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2012-10-03 03:33:51 PM  

I Browse: /damn video clerks...and their judgmental stares


I used to thank the pissier ones for helping to make pr0n freely available. They loved that.
 
2012-10-03 03:34:45 PM  
aol punters/pinters/email bombs/trojans/pw stealers/
 
2012-10-03 03:35:23 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Agent Sm


Give it enough time and we'll be using highly simplified systems:

www.eupodiatamatando.com
 
2012-10-03 03:35:35 PM  
i.ytimg.com
(I still miss that one, wish there were a re-release that runs on non-museum hardware)

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-03 03:35:49 PM  

Havokmon: 1998! Was playing Descent over the Internet via Kali/2 on OS/2 Warp!
Why OS/2? You couldn't multitask DOS apps in any other OS. I could leave IRC up in the background, and if I got bored, just put the game in a window and chat with my buddies. Not the 'full screen window' crap that DOS apps did in Win95. In OS/2 if the game was 320x200, you can be damn sure OS/2 will put it in a 320x200 window on your desktop.

good times.

Havok - Kali serial #144 - out.


I'm still sad that OS/2 lost the war with Windows 95/98, which were inferior by any technical comparison. Imagine how things would have been if it had been the other way around!
 
2012-10-03 03:36:10 PM  

khyberkitsune: indylaw: sethen320: indylaw: unlikely: I mean I'm pretty sure 1998 was Ultima 8 territory

That steaming pile of dogshiat came out in 95 or 96. Isometric jump puzzles. Whoever dreamed that up deserves a kiek in der kok.

'98 for me - searching through the public folders of other students on the network looking for cool mp3s or realplayer files of South Park. Saving up money for a DVD player.

The guy who wrote Ultima was friends with my parents. That being said...I've never played any of the games.

Most of them were good. Then Richard Garriott (aka "Lord British"), the creator, sold out to EA and the company started forcing out half-finished drek. Eh, I guess once he made enough money to buy a spot on a Russian space flight he stopped giving a shiat about making good games.

Ultima V is the best tile-based computer RPG I've ever played. VI is a close second. FARK THE HELL out of VIII and VII/2. The first one was pretty fun, too!

Took me 19 years to beat Ultima V. Tough game until you learn how to farm the chests in the castle basement and game the magic keys in Minoc, and even then still tough finding out all that you need.


19 years? Wow. My best friend and I bought that game in middle school - after we beat Leisure Suit Larry in 12 hours, and returned it to Egghead because it was too easy :P Ultima V took us 10 weeks to beat, and we lost to our other friends by a day. We were at the end first, but our characters weren't strong enough to beat the demons in the ladder room - if I knew that ladder was the final action of the game, I'd have just gone down it :( DAMNIT! So close!
 
2012-10-03 03:37:16 PM  

DeathByGeekSquad: It's funny reading 'articles' written by someone who clearly wasn't around/involved at the time.

/Simuntronics was consuming my life in '97-98


Good lord, yes. Right up until 2001 or so when I joined the military.
 
2012-10-03 03:38:03 PM  
Still in school.

Gee, were things really that different 14 years ago? Time sure moves fast now.
 
2012-10-03 03:38:06 PM  
We had the bandwith of a small nation with the OC line going in to my college in 98'. But when I first started going there it was still dialup in the dorms. That was a switch. Music sharing was sick. Network gaming was awesome. Kegs all around and you didn't get kicked out for that sort of thing. Easy hot girls. I'd go back to 98' in a second.

/now is good too.
 
2012-10-03 03:39:00 PM  
I was 13 years old. I played Twisted Metal, hacked on Diablo, UO, and Psx I think.
 
2012-10-03 03:40:45 PM  
I didn't have a computer in 1998, but a friend had a N64 and I was fully content playing Goldeneye every single day. Also, I bought my Honda civic that year and I'm still driving it today.
 
2012-10-03 03:41:22 PM  

downstairs: Yep.  Warez chat rooms in IRC, also ones that distributed mp3s.  Total wild west.  I'm sure porn via FTP too... but I was one of the first to get a cable modem (we were a test market)... so normal porn sites worked for me without the buffering...  buffering...  buffering...


Good luck finding a decent FTP site that didn't have something like 1:3 dl/ul ratio PER SESSION. And of course they FTP site would have a dick sysop, who would boot you off immediately after you finish uploading.
 
