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Kids react to old computers
YOU TUBE ^ | 25 MAY 2014 | YOU TUBE

Posted on 05/26/2014 8:48:14 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF7EpEnglgk#t=88


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1 posted on 05/26/2014 8:48:14 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

You’ve got to be kidding me!


2 posted on 05/26/2014 8:57:23 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Kids are kind of obnoxious.


3 posted on 05/26/2014 9:01:15 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I’ve seen these same kids on other videos with the same kind of cutsey-coolkid reaction to old phones, walkman, etc. They’re obviously acting and are picked for their coolness/diversity factor. They sure have zilch for technical aptitude or intuitiveness.


4 posted on 05/26/2014 9:09:08 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

My dad had an Imsai 8080 when I was a kid. A casette tape stored a program something like 1 or 2k in size. You entered each byte by manually setting 8 switches to the bits of each successive byte, and then hit a button for “enter.” This was in the early 70’s, IIRC. That was the cutting edge of technology at the time, and we were one of a very few to have a personal computer at all at that time.


5 posted on 05/26/2014 9:13:47 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

ZX81 was my first hand me down from my pops. This was the first computer I had that wasn’t made from a plywood frame.


6 posted on 05/26/2014 9:20:02 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
This was my very first computer:


128k Tandy Color Computer 3

Now, I have a custom tower with a six-core processor and 10 GB of RAM. It's astonishing to think of how far we've come in a short period of time.

7 posted on 05/26/2014 9:21:48 PM PDT by grimalkin (We are a nation under God. If we ever forget this, we are a nation gone under. -Ronald Reagan)
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To: grimalkin
I call your Tandy and raise you with my VIC 20


8 posted on 05/26/2014 9:28:24 PM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist; Impy; Perdogg; NFHale; sickoflibs; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; ..

When I was those kids’ age (8/9), that Apple computer was state of the art (around 1982/83). We actually had to write programs back then if we wanted to do anything (I just played a floppy of “The Oregon Trail” repeatedly). Just to have access to such a computer was a privilege.

I had a Texas Instruments computer at home which used cassette tapes for disks (for storage). Shocking how primitive that all is now, and how spoiled those kids are today. We may be better technologically speaking today, but we certainly aren’t in other cultural and moral categories.


9 posted on 05/26/2014 9:33:02 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: catfish1957

Bill Cosby told us to go get a TI-99/4A back in the early '80s, and out we went to get one.

10 posted on 05/26/2014 9:37:08 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
(I just played a floppy of “The Oregon Trail” repeatedly)

Man, you had it made. I was still playing Hamurabi in BASIC on the TRS-80.

11 posted on 05/26/2014 9:41:11 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Reminds me of an old New Yorker cartoon of a guy changing a flat tire on his station wagon, looking up at his kids and saying, “Don’t you understand? This is really happening! I can’t change the channel!”


12 posted on 05/26/2014 9:47:29 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: catfish1957
"The 6800 ("sixty-eight hundred") was an 8-bit microprocessor designed and first manufactured by Motorola in 1974. The MC6800 microprocessor was part of the M6800 Microcomputer System that also included serial and parallel interface ICs, RAM, ROM and other support chips. A significant design feature was that the M6800 family of ICs required only a single five-volt power supply at a time when most other microprocessors required three voltages. The M6800 Microcomputer System was announced in March 1974 and was in full production by the end of that year.[1][2]"

Just sayin'

13 posted on 05/26/2014 9:55:42 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: catfish1957
My first - with optional external cassette tape drive, joystick, and lots of game cartridges:


14 posted on 05/26/2014 9:57:12 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Liberals - destroyers of both men and civilizations. The Fourth Turning Cometh.)
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To: Hoodat

Heh. I think I may have tried that one out at some point. Those early computers were unbelievably expensive. I remember we got the new Commodore Amiga in 1986 and it was over $2,000 (which was state of the art). $2k almost 30 years ago is several times that now (somewhere between $4,500 to $7,500).

