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An Ancient Artifact Item I found At work

Postby MonteLDS on Sun Jan 18, 2004 1:17 pm

http://66.236.51.227/ancient_artifact.jpg


i was like wow! had to take a picture of it and take it home!
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Postby NoSmartz on Sun Jan 18, 2004 1:46 pm

I'm totally offended(not really)!!!!Looks like it might still work in a pinch :D. If that's a dial up modem I'm still usin' one :(. I'm like way to poor to afford the broadband stuff.Maybe someday.
I've got an artifact in the attic that's makes that hardware pictured look like the new Blue Ray!!!

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Postby aviationwiz on Sun Jan 18, 2004 2:59 pm

LOL!
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Postby burninfool on Sun Jan 18, 2004 4:25 pm

If that's an ancient artifact then I must be rich,I have several of those antiques lying around. :D
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Re: An Ancient Artifact Item I found At work

Postby VEFF on Sun Jan 18, 2004 4:58 pm

MonteLDS wrote:http://66.236.51.227/ancient_artifact.jpg


i was like wow! had to take a picture of it and take it home!


That is funny! I expected some kind of ancient relic.

I actually have one that came with my hot deal HP PC.
Thanks for reminding me; it is sitting in my closet and since I am going through one of my cleanup selling phases, I might as well add that to my list.
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Postby Action Jackson on Sun Jan 18, 2004 6:49 pm

Wanna see a picture of my Trident 16 color ISA card? 8)
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Re: An Ancient Artifact Item I found At work

Postby F1Pilot on Sun Jan 18, 2004 6:54 pm

MonteLDS wrote:http://66.236.51.227/ancient_artifact.jpg


i was like wow! had to take a picture of it and take it home!
Heh! Take things a step further...what speed is it? I have a 33.6 somewheres...coupla 56...maybe a 24.4 as well. Damn. Gonna end this one here. I need to do some cleanin'.
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Postby ruderacer on Mon Jan 19, 2004 3:29 am

I have an Everex 386SX-20Mhz with an 80 Mb Hard-drive and 8Mb of memory that I bought back in 1991 for 1500.00. It still runs and runs on Windows 3.1 and it has a modem that I think runs at 2400. Don't know if that qualifies it as a relic.
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Postby jase on Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:25 am

We found a number of Z80-based 8-bit ISA VNA terminal emulation cards in the stores cupboard at work last week. I think they must have dated back to the early 1980s. More chips on this board than you could shake a stick at :D
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Postby socheat on Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:33 am

When I used to do tech consulting for UofM's School of Natural Resources, they had an 8" floppy drive with a small box of 8" floppy disks lying in a pile of hardware. Yup, that's right. 8" floppy... before the 5.25"! :o
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Postby dodecahedron on Mon Jan 19, 2004 12:22 pm

i've still got a Radio Shack PC-2 (that's Pocket Computer for those of you who don't know).

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purchased in 1983.
complete with the Tape interface and 4-color Plotter! :D that was extremely cool at the time.

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everything working last time i checked. i even got quite a few spare paper rolls and replacement ink pens for the plotter! :o

i have difficulty in letting it go.

not much you can do with BASIC and 1850 bytes of memory.

oh yeah i forgot in addition to the 1850 bytes it came with built-in, i got a 4K memory module for it.

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believe it or not, i used to program this thing in Assembly langauge. PEEK and POKE. :o oh my god...

http://oldcomputers.net/trs80pc2.html


my trusty old Apple IIe was tossed to the trash some 4 years ago. along with its monochrome monitor, dual 5.25" disc drives, 80 column card and 512KB memory expansion card. also Epson FX-80 printer.


(no pics necessary for this one really).


at the same time my Texas Instruments TI-99/4A was tossed to the trash.
that was my first computer...really loved it.

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Postby jase on Mon Jan 19, 2004 1:17 pm

I had a TI as well -- or at least my dad had one. I recall that without the BASIC expansion pack, you couldn't get access to the machine code... joyous days!! :D Wasn't the TI the world's first 16-bit computer or somesuch? But then they made it just about the slowest machine of all time by running the BASIC interpreter through the graphics chip because there wasn't enough memory or something.

I had a Sinclair ZX80 and 81 as well. 1K memory, low-res, b/w graphics (which could be made hi-res by clever manipulation of the graphics subsystem via high-speed memory flips), no sound (although you could coax sound out of it by manipulating the tape-drive output!!) and a BASIC where the contents of the screen would disappear when it was "thinking". Bless.
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Postby F1Pilot on Mon Jan 19, 2004 9:00 pm

OMFG!!! I used to have one of those "Trash 80's"!!! I had a Vic-20, Commodore-64, Amiga 500, IIc, Heath "build it yerself" deals. Nice 80 post! *thumbs up*
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Postby dodecahedron on Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:15 pm

the Commodore 64 was one cool computer.
terribly expensive (here at least). didn't know anyone who actually had one.
Vic 20 was nice too.

which TRS80 did you have?
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Postby Action Jackson on Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:50 pm

I've got a few of those 8" floppies.

Anyone got a drive that will let me see what's on those diskettes? :wink:

I do remember seeing how cool that Radioshack PC-2 looked back in the day.

PET computer anyone?
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Postby F1Pilot on Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:15 pm

dodecahedron wrote:
which TRS80 did you have?
I had a PC-2 and a Color Color Computer 2.

Does Radio Shack even make the Tandy line of computers anymore?
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Postby MediumRare on Tue Jan 20, 2004 6:11 pm

This is the "calculator" my 486 replaces 13 years ago:
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I still use it occasionally. 8)

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Postby dodecahedron on Tue Jan 20, 2004 7:20 pm

LOL
i still have somewhere around my Dad's slide-rule.
but i only know how to multiply with it, nothing more elaborate.
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Postby Spazmogen on Tue Jan 20, 2004 10:58 pm

Since when has an ISA modem been an artifact?

I just put mine back in last month so I can fax again from the computer.
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Postby dodecahedron on Tue Jan 20, 2004 11:04 pm

if that's the case, then your MOTHERBOARD is an ancient artifact! :lol: :wink:
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Postby Action Jackson on Thu Jan 22, 2004 1:21 am

Wasn't there an article not too long ago saying that a mobo manufacturer was re-introducing an ISA slot back onto their mobo again?
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Postby CDRecorder on Fri Jan 23, 2004 3:38 am

I think Soyo is selling an Intel 845 chipset board with ISA slots.

Personally, I haven't used an ISA slot for quite a while (except for the ones in my "ancient artifact": a 486 computer from 1993). However, I was using an ISA modem in my main computer as recently as 2002, but I eventually switched to PCI (and then switched to none when I got broadband).
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Postby jase on Fri Jan 23, 2004 9:59 am

Yeah, but isn't the modem in question PCI? PCI isn't a relic, yet, as far as I know...
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Postby CDRecorder on Fri Jan 23, 2004 3:39 pm

You're right, that is a PCI modem in the photo.
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Postby F1Pilot on Sat Jan 24, 2004 7:39 am

jase wrote:Yeah, but isn't the modem in question PCI? PCI isn't a relic, yet, as far as I know...
Methinks that Monte called it a "relic" because he's spoiled with the broadband (j/k 'bout the spoiled part, Monte). These young uns just know NIC cards.

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