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Re: COVID-19 Project: I Think I Like Old Machines Too Much
« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2020, 12:00:50 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, 10:07:20 am »
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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_izvAbhExY

 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, 10:50:32 am »
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, 04:34:32 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 13, 2020, 11:47:52 pm »
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, 06:24:03 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, 06:36:39 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, 12:57:12 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 -Worked a treat! Running like a charm   8)




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Re: COVID-19 Project: I Think I Like Old Machines Too Much
« Reply #23 on: May 17, 2020, 01:46:53 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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Re: COVID-19 Project: I Think I Like Old Machines Too Much
« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2020, 02:46:17 am »
Gotta love Peppermint!   :)

I spent the last week shoehorning PM10 into my 13 year-old Dell Latitude ATG D620 laptop - the same lappy pictured above. I'm dual booting PM5 & PM10 on its 60GB SSD now.

Surprisingly, there's still plenty of life left in its Intel Core 2 Duo T7800 CPU. Doesn't feel noticeably slower than my Dell Latitude E6430 Core i7 lappy, actually.

Peppermint OS and Dell is a wicked combination...



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Re: COVID-19 Project: I Think I Like Old Machines Too Much
« Reply #25 on: October 11, 2020, 11:55:12 am »
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I learned electronics in the days of vacuum tubes and hand wired point to point chassis when electronics was made to be repaired when it did fail and then still used for years afterward.
Although I only did it for fun, I 'repaired' many vacuum tube radios, had parts left over and they played better than before they quit.

My first Linux experience was trying to install Slackware on a Desktop (had Win 3.1) with 8 MB ram.  The notices said that it would run with 8 MB.  In response to my question, Patrick said "Yes. It would run but would need a bit more to install!".
Then, about 2009, I found VectorLinux 5.9 and was faithful to it until their lead person backed off a few years ago.  Early this year, I found P10 and have dropped all winders.  The one at home is on a Compaq laptop that had WinVista.  Both the main and CMOS batteries are shot so I have to hit Time and Date every time I turn it on!  A couple of the ones at the office are dual booted with Win10 which rarely sees the light of day.
Hopefully, my new laptop arrives Tuesday and  works this time.  (They were quick to have it returned for replacement/repair so I'm not complaining - yet.)  Then I'll have to learn Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit) but since it's also based on Ubuntu, it shouldn't be too hard.
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Re: COVID-19 Project: I Think I Like Old Machines Too Much
« Reply #26 on: October 22, 2020, 03:20:33 pm »
Here's a 'funny one' for ya, and a lesson learned, e.g. look before you leap...    ::)

A few nights ago, at 2:00 AM-ish, my 2004 32-bit Dell Dimension 3000 test machine went bonkers. In an attempt to 'fix it', with my eyes at half-mast, I managed to bork PM10.

Next day, I found out my ISP was experiencing severe upstream network problems. By 10:00 AM, the majority of our State was knocked offline - businesses, consumers, everyone.

Out of necessity, I had to rebuild my ancient 'doorstop' box. I installed the latest 5.4 Linux kernel (which I could never get to work before), installed nVidia drivers for it's ancient PCI card, instead of using Nouveau. Then I upgraded to the latest Conky, and Conkywx, and spent a day re-coding it.

Yeah, Peppermint! All's well that ends well...   ;)



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Re: COVID-19 Project: I Think I Like Old Machines Too Much
« Reply #27 on: October 26, 2020, 06:54:15 am »
Loved that old 32-bit Dell Dimension 3000 that my neighbor was running.  Though a little slow, the thing was as solid as a rock, and I knew it couldn't snoop on us either.  It didn't even have a camera!  ;)
[T]here are a lot of people happily running Peppermint ICE which hasn't been receiving ANY updates for a while now .. and I personally would STILL consider that MUCH more secure than any version of Windows with up-to-date AV/Anti-malware ;)

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Re: COVID-19 Project: I Think I Like Old Machines Too Much
« Reply #28 on: October 26, 2020, 02:46:49 pm »
Loved that old 32-bit Dell Dimension 3000 that my neighbor was running.  Though a little slow, the thing was as solid as a rock[...]

Agreed! It's amazingly capable and fast (12 sec. boot time) running on top of 32-bit Peppermint, with a nVidia PCI video card, Intel 1000 Mbps PCI network card, and Patriot Flare SSD. However, that all ends when one opens a modern browser. It quickly starts showing its age, in spades.

Its original winders 32-bit XP Pro software, on the original HDD, probably took 5+ minutes to boot. It was laggy and slow as a snail to operate -- totally unusable in a 21st century office environment.

Still, here at the abode, it's a pleasant machine to play with, and an excellent test platform.

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Re: COVID-19 Project: I Think I Like Old Machines Too Much
« Reply #29 on: October 27, 2020, 06:17:43 am »
Still, here at the abode, it's a pleasant machine to play with, and an excellent test platform.

The 32-bit Dell Dimension 3000 was built for comfort!  I liked listening to the hum of the machine, and I liked its monitor a lot too.  I miss that computer.
[T]here are a lot of people happily running Peppermint ICE which hasn't been receiving ANY updates for a while now .. and I personally would STILL consider that MUCH more secure than any version of Windows with up-to-date AV/Anti-malware ;)

--  PCNetSpec, Cornwall, Eng.  Dec 03, 2013 5:18 pm