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2018-02-08 06:20:22 PM  
Thanks, subby. Good times.
 
2018-02-08 07:36:18 PM  
Be still, my heart.

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2018-02-08 07:41:53 PM  
Woo Hoo!  My 20th Greenlight!
 
2018-02-08 07:43:21 PM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: Woo Hoo!  My 20th Greenlight!


Username fails to check out.
 
2018-02-08 07:53:49 PM  
Carrier Command? 'cause I'd love me some of that.
 
2018-02-08 07:53:52 PM  
Choplifter circa 1983 was pretty awesome.

I played it on my friend's Apple II with monochrome green display.

It was awesome regardless.
 
2018-02-08 08:02:41 PM  
Zork is even more frustrating reduced to a java thing on iPad
 
2018-02-08 08:02:50 PM  
I've died of dysentery.
 
2018-02-08 08:08:34 PM  
Infocom text adventures rank with some of the best games I've played.
 
2018-02-08 08:14:32 PM  
I recently got Rogue working on FreeDOS under QEMU on Linux. Man, that brought back memories.

Of cheating. Memories of cheating. I never could finish the game honestly.
 
2018-02-08 08:17:16 PM  

syrynxx: Infocom text adventures rank with some of the best games I've played.


Damn straight.
 
2018-02-08 08:24:47 PM  
Gah! This reminds me how Windows was a piece of shiat until Win 95. I was a proficient CPM user and a DOS user. I started using a Mac in 1988 and using Windows after that was nearly impossible because it was so primitive in comparison.

This is Excel for the Macintosh in 1985. At the core it isn't hugely different from Excel today (except for the stupid ribbons).
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2018-02-08 08:27:28 PM  
Oh wow dude ty! Almost as cool as archive.org.

/ Betrayal At Krondor
 
2018-02-08 08:33:43 PM  
IHadMeAVision - Username fails to check out.

Tough.

BTW:  If you're near Cockeysville, Md., you should visit the System Source Computer Museum in person.  It's a great eclectic collection of stuff you've used, or only read about.  It's quite under-utilized.  When I went there, I was the only one, and the staff was honestly surprised that someone showed-up.

They also have a working Linotype Machine, and other oddball printing equipment, and mechanical telephone-switching equipment.
 
2018-02-08 08:39:53 PM  
ImpendingCynic - I recently got Rogue working on FreeDOS under QEMU on Linux. Man, that brought back memories.  Of cheating. Memories of cheating. I never could finish the game honestly.

Back at the University of Maryland, we had the source to Rogue, so we compiled a version where we replaced all the monster's names with names of professors in the CS Department.  It was lot more fun that way.

The scroll-names were generated by randomly assembling syllables out of a table of gibberish.  You could also replace the gibberish syllables with recognizable words like "univac" and "vax", which generated entertaining scroll-names.
 
2018-02-08 08:46:31 PM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: They also have a working Linotype Machine


Pretty much nobody knows what that is today, but it was astounding technology - people at huge typewriters that output newspaper stories from molten metal.

My parents were in the news business. I got my name in fresh warm Linotype as a souvenir a couple of times.

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2018-02-08 08:51:06 PM  
Wolfenstein is a tad unwieldy. Anyone else have better luck with the keys?
 
2018-02-08 09:10:58 PM  
But can it play Crysis?

In all seriousness, there are many sites like this. One of my favs got CyberJudas avail for play. CyberJudas is like Shadow President, you take the role as President of the United States and nuke anyone ya want. Or play like a regular President would act. Whatever floats yer boat.
 
2018-02-08 09:11:32 PM  
Oddly, Lotus 1-2-3 is running great on FireFox, but keeps crashing on Internet Explorer
 
2018-02-08 09:15:13 PM  

jaytkay: Creepy Lurker Guy: They also have a working Linotype Machine

Pretty much nobody knows what that is today, but it was astounding technology - people at huge typewriters that output newspaper stories from molten metal.


ETAOIN SHRDLU?

There's a 30 minute documentary showing the process on the last day the NY Times ran on Linotypes.
 
2018-02-08 09:19:18 PM  
Paradox? *shudder*

I lost several school papers to that beast.
 
