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(SeattlePI)   Paul Allen's new computer museum not just for geeks. It's for anyone that enjoys ancient technology that's hundreds, if not thousands of days old   (seattlepi.com) divider line 49
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2012-11-04 09:33:11 PM  
first

Also...
BOOBIES
 
2012-11-04 09:54:21 PM  
As opposed to here?
 
2012-11-04 10:42:17 PM  
First rule of computers: don't talk about old computers.
 
2012-11-04 11:13:17 PM  
 
2012-11-04 11:22:24 PM  
So it's Zune 2.0?
 
2012-11-04 11:59:09 PM  
I got a couple of VIC-20s if anyone wants 'em

/with tape drive, manual, and 8K memory expansion cartridge
 
2012-11-05 12:18:55 AM  
this old
newspaper.li

or this old?
www.commodoreusa.net
 
2012-11-05 12:28:23 AM  

thisiszombocom: or this old?


www.commodoreusa.nett0.gstatic.com

The case and logo are close but the keyboard's all wrong. There's no "run/stop" or "restore" key, there's an extra function key, and it's missing all of the PETSCII symbols.
 
2012-11-05 12:52:48 AM  
oldcomputers.net

Not the oldest, but my first. I was 9, it had a 16K expansion pack. It was love.
 
2012-11-05 12:56:10 AM  
cdn0.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net

This was called an iPhone 4. Can you believe people actually went around using things like this? It's crazy.
 
2012-11-05 12:56:35 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I got a couple of VIC-20s if anyone wants 'em

/with tape drive, manual, and 8K memory expansion cartridge


Do you have a text Frogger tape?
 
2012-11-05 01:00:20 AM  
Dating myself...

First database with dBase 2 on a Tandy Radio Shack

With "real" floppies,
you had to load the OS
then the app
then your program
finally your data

No such thing as a Hard Drive...all memory.
 
2012-11-05 01:01:03 AM  
Nice to see the old tradition of senior vintage systems engineers wearing kilts is being honoured.
 
2012-11-05 01:02:30 AM  

Paul Allen?


"Hey, Paul!"

betterinrealife.com
 
2012-11-05 01:09:43 AM  
Mr Allen,

Please spend a little more time getting us a veteran back up point guard. Nolan Smith is not it.
 
2012-11-05 01:16:27 AM  
Was hoping for a "More Magic" switch. No joy.
 
2012-11-05 01:32:52 AM  
I thought he was handling the Fisher account...
 
2012-11-05 01:33:48 AM  

rogue49: Dating myself...

First database with dBase 2 on a Tandy Radio Shack

With "real" floppies,
you had to load the OS
then the app
then your program
finally your data

No such thing as a Hard Drive...all memory.


A floppy disk?

www.perturb.org

/you are sooo cute
 
2012-11-05 01:47:11 AM  
Besides a couple VIC-20s (only one tape drive I think), there are two DEC Rainbows still in their box, buried in storage. Still have an Atari 2600 and a fistful of cartridges and couple joysticks in my old dresser at home. I had another game you hooked up to the tv that was older. It was B&W and it played two games: Pong, and this race-car game where you turned the paddle right/left to zig-zag up through traffic that rolled progressively faster. It must have been around '76 - maybe sold by Sears as Speedway. My mother might have thrown that one out.

What a DEC Rainbow looks like

Pretty nifty - it had two chipsets - one to run CP/M another to run 8086 DOS.

/CP/M! DOH!
//I have other old crap lying around; might even have an old 8" floppy drive/diskettes still.
///I mean really useful old crap. Novell networking software, OS/2, BeOS, Sierra Network's 'Shadows of Yserbius' & 'Twinion'.
 
2012-11-05 02:05:03 AM  
I started out with one of these. I still have the 9 pin dot matrix printer in perfect condition. (I can't find anyone gullible enough to take it off my hands)
Link
 
2012-11-05 02:16:34 AM  

Ivo Shandor: The case and logo are close but the keyboard's all wrong.


It's actually not a fake, it's a PC made to look like an old C-64. And it's made by commodore.
 
2012-11-05 02:27:23 AM  

WhyteRaven74: Ivo Shandor: The case and logo are close but the keyboard's all wrong.

It's actually not a fake, it's a PC made to look like an old C-64. And it's made by commodore.


I'd suggest the buttons to the right saying "Internet" and "email" were dead giveaways.
 
