A nostalgic trip down computer history lane 💾

That is a system in really great condition. And, yes, it is an expensive drug! The only computers I seriously considered buying for nostalgia were NeXT systems. I had a slab back in the day, but really wanted a cube. I few years ago I checked my budget (time and money) and decided against it…but boy it was tempting.

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Yeah, it’d been refurbished and even had an SSD inside with ALL the games and software on it :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

…Cannon Fodder…

Everybody sing along! “WAR! Has never been so much fun!

Alien Breed, the Lotus series, Assassin (remember that!), Wing Commander and of course Lemmings and Worms…

Hidden pearls like Universe, and other point-and-clickers like Beneath a Steel Sky, Simon the Sorcerer and the unbeatable Secret of Monkey Island series.

But my fav game on the Amiga has to be Turrican III (yes- blasphemy as everyone seems to think the first and second game were better - but they’re all WRONG! :joy:).

Ah yes, so much fun!

I never played games on my Mac, always having a some kind of console nearby instead. I also have a PC that the family uses for games (and I occasionally test a website on).

One thing I do miss productivity wise from the Amiga era, are trackers. Sure, they still exist, even on the Mac, but for some reason the sound quality has become too good for my taste. And since none of the have any kind of limitation in factors like sample length or structure, they’re no longer really fun.

Cheers,
Erwin

PS:

…AtariST…

/Heroic_Nonsense laughs in 4096 colours and 4 channel stereo sound

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I was a PC gamer, and mostly preferred combat sims (Red Storm Rising, an M1 Abrams tank platoon simulator, etc.). Also played Command and Conquer and Warcraft, but still really preferred the sims. It was just hard to find new and good games, but it was the best we had.

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A lot of hours on Command and conquer with my best friend (first local network at home :yum: and after that some people still are against videogames :rofl:), but far less than on Atari 1600/2600. I also play a lot before and after school in Gallery (I don’t know the word in English : the place where we play puting coins in the machine… :face_with_monocle:), in fact in France in coffee shop. These places missed me. :cry:

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In the mid 90s, I had to make a career choice. I went for IT professional, which meant specialising in PCs at the time (Apple was non-existent in this market at the time). In my case, I just missed the big Windows NT revolution initially, and was trained in AIX, IBM PC-DOS and Novell Netware. I got my Microsoft (MCSA) certification while in school.

As an MCSA, you had to learn PCs (well… Microsoft’s version of a PC anyway) inside and out. At the start, I decided I didn’t need a PC at home for this, and could do with the PCs we had in school. That didn;t work out though, as I regularely was studying at home and couldn’t check the things I was reading about until the next afternoon.

So… I got a PC. A cheap one, the bare minimum in fact so that I could run the applications that I was training for. But you know how this goes, and soon after, i got a RAM expansion and the 3Dfx Voodoo card moved to my PC… So yes, Half-Life, Quake (/II) and unreal are among my fav games of the time.

I did try my very best not tot turn my PC into my daily driver though. For some reason, as n Amiga owner, it felt like cozying up with the enemy. Apple was by far more acceptable to me for some reason.

Also, knowing inside and out how Windows worked (or better: was patched together like dodgy Legos) I really didn’t want to be a PC owner.

So the PC was only used for games after I graduated and I tried to hang on to my Amiga for everything else. But the Amiga was quickyl falling behind. As internet tech was moving on, there weren’t any browsers on the Amiga that could cope with the newer tech. So I found myself switching on the PC for browsing, which I really didn’t want.

After a visit to the local Apple dealer, I went home with a G5 PowerMac (1.6 GHz single CPU, 1GB RAM, SCSI card installed for my existing Amiga peripherals) - which did reach my requirements (in fact - exceeded them). I loved that machine, but it used a lot of power and made quite bit of noise.

So in 2005, I traded it in for a G5 iMac (the second iteration with ambient light sensor, which had just come out). It only cost me around 250 euros to do so, as the PowerMac retained its value quite well. It did mean I had to replace my SCSI based peripherals, but as they were getting on a bit I didn’t mind. I had a 2009 Intel based 24" iMac for a while after that.

In 2012, my son was on his way and we needed to clear the computer room (as it was going to be his room). So both the Amiga and the iMac had to go. I switched to a 2012 Retina MacBook Pro, my girlfriend got a 13" non retina model.

I stuck with MacBooks ever since. The old 2012 Retina one is now my son’s Minecraft/Roblox/Youtube machine (he’s 11 years old now), both me and my girlfriend use M1 MacBook Airs.

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Quake my favourite game of all time, many hours multiplayer on line, dialup connection cost me a fortune at the time. In the UK it was a penny a minute. Hours disappeared at a time.

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I played Quake, but preferred the Mac-based game called, Marathon. I hated to see Microsoft buy out Bungie.

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Bungie working on new version of Marathon now, release next year?
I play Destiny at the moment, played 1 and now 2, many years playing Destiny

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I have to stop following this discussion, too much nostalgia :sob:

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I went to check on my amigas etc and found a Mac mini from 2010 wow need to dust off and see if works, not sure what version of rapid weaver will be on there
Apple TV original version and an apple airport were also in the box

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I LOVED the Marathon games. I was gutted when Microsoft bought Bungie. They also had a game for Mac called Myth that I also remember fondly.

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Ah yes, forgetting which computers you actually own… very recognisable!

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When I was at university, I graduated in 1974, we were very well equipped. We had an IBM 1130. Amazing for the time. It took up most of the sixth floor and was operated by girls in white coats and hair nets feeding in our punch card Fortran programmes. So efficient that we got the answers within the hour, if we were lucky.

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Hmm I had to use a CPM in the army in 1985 to figure out the battalion training budgets for the year it took me two days to key in the data and it took more than a day to calculate the final results which you would only see after it printed out. of course then you had to mark up any mistakes and start over. took two weeks to do a what would be a basic spreadsheet today

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And you hoped that you didn’t piss off one of the techs…it was very easy for one or more of the cards to find themselves lost or out of place!

More likely however, was me dropping my cards on the way to the computer lab for my allowed time to run my code.

After moving from computer operator (Burroughs B6700) to job control, I taught myself Work Flow Language by checking syntax error printouts, replacing the offending cards, then resubmitting the job. Thus saving more than a few programmers a wasted night’s run. Not to mention getting myself promoted to programmer trainee.

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