Playing Chess online(59 posts)
don't worry, jack, when we become as experienced as whs, we'll see their point.
pipo's dad: back in our days, computers took up the space of a whole room.
pipo: really, dad? that's so ancient.
pipo as a dad: back in our days, computers took up the space of a desk
pipo's soon to be son: really, dad? that's so ancient.
but seriously, though, my dad's an "ancient techy," and he keeps telling me and my brothers stories about "the way things were" back in the old days... mainframe computers, punched-cards, 4GB HD computers, 386 processors...
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.
@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!!!
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.
@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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