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Post# 970163   11/26/2017 at 21:44 (300 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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I bought a new USB flash-drive yesterday for carrying files between home and work.  32 GB little non-mechanical gizmo, physical size less than 1/2 my pinkie finger.  I thought it was tagged $9.97 on the shelf.  Upon checking the receipt, $6.00.

A Winchester-type hard drive of 30 MB was a big and $$$ deal not all that many years ago.

Blows the mind to imagine what may be in 5, 10, 100 more years.

Post# 970165 , Reply# 1   11/26/2017 at 22:25 (300 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
Floppy Drives?

I've still got an old early-90's copy of Word Perfect 3.1 that was designed for Windows 3.1. It's on floppies.

I owned a copy of the Sony Mavica way back when those were cutting-edge back in the 90's. Looking at photos taken on it, with the flat, minimum-pixel images, I can pick them out in my albums immediately.

The very first GE and Diasonics MR's that we used in the 80's used those huge floppies; each protocol required one of them.

Post# 970166 , Reply# 2   11/26/2017 at 22:34 (300 days old) by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

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Wow, that is bigger than the hard drive of the computer I am typing on right now, a IBM ThinkPad T23 with Pentium !!!(3), a 28 GB HDD and 512MB of ram, running Windows 98SE. My usual laptop is indisposed currently.

How far we have come in so little time, indeed.

Post# 970167 , Reply# 3   11/26/2017 at 22:48 (300 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        

I'm more in awe that you have a computer that'll actually function with W98! Ah, how I remember those old 'dll' errors...

Post# 970172 , Reply# 4   11/26/2017 at 23:28 (300 days old) by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        
Computer to run 98

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That is the easy part. The real tough bit is software that is compatible with 98. and are my friends in that regard. Some 98 enthusiasts wrote a piece of software called KernelEx which gives 98 some XP compatibility and thus some newer software can run that otherwise wouldn't like Firefox 9 as opposed to the last official version supporting 98, 2. Partial XP compatibility isn't as good now as it was 5 years ago, whatever kernel items that couldn't be ported from XP are now called upon by most programs. And now XP is being dropped from support too by many programs. KernelEx gave 98 an extra 5 years to live after most programs stopped supporting it in effect, those 5 years ended about 3 years ago by my standards.

I spend quite a bit of time toying around trying various programs to find better and newer ones but for a web browser FF 9 is the best I can do.

Post# 970175 , Reply# 5   11/26/2017 at 23:33 (300 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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I have a few 64GB flash drives as memories for my smart TV's. I still have one VCR, never use it anymore.

Post# 970209 , Reply# 6   11/27/2017 at 07:01 (300 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

The future: Incredibly powerful micro-mini flash drives implanted under the skin.

Grandpa, what's a computer? *LOL*

Post# 970221 , Reply# 7   11/27/2017 at 08:57 (300 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        
Old Programs

Though I'd been on computers with DOS since way back in the 80's, I got my first personal laptop at Office Depot in 1993, a Toshiba Satellite, for $1K on sale. It had a dual-scan screen, a 998kb hard drive, I don't remember how much RAM, and a Pentium 166 processor. And it ran 3.1. I gave it away a few years later to one of my local managers, and he still has it. It just won't run anything except a few old games. Oh, and it came with a CD read-only 10X drive.

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