2018-02-08 09:21:36 PM  
Does it have Windows 3.1? I would love to play Castle of the Winds again.
 
2018-02-08 09:39:18 PM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: ImpendingCynic - I recently got Rogue working on FreeDOS under QEMU on Linux. Man, that brought back memories.  Of cheating. Memories of cheating. I never could finish the game honestly.

Back at the University of Maryland, we had the source to Rogue, so we compiled a version where we replaced all the monster's names with names of professors in the CS Department.  It was lot more fun that way.


Holy crap, we may know each other.
 
2018-02-08 09:46:32 PM  
Get off my lawn. When I was your age I played Zork on a PDP-11 mainframe!
 
2018-02-08 10:06:47 PM  
ImpendingCynic  - Holy crap, we may know each other.

Were you there at the time of Mark Weiser, Chick Rieger, Azrael Rosenfeld, Marvin Zeolkowitz?
 
2018-02-08 10:10:13 PM  

Zombalupagus: Get off my lawn. When I was your age I played Zork on a PDP-11 mainframe!


I played Collosal Cave adventure on one back in 79 or 80.
 
2018-02-08 10:12:28 PM  
Zombalupagus  - Get off my lawn. When I was your age I played Zork on a PDP-11 mainframe!

Get off my lawn.  I programmed one of these:

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That thingy in her hands i one of the plugboards.  Each one held 15 machine op-codes and operands.  The whole machine could do seven calculations per second, using vacuum tubes.

Four years later, I graduated to using punch-cards.
 
2018-02-08 10:15:37 PM  

Zombalupagus: Get off my lawn. When I was your age I played Zork on a PDP-11 mainframe!


Your lawn may have to get off my lawn.

I played Lunar Lander on a paper terminal connected to something ( I have no idea what) with an acoustic coupler .
 
2018-02-08 10:17:09 PM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: Get off my lawn.  I programmed one of these:


It's lawns all the way down...until we land on your lawn!
 
2018-02-08 10:19:09 PM  
Fun fact:

andy
peperony and chease

is a permanent part of Oregon Trail's disk 1 because someone pirated Andy's copy and it became very popular. You can download disk 1 from TFA if you load Oregon Trail and "save" disk 1. peperony and chease is on line 484 of the .DSK file.
 
2018-02-08 10:22:41 PM  
jaytkay  - Pretty much nobody knows what that is today, but it was astounding technology - people at huge typewriters that output newspaper stories from molten metal.

The amazing part about the Linotype is that the space-matrices are variable, and would adjust to right justify each line.

So, I've got a story I got off the net a few years ago.  This guy retires, so his son buys him his first computer and sets it up for him.  He looks at the Keyboard and says WTF is this?  He'd retired from forty years as a Linotype operator.

Also, look up the classic Twilight Zone episode: Printer's Devil, about a Linotype Machine from Hell, literally.

I think the Baltimore Museum of Industry also has a working Linotype.  The Linotype was invented in Baltimore.

In 1965 I went on a class trip to the Baltimore Sunpapers and saw about 30 Linotypes in operation in the basement.
 
2018-02-08 10:24:22 PM  
jaytkay - I played Lunar Lander on a paper terminal connected to something ( I have no idea what) with an acoustic coupler .

Well I still have a copy of Lunar Lander on paper tape.

Played it on a DEC GT-40, which was a vector CRT terminal.
 
2018-02-08 10:24:27 PM  
My first PC

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IBM 1620

I remember programming a craps game on it. Weird machine, variable word length and lookup tables instead of hardware addition/subtraction. Good machine to learn on, as long as you didn't drop your deck of punched cards.
 
2018-02-08 10:25:51 PM  
NotThatGuyAgain  - I played Collosal Cave adventure on one back in 79 or 80.

The big thing I recall was that after you figured out how to play a perfect game and get all 200 points, to do it as fast as possible.  I got it down to 16 minutes.
 
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2018-02-08 10:40:00 PM  
The only thing I remember from punch cards is that my dad used to bring home a bunch of them from work at Western Electric and it's what we used to write our grocery lists on.
 