2012-11-05 02:43:24 AM  

WhyteRaven74: It's actually not a fake, it's a PC made to look like an old C-64. And it's made by commodore.


Commodore is long gone. Someone else may have purchased the name at a bankruptcy auction, but that doesn't transfer over any of the things that made the products special. If it's not a 6502-family CPU + VIC + SID, it's not a C64.
 
2012-11-05 05:11:36 AM  

rogue49: Dating myself...

First database with dBase 2 on a Tandy Radio Shack

With "real" floppies,
you had to load the OS
then the app
then your program
finally your data


It's so adorable when people list things like this and think it actually dates them.

/Yes, my lawn.
 
2012-11-05 05:39:31 AM  
Baron Harkonnen:
[cdn0.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net image 380x285]

This was called an iPhone 4. Can you believe people actually went around using things like this? It's crazy.


Christ, it's so bulky and cumbersome. I can barely stomach the sight of it.
 
2012-11-05 07:09:44 AM  

0Icky0: Nice to see the old tradition of senior vintage systems engineers wearing kilts is being honoured.


Do we get in free if we wear our kilts?
 
2012-11-05 07:27:31 AM  

MurphyMurphy: Paul Allen?


"Hey, Paul!"


Leaving satisfied.

/Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?
 
2012-11-05 08:02:37 AM  
ww4.hdnux.com

Welcome to "All Things Scottish". Our motto is, "If it's not Scottish, it's *CRAP*".
 
2012-11-05 08:47:53 AM  

Ivo Shandor: WhyteRaven74: It's actually not a fake, it's a PC made to look like an old C-64. And it's made by commodore.

Commodore is long gone. Someone else may have purchased the name at a bankruptcy auction, but that doesn't transfer over any of the things that made the products special. If it's not a 6502-family CPU + VIC + SID, it's not a C64.


Oh my life, you must be a riot at parties....You must have been gutted when they discontinued arctic roll and you had to have supermarket own brand... MUMMY MUMMY I CAN'T EAT THIS ITS NOT ARCTIC ROLL, it just LOOKS like Arctic roll, the Jam doesn't taste the same, OR the sponge...and it's filled with GENERIC ICE CREAM.

Would it help, if it was explained that considering you can actually boot the thing up into Commodore Basic and run your classic C64 games? 

For non British people this is arctic roll
modculture.typepad.com
 
2012-11-05 08:52:47 AM  

uber humper: Not the oldest, but my first. I was 9, it had a 16K expansion pack. It was love.


I had one of those. If you sneezed the memory pack got loose and you lost the game you just spent 30 minutes loading from tape.
 
2012-11-05 09:23:39 AM  
My first was TRS-80 Model III. I could not afford the $5,000 for the 5 MEG hard drive. Imagine paying that much for a hard disk that can only hold 2-3 photos from today's digital cameras. (Low res photos)
 
2012-11-05 09:34:49 AM  

MurphyMurphy: Paul Allen?


"Hey, Paul!"
[betterinrealife.com image 460x300]


TRY GETTING A RESERVATION AT DORSIA NOW YOU FARKING STUPID BA$TARD!!!!
 
2012-11-05 10:08:13 AM  

gingerjet: rogue49: Dating myself...

First database with dBase 2 on a Tandy Radio Shack

With "real" floppies,
you had to load the OS
then the app
then your program
finally your data

No such thing as a Hard Drive...all memory.

A floppy disk?

[www.perturb.org image 597x195]

/you are sooo cute



i236.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-05 10:36:40 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: As opposed to here?


The most depressing part of that museum is counting the number of computers on display that I actually used.

/I'm old...
 
2012-11-05 10:44:54 AM  
They need a PDP-10.

\El Paso County, Colorado, and School District 11 shared a PDP-10 back-in-the-day....
\\Playing a game of Star Trek on a Teletype Model 33 using an accustic modem FTW
\\\My computer! Get off it!
 
2012-11-05 10:54:47 AM  
I just spent the weekend unpacking all my old 8bit items so I am getting a kick. Nothing museum worthy though.
 
2012-11-05 11:20:13 AM  
Fast Batch system where I dropped off the stack of punch cards in the morning and hoped to have a lengthy printout in the afternoon...not one sheet on why they didn't run this time.

/Having spent 4 hours at the EMP with two busloads of high-school musicians, I think this looks like a more interesting place to spend time.
 
2012-11-05 11:33:17 AM  
So it sound like this is going to be a bigger hit than that Experience Music disaster?
 
