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10-17-2019 06:21 PM  32 days ago
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Mark Ryder

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Yahoo is shutting down its Groups website and deleting all content
https://www.engadget.com/2019/10/16...s-to-shut-down/
Yahoo launched Groups in 2001 as a sort of forum and mailing list hybrid, and it quickly became a home for specialist communities. There was one major problem, however: social networking happened. There's not as much incentive to use Yahoo's community when your Facebook group, Twitter friends or Discord chat will fit the bill, and often more effectively.
Opened same year as RR. Times have changed.
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10-19-2019 01:05 PM  30 days ago
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My first computer was an IBM Convertible "laptop". That was about 1986ish. That was pre-internet. 128K of memory. No modem. No hard drive. Monochrome screen. It's funny to look back just 30 years ago and see all that has changed. So much has happened.

I learned a lot from the "newsgroups". For those not familiar, think of them as one long, multi-person, un-moderated text message. Despite the description, they worked extremely well. Dhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usenet_newsgroup

Somewhere in the either of the internet I have a myspace account. My 13 year-old daughter (now 31) had a myspace account and spent a lot of time there with her "friends". I opened the account and turned control over to her mother. We never used the account much and somewhere along the line we forgot about it. I suppose myspace still exists in some form but, by and large, it's gone. I wouldn't be surprised to see a press release from them similar to the subject of this thread.

Somewhere in between the two were the Delphi Forums. Again, I think these still exist but not as they used to. I spent time learning about engines on the Control Line Speed Forum. Sadly, not only is that form of communication dying, so is control line speed and most of its practitioners. https://forums.delphiforums.com/flyfast

I was never part of the Yahoo groups. I wonder what there is to be gained by "deleting all content".?.? A 100 years from now it'd be fun to drift through what was being discussed and "see how people lived".
"Well, nothing bad can happen now."
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10-19-2019 06:58 PM  30 days ago
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I started with an Apple II around 78-79. Remember Pong?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_II

Then S-100 boxes in the early-mid 80's used as office CPU's.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-100_bus

After that PC's ruled the day. I never went with Apple for office computers.
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10-19-2019 07:03 PM  30 days ago
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My first brush with computers was a Wang system used by the police department I worked with ..... the administrator fought like hell to keep it going but the pc finally won the battle....Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....
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10-20-2019 12:14 AM  30 days ago
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Before the Apple IIE at my middle school, I was rocking a Tandy Color Computer II. I wrote a color slot machine for my final project in 9th grade computer lab. Worked on it for days.

Now I write code all day for a living!
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10-20-2019 12:15 AM  30 days ago
cshutchinson

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Then came the Tandy 1000 which was 'almost' compatible. Then a 286, 386SX and 486 machines I all built during college in early 90's.
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10-20-2019 01:27 PM  29 days ago
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In post #2 I noted that my first computer was an IBM Convertible. That was about 1986. That was the first computer I personally owned.

Beyond that, I had an odd relationship with computers. My dad was a Systems Engineer(SE) for IBM beginning in about 1962. The nightly dinner conversation was about dad's work, the newest developments from IBM, components being installed at some site, etc. My entire youth was filled with the discussion of computers.

While so much has changed in the last 30 years of Personal Computers, the 30 years before that were no less revolutionary.
"Well, nothing bad can happen now."
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10-20-2019 01:44 PM  29 days ago
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My parents supported my hobby, I appreciate that. But getting them excited about what I was doing in my bed room was just impossible. They thought it was neat to show the friends, that's about it.
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10-20-2019 01:45 PM  29 days ago
cshutchinson

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All of the BBSs needed users and sysops..... And 9600 baud modem was critical. 2400 would work but get with the times....
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10-20-2019 01:46 PM  29 days ago
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watching a progressive load on a gif is just timeless.
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10-20-2019 02:21 PM  29 days ago
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Mark Ryder I started with an Apple II around 78-79. Remember Pong?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_II
I do remember Pong but we played it on a Gen 1 Atari hooked to our Zenith TV. I, my bother and sisters got it for Christmas as a "family" gift.

Boiled down to its essentials, Pong is still a good game. Sure its graphics are underwhelming but as a simple contest between two people, it is still fun.
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10-20-2019 02:31 PM  29 days ago
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Yeah I have your Pong... on an Odyssey... from Magnavox...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnavox_Odyssey
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10-20-2019 07:41 PM  29 days ago
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For whatever reason I've never owned a gaming console. The last gaming for me was on a PC in the mid-90s playing LucasArts games such as Star wars. I had good times with my younger daughter (around 10) watching over my shoulder.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LucasArts_games
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10-26-2019 06:02 PM  23 days ago
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First computer for me was a Commodore 64. I still remember the ad on TV saying "And because it's a 64, its VERY powerful."

Played a lot of Space Taxi and Frogger on it.
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10-26-2019 10:53 PM  23 days ago
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MAME is a great way to play all those old arcade games on your PC/Phone/Tablet. My first computer I built and had pretty much every one along the way. It was a great time to grow up.

Usenet news groups still exist and I use them all the time. But they are no longer really for posting messages. Instead it's all binary files broken up into sections.
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10-27-2019 11:13 AM  22 days ago
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I had a Laser 486SX and a Epson COLOR dot matrix printer back in 1992. Thought I was the cat's @ss for having a 'color' printer. Then...I put a Multimedia Soundblaster kit on layaway...took me 3 months to pay off....1x internal cd reader and a sound card. Those were the days.....

I remember walking in a mall in Hawaii and seeing a Tandy1000 for sale at Radio Shack, thinking 'Who in the heck would pay $4K for something like that?'
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11-12-2019 11:49 PM  6 days ago
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My first computer was the UK101 based on the Ohio Scientific Superboard II way back in 1979. A massive 8K RAM..... 6502 based and ran BASIC from memory !
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