #1960304 19-Feb-2018 12:32
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I used to have a modem that transmitted at 75 baud, but received at 1200. I thought that was fast.

 

 





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  #1960323 19-Feb-2018 12:47
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I had one too... I probably still have the source code (on 360K floppy disk) that allowed my favourite terminal emulator (whose name I've forgotten) to do the 75 bps sending.

 

 


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  #1960327 19-Feb-2018 12:51
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Rikkitic:

 

I used to have a modem that transmitted at 75 baud, but received at 1200. I thought that was fast.

 

 

I built my own - including etching the PCB. Worked well.

 

When I got a 2400 baud modem I even ran a BBS for many years!

 

Those were the days. No internet as such!


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  #1960333 19-Feb-2018 13:04
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I never built a modem but I did do my own programming for it in assembly. I didn't like the official Dutch telecom program that came with it. I seem to vaguely remember that working out the correct timings was a major issue.

 

 

 

 





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You think ISO 400 is 'fast'.....

 

 

I'm quite sure ISO 1000 is faster. cool





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  #1960681 20-Feb-2018 00:19
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Tinkerisk:

 

Geektastic:

 

You think ISO 400 is 'fast'.....

 

 

I'm quite sure ISO 1000 is faster. cool

 

 

 

 

Yes. So is the ISO 3,250,000 or so of the Nikon D5!






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  #1960752 20-Feb-2018 09:30
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When you remember converting a creed teletype printer to RS232 and building an ASCII to Baudot driver




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This one is a bit reliant on you having spent some time in the UK during a particular period of time, but...

 

 

 

when you turn on the radio and start wishing that Our Tune was on, with Simon Bates...






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  #1961071 20-Feb-2018 15:41
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When you remember converting a creed teletype printer to RS232 and building an ASCII to Baudot driver

 

 

I had one... quite possibly the first colour printer in Wellington? The whole house shook as it printed.

 

 


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DarthKermit:

 

The first home computer you owned was a Dick Smith VZ 200. Who remembers those?

 

 

That was my first computer too. 

 

I had a friend at school who was into computers and his Dad had an amazing room in his house loaded with tech - VIC 20, C64, C128, tape drives, disk drives, the works.  He promised to "build" a computer for me one summer from an old terminal his Dad salvaged from work, and after endlessly promising that it was nearly done, he got his dad to drop it off to me one day.  It was a little underwhelming to say the least.  The only thing it could do was CP/M, which I only learned about from a book at the library (no Google/Wikipedia in those days!), which was pretty much useless to me.  All I really wanted was something that ran BASIC so I could dabble in programming.  In the end, I dumped the terminal and after combing through the Trade and Exchange - a printed prototype of Trademe ;) - I persuaded my parents to buy a VZ200.  It came with a tape player (not the original one) and a half assembled cable that the owner assured me I should be able to fix with a bit of solder and get to work as a storage device.  I never did, meaning any programs I typed up on the godawful rubber keys would be lost when I turned it off.  So I would spend entire nights hammering out the code from books borrowed from the library, to make simple games, which would then be good for an hour or so play, before having to turn it off, and would have to start all over again the next day...  Still, it was a big step up from that old terminal.  However, the Amiga 500 was a much bigger improvement.

 

I'm not "old", but I did have an old moment late last year when, for the first time, I was older than the Prime Minister.

 

A favourite game of mine is to consider what my daughters' equivalent movies and music will be, compared to me.  For instance, I first saw Star Wars on TV in 1986 when I was 9 years old (I was born the same year as SW was released). My daughter was 1 year old when the Force Awakens came out.  So, for her, Star Wars was a 38 year old film, and by the time she is 9 the film will be 46 years old.  For me, an equivalent film would be something like Gone with the Wind.  Similarly for music, "old" music for my daughter when she is in her teens will be artists like Beyonce, Katy Perry, One Direction, Justin Bieber.  That really does my head in.  But it's interesting to remind myself that  the films and music that I enjoyed when I was growing up will seem just as old fashioned to my daughters as the films of a similar vintage are to my perspective.


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My first computer was a little Tandy with BASIC built in. It used the TV as a monitor. Also no storage so any work disappeared when it was switched off. I think it had about 2 mb of RAM. I learned BASIC by writing a program to play tic-tac-toe. My first serious computer was a huge step up, a Kaypro running CP/M with two floppy drives and several disks. I remember Wordstar, as well as a database and spreadsheet program. I also had Space Invaders. This was my first work machine. I learned to program in Assembly on it from the CP/M manual, possibly the most unreadable book ever written. God, was that a steep learning curve. But eventually I learned how to hack Wordstar and make it more user-friendly with a few judicious Pokes.

 

 





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  #1961097 20-Feb-2018 16:52
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I'm guessing it didn't have as much as 2MB of memory. My first 386 had that much memory :) 

 

 


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You look at a list of the top 10 Instagram accounts and realise you've never even heard of 6 of the people...!

 

 

 

 

...and they all look like your grandkids. 





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