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how many years have you???

worked on or with computers... in depth i mean.. not word processing crap.

I started out when I was in 6th grade using our 286 w/ 2 megs ram and the good 'ol 2400 baud modem. My best friend and I were BBS junkies.. during the days b4 the internet was mainstream.

So around 11 years here.
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10 years ago, may 19th, was the first time I ever got my own computer. When I turned 10.
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damn you remember the exact date. must have been an important day for ya. I remember when we got one of the first P90's in production. lightning quick back in the day!
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I have pictures of me on a Tandy 1000 when I was 8 years old programmin' basic errr....

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Hell, I only got my first machine last year!
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Damn I'm old...

I attended my first Houston Area League Of PC Users meeting back in 1982....

Lots of years (from about 1982 to 1990) I wrote crap that resembled:

dec ecx
jnz the_loop
push ebx
mov cx, 0ffffh
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Re: how many years have you???

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worked on or with computers... in depth i mean.. not word processing crap.

I started out when I was in 6th grade using our 286 w/ 2 megs ram and the good 'ol 2400 baud modem.
286?? What does that mean?? 2 megs of Ram... the smallest piece of RAM i have ever seen is 64. Modem wtf is that?? what does it do?
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August 1988. I had a 286 with 64k memory, two 5.25 floppy drives, no HD and an amber monitor.

After about 6 months I went to a 386 with 4megs ram, a 20 meg HD and a 16 color monitor. It was used mainly for AutoCAD 9

Coming up on 15 years.
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I was a member of Chrysalis, a proud owner of an external 14.4 baud modem, X-Wing freak (the hardest game ever to run in DOS because of the huge amount of main memory it required), sysop of our own bulliten board sys, and major DOOM freak. (DOOM 2 was the most dissapointing game ever)
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I should probably add that my first modem was back in Feb. 1990. It was a 9600 baud Hayes, used to get online through Prodigy and a local service at the time called US Videotel.
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I should probably add that my first modem was back in Feb. 1990. It was a 9600 baud Hayes, used to get online through Prodigy and a local service at the time called US Videotel.
OMG!

I'm sorry you had to use US Videotel.

I wrote that software.

Another failed system with French origins.
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lol, Prodigy. I never used that. BBS' straight up. Screw paying for service.
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I remember bbsing w/ my 2400, then 9600, then 14.4, then 28.8 modems My dad used to run Neauxware BBS. My first computer had a CGA monitor lmao, I dont remember the specs on it, but we still have it.

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Damn I'm old...

I attended my first Houston Area League Of PC Users meeting back in 1982....

Lots of years (from about 1982 to 1990) I wrote crap that resembled:

dec ecx
jnz the_loop
push ebx
mov cx, 0ffffh
xor eax, eax
That would be a 32 bit processor Did some MASM myself back in the day.

I started programming in 1980, played with CPM, wrote basic on a TRS-80 and my first IBM PC was an 8086 with 128kb memory, a 360kb floppy drive, and dos 2.0. Later on I upgraded it to 256kb memory, a 2nd 360kb floppy and eventually a 10mb hard disk Never could wangle a CGA monitor though
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That would be a 32 bit processor Did some MASM myself back in the day.

I started programming in 1980, played with CPM, wrote basic on a TRS-80 and my first IBM PC was an 8086 with 128kb memory, a 360kb floppy drive, and dos 2.0. Later on I upgraded it to 256kb memory, a 2nd 360kb floppy and eventually a 10mb hard disk Never could wangle a CGA monitor though
Yes it was. My favorite processor was the Casio CPU for their B.O.S.S. units. 64 registers baby! Some more 8086 code:

Lets see...


PROG_STACK SEGMENT
DB 100h DUP (?)
PROG_STACK ENDS

PROG_DATA SEGMENT
DOS_PRINT EQU 9
GEEK_STRING DB 'I AM OLD SCHOOL GEEK',13,10,'$'
PROG_DATA ENDS

PROG_CODE SEGMENT
ASSUME CS:PROG_CODE, DS:PROG_DATA, SS:PROG_STACK
START:
MOV AX, PROG_DATA
MOV DS, AX
MOV AH, DOS_PRINT
MOV DX, OFFSET GEEK_STRING
INT 21H
MOV AX, 4C00H
INT 21H
PROG_CODE ENDS
END START


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MASM GEEK,,GEEK,GEEK
LINK GEEK
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OMG!

I'm sorry you had to use US Videotel.

I wrote that software.

Another failed system with French origins.
NO WAY! Dude I actually worked for the company here in Dallas as Sales Supervisor for about a year, so luckily I never had to pay for the service. The only thing that was worth a darn was the chat service they had. At the time I thought it was pretty cool, but looking at the internet today, it was pretty weak.

There was a gateway to the French service, I remember guys logging onto it and accessing porn sites.
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NO WAY! Dude I actually worked for the company here in Dallas as Sales Supervisor for about a year, so luckily I never had to pay for the service. The only thing that was worth a darn was the chat service they had. At the time I thought it was pretty cool, but looking at the internet today, it was pretty weak.

