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2014-05-26 12:49:36 PM  
I fail to see a single Mac in the article or the video, subby!
 
2014-05-26 01:46:27 PM  
Until only a couple of years ago I still used my Atari ST computer for all my midi sequencing because as a single task computer it had much better timing for midi with zero latency.
 
2014-05-26 01:50:07 PM  
To be fair to the kids, I'm 27 and I'd need a manual to do anything with that computer beyond inserting a floppy disk and turning it on.
 
2014-05-26 02:27:18 PM  
I have a funny feeling that my future grandchildren will think I've got dementia when I talk about how we used a little palm-sized device named after a rodent to move a flashing cursor around a screen sitting on a desk. They'll call for the nurse and then silently go back to playing hexxaquadricon on their neural implant devices.
 
2014-05-26 03:04:20 PM  
When is WWDC scheduled for this year? June 2-6. So the timing of this trite trip down memory lane is timely you say?
 
2014-05-26 04:32:45 PM  
Why are they cycling the power to boot from a floppy? That's what PR#6 is for.
 
2014-05-26 04:37:31 PM  
Might as well give them an abacus
 
2014-05-26 04:38:48 PM  
img1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-05-26 04:39:07 PM  
HEY! That's not fair to ask six year old kids where the on switch would be on an old computer. I work with people in my office who don't know where their computer's on/off switch is, and they have used computers for years. Roy Trenneman frowns on the video's shenanigans.
 
2014-05-26 04:40:59 PM  

miss diminutive: I have a funny feeling that my future grandchildren will think I've got dementia when I talk about how we used a little palm-sized device named after a rodent to move a flashing cursor around a screen sitting on a desk. They'll call for the nurse and then silently go back to playing hexxaquadricon on their neural implant devices.


Wouldn't they be able to verify that on Megahypernanowikipedia?
 
2014-05-26 04:43:15 PM  

dangelder: miss diminutive: I have a funny feeling that my future grandchildren will think I've got dementia when I talk about how we used a little palm-sized device named after a rodent to move a flashing cursor around a screen sitting on a desk. They'll call for the nurse and then silently go back to playing hexxaquadricon on their neural implant devices.

Wouldn't they be able to verify that on Megahypernanowikipedia?


No need. The FTL neuronal network will be self-authenticating.
 
2014-05-26 04:56:11 PM  

miss diminutive: I have a funny feeling that my future grandchildren will think I've got dementia when I talk about how we used a little palm-sized device named after a rodent to move a flashing cursor around a screen sitting on a desk. They'll call for the nurse and then silently go back to playing hexxaquadricon on their neural implant devices.


Nah, they'll all be using a mouse ironically because it provides a "warmer" human/computer interaction.
 
2014-05-26 05:02:04 PM  
"I like this better than Flappy Bird"

QFT
 
2014-05-26 05:20:28 PM  
One of the kids I found to be extremely annoying.
 
2014-05-26 05:23:06 PM  
Anybody else want to throat punch the kids the way they were handling the floppy disk?
 
2014-05-26 05:30:53 PM  

mjbok: One of the kids I found to be extremely annoying.


One?????
 
2014-05-26 05:39:39 PM  

skinink: HEY! That's not fair to ask six year old kids where the on switch would be on an old computer. I work with people in my office who don't know where their computer's on/off switch is, and they have used computers for years. Roy Trenneman frowns on the video's shenanigans.


THIS

There's a sad number of times when asking users to turn off their PC and they say they do but when it comes back on it looks exactly the same because they're only turning off the monitor. They seem dumbfounded that the same button that turns on the PC can turn it off.
 
2014-05-26 05:41:43 PM  

mjbok: Anybody else want to throat punch the kids the way they were handling the floppy disk?


Oh, hell yes. Especially if they were irreplaceable original disks.
 
2014-05-26 05:42:20 PM  
meh.. it's an Apple piece of junk, might as well give them a rock to play with.

Even when new, most people probably did the same as the kids.
 
