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Re: COVID-19 Project: I Think I Like Old Machines Too Much
« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2020, 03:00:50 pm »
Yep I miss the good old days of Windows OSs before the days of Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 .


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Re: COVID-19 Project: I Think I Like Old Machines Too Much
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2020, 01:07:20 pm »
Before I discovered peppermintONE, while casting about for something to keep my 2005 Toshiba laptop alive in 2010, my desktop was still running my highly modified version of Win98 SE... I was no longer connecting it to the web, but needed it to keep Staying Alive

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 for my Family Tree Maker genealogy software. Eventually I transferred my genealogy data (datum?) online and rebuilt the machine in 2016.

Back in the late 70s and early 80s, Dad tried to get me interested in computers back when everyone used DOS... I ignored him... He tried again when the first releases of Windows came out, I continued to ignore him. I was an outdoors type and managed big garden centers. I wasn't the least bit interested in being cooped up inside, much less interested in staring at computer screens. Then in the late 80's the huge DC area garden center I was helping to manage asked me to help with the software they were about to deploy at their registers. Before everything had barcodes, I was charged with creating a system of codes for all items we sold that would also help us track inventory.

I can't recall any of it, but the owners of the place were delighted. Wasn't long before I brought home a friend's cast off computer running Win 3.11, but I never connected it to the net. It wasn't until '96 that my other half and I sat down to place an order for a computer system to be delivered that Christmas. We ordered the largest drive they offered, a whopping 40 megabytes from CyberMax computers. That drive was still being used as my boot device up until 2010. I sorta miss that sound... ooooh look what the wayback machine turned up!



 


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Re: COVID-19 Project: I Think I Like Old Machines Too Much
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2020, 01:50:32 pm »
We ordered the largest drive they offered, a whopping 40 megabytes from CyberMax computers. That drive was still being used as my boot device up until 2010. I sorta miss that sound...


If you don't mind me quoting myself...


Heh! I still have my first HDD stored in the closet - a full-height 20MB Seagate MFM drive with a full-length Perstor controller card.

The Perstor controller boosted the storage to almost 40MB.

If I remember correctly, the Seagate/Perstor combo cost me over $600, in 1985 dollars.

I remember that sound well (ching ching)   ;D

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Re: COVID-19 Project: I Think I Like Old Machines Too Much
« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2020, 07:34:32 pm »
I stuck an Intel PRO/1000 GT NIC in my project machine, yesterday. Gawd, I love those things. I must have bought 10 of them, over the years.

Guess I should buy a few more and stick them in the closet, before they disappear.

I didn't have any luck finding a winders 2000 driver, online, 20 years after the fact.

Luckily, the official winders 2000 update feature is still working, and it found them.

Will little wonders never cease?  ;D

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Re: COVID-19 Project: I Think I Like Old Machines Too Much
« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2020, 02:47:52 am »
OH, OH!  Looks like I put off upgrading for too long. Guess I'm stuck with W2KPro...   :D



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Re: COVID-19 Project: I Think I Like Old Machines Too Much
« Reply #20 on: May 14, 2020, 09:24:03 pm »
I love this Rita Hayworth "Staying Alive" mashup ... sorta appropriate for the moment... and we're heading out to a restaurant... catch y'all later!

https://youtu.be/mz3CPzdCDws

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Re: COVID-19 Project: I Think I Like Old Machines Too Much
« Reply #21 on: May 14, 2020, 09:36:39 pm »
LoL! I'm a 'shuffle' fanboi - hella hard on your knees though.   :)

You'll never see a shuffle dancer over 25...


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Re: COVID-19 Project: I Think I Like Old Machines Too Much
« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2020, 03:57:12 am »
Got bored tonight, and decided to update my former 'Road Warrior.'

It's a dual-battery, MIL-STD, Dell Latitude ATG D630, running Peppermint 5. I've lugged this all over North America.

All I had to do was tweak Conky. The APIs that I use to scrape weather data had changed. I also had to install an updated browser, that recognized modern encryption. And, the key for the Megasync repo had expired. So I had to download and install a new key. All together, it took a little over an hour - should have done it years ago.

Code: Here's the command to replace the expired key for the Megasync repo: [Select]
wget -O - https://mega.nz/linux/MEGAsync/xUbuntu_18.04/Release.key | sudo apt-key add -
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Re: COVID-19 Project: I Think I Like Old Machines Too Much
« Reply #23 on: May 17, 2020, 04:46:53 am »
LoL! I'm a 'shuffle' fanboi - hella hard on your knees though.   :)

You'll never see a shuffle dancer over 25...


https://youtu.be/WGXGDmSwMxw

Yep used to do that but not in a bikini :)) When I was a young wee whipper snapper, had the energy of a nuclear bomb 24/7 365days a year. Drive my parents potty, then took up Judo and Karate. Now I'm lucky if I can lift my little finger without knackering myself out. I hate getting old, but I think in my case my body is older than I am.
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