2018-02-08 10:43:01 PM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: Well I still have a copy of Lunar Lander on paper tape.


That's another memory from being a newspaperman's child. We had reels of paper tape for toys.

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2018-02-08 11:12:48 PM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: ImpendingCynic - I recently got Rogue working on FreeDOS under QEMU on Linux. Man, that brought back memories.  Of cheating. Memories of cheating. I never could finish the game honestly.

Back at the University of Maryland, we had the source to Rogue, so we compiled a version where we replaced all the monster's names with names of professors in the CS Department.  It was lot more fun that way.

The scroll-names were generated by randomly assembling syllables out of a table of gibberish.  You could also replace the gibberish syllables with recognizable words like "univac" and "vax", which generated entertaining scroll-names.


I don't know who you are, stranger, but I also weent to UMD. 2002-2006.
 
2018-02-08 11:27:49 PM  
gruntmints - I don't know who you are, stranger, but I also weent to UMD. 2002-2006.

You missed me by two decades.
 
2018-02-08 11:30:38 PM  
Damn. Memories. I used a bunch of those.

/old
 
2018-02-08 11:41:54 PM  

Duke of Madness Motors: My first PC

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IBM 1620

I remember programming a craps game on it. Weird machine, variable word length and lookup tables instead of hardware addition/subtraction. Good machine to learn on, as long as you didn't drop your deck of punched cards.


Dear farkin' "BoB" and here I thought I was strange using teletypes to play Super Star Trek in the basement of the Lawrence Hall of Science on some bizarre mainframe attached to this new Arpanet thing.

/ So old school we had to build the school
 
2018-02-09 12:11:29 AM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: ImpendingCynic  - Holy crap, we may know each other.

Were you there at the time of Mark Weiser, Chick Rieger, Azrael Rosenfeld, Marvin Zeolkowitz?


Later than you (early-mid 1990s) but I knew Azrael and Marvin.
 
2018-02-09 12:12:56 AM  

Ishkur: Does it have Windows 3.1? I would love to play Castle of the Winds again.


That game was perfect windows 3.1.
 
2018-02-09 12:17:56 AM  
ImpendingCynic - Later than you (early-mid 1990s) but I knew Azrael and Marvin.

Ah.  Missed you by 3 - 4 years.
 
2018-02-09 12:21:09 AM  
I just found some info on Adventure:  http://www.spitenet.com​/cave/

The cave layout was (loosely) based on an actual cave, which is featured in the movie The Incredible Petrified World.
 
2018-02-09 12:23:44 AM  
Oh, if ya ever wanted to use Windows 1.0, heres yer chance

https://www.pcjs.org/disks/pcx86/wind​o​ws/1.01/cga/
 
2018-02-09 12:59:15 AM  

cman: Oh, if ya ever wanted to use Windows 1.0, heres yer chance

https://www.pcjs.org/disks/pcx86/windo​ws/1.01/cga/


that was fun. Though my GUI experiences were with earlier Mac stuff and Windows 3.1.

/First computer experience was BASIC on a TRS 80 circa 1980.
 
2018-02-09 01:32:17 AM  

BullBearMS: jaytkay: Creepy Lurker Guy: They also have a working Linotype Machine

Pretty much nobody knows what that is today, but it was astounding technology - people at huge typewriters that output newspaper stories from molten metal.

ETAOIN SHRDLU?

There's a 30 minute documentary showing the process on the last day the NY Times ran on Linotypes.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SHRDLU
 
2018-02-09 01:35:06 AM  

Igor Jakovsky: /First computer experience was BASIC on a TRS 80 circa 1980.


Me too.

Then Logo, then AmigaBASIC, then Lattice C, then THINK Pascal, then THINK C, then Metrowerks C/C++ and MPW, and Visual C++...
 
2018-02-09 04:52:29 AM  
They don't have Microsoft Bob. This site is useless.
 
2018-02-09 06:41:31 AM  

Ishkur: Does it have Windows 3.1? I would love to play Castle of the Winds again.


Newest system I've played it on is XP 32-bit. Doesn't work on anything newer, afaik. Such a good game though. I'm pretty sure it was my first roguelike.
 
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