2014-05-26 05:46:07 PM  
pretty funny
 
2014-05-26 05:46:59 PM  
Yes, we farking get it! We're farking old!
 
2014-05-26 05:47:02 PM  
I was their age when I first got my grubby paws on the Apple ][
If I sat down in front of one now I wouldn't remember how to get it started, much less run Wizardry and Castle Wolfenstein.
 
2014-05-26 05:49:20 PM  

mjbok: One of the kids I found to be extremely annoying.


Don't blame him for his parents making him wear a douche hat
 
2014-05-26 05:53:36 PM  
"The person using this, a long time ago ..."

...was me ... B(
 
2014-05-26 05:56:05 PM  

Ghastly: Until only a couple of years ago I still used my Atari ST computer for all my midi sequencing because as a single task computer it had much better timing for midi with zero latency.


MIDI ports built right in, too. No other computer I can think of has had that. Used an ST for my first studio session when I was 18, it was so cool.
 
2014-05-26 06:10:30 PM  

Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: Why are they cycling the power to boot from a floppy? That's what PR#6 is for.


And call -151 to make it fart. and also drop into the monitor as were the parlance in the day.

/digital onion firmly on belt.
 
2014-05-26 06:14:43 PM  
Me trying use submit with English headline
 
2014-05-26 06:18:52 PM  

buckler: Oh, hell yes. Especially if they were irreplaceable original disks.


Grabbing it by the actual disk middle.  Argh.  Thank FSM for my CFFA3000.
 
2014-05-26 06:38:16 PM  
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2014-05-26 06:56:01 PM  

imfallen_angel: meh.. it's an Apple piece of junk, might as well give them a rock to play with.

Even when new, most people probably did the same as the kids.


You must be young.  The Apple ][ was like mana sent from heaven when it came out.
 
2014-05-26 07:00:28 PM  

karmachameleon: imfallen_angel: meh.. it's an Apple piece of junk, might as well give them a rock to play with.

Even when new, most people probably did the same as the kids.

You must be young.  The Apple ][ was like mana sent from heaven when it came out.


I visited some friends in my high school's CS class after class worktime, when they were allowed to play games on the cutting-edge Apple ]['s. I was amazed at the graphics of the original Castle Wolfenstein, and absolutely astonished at the characters' extremely low bit-rate, almost unrecognizable cries of "Kamerade!".
 
2014-05-26 07:09:40 PM  

karmachameleon: imfallen_angel: meh.. it's an Apple piece of junk, might as well give them a rock to play with.

Even when new, most people probably did the same as the kids.

You must be young.  The Apple ][ was like mana sent from heaven when it came out.


You must be attached to the Apple penis... I was using computers way before that piece of crap.
 
2014-05-26 07:16:33 PM  

imfallen_angel: karmachameleon: imfallen_angel: meh.. it's an Apple piece of junk, might as well give them a rock to play with.

Even when new, most people probably did the same as the kids.

You must be young.  The Apple ][ was like mana sent from heaven when it came out.

You must be attached to the Apple penis... I was using computers way before that piece of crap.


You have to be pretty myopic if you discount the influence the Apple II had on computing. Had it not been for IBM scrambling to throw together an off the shelf competitor for the Apple II quickly, they may never have screwed up and given the keys to the kingdom to the big company down the street from me in Redmond. It didn't launch the home computer revolution by itself, but it played a huge role in the story. To call it a piece of crap is just being argumentative for the sake of pissing people off to get a reaction.
 
2014-05-26 07:18:07 PM  

imfallen_angel: You must be attached to the Apple penis... I was using computers way before that piece of crap.


I had a TRS-80 model I (then a model III) before I got my first personal Apple (a IIc), but I can't think of anything that predates it that was better.  The C64 had better games, but also came out much later (and had the world's slowest disk load times.
 
2014-05-26 07:19:51 PM  
tell those kids to stay off my lawn!
 
2014-05-26 08:09:14 PM  
mos.totalfilm.com
"Hello, computer."


Seriously, no one yet?
 