There was a gateway to the French service, I remember guys logging onto it and accessing porn sites.
LOL. Yea, baby, I worked for them in 88/89 and part of 90 as an employee and contractor. I wrote the PC emulator for the box, as well as the Apple GS emulator. Partly responsible for the Mac emulator, although Phillipe's son did most of the work. (Phillipe was a VP, can't remember his last name, some French dude).

I worked down in Houston at the Corporate Office off San Felipe. I made it to Dallas one time for a Users Group meeting.

Was the office in the Xerox building in Los Colinas? For some reason that building pops into my head when I think of Ol' USV.

I'm trying to think of names now... Steve Brody, Leslie Green, Steve Rhyne, Holly Jahangiri, Philipe "I can't remember his last name", man, I bet alot more come pop in my head...

They had a really hot receptionist.

8 bit graphics, meaning a block broken into 8 pieces, each piece either black or white. LOL.

I had alot of respect for the graphic design peeps, since they could actually make some really cool graphics with those damn blocks.

I use to test by playing the Chess game all the time. I play people with Chessmaster running on my PC. They probably thought I was some sort of Chess genius. LOL.
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LOL. Yea, baby, I worked for them in 88/89 and part of 90 as an employee and contractor. I wrote the PC emulator for the box, as well as the Apple GS emulator. Partly responsible for the Mac emulator, although Phillipe's son did most of the work. (Phillipe was a VP, can't remember his last name, some French dude).

I worked down in Houston at the Corporate Office off San Felipe. I made it to Dallas one time for a Users Group meeting.

Was the office in the Xerox building in Los Colinas? For some reason that building pops into my head when I think of Ol' USV.

I'm trying to think of names now... Steve Brody, Leslie Green, Steve Rhyne, Holly Jahangiri, Philipe "I can't remember his last name", man, I bet alot more come pop in my head...

They had a really hot receptionist.

8 bit graphics, meaning a block broken into 8 pieces, each piece either black or white. LOL.

I had alot of respect for the graphic design peeps, since they could actually make some really cool graphics with those damn blocks.

I use to test by playing the Chess game all the time. I play people with Chessmaster running on my PC. They probably thought I was some sort of Chess genius. LOL.
What a small world. Yeah, thats the building. I was there for most of '90. My wife was also a sales person. We worked for a guy named Blair Thomas. Then after they canned him and Gary Parks took over. That was about the time that I left. The company was starting to go downhill then.

My wife was offered a job down in Houston in customer service but decided not to take it because it was less money then if she stayed in sales. Both her and I were the top two sales people in this area.

She remembers one person down there, Charlie somthing. He was head of sales and marketing.

The box was kinda cool, in the chat service it was pretty amazing what kind of graphics and designs you would make with all those flashing blocks and colors.
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Man...does this question make me feel old. Anyone remember FORTRAN......COBOL.......BURROUGHS......Zenith?... ....Guess I'm PRE PC........1975......I will even admit to working for TANDY Home Computers..................................where did I put them punch cards...................?

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I will even admit to working for TANDY Home Computers..................................where did I put them punch cards...................?

Later, Ron H.
My dad had a Tandy. This was early 80's I think. Dont remember the model but it has a tape recorder that you pluged into it and you could upload and download the programs from it into the computers memory. I graduated in '82 and our school only had two computers, so I didn't know anything about them, at the time I thought the Tandy was pretty slick.

The only other thing I remember that was computer related was the Atari 2600. You can't beat 3 on 3 football!

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MoonDog, sounds like you dad had a TRS(trash)80 computer, it could be connected to a tape recorder or use the single/dual floppy drives (51/2") big ones.
ATRAI's were cool, there were also Commadore's (64/128) Franklins APPLES....JAPLES...built quite a few of those in Okinawa when I was stationed there. I think I still have all the parts for an ALTAIR I bought from BILL GATES in Albuquerque, NM, many moons ago.

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MoonDog, sounds like you dad had a TRS(trash)80 computer, it could be connected to a tape recorder or use the single/dual floppy drives (51/2") big ones.
ATRAI's were cool, there were also Commadore's (64/128) Franklins APPLES....JAPLES...built quite a few of those in Okinawa when I was stationed there. I think I still have all the parts for an ALTAIR I bought from BILL GATES in Albuquerque, NM, many moons ago.

Later, Ron H.
Not sure if it was the TRS but it sounds like it could have been that one. If I remember correctly it hooked up to the TV and used it as the monitor.

When were you in Okinawa and what branch? I did a six month stint there back in '85-'86 while in the Corp. I was stationed at Camp Schwab.
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I was stationed at Kadena AB from 1980-1982 at the 6100LSS depot (Pacific repair depot facility). those were some GREAT times!!!!!!!! , for reasons I won't go into here . Man, I always wondered why the marines would come to our chow hall at Kadena.........then I got a chance to eat at Camp Butler's mess.......................................then I knew... , by the way it sure was different getting saluted all the time on a Marine Corp base (driving a car) as an NCO.

