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Old Kit

#1  Postby Alan B » Apr 19, 2017 11:46 am

Just doing some tidying-up and came across my old HP Palmtop 200LX.

So, I put in a couple of batteries and replaced the 'back-up' battery and got lost in memories. Last used in '93.

(A massive 1MB of RAM!)

Ah, well. Those were the days.
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#2  Postby Scot Dutchy » Apr 19, 2017 1:24 pm

MB's were so important then. Today who cares. A terabyte here or there who is bothering. Makes for very lazy programming though.
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#3  Postby Calilasseia » Apr 19, 2017 1:41 pm

I can still remember thinking of one kilobyte as being a lot of space to work with back in the early 8 bit days. :D
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#4  Postby theropod » Apr 19, 2017 1:55 pm

Yeah, I still have a working Timex Sinclair TS1000. It has 2 K of ram, so it is a monster.

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#5  Postby Alan B » Apr 19, 2017 2:09 pm

Calilasseia wrote:I can still remember thinking of one kilobyte as being a lot of space to work with back in the early 8 bit days. :D

Oh, yeah. I used to build the Tangerine home computer (before the days of the IBM PC). I remember filling a Vero Euroboard (160mm) with chips to get a massive 1k of RAM. :snooty:
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#6  Postby laklak » Apr 19, 2017 4:44 pm

My first real job was on an IBM 360 punchcard machine. We had an awesome 128K of addressable memory, but worked in 16K chunks. "Memory Resident Overlay" was a common programming practice.
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#7  Postby The_Metatron » Apr 19, 2017 5:15 pm

Memory? Luxury.

We would have to write down register values on paper. After we made the paper.


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#8  Postby crank » Apr 19, 2017 5:19 pm

Ah, well, paper! We had to collect the clay to make our cuneiform tablets before we could even begin to write anything to this hardware memory. And, talk about hell copying, do you know how screwed up the tablet feeders were on our copiers? The damn things clogged up every fucking time!
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#9  Postby laklak » Apr 19, 2017 6:01 pm

Clay? You were lucky. When I were lad we had to chisel granite with copper tools.
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