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CharlesS
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Nov 15, 2021, 10:48 PM
 
I've got you all beat.

My first Mac was a 512K. Can't remember whether it was the standard "Fat Mac" or the 512Ke. At some point I think my dad applied some super weird hacky upgrade that gave it the guts of a Plus. It had an external floppy disk that made the loudest noises, it sounded like a tiger growling. Good times, good times. Unfortunately the screen eventually stopped working, and I think it got recycled not long after that.

Ticking sound coming from a .pkg package? Don't let the .bom go off! Inspect it first with Pacifist. Macworld - five mice!
     
subego
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Nov 16, 2021, 02:48 AM
 
Time to go up a level…

Apple ][e


Edit: crap, I forgot… it was a plus.
( Last edited by subego; Nov 16, 2021 at 04:10 AM. )
     
MacNNFamous
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Nov 16, 2021, 12:21 PM
 
I had an abacus
     
subego
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Nov 16, 2021, 12:54 PM
 
How long did it take for you to learn how to use it?
     
ghporter
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Nov 16, 2021, 11:14 PM
 
Originally Posted by MacNNFamous View Post
I had an abacus
I still have mine. Really. Bought it for our son when he started school. It is hard to beat an abacus for teaching basic arithmetic.

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Nov 16, 2021, 11:49 PM
 
Wow, I actually have one of the oldest accounts in this thread... I loved these forums in the early '00s. I was sad when MacNN proper died. This was the place to be to talk about the new world of Mac OS X. I think "snappy" was invented here. No other Mac site has ever quite had the same community for me as existed in the early '00s here. But maybe that has more to do with Apple going mainstream. Now I'm mostly over at MacRumors.

Oh and our first Mac was a Mac LC that my dad bought at work in 1990.
     
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Nov 17, 2021, 03:04 PM
 
I didn't think an Apple ][e would count. We got one of those second hand. It was weird that the Apple ][ word processor had spell check when MS Word on the Mac didn't.

Anyone else remember printing banners on the tractor feed paper?
     
subego
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Nov 17, 2021, 03:17 PM
 
Oh, yeah… there was some program that did it. By Brøderbund or something.

Everyone running for student council in high school used it.
     
Laminar
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Nov 17, 2021, 04:46 PM
 
Originally Posted by BLAZE_MkIV View Post
I didn't think an Apple ][e would count. We got one of those second hand. It was weird that the Apple ][ word processor had spell check when MS Word on the Mac didn't.

Anyone else remember printing banners on the tractor feed paper?
Oh yeah, my dad printed off a bunch of banners to hang up around school, we kids had to color all of the words in with markers.
     
subego
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Nov 17, 2021, 05:22 PM
 
Was it Print Shop?

Kinda weird to think this is what I was doing in early high school, and had transitioned to actual “desktop publishing” by the end.
     
MacNNFamous
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Nov 17, 2021, 07:15 PM
 
jesus christ yes I remember the banner thing.... I think print shop did it and so did kid pix. This is ancient stuff man, my brain hasn't accessed that knowledge in literal decades.
     
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Nov 18, 2021, 02:12 PM
 
I remember the banner software too. My first printer was an Oki dot matrix beast that was equipped with tractor-feed sprockets. It was perfect for printing banners…except that I couldn’t afford the software. I missed all the fun.

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Nov 18, 2021, 02:55 PM
 
You could have still made banners just not printed them! thats what my high school work did for birthday cards, 6 pages of printer paper still perfed together.

Downside of that job was ripping perf edges off of 300 reports every month and stuffing envelopes.
     
subego
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Nov 18, 2021, 03:18 PM
 
In high school I would have helped you with the mailing labels because stickers are awesome.

Plus, I knew that trick where you stick the short end of a whole row on the edge of the table.
     
BLAZE_MkIV
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Nov 18, 2021, 05:39 PM
 
The trick was to rip the edges off 10 sheets at at a time while they were still folder up.
     
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Nov 26, 2021, 06:23 PM
 
My account is old enough to drive and I'm still a noob.

The had ][es will Number Munchers at my school. I didn't hop on the bandwagon until the graphite iMac DV SE and Powerbook G3 (Lombard), which were each a few years old when I got them.
     
subego
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Nov 26, 2021, 07:23 PM
 
2006 isn’t old eno…

Shit.
     
