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2022-01-24 10:14:56 AM  
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Back before fire was invented, there was a magazine called Creative Computing. It came with a few free video games/programs every month, well the code for them. You had to type in a few thousand lines of BASIC or whatever, only to find out you had a type in line 20 after it failed to run and you spent 4hrs proofreading.

Then games for the Atari 400/800, TRS-80, etc. came out on cassette tape. F*cking game changer!
 
2022-01-24 11:24:30 AM  
3 votes:
X-ray specs !
 
2022-01-24 9:24:54 AM  
2 votes:
After listening to clunky 8-tracks for years, I was pretty impressed with auto-reversing cassettes.
 
2022-01-24 9:29:47 AM  
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My first modem was 300 baud. Late 80s. I signed up for Prodigy, and as I watched the screen slowly draw line after line, I thought, "This will never catch on."

/also, porn took too long to download.
//after choosing a pic from a vague description.
 
2022-01-24 9:39:47 AM  
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Speaking of radios...

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2022-01-24 9:43:21 AM  
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I was twelve or thirteen when I found a DIY pyrotechnics book my father had. It was cool but where would a kid in the 1970s get potassium nitrate and other chemicals. My father was a high school science teacher and just brought me home 1 kg containers. He helped me make a calcium carbide canon out of 2-inch pipe stock. For years I made my own fireworks. I remember coming home from college and seeing a dead spot in the lawn. I realized that was where I did my testing.

Kids now days never make their own fireworks.
 
2022-01-24 9:47:53 AM  
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Cheron: I was twelve or thirteen when I found a DIY pyrotechnics book my father had. It was cool but where would a kid in the 1970s get potassium nitrate and other chemicals. My father was a high school science teacher and just brought me home 1 kg containers. He helped me make a calcium carbide canon out of 2-inch pipe stock. For years I made my own fireworks. I remember coming home from college and seeing a dead spot in the lawn. I realized that was where I did my testing.

Kids now days never make their own fireworks.


We sure did. Not so much 'calcium carbide' as 'how much gunpowder can I cram into this thing'. Although we did start a pretty big fire trying to make homemade C4. Thanks Paladin Press!
 
2022-01-24 12:07:55 PM  
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Trying to hide the earphone cord of the transistor radio you were using to listen to the World Series in elementary school.
 
2022-01-24 12:22:48 PM  
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2022-01-24 7:21:01 PM  
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gunsmack: You had to type in a few thousand lines of BASIC or whatever, only to find out you had a type in line 20 after it failed to run and you spent 4hrs proofreading.


You had a "type" in line 20, Gracie? No wonder you couldn't get your program to run.

Just giving you grief. I had a Commodore 64 and remember those magazines. Had a cassette player to save my programs. Had to watch the digit counter to know where the program started.
 
2022-01-25 6:28:59 AM  
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mike_d85: Probably light guns for video games.  There were only a handful of games that used the technology, but it worked pretty well and peaked in the 90's with games like Virtua Cop.  I think you can still find arcade cabinets with it, but I don't think any of the modern consoles use the tech.

/Super Nintendo had a goddamn bazooka.


I still have that. It's in my guest bedroom storage right now.
 
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