Of course, my parents never did allow me to get a phone modem, because they thought I’d turn into Matthew Broderick. Gee whiz, I only wanted to play “Global Thermonuclear War” (or “Leisure Suit Larry”).


15 posted on 05/26/2014 10:00:17 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Viking2002
My first. I wasn't very successful with it. Heathkit ET-3400 with hexidecimal keypad and 7-segment LEDs.


16 posted on 05/26/2014 10:06:58 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Hoodat
Did you play the Twilight Zone? That was my first game on the TRS-80.
I had to program it in, then fix all the bugs from the magazine typos
to make it work. Programming was easy once you used it enough.
17 posted on 05/26/2014 10:08:42 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: MaxMax

I know a guy that interviewed with some Silicon valley company “way back when”. He bought a computer and programed it off some magazine (maybe the same program?) before the interview. That was his entire computer experience going into the interview - but he could answer “yes” when they asked “Do you have programming experience?”. He got the job! He retired from Microsoft 8 years ago at the age of 48.


18 posted on 05/26/2014 10:28:28 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

I played the Oregon Trail II in Computer class in grade school. I still remember that I always chose to play as a doctor, they had the 2nd most starting money and their settlers were less likely to get sick.

Parents in the ‘20s and 30’s probably thought their kids were spoiled for having electricity. Haha.


19 posted on 05/26/2014 10:35:30 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Dalberg-Acton

WOW. I graduated up to an old IBM XT clone after the Atari. I gutted it, and installed a x386 board, different power supply, 4 1MB, 20 pin SIMMS, and a 20 MB, 5.25” hard drive and controller card, serial card for the mouse, 16 bit color video card, and a 9600 baud USR external modem. Wedged it all in there with pieces of Styrofoam. Wires were hanging out of places where there shouldn’t have been, I’ll tell you that. Jammed a 3.5” floppy into where the old 5.25” was, got an IT friend at work to give me a set of DOS 5 and Windows 3.1 floppies, and with a couple of days of tinkering, I was the terror of every BBS in my area code. LOL


20 posted on 05/26/2014 10:41:34 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Liberals - destroyers of both men and civilizations. The Fourth Turning Cometh.)
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To: Viking2002

Sounds like you learned a lot and had a lot of fun doing it. I love tinkering too.


21 posted on 05/26/2014 10:46:30 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

Also played was a later version of the original. I remember those graphics.


22 posted on 05/26/2014 10:49:17 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Dalberg-Acton
Within a couple more years after that, I was installing and repairing them full-time for a living. Still am, to a degree, but I'm getting to an age where I'm sort of getting left in the back of the pack. The industry has changed a lot in the last 20 years, and I'm not some 20-something year old kid anymore who can start from the bottom. I guess I'm an old analog guy in a digital world. I keep up as best I can. Physical limitations are starting to come into play. Can't crawl under desks or in ceilings and pull cable like I used to, and more places are making tech support wear a lot more hats these days, as a matter of economics. It's sort of, "OK, what are we gonna do with the old guy?" LOL
23 posted on 05/26/2014 10:55:36 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Liberals - destroyers of both men and civilizations. The Fourth Turning Cometh.)
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To: coloradan

Yeah I had the same, but didn’t have the luxury of a recorder. You flip the binary toggle switches and press the enter button to load each byte as you recall. Do that over and over many dozens of times to load up some routine, and hope you didn’t screw up. I always locked the door when loading up a routine so I wouldn’t be distracted.


24 posted on 05/26/2014 11:11:50 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I would give the kids a slide rule and see if any of them can figure out what to do with it.

Do kids even know how to use a ruler,compass, and protractor these days?


25 posted on 05/26/2014 11:19:50 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood
I would give the kids a slide rule and see if any of them can figure out what to do with it.

Do kids even know how to use a ruler,compass, and protractor these days?

Not only would they not know how to use them they would have no idea what they were.

26 posted on 05/26/2014 11:30:21 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

This is to balance the daily “Average Freeper Reacts to New Technology and Pleads for Technical Assistance” thread.