2014-05-26 08:13:57 PM  
funnyaussiesigns.com
 
2014-05-26 08:15:26 PM  
I like how since they were talking about an Apple product, they helpfully included a young hipster in a fedora.

/Probably drinks Yoo-Hoo ironically
 
2014-05-26 08:19:43 PM  
Anyone know what this does on an Apple ][?

]CALL-151

*300:AD 51 C0

*303:AD 50 C0

*306:4C 00 03

*300G
 
2014-05-26 08:33:43 PM  

HopScotchNSoda: [mos.totalfilm.com image 440x281]
"Hello, computer."


Seriously, no one yet?


8th comment in.
 
2014-05-26 08:34:43 PM  

make me some tea: Anyone know what this does on an Apple ][?

]CALL-151

*300:AD 51 C0

*303:AD 50 C0

*306:4C 00 03

*300G


High-frequency tone on the speaker? Just a guess - it has been a long time since I used one of those machines.
 
2014-05-26 08:36:44 PM  
I'm guessing none of them will be future programmers, then.
 
2014-05-26 08:53:08 PM  

Ivo Shandor: make me some tea: Anyone know what this does on an Apple ][?

]CALL-151

*300:AD 51 C0

*303:AD 50 C0

*306:4C 00 03

*300G

High-frequency tone on the speaker? Just a guess - it has been a long time since I used one of those machines.


Nope. Good guess though. The speaker register is C030, not C050 and C051.
 
2014-05-26 09:06:09 PM  
>sys32768
 
2014-05-26 09:13:44 PM  

mjbok: buckler: Oh, hell yes. Especially if they were irreplaceable original disks.

Grabbing it by the actual disk middle.  Argh.  Thank FSM for my CFFA3000.


Mine ships tomorrow. So soon I'll see what all the fuss is about.
 
2014-05-26 09:51:11 PM  

make me some tea: Ivo Shandor: make me some tea: Anyone know what this does on an Apple ][?

]CALL-151

*300:AD 51 C0
*303:AD 50 C0
*306:4C 00 03
*300G

High-frequency tone on the speaker? Just a guess - it has been a long time since I used one of those machines.

Nope. Good guess though. The speaker register is C030, not C050 and C051.


Toggles rapidly between text and low-res graphics, which shared the same memory, and will give a kinda trippy visual effect because it's not going to be synced up with the CRT's screen blanking in any way shape or form. Like a seizure .GIF, except that the CPU is pegged at 100%, and the image you get is dependent on whatever happened to be on the screen at the time.
/is also old
 
2014-05-26 09:56:43 PM  
You could play Lode Runner and design your own custom levels with the included editor. That was good enough for me and my friends then and given how much I've played Minecraft, it's obviously still good enough for me now.
 
2014-05-26 10:17:12 PM  
At the RCC I worked for in Dallas in the early 80's, we had a Radio Shack TRS-80 that we used with a homebrew programmer to burn PROMs for the GE MARC-V line of 800 MHz trunked radios.

At night we used the same machine to supervise our paging channels. 7,11, 26 and P5

I'm old.
 
2014-05-26 10:24:05 PM  
That was kind of stupid. Of course, if you set an ancient computer in front of people and don't tell them what to do, of course they don't get it.

I was using DOS in Kindergarten. It wasn't hard, given a little bit of instruction.

A:

MORAFF.EXE
 
2014-05-26 10:35:40 PM  

Twilight Farkle: Toggles rapidly between text and low-res graphics, which shared the same memory, and will give a kinda trippy visual effect because it's not going to be synced up with the CRT's screen blanking in any way shape or form. Like a seizure .GIF, except that the CPU is pegged at 100%, and the image you get is dependent on whatever happened to be on the screen at the time.
/is also old


Bravo!

/I was writing games in 6502 assembly at the age of 11.

scalpod: You could play Lode Runner and design your own custom levels with the included editor. That was good enough for me and my friends then and given how much I've played Minecraft, it's obviously still good enough for me now.


The Lode Runner level editor was the best part of that game. Nice easter egg they built into it.
 
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