Spheric Harlot
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Nov 27, 2021, 09:47 AM
 
Originally Posted by ghporter View Post
I remember the banner software too. My first printer was an Oki dot matrix beast that was equipped with tractor-feed sprockets. It was perfect for printing banners…except that I couldn’t afford the software. I missed all the fun.
I got an ImageWriter II (instinctively capitalised that as "iMageWriter" and had to go back) WITH the sheet feeder (!) along with the used SE. *So* lucky.
     
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Nov 29, 2021, 03:58 AM
 
My college got two Mac 512s in my second year. Everyone in my department (Graphic Design - yes, embrace the future!) ignored them but I used to love playing with the ability to manipulate type.
I wrote my dissertation on one which I stored on a single floppy. The idea of backing up was probably not a thing at that point. Thankfully it held up until it was printed out.
After that I went to a Mac IIx which was a total beast!
This space for Hire! Reasonable rates. Reach an audience of literally dozens!
     
subego
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Nov 29, 2021, 05:56 AM
 
When I was doing graphic design in college in the early 90s, a significant portion of a bunch of classes was teaching us how to use Macs, or time in the computer lab to work on assignments.

At some point I just stopped showing up.
     
Brien
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Nov 30, 2021, 12:47 AM
 
Dot matrix. Sound still gives me shivers.
     
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Nov 30, 2021, 05:38 AM
 
Had a Lisa
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Nov 30, 2021, 06:02 AM
 
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Had a Lisa
That’s instant street cred.
I had an Amiga 500 as my first machine. Incredibly capable for its time. Part of me wants to get one just to relive part of my youth. Aka I’m old.
I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.
     
Tuoder
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Nov 30, 2021, 04:39 PM
 
Originally Posted by Brien View Post
Dot matrix. Sound still gives me shivers.
My cat, Lucky (RIP) used to tear ass from wherever he was in the house, even from a dead sleep in the basement, and attempt to SWAT and KILL a Panasonic dot-matrix print head every time we used it.

Oh, and if you like dot-matrix, I used to have a Tandy daisy wheel printer that required no drivers.
     
subego
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Nov 30, 2021, 04:57 PM
 
Originally Posted by Tuoder View Post
Tandy
Not too out there on a nerd forum, but I unironically miss Radio Shack.
     
MacNNFamous
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Dec 1, 2021, 11:38 AM
 
I don't. They'd rape you over things you could get for pennies online. Oh you want a 9v battery connector? That will be $4.99 please. Oh, you're confused about something? Yeah we hired someone just out of high school that doesn't know anything, sorry. Fuck Radioshack.
     
Laminar
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Dec 1, 2021, 12:44 PM
 
But what if I need a resistor TODAY? I don't care if it's $0.08 or $5, I need it today.
     
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Dec 1, 2021, 01:24 PM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
But what if I need a resistor TODAY? I don't care if it's $0.08 or $5, I need it today.
This, exactly. I can’t count the number of times I educated a sales dude there on basic electronics - especially after they shifted their focus toward cell phones. But if you even had a clue about what you needed, there was usually someone who knew their inventory, if not electronics, who could help you out.

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Dec 1, 2021, 01:42 PM
 
I patronized Radio Shack quite a bit when I was younger. There was some lasting value in the purchases - I still have a few things from RS. Along with good memories of the place.

However, it appears I threw out their last annual catalog a few years back.
     
Brien
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Dec 2, 2021, 02:12 AM
 
Best Buy is also heading towards ‘lame cellphone store’ ala RS these days.
     
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Originally Posted by Brien View Post
Best Buy is also heading towards ‘lame cellphone store’ ala RS these days.
Sad but true.

I still have several RS “Engineer’s Mini Notebooks” that provide solid technical information on a variety of subjects. My favorite is the book on the ubiquitous 555 timer chip, written by Forrest Mims III - who lives in Central Texas, and still does quite a bit of atmospheric research here.

Glenn -----OTR/L, MOT, Tx
     
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Yesterday, 12:04 PM
 
Just posting to check if my account is old enough to be allowed to post here.

edit: damn, not yet!
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