27 posted on 05/27/2014 3:35:25 AM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Reminds me of my old Commodore.


28 posted on 05/27/2014 3:36:19 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: Viking2002
I was the terror of every BBS in my area code.

LOL. I loved BBS's. I remember some of the different ones: Spitfire, Citadel, Tribbs, Wildcat, JetBBS... there were so many, but these seemed to be the most commonly used software in my area. Those were some fun times. I had a few friends who were Sysops... my favorite being a place called the Blue Light Special.

29 posted on 05/27/2014 4:15:02 AM PDT by grimalkin (We are a nation under God. If we ever forget this, we are a nation gone under. -Ronald Reagan)
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To: Dallas59

It was cute but staged big time.


30 posted on 05/27/2014 4:15:19 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Viking2002

Same here! Never could afford the floppy disk drive. I seem to recall it costing almost as much as the computer and I think at the time the 1200XL was retaing for something around $600 to $700. And that was 1983 money.


31 posted on 05/27/2014 4:31:11 AM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Extremely Extreme Extremist; Impy; Perdogg; sickoflibs; Clintonfatigued; ...

Ha... I remember working at a place where had a state-of-the-art “286” to SHARE between four people...

Had my very own DEC VT180 at home. Wow... boat anchor now.


32 posted on 05/27/2014 4:45:21 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Back in our day, WE had to TRUDGE UPHILL BOTH WAYS in -500 KELVIN TEMPERATURES just to get a computer to DO ONE REGISTER LOAD.... and we LIKED IT THAT WAY.


33 posted on 05/27/2014 4:53:43 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Fameous movie lines.... Dr Alan Grant "Jurassic Park" alan grant photo:  SamNeill.jpg "It's a dinosaur" ********************************************************************** Han Solo from "Star Wars A New Hope" han solo photo: Han Solo Hanw00tCrop.png "Where did you did up that old fossil?"
34 posted on 05/27/2014 4:56:27 AM PDT by Morgana ( Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: coloradan
My dad had an Imsai 8080 when I was a kid.

An Imsai 8080 is worth a LOT of money to a collector today. I sent away for information on it, didn't buy it (mistake), but years later I sold just the paperwork for good money.

35 posted on 05/27/2014 4:58:21 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Dalberg-Acton

HEATHKITS!!! Wow, I LOVED Heathkit projects. I didn’t get any myself (because I was a girl :-P) but my brother was very generous in letting me help build the ones he got gifted. A lot of my interest in technology came out of those happy hours building and using Heathkits.


36 posted on 05/27/2014 5:22:04 AM PDT by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender! REMEMBER NEDA)
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To: catfish1957

This was my first computer.

I eventually got a 64K module for it from data20 (that was the name of the company that made them. Lord knows what happened to that outfit.) It did have 80 columns, tho.

This was followed by the Commodore-64, which had a lot of utility for a long while. Even spreadsheets (HES-Calc), graphing (HES-Plot), and the usual gamut of word processing programs. It was a gaming machine at the time for sure, but I really didn’t play many games on it. Mainly Zaxxon and Geopolitique 1990 (my favorite).

After selling that machine, I graduated to the PC in it’s many incarnations, but the early years were full of fun and wonder.

CA....


37 posted on 05/27/2014 6:28:20 AM PDT by Chances Are (Seems I've found that silly grin again....)
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To: napscoordinator

I get the impression they were actors...more than an impression.


38 posted on 05/27/2014 9:25:29 AM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be")
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To: Carpe Cerevisi
This is to balance the daily “Average Freeper Reacts to New Technology and Pleads for Technical Assistance” thread.

Now we need something for the "Average Freeper who's been here for X number of years and still doesn't know how to post a pic." :-P

39 posted on 05/27/2014 9:40:30 AM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: uglybiker

“Are you logged in?” “Get a MAC!” “Use Linux!”

Some of the absolute worst computer advice I’ve ever seen was in this forum. Occasionally some of the best too.


40 posted on 05/27/2014 1:22:58 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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