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  • Started 6 years ago by Lighthouse
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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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i don't even know if i was born then

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pipo
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we still have our 386 processor, the cpu is right beside my laptop, i vaguely remember using DOS and playing games like Prince of Persia, eagle's nest, sokoban and that game with the monkeys throwing exploding bananas at each other, LOL.

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Budohorseman
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@Lighthouse, I wish I could remember the specs on our first computer, one of those IBM PC AT's. I think it had 128 KB of RAM, HDD....not sure, I'd have to guess it was 10 MB maybe....and a blazing 2400 baud modem to go with the 3-5 cent a minute charges for local phone calls......Oh, and the 13" monitor that could show all 8 colors (or was it 16 by then)....w00t!!!

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pipo
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10 years ago, 1998? i think the Pentium I was out by then (??)

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Budohorseman
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pipo, he said 10 years before the 386....which pretty much predates the x86 class as we know it.

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whs
whs
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You guys are all talking about modern machines. Google "Zuse" once and look into Wikipedia. The Zuse Z11 was the first machine I wrote a program on - and no gaming on that one. That was in 1958.

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Budohorseman
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whs, how often did you have to change the vacuum tube on that behemoth? Did you have problems with moths getting stuck in the gears of that one too?

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pipo
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10 years before 386, i thought Lighthouse said 10 years ago.

1958?!?!?! now i know i wasn't born at that time yet. what program did you write?

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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I think the 386 came out around 1986
I started on a Z80 chip

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pipo
pipo
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i don't even know what came before 386, was there a 286 and a 186?

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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started with 88, then 86, then 186, 286,386 and 486. After that Pentium

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Budohorseman
Budohorseman
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The first one was the 086 back in the mid 70's if I remember correctly.

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whs
whs
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@Budohorseman, the vacuum tubes were a problem indeed. But not the moths. But once we had a problem with mice that were chewing on the wires. They had made a nest in the machine wich was installed in the basement of the university.
Speaking of basement - in the mid 60's I travelled a lot in the eastern block for business. There I saw a few russian computers of the times. They always had to be installed in the basement. They had a drum storage and the damn drum vibrated so much, that it would have torn the building apart. Those things weighed many tons I remember.

@Pipo, that was all machine language. We did not even have an assembler. It was stuff our Math Professor gave us as exercises.

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Budohorseman
Budohorseman
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Well, at least the Navy found the moth first, otherwise we would be deratting programs instead of debugging them!

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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We had vacuum tubes in our TV and our radio

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whs
whs
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I think that moth (bug) incident was even earlier.

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Budohorseman
Budohorseman
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Only by a decade or so...it's on display at the Smithsonian.

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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I think 1947 (not sure)

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pipo
pipo
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and i thought my dad's stories were old... ^_^

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