2012-10-03 03:43:52 PM  

Doc Ok: Havokmon: 1998! Was playing Descent over the Internet via Kali/2 on OS/2 Warp!
Why OS/2? You couldn't multitask DOS apps in any other OS. I could leave IRC up in the background, and if I got bored, just put the game in a window and chat with my buddies. Not the 'full screen window' crap that DOS apps did in Win95. In OS/2 if the game was 320x200, you can be damn sure OS/2 will put it in a 320x200 window on your desktop.

good times.

Havok - Kali serial #144 - out.

I'm still sad that OS/2 lost the war with Windows 95/98, which were inferior by any technical comparison. Imagine how things would have been if it had been the other way around!


Yeah, OS/2 and Netware for me. I recently implemented nightly snapshots instead of tape backup, and people are surprised how quick a restore is. That's so sad - Netware allowed user-based Salvage 20 years ago, and it was for any overwritten file.
 
2012-10-03 03:44:00 PM  
media.tumblr.com

Leisure Suit Larry
 
2012-10-03 03:44:48 PM  
A bunch of kiddies in my management class think Google became the top search engine because of it's "amazing algorithm." They weren't around in the mid-late 90s when dialup was the standard slow-ass way most of us got online. Because Google's stripped down page didn't have a bunch of links, pics and other crap, it loaded waaaay faster than all the competing search engine pages. Sheer speed was what got us all hooked on Google.
 
2012-10-03 03:49:44 PM  

sid244: Anybody else play this one?

[www.glidos.net image 850x658]


Is that the highest form of patriotic?
 
2012-10-03 03:52:41 PM  

BuckTurgidson: [i.ytimg.com image 480x360]
(I still miss that one, wish there were a re-release that runs on non-museum hardware)

[upload.wikimedia.org image 400x258]


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-03 03:56:39 PM  

Magook: BRB, my ICQ icon is flashing. UH-OH!

CSS: my husband and I met via ICQ in 2000. 7th wedding anniversary is in 2 weeks!


I have a six-digit ICQ account number. I didn't use it in forever and forgot the password. Out of the blue a few weeks ago, I remembered the password but now I have no idea what to do with an ICQ account.
 
2012-10-03 03:58:05 PM  

Doc Ok: sid244: Anybody else play this one?

[www.glidos.net image 850x658]

Still playing it. :)

Descent as First-Person Shooter


I *love* the way the girl/computer says "solaris" when you select the missiles.
 
2012-10-03 04:01:43 PM  

sid244: Anybody else play this one?


Of course, it's the highest form of patriotic.
 
2012-10-03 04:03:53 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-03 04:07:22 PM  
A bad day in 2012:
Wireless high-speed internet has intermittent connectivity issues, so the music streaming radio keeps stopping, which is annoying. Instead of listening to music from the bathtub you have to go sit on the couch and play your PS3 on your 42" tv. The problem with this is you're a noob and you keep getting called names by 12 year olds. So to blow off some steam you go watch streaming porn videos on your tablet. But wait, the wireless keeps going out!
 
2012-10-03 04:07:52 PM  

Genju: I remember building my first computer. I was 14. It was a 200 mhz Pentium MMX. I had a Matrox Millenium with the supplemental Matrox M2 card. That thing screamed for its day. I think it was also the first time I used DIMM sticks. The jumper settings were insane. A few months ago I had the displeasure of taking an Alienware machine apart and replacing a graphics card and was dumbfounded by the insane wiring inside one of those pieces of garbage.


I worked at a small computer-building business in the early 90s, and I loved it when computers finally started using SIMM chips for RAM. Prior to that, I was spending all day trying to stuff SIPP chips into 386s (or before that, DIPP chips into 286 machines). 286s were the worst, because you had to install something like a dozen DIPP chips to get 1 MB of RAM, and it seemed like either one of the chips was bad, or I bent a pin trying to get it in.

The first computer that I built for myself was an AMD 386-40 MHz. That was the first time that AMD actually pulled ahead of Intel in the speed wars, rather than just duplicating existing Intel chips. I initially used a 40 MB hard drive, but upgraded it almost immediately to a 120 GB Conner hard drive.

My biggest gaming memory from that era was playing "Wing Commander". That game probably sold more sound cards than any other up to that point. Mine was the 8-bit "Ad Lib" card.
 
2012-10-03 04:09:58 PM  

LanguageLikeBonsais: Battlezone on [cdn-static.cnet.co.uk image 540x300]

/Still can't figure out how some people were so good at sniping.


www.asis.com

/ex mplayer
 
2012-10-03 04:10:17 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Went off the rails a bit at the music downloading part. In '98 he'd have been using Napster, and Linkin Park wasn't around to suck yet.


No.

The service, named after Fanning's hairstyle-based nickname, operated between June 1999 and July 2001.

