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(Wired)   Looking back in history: e-reading computer mags from the 1980's Cambrian explosion of hardware and software designs, most of which didn't make it   (wired.com) divider line
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2021-01-27 2:53:59 PM  
Sure, it might be cool. But we have a vintage tag for a reason.
 
2021-01-27 3:47:39 PM  
...and I read old Popular Mechanics for the same reason.
 
2021-01-27 3:50:09 PM  
I liked the 1990 decade. Magazines that rivaled your local telephone book in size:

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2021-01-27 3:54:51 PM  
You coudl really score with the chicks back then

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2021-01-27 4:11:44 PM  

edmo: You coudl really score with the chicks back then

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"Want to come up to my room and look at my code?"


/Dingo boots..
 
2021-01-27 4:34:56 PM  

Closed_Minded_Bastage: I liked the 1990 decade. Magazines that rivaled your local telephone book in size:

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It's like the Sears Catalog for 80's nerds...  minus the lingerie section of course.
 
2021-01-27 5:22:42 PM  

Nikan1: Closed_Minded_Bastage: I liked the 1990 decade. Magazines that rivaled your local telephone book in size:

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It's like the Sears Catalog for 80's nerds...  minus the lingerie section of course.


Hubba hubba!
 
2021-01-27 6:23:20 PM  

edmo: You coudl really score with the chicks back then

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Good lord.. an Exidy Sorcerer.  I used to have one.  Z-80 based, S-100 Bus, 64x30 monochrome text display, but with 128 reprogramable characters.  (had a Compucolor II as well, for you obscure pre-pc collecting people).  interesting, but left behind by the Apples, Ataris and Commodores of the day.

But what's with that pocket protector being down so low??
 
2021-01-27 6:37:57 PM  
You never subscribed to Computer Shopper.  When you wanted to build a new box you'd buy the latest issue.

The mag I remember is Computer Languages.  Don't remember much about it except I looked forward to getting it in my mailbox every month.

/ and Byte
// but that's a given
/// if you had a computer in the 80s you subscribed to Byte.
 
2021-01-27 6:48:06 PM  

Nikan1: It's like the Sears Catalog for 80's nerds...  minus the lingerie section of course.


Oh,there were eight inch floppies in there.  Plenty of dongles to choose from.

The twisted pair selection left something to be desired, though.
 
2021-01-27 6:50:28 PM  
You know what I don't miss? Typing in thousands of lines of assembly code from PC Magazine. One fat finger and you'll put a result in CX instead of DX and never figure out why it doesn't work.
 
2021-01-27 7:00:41 PM  

Nikan1: Closed_Minded_Bastage: I liked the 1990 decade. Magazines that rivaled your local telephone book in size:

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It's like the Sears Catalog for 80's nerds...  minus the lingerie section of course.


Some of the models in the ads in the back sections showed quite a bit of skin.
 
2021-01-27 7:02:51 PM  
I have a still-working TRS-80 Model 100...

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2021-01-27 7:15:22 PM  

Spaceman Spiffed: edmo: You coudl really score with the chicks back then

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Good lord.. an Exidy Sorcerer.  I used to have one.  Z-80 based, S-100 Bus, 64x30 monochrome text display, but with 128 reprogramable characters.  (had a Compucolor II as well, for you obscure pre-pc collecting people).  interesting, but left behind by the Apples, Ataris and Commodores of the day.

But what's with that pocket protector being down so low??


It's a vest
 
2021-01-27 7:33:58 PM  
The best computer magazine of the '80s is Your Sinclair. FACT.

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2021-01-27 8:31:42 PM  
I'm still bitter about ProDos
 
2021-01-27 8:38:14 PM  
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There are no substitutes.

/Picked this cover because I continued using SpeedScript on my C-64 well into the 90's.
 
2021-01-27 9:53:38 PM  

pheelix: [miro.medium.com image 460x375]
There are no substitutes.

/Picked this cover because I continued using SpeedScript on my C-64 well into the 90's.


Aww, man.  I was stuck using a bootleg copy of Omniwriter on the C64 until I graduated HS.. in '93.
Dear god, that was awful.  Bad memories. I think I'm going to go find a drink.
 
2021-01-27 10:15:28 PM  
Read too many and you start to feel that nothing new has happened in computers in the last 30 years that wasn't solely dependent on making the chips much, much smaller.
 
2021-01-27 10:37:18 PM  
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Computers with touchscreens? Ridiculous! You'd get fingerprints all over the screen. That technology will never amount to anything!
 
2021-01-28 12:15:20 AM  

hogans: Nikan1: It's like the Sears Catalog for 80's nerds...  minus the lingerie section of course.

Oh,there were eight inch floppies in there.  Plenty of dongles to choose from.

The twisted pair selection left something to be desired, though.


There was a lot of Master / Slave action going on, plus gender changers if you felt adventurous.
 
2021-01-28 3:08:48 AM  

Closed_Minded_Bastage: I liked the 1990 decade. Magazines that rivaled your local telephone book in size:

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And they were nothing but ads and mail order forms.
 
2021-01-28 4:34:19 AM  

padraig: Closed_Minded_Bastage: I liked the 1990 decade. Magazines that rivaled your local telephone book in size:

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And they were nothing but ads and mail order forms.


My mind might be a bit frayed at this advanced age but that was the whole point for those who built our own systems.

Well, that and the scantily clothed girls.

/s
 
2021-01-28 5:53:59 AM  

Spaceman Spiffed: edmo: You coudl really score with the chicks back then

[Fark user image 640x847]

Good lord.. an Exidy Sorcerer.  I used to have one.  Z-80 based, S-100 Bus, 64x30 monochrome text display, but with 128 reprogramable characters.  (had a Compucolor II as well, for you obscure pre-pc collecting people).  interesting, but left behind by the Apples, Ataris and Commodores of the day.

But what's with that pocket protector being down so low??


It's hard to tell but he's wearing a white vest over a white shirt. Obviously his primary pocket protector is under the vest
 
2021-01-28 10:34:26 AM  

padraig: Closed_Minded_Bastage: I liked the 1990 decade. Magazines that rivaled your local telephone book in size:

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And they were nothing but ads and mail order forms.


Computer Shopper the one magazine you actually DON'T read for the articles. It was all about the ads and everyone who purchased one, specifically purchased it for the ads. Why? Because the internet was in its infancy and not really a good way to sit and ponder over pricing and specs the way you can now.
 
2021-01-28 11:49:10 PM  
It's late in the thread, but I'll just leave this here (audio NSFW)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHc9_​7​b3Vxk
 
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