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Couldn't afford the C-64 when I was younger, but I remember learning on it in middle school (as well as the Apple IIe). I did have a TRS-80 as my first PC.

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3 hours ago, OneBoot said:

My little '94 Saturn SL1 is still plugging away. :wub:

 

--OneBoot :D 

 

mine would still be running if my better half hadn't decided she needed a new car and neglected to tell me that she had replaced the antifreeze with water!

 

11 minutes ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:

 

DOS was a step up from where I started... 

 

Review: Commodore 64 DTV - Hardware - HEXUS.net - Page 4

 

DOS:  Disk Operating System.  if you put a disk or cassette in a machine to start the system, you were running a DOS

 

If you call today's hard drives disk platters, you are still running a DOS...

 

sorry, I had to go there. :devil:

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Urgh, people...

 

I've got some freshly laid cement out front (My landlord is tarting up all their properties around here, so we've been given a new driveway), and twice tonight I've had to go out and stand up the little fence the workmen have put around it, because someone thinks it's hilarious to keep pushing the danged thing over.  

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I feel like a lot of things I've had to say to anyone lately is preceded by "I'm so tired..." Or some for of that. I went upstairs for like half an hour earlier and did some cleaning up. Thought about painting but can't find my water container. It's probably hiding in my suitcase still...

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2 hours ago, kristof65 said:

Just emailed my client to let them know our planned vacation for this year has been pushed to next year, and that I didn't know what our plans are now for this year. 

And almost immediately I got this email reply from the general manager:  "I hear Montana in the winter is nice" 

Jerk! :lol:

Not really - he said that because earlier today we were talking about a potential install job outside of Great Falls. I told him I wasn't real thrilled about the prospect of going to Montana in the middle of winter.  Especially for this job - apparently it's a bunch of custom order equipment. The original plan was that the installation would be done by the crew out of Calgary, since the site is just across the border, but with the border restrictions in place, that probably ain't going to happen.  The general manager offered to pay for my family to go to, so they could have a ski vacation while I am working. 

Does that include the full outfit of sub-arctic gear for everybody?

Montana in the winter can be brutal.

Add a couple of outdoor/warehouse space heaters to the equipment list.

GEM

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3 hours ago, OneBoot said:

 

Try taking a picture of it then looking at the picture. It's the weirdest thing, but it's the only tecnique I've had tried where the camera makes it look BETTER. :blink:

 

 

My camera must be a meanie, because it looked WORSE in the photo ::(: 

 

I don't know why I just can't get it to work, I go through this cycle of optimism/cautious hope/disappointment every single time I try the technique and it's getting seriously tiresome. I've got a decent sized Infinity Pan-O force waiting to me to finally figure it out. I'm seriously considering breaking out the airbrush, but that's kinda cheating :mellow:

 

Also I was wrong, turns out that you can mess up weathering. Ever have one of those hobby days where you'd have been better not touching the brushes at all? 

 

Sorry for venting, I'll end the post with some good news

 

The Great British Bake Off is back next Tuesday!!!:bday::bday::bday: 

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44 minutes ago, Jasper_the_2nd said:

 

DOS was a step up from where I started... 

 

Review: Commodore 64 DTV - Hardware - HEXUS.net - Page 4

The "Beast in the Basement" of the Engineering Bldg at Cal Poly, Pomona for me.

Fortran IV programing class.  Hollerith Cards for input, wait anywhere up to 12 hours for output [printout].

Fun Times.

GEM

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I am fishing the very narrow but nonetheless utterly delightful straits of Mad Men + D&D crossover memes this evening.

 

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1 hour ago, LittleBluberry said:

I miss having a cup of coffee with a Coffee Crisp.  Can't go visit my parents and stock up on goodies anymore, I'm dangerously close to ordering Purdy's online.  

 

You know. Next real life ReaperCon I make it to, I should bring a bag of Canadian chocolate bars. Coffee Crisp; Aeros; Glossettes; Wunderbar; Crispy Crunch, etc.

 

And a big bowl of Rockets and Smarties just to confuse everyone.

 

52 minutes ago, TripleH said:

Couldn't afford the C-64 when I was younger, but I remember learning on it in middle school (as well as the Apple IIe). I did have a TRS-80 as my first PC.

 

43 minutes ago, Corsair said:

Vic 20 here

My first computer (or dad's computer from work), was a Compaq Portable. The deluxe model with two 5.25" drives and full 640kb of memory.

 

memory-lane-remembering-the-compaq-porta

And for something that weighed 13 kg (28 lbs), it was indeed portable, but definitely not a laptop.

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23 minutes ago, Cranky Dog said:

 

My first computer (or dad's computer from work), was a Compaq Portable. The deluxe model with two 5.25" drives and full 640kb of memory.

 

memory-lane-remembering-the-compaq-porta

And for something that weighed 13 kg (28 lbs), it was indeed portable, but definitely not a laptop.

 

Does that have a keyboard for a lid? Cool!

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8 minutes ago, Kuroneko said:

 

Does that have a keyboard for a lid? Cool!

 

Not just a keyboard. A FULL keyboard, with a regulation. orthodox 103 keys (or was it 101? …..it's been soooo long.) Also:

 

SCREEN and GREEN rhymed, for reasons:blues:

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18 minutes ago, SparrowMarie said:

I feel like a lot of things I've had to say to anyone lately is preceded by "I'm so tired..." Or some for of that. I went upstairs for like half an hour earlier and did some cleaning up. Thought about painting but can't find my water container. It's probably hiding in my suitcase still...

Yeah... I'm so tired too.

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9 minutes ago, Kuroneko said:

 

Does that have a keyboard for a lid? Cool!

It did!

 

Specifically, it was the base of the suitcase shaped computer (handle included) when you traveled with it.

 

1 minute ago, TGP said:

 

Not just a keyboard. A FULL keyboard, with a regulation. orthodox 103 keys (or was it 101? …..it's been soooo long.) Also:

 

SCREEN and GREEN rhymed, for reasons:blues:

Yup. Full keyboard, with the F1-F10 keys on the left side.

 

Did I mention you could even plug a RCA cable to a TV set to get full 16 colors graphics! Good times... for some reason.

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55 minutes ago, Kuroneko said:

The Great British Bake Off is back next Tuesday!!!:bday::bday::bday: 

 

Does Loki sit and swat at the screen when he sees cake batter? Or is he smarter than my cat (who still after 10 years swats at snow as it melts on the glass window)?

 

Trying to find some online work to help ease the strain of the upcoming vet costs for my dog (the animal hospital is much more expensive than the regular vet). Since I'm not qualified enough for all of the at-home IT postings my search revealed today, I'm having to fall back on tutoring websites. Everything I studied in school has immediate openings, but I have to take proficiency exams during the application process.

 

Some of that stuff I'll never forget, but some things were so basic that you just forget them because they become trivial, and only a college course (or a tutoring site) would test you on them, so looks like I'll be cuddling up with my old chem book for the next couple weeks, trying to reignite old memory flames.

 

Go elf yourself, 2020.

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