Yes.

Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005 and multi-platinum in several other countries.
 
2012-10-03 04:10:26 PM  

finnished: downstairs: Yep.  Warez chat rooms in IRC, also ones that distributed mp3s.  Total wild west.  I'm sure porn via FTP too... but I was one of the first to get a cable modem (we were a test market)... so normal porn sites worked for me without the buffering...  buffering...  buffering...

Good luck finding a decent FTP site that didn't have something like 1:3 dl/ul ratio PER SESSION. And of course they FTP site would have a dick sysop, who would boot you off immediately after you finish uploading.



I had a decent time finding ones that allowed leeching.
 
2012-10-03 04:12:31 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

I was playing Carmageddon and my friends were telling me they would never ride with me again.
 
2012-10-03 04:13:40 PM  
a/s/l?
 
2012-10-03 04:14:55 PM  

ScottRiqui: Genju: I remember building my first computer. I was 14. It was a 200 mhz Pentium MMX. I had a Matrox Millenium with the supplemental Matrox M2 card. That thing screamed for its day. I think it was also the first time I used DIMM sticks. The jumper settings were insane. A few months ago I had the displeasure of taking an Alienware machine apart and replacing a graphics card and was dumbfounded by the insane wiring inside one of those pieces of garbage.

I worked at a small computer-building business in the early 90s, and I loved it when computers finally started using SIMM chips for RAM. Prior to that, I was spending all day trying to stuff SIPP chips into 386s (or before that, DIPP chips into 286 machines). 286s were the worst, because you had to install something like a dozen DIPP chips to get 1 MB of RAM, and it seemed like either one of the chips was bad, or I bent a pin trying to get it in.

The first computer that I built for myself was an AMD 386-40 MHz. That was the first time that AMD actually pulled ahead of Intel in the speed wars, rather than just duplicating existing Intel chips. I initially used a 40 MB hard drive, but upgraded it almost immediately to a 120 GB Conner hard drive.

My biggest gaming memory from that era was playing "Wing Commander". That game probably sold more sound cards than any other up to that point. Mine was the 8-bit "Ad Lib" card.


As was mine. The first time my pc games made noise that wasn't the internal speaker. It was glorious.
 
2012-10-03 04:19:52 PM  

Genju: Let's see.... 1998 I think I was playing:

[t0.gstatic.com image 256x192]

Slaughter these villagers? Archers, HO!

[t1.gstatic.com image 256x192]

You encounter a dragon! You are slain!

[t1.gstatic.com image 259x194]

and of course:

[t2.gstatic.com image 259x194]

finally I always played this no matter how old:

[t1.gstatic.com image 259x194]

Because cutting people down with a chainsaw mounted on the front of your taxi cab never got old.


I still load up some Lords of the Realm and Lords of the Realm 2 from time to time. I also bought Lords of the Realm 3 when it came out. I was disappoint.
 
2012-10-03 04:19:56 PM  

ScottRiqui: Magook: BRB, my ICQ icon is flashing. UH-OH!

CSS: my husband and I met via ICQ in 2000. 7th wedding anniversary is in 2 weeks!

I have a six-digit ICQ account number. I didn't use it in forever and forgot the password. Out of the blue a few weeks ago, I remembered the password but now I have no idea what to do with an ICQ account.


OMG. Now I'm going to rant. I had a 6 digit number too - until I went to this website that another admin recommended to consolidate IM clients. I asked him if he vetted the site, and he said it was great. It worked, but I felt like I had just given my password to a hacker. Sure enough, a week later I lost access to my ICQ account and all my info was changed. Turns out that was just the first - I was cleaning up after that guy for years.
 
2012-10-03 04:21:11 PM  
Got my first cable modem in 1998, good times.
 
2012-10-03 04:21:48 PM  

ScottRiqui: Magook: BRB, my ICQ icon is flashing. UH-OH!

CSS: my husband and I met via ICQ in 2000. 7th wedding anniversary is in 2 weeks!

I have a six-digit ICQ account number. I didn't use it in forever and forgot the password. Out of the blue a few weeks ago, I remembered the password but now I have no idea what to do with an ICQ account.


I had a 5-digit number. I had a password consisting of random numbers and letters, all mixed up.

One day some Turkish guy took over my account, I know not how, and that was the last time I had a 5-digit ICQ number.
 
2012-10-03 04:22:10 PM  
Ok...ok....anyone else lose a few hours with these two?

s3.amazonaws.com

or

www.abandonia.com
 
2012-10-03 04:23:57 PM  
0verhyped.files.wordpress.com

I was playing Rebellion a few months ago.
 