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I don't remember my age but my first computer was a Tandy 1000SL had dual 5.25's, I recieved a modem and Prodigy service for Christmas one year ( don't remember the speed of the modem ) but I used Prodigy for a while and then BBS'ed when I figured how to do it. My favorite game was John Elways Quaterback, followed by Leap Frog ( Frogger wannabe i think? ). My next computer came in early 95 when we bought an Acer ( what a POS! ) w/ 133mhz Pentium 16MB of RAM, 6x CD-ROM, 28.8 Modem, and a 15" monitor!!! I'm guessing I've been "into computers" for at least 15 years or so.
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My first computer to work on was a Ti 99/4a which was my dads, like when I was 11-12. He used to get these magazines that had the code for games in them and I would type them in and play them. He had this monster box attached to it that gave you like an addional 32k of memory or some such nonsense.

I didnt do much with computers again until my senior year of college, I had a packard been 386/20 with a 40 mb drive and 2 mb of memory that my brother won in a contest. One of my classes required us to get assignments from email, so I went and bought a 2400 modem. I decided to see what else was out there on the net (this was 93, so there wasnt a whole lot , and I got hooked. I started ripping apart computers just to see how they worked and learning as much on my own as I could. That year I decided I didnt want to be an ME anymore. I got my ME degree but didnt even try to get an ME job. Found an entry level programming job and the rest is history. My first computer that I bought was a P90 in 94, with monitor cost close to $4K.

So to answer the initial questions, 10 years really into computers even though I have been around them for close to 20.

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First program on punch cards in college. I won't say when, but I guess it was with most of y'alls grandparents.
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Ahh yes... suddenly I feel old too. Remembered getting my Computing Merit Badge in Boy Scouts.. was pretty new then, and biggest part I remember was the punch cards..

When I was in 7th grade, the first computers appeared in our public schools. They were Apple ]['s. This was 1980-1981.

Used to go down to the local public library around the same time to play games on the TRS-80's.. Had tape drives, played Hunt The Wumpus..

My first computer was a blazing fast 33mhz Powerbook 140.. Still have her, and she still runs like a dream..

When I started college in 86, my CS degree freshman schedule included Fortran and Cobol classes..

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Musta been 6'th or 7'th grade. Programming in BASIC and LOGO on a Commodore 64 with a tape drive, a 5½" Floppy, and a daisy wheel or dot matrix printer. I remember making text games like Zork and printing them out to see where we screwed up in the code and handwriting the corrections. Ahh... those where the days Also got to play around with TRaSh80's, Apple II's, and an old IBM Main Frame system while going to school at the Science and Engineering Magnet.




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I've dealt with computers for over 20 years and I'm not even 30 yet LOL.

Firs computer was a commodore 64, and then when I became to l33t for it I upgraded to a C128 with TWO 1571 drives. I was about 10 when I wrote my first (and only) videogame called Poopy Pigeon. (Zaxxon variant). I used a 300 baud modem to upload it to a friends BBS and I remember getting letters (not email) from people in europr about how rad it was. hahaha

I remember when everything was on 5.25 floppys (where they were truly floppy) and Windows 3.1 came on 30 or 40 3.5" disks.

I remember paying over $600 for a Diamond Viper video card with TWO megabytes of memory for my 486 dx2/66 with TWO 200mb harddrives. That was a monster machine!

I remember playing solitaire and when you won, the "flying cards" animation actually took a couple minutes to run through..not 6 seconds.

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Gawd... I remember those things. I bought one back in 88 or 89 or something like that. On top of that it was a Hyundai. 15" NEC 3D Monitor that weighed about 1000 lbs.

Still have the NEC (just a little rough around the edges, great for my server), the Hyundai is long gone.
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Yes it was. My favorite processor was the Casio CPU for their B.O.S.S. units. 64 registers baby! Some more 8086 code:

Lets see...


PROG_STACK SEGMENT
DB 100h DUP (?)
PROG_STACK ENDS

PROG_DATA SEGMENT
DOS_PRINT EQU 9
GEEK_STRING DB 'I AM OLD SCHOOL GEEK',13,10,'$'
PROG_DATA ENDS

PROG_CODE SEGMENT
ASSUME CS:PROG_CODE, DS:PROG_DATA, SS:PROG_STACK
START:
MOV AX, PROG_DATA
MOV DS, AX
MOV AH, DOS_PRINT
MOV DX, OFFSET GEEK_STRING
INT 21H
MOV AX, 4C00H
INT 21H
PROG_CODE ENDS
END START


.....

MASM GEEK,,GEEK,GEEK
LINK GEEK
Ahhh..... that's more like it! 16 bit code....

Didja ever write a TSR or an interrupt handler?

<--lot's o reboots debugging that stuff LOL.....

Or how about 16 bit netbios under windows 3.0? Building up NCBs or writing interrupt handlers under windows and having to deal with real/protected mode address translation (DPMI)

The bad old days..... but it was fun
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