2012-11-05 11:33:18 AM  

Tax Boy: uber humper: Not the oldest, but my first. I was 9, it had a 16K expansion pack. It was love.

I had one of those. If you sneezed the memory pack got loose and you lost the game you just spent 30 minutes loading from tape.


And loading the tape was a biatch -- had to set the volume and tone, just right.
 
2012-11-05 02:20:14 PM  

MurphyMurphy: Paul Allen?


"Hey, Paul!"
[betterinrealife.com image 460x300]


Came for American Psycho reference...leaving satisfied to return some videotapes
 
2012-11-05 02:39:52 PM  

Tired_of_the_BS: B
What a DEC Rainbow looks like

Pretty nifty - it had two chipsets - one to run CP/M another to run 8086 DOS.


I eventually got a hold of the "Turbow286" card and a version of Windows 3.0 for mine. That required installing a 3 1/2" floppy, which required a custom TSR that some dude on usenet wrote. By installing a half-height 5 1/2" 30MB MFM drive, you'd have room for the drive, and disk space for Windows. And don't forget that you'd need an actual clock card so you didn't have to set the time every time you turned the thing on!

All that is still up in my attic, sadly neglected.

For a while I had a Pro 350 (precursor to the MicroVax) with it's attempt at a WIMP UI (can't remember what they called it), but I wound up just playing Moria on it, and wound up trading it for more Rainbow-related stuff. The experience with it, though, got me a job with an interactive laserdisc group (there were touchscreen-driven configurations of the Pro that used a genlocked laserdisc player to combine graphics with A/V), which led me to my multimedia career which led me to my web career...

...which is leading me to an early grave. Thanks DEC!
 
2012-11-05 03:52:27 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: As opposed to here?


Sweet!

I am certified to work on this beast, and have spent many an hour elbows deep in her giggly bits.

CP-642

In a pinch, she doubled as a bomb shelter.
 
2012-11-05 04:51:56 PM  

moel: Ivo Shandor: WhyteRaven74: It's actually not a fake, it's a PC made to look like an old C-64. And it's made by commodore.

Commodore is long gone. Someone else may have purchased the name at a bankruptcy auction, but that doesn't transfer over any of the things that made the products special. If it's not a 6502-family CPU + VIC + SID, it's not a C64.

Oh my life, you must be a riot at parties....You must have been gutted when they discontinued arctic roll and you had to have supermarket own brand... MUMMY MUMMY I CAN'T EAT THIS ITS NOT ARCTIC ROLL, it just LOOKS like Arctic roll, the Jam doesn't taste the same, OR the sponge...and it's filled with GENERIC ICE CREAM.

Would it help, if it was explained that considering you can actually boot the thing up into Commodore Basic and run your classic C64 games? 

For non British people this is arctic roll
[modculture.typepad.com image 400x305]


Sir, I just came back from 10 days in London and I can assure you that the British people have *nothing* that looked nearly as yummy as that.

I don't know from whence comes this mythical "Arctic Roll" but it cannot have been from the same culture that produced this: upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-05 06:01:44 PM  

jehovahs witness protection: first

Also...
BOOBIES


Wierd...Binary translated back to the word "first.
 
2012-11-05 06:54:27 PM  
www.retro-trader.com

You always remember your first!
Oric 1, plugged into my TV and my tape deck 16kb of ram AND 16kb of rom.
Spoke basic and had built in sound.
 
2012-11-05 07:40:55 PM  
Old PC thread?

Summer 1989

8088 XT clone
DOS 3
640k RAM
5 1/4
20 meg Seagate ST-225
CGA
1200 baud
 
2012-11-05 08:43:41 PM  

Makh: Wiki fact of the day: Comic Sans was created for, but was not used in Microsoft Bob and is still a popular font today.


You raiding my Reddit posts? :-)
 
2012-11-06 12:58:53 AM  

Tired_of_the_BS: What a DEC Rainbow looks like

Pretty nifty - it had two chipsets - one to run CP/M another to run 8086 DOS.


My Commodore 128 had that - an 8502 for the CBM stuff, and a Z80 for CP/M. It also had one video chip for 80-column text and another for 40-column + graphics.
 
2012-11-06 10:25:23 AM  
ryarger:
I don't know from whence comes this mythical "Arctic Roll" but it cannot have been from the same culture that produced this: [upload.wikimedia.org image 220x272]


Weirdly they are made where I live, Melton Mowbray pork pie. (but yeah, i'm not a fan)
 
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