2012-10-03 04:27:05 PM  

rkallister: Oh, fond memories of 1998. I was playing:

[www.technopat.net image 640x480]

and

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x480]


The Star Craft barracks sound is still used as a sound effect in movies today...Granted most of those are the made for TV movies are on the Sci-Fi channel, but still.

/Kinda like the sound effect when the storm trooper falls in the shaft on the Death Star from SW:ANH.
 
2012-10-03 04:29:08 PM  

miltonbabbitt: Party like it's 1998...
[imageshack.us image 367x419]


I have that, and still play it on my computer once in a while. It looks and sounds like real pinball. Pinball, for you kids, was this game where......oh fark it. You had to leave the house to go play pinball. THE HORROR.

1998 I was--let's not talk about that either.
 
2012-10-03 04:29:51 PM  

ScottRiqui: Magook: BRB, my ICQ icon is flashing. UH-OH!

CSS: my husband and I met via ICQ in 2000. 7th wedding anniversary is in 2 weeks!

I have a six-digit ICQ account number. I didn't use it in forever and forgot the password. Out of the blue a few weeks ago, I remembered the password but now I have no idea what to do with an ICQ account.


I'd sell it on eBay -- for some reason, people will pay a few bucks for a six-digit ICQ number.

/Mine was seven digits
 
2012-10-03 04:32:07 PM  

sid244: rkallister: Oh, fond memories of 1998. I was playing:

[www.technopat.net image 640x480]

and

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x480]

The Star Craft barracks sound is still used as a sound effect in movies today...Granted most of those are the made for TV movies are on the Sci-Fi channel, but still.

/Kinda like the sound effect when the storm trooper falls in the shaft on the Death Star from SW:ANH.


Its history goes a bit further than that.
http://hollywoodlostandfound.net/wilhelm/index.html
 
2012-10-03 04:33:53 PM  
i.chzbgr.com

/1998? oh, sorry, thought you said 1978
 
2012-10-03 04:34:17 PM  

impaler: TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: There was *some* sort of music P2P going on, because I distinctly remember downloading music in my dorm room using some interface like that, fall semester of 97.

I thought I remembered someone in the dorms around the '97-'98 time frame having a P2P program, but maybe I'm not remembering it correctly.

Peer-to-peer file sharing began in 1999 with the introduction of Napster

Anyway, there was anonymous FTP at the time.


I remember using Hotline in 1998/99... on dialup... on the shiatty phone lines in Sutherlin, OR. The lines where I lived were so bad that there were many times I sat there trying to dial in, listen to the handshaking noise as it connects successfully, then immediately disconnects due to line noise. Many nights were spent not getting on the Internet when I lived in that shiathole.
 
2012-10-03 04:38:14 PM  
My bad, wrong scream, meant this one:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howie_scream
 
2012-10-03 04:38:41 PM  

PC LOAD LETTER: Vegan Meat Popsicle: [www.blogcdn.com image 850x542]

/ I had ISDN, biatches

I had bonded ISDN.


I worked for ADTRAN then and I also had bonded ISDN. Got the adapter for free ( was a scrapped unit that I refurbed) and I was always the Diablo and Starcraft host.
 
2012-10-03 04:46:46 PM  
A/S/L? A/S/L? A/S/L?
 
db2
2012-10-03 04:53:55 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-03 04:56:05 PM  
1998?

livingwithanerd.com
 
2012-10-03 04:56:36 PM  
That was stupid on so many levels.
 
2012-10-03 04:58:02 PM  
1998? Netrek baby!!!! The first true multiplayer internet game.

I swear I nearly flunked out because of that game.

//ogg the base! ogg the base!!
 
2012-10-03 05:01:22 PM  

MaxAwesome: I still load up some Lords of the Realm and Lords of the Realm 2 from time to time. I also bought Lords of the Realm 3 when it came out. I was disappoint.


I still have it installed. One of the few games of old that still works on current gen OS. Warlords III also runs. I haven't tried Quarantine but I doubt it since it was DOS based and MS gave up the DOS emulation after Win98.
 
2012-10-03 05:01:39 PM  

Doc Ok: sid244: Anybody else play this one?

[www.glidos.net image 850x658]

Still playing it. :)

Descent as First-Person Shooter


You're my new hero. I loved that game. Wasted so many hours on it. I'd love to see it re-done with all these fancy modern graphicals that my three year old laptop will struggle to run.

And Tie Fighter and X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter. So many hours spent mastering them with my sweet, sweet Gravis joystick that I saved for months for.

www.andovercg.com
 
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