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Nov 7, 2010, 07:42 PM
 
I like to post a bunch of these every so often. ;-)












     
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Nov 7, 2010, 08:19 PM
 
Neat stuff. I don't have anything going back that far, but I can break out my collection of old Macworld and Mac User mags.

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Nov 7, 2010, 09:58 PM
 
Oh please have radio shack be that good again some day.
     
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Nov 8, 2010, 12:07 AM
 
Originally Posted by brassplayersrock² View Post
Oh please have radio shack be that good again some day.
You mean Radios Hack?

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Nov 8, 2010, 08:28 AM
 
My very first computer was a radio shack color computer. That brings back some memories. Heck, I remember running OS-9.
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Nov 8, 2010, 01:35 PM
 
Neat, but didn't some web site just post all of these last week? I know I saw them all in that same order somewhere.

Home - Twitter - Sig Wall-Retired - Flickr
     
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Nov 8, 2010, 03:50 PM
 
Here you go. Vintage computer fair, Bletchley Park.










ZX Spectrum on line with hand coded twitter client






This space for Hire! Reasonable rates. Reach an audience of literally dozens!
     
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Nov 8, 2010, 04:12 PM
 
It's funny to me how sexist some of those old computer ads are featuring women. They really have a strong "our computers are so easy to use that even a woman could operate them" vibe, an attractive one at that
     
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Nov 8, 2010, 04:41 PM
 
Yeah, now we have pics of women using a computer in the kitchen. Where they belong.
     
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Nov 8, 2010, 04:56 PM
 
Here're some awesome Cray super computer and mainframe pictures. Now THESE are proper computers. They just look so intimidating and freakin' cool.




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Nov 8, 2010, 05:11 PM
 
Originally Posted by starman View Post
Neat, but didn't some web site just post all of these last week? I know I saw them all in that same order somewhere.
At least a couple are from here:

DAVES OLD COMPUTERS
     
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Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
Here're some awesome Cray super computer and mainframe pictures. Now THESE are proper computers. They just look so intimidating and freakin' cool.

This one looks like a strange coffin or something. With a gold anvil on top to keep something from escaping.
     
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Originally Posted by Person Man View Post
This one looks like a strange coffin or something. With a gold anvil on top to keep something from escaping.
If you've seen I.T. Crowd, it all makes more sense.
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Nov 9, 2010, 12:58 PM
 
Wow, thanks for posting these. Somewhere I have the Byte 10th anniversary edition, it's got lots of cool ads in it too.

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Nov 9, 2010, 09:01 PM
 
I used to have a Commodore-64, as a matter of fact, I still have it, along with the floppy drive, joysticks, and software I broke it out a few years ago, hooked it up to an old TV, and played Kings of the Beach (volleyball with Sinjin Smith).

My friend's father worked for a company that dealt with computers years ago, and he brought home all kinds of cool stuff, including a "portable" Compaq. My friend had a TRS-80 for years. I remember him purchasing a 20MB hard drive for $670 when he was in college

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Nov 9, 2010, 09:42 PM
 
Originally Posted by besson3c View Post
It's funny to me how sexist some of those old computer ads are featuring women. They really have a strong "our computers are so easy to use that even a woman could operate them" vibe, an attractive one at that
I really don't see anything sexist in those pics.

I also don't get that "our computers are so easy to use that even a woman could operate them" vibe.

*shrug*

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Originally Posted by Doc HM View Post
Back in high school, we still had a few of these in the computer lab. A friend and I made this simple program to do random POKEs and ran it. Within about 30 s the computer started to smoke.

That day I learned that BASIC can destroy a computer.

P.S. Speaking of BASIC:

Somebody please refresh my memory. What was this Apple BASIC program called? Woz wrote a program way, way back that I thought was uber geek cool. It stored data in the code itself. Everytime a piece of data was changed, the program changed it's own code to reflect it. So every time you used the program, the program itself changed. I don't even remember what the program did, but I thought the concept was rather interesting.
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Nov 9, 2010, 11:05 PM
 
Eug, The very early stages of time machine?
     
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Originally Posted by Eug View Post
Somebody please refresh my memory. What was this Apple BASIC program called? Woz wrote a program way, way back that I thought was uber geek cool.
Integer BASIC, ran on Apple DOS (later ProDOS.) The only programming language I ever learned.

10 PRINT "HELLO"
20 GOTO 10
RUN

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Nov 10, 2010, 02:03 AM
 
Heh.

Actually, what I was wondering about was the specific program that Woz wrote in Integer BASIC that modified itself. Basically (), think of it like a mini-database storage that used the program code to store the database data within itself. Very odd. If you ran it long enough the program would crash, IIRC because it would screw up the program code or at least the integrity of the data within the program code.

To put it another way in today's terms, if you were to say do a CRC check on the program, it would be different every single time you ran the program, and different for each person who ran the program, because the program was constantly changing itself. Then it would go too far and corrupt itself.
     
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Nov 10, 2010, 09:00 AM
 
Here's a few





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Nov 10, 2010, 09:12 AM
 

Too soon?
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Nov 10, 2010, 09:44 AM
 
Not given the recent announcement.
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Originally Posted by Maflynn View Post
Still using mine for now.

Running Leopard and Safari 5, with a PPC 7447A and Core Image capable GPU.

I'm still running a couple of these too, again with Leopard:

     
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Nov 10, 2010, 11:30 AM
 
Originally Posted by Eug View Post
Back in high school, we still had a few of these in the computer lab. A friend and I made this simple program to do random POKEs and ran it. Within about 30 s the computer started to smoke.

That day I learned that BASIC can destroy a computer.
Ah, yes. The infamous "Killer POKE."

Killer POKE
     
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Nov 10, 2010, 11:37 AM
 
Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
Integer BASIC, ran on Apple DOS (later ProDOS.) The only programming language I ever learned.

10 PRINT "HELLO"
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Do you mean Applesoft BASIC? Integer BASIC never ran under ProDOS. By the time ProDOS came out, Applesoft was standard in ROM.
     
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Nov 10, 2010, 12:31 PM
 
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Ah, yes. The infamous "Killer POKE."

Killer POKE
Wow. There's even a term for this. Didn't know that. Or at least I didn't know that. Perhaps my friend did.

We didn't actually specifically target the video though. We just wrote it so the POKEs would be random but within a specified range.
     
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Nov 10, 2010, 01:13 PM
 
Originally Posted by Person Man View Post
Ah, yes. The infamous "Killer POKE."

Killer POKE
Sounds like sex gone very wrong!
     
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Not given the recent announcement.
     
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Still using mine for now.
I was up till recently. Office space is a bit tight and so I had to pack away the computer. I was thinking of selling it, but I'm not sure I'd get enough to justify the hassle of selling it.

Its a non-souped up stock G4 cube.
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Nov 10, 2010, 03:13 PM
 
You could ship it to me and I'll pay shipping.
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I was up till recently. Office space is a bit tight and so I had to pack away the computer. I was thinking of selling it, but I'm not sure I'd get enough to justify the hassle of selling it.

Its a non-souped up stock G4 cube.
I'm definitely keeping both of mine. My souped up one, and my stock G4 cube. Well, it ain't actually stock. The ATI Rage 128 is painful with any modern version of OS X so I got a better GPU for that one too. Makes a noticeable difference for general OS usage, even with a G4 450.
     
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Apple 1 expected to fetch over $200000 at auction

Along with the other printed material that comes with the computer is a typed letter from Steve Jobs which appears to be in answer to the original owner's questions. The letter simply says "yep."
     
   
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