Old computers did it better!

The computer industry has changed drastically over the last 3 decades, but there are some things we've lost along the way.

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+7 1. loadrunner commented 7 years ago

I still have my C64. In case a nucleair attack occures and all modern electonics start failing because of an EMP.
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+3 2. huldu commented 7 years ago

I wouldn't count on those 5 inch floppies, so much data was lost back in those days because of how terrible they were. At least the 3 inch ones were a bit better, but still awful. You had to make backups of backups that were backups of other backups with floppies. I do not miss those days let me tell you that.
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-1 3. Spartan118 commented 7 years ago

I agree with most of this other than data loss. Its just as easy to save your data buy saving your hard drive when you throw away an old comp. And if you want to protect your data from a virus, then just have a second hard drive, they're stupidly cheap nowadays.
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+5 4. Thanny commented 7 years ago

#2 You have it entirely backwards. The 5.25" floppies were much more reliable than 3.5" floppies, when properly handled (i.e. no folding, frisbee games, etc.).
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+2 5. cameramaster commented 7 years ago

#1. Only good if you have it stored in a Faraday cage I'm afraid.
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0 6. dushan commented 7 years ago

#4 and don't forget about the arch enemy of every floppy drive ...a kid with magnet :D
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+1 7. thundersnow commented 7 years ago

I remember the Commodore 64 and the elevator game..loved it.
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+3 8. Jabafara commented 7 years ago

Story time!

I used to work in Gigantti, which is a scandic electronics store chain established in Norway as Elkjøp. There I learned what todays "consumer"-electronics are all about.. Like take Apple.. ipod 64gb was brand new then, you know, what looked just like an iphone 3g.. Anyway.. Some guy had bought one, like a week earlier, and had broken it's screen cover glass.. Just a little crack in the corner and otherwise the device worked just fine. As a new employer in store I tought the glass gets serviced and the same product goes back to customer after a few days or so.. But no.. Guy had an insurance and a receipt, so we just took the receipt back, made him a new one, gave him a brand new ipod and he walked away smiling. We employers toyed around with the ipod for a while in the back of the store and at the end of the day we smashed all the electronics to small pieces under a five security cameras.. Just to keep us from stealing any still working products.

In case of a no insurance, the ipod would've been repaired, but for a simple glass/screen repair, we would've charged him like 1/2-2/3 the price of a new product, so that the customer could easier go on and buy a new one straight away, rather that repairing the old one.

And this is not an apple thing. Same goes to every brand out there. There's only a few guidelines differing.. Some companies wanted their scrap back so they could maybe reuse some parts and some companies guidelines were to just send the products/trash straight to landfills.

And you know whats the fun part of this.. That guy who came to rapair hes ipod and got it replaced made a "double buy", beacuse both of the devices count as selled units for the investors in stock trading.. Oh the world we are living in.. :S
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+2 9. Tnoyce commented 7 years ago

Love this vid!

It's absolutely true.. Older is sometimes better.
I still have a C= 1200.. Gathering dust currently, but was awesome at the time.
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0 10. thundersnow commented 7 years ago

I have an old dinosaur upstairs too...what to do with it?...I guess put it to the curb next Thursday :(