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  • TheCotMan
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    Originally posted by jesse
    my stupid n00bish action is posting in this thread...
    oh, woops.
    This kind of witty logical impossibility (commenting on an event as though it has happened in the past while it has not been done) reminds me of that old joke email, self titled as. "Redneck letters" .

    The last line:
    "P.S. I was going to send you some money, but the envelope was already sealed."

    --

    Relayed newbie story from friend)
    Friend claimed friend's parents thought buying a modem would eliminate the need for spell checking because the modem supported "error correction." Friend's parents had never touched a computer before.

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  • jesse
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    my stupid n00bish action is posting in this thread...

    oh, woops.

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  • TheCotMan
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    This Post from astcell reminded me of a buddie of mine who had a 300 baud modem:

    This guy had a 300 baud modem and was talking one day about software flow control. She said, "So, as we are downloading stuff, if it happens to fly by to fast, we can use control-s and control-q to control stop and start of software based flow control, but what Einstein invented this? It's freaking 300 baud! It is not showing data faster than you can read it! Software flow control is useless and we will never need it."

    Later through the years, he admitted his fault, but then even later with the release of faster modems, he once again said, "You remember when I said software flow control was useless? Well, it is useless again! If I press control-s and then try to press a quick combination of control-q, control-s then more than a page of text has passed by! Software flow control is useless! Of course, I won't say it will never be useful."

    Funny how something which has some time-sensitive truth can lose its truth with time, only to get some truth back ever further into the future. Two ends of the bell curve, and some exceptions can be found to be true at both ends.

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  • astcell
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    I remember spending an extra $200 to go for the 13" EGA monitor over the 13" CGA monitor. VGA was not even a thought back then. Boy did I think I was hot stuff.

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  • lil_freak
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    Originally posted by highwizard
    Prodigy... Does anyone remember the old Monster Maze type game they had?... Good time!

    Oh, talk about a great game in it's wonderful 3D graphics.

    I think I might just have to start playing it again.

    Edit:
    Originally posted by drdank
    That was my first computer too. What was the reaction when IBM dropped support for it?
    I didn't really have any kind reaction when they dropped the support, but then again I was young so I didn't really care.
    Last edited by lil_freak; June 4, 2004, 11:34. Reason: Forgot to answer drdank

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  • drdank
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    Originally posted by lil_freak
    Oh, The IBM PC Jr. still works flawlessly, for word processing and games like Astro-Blast. :D
    That was my first computer too. What was the reaction when IBM dropped support for it?

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  • highwizard
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    When I was a newbie, I was nice... Ah, the by-gone days of not being a fucking asshole. Sometimes, I think how fun it would be to be like that again... But it's much easier to become proficent at a new skills then to stop being a dick I have found...


    Prodigy... Does anyone remember the old Monster Maze type game they had?... Good time!

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  • lil_freak
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    My first computer was an IBM PC Jr. It was 128k, a parallel port side-car, and Cartridge BASIC, 8088 processor, CGA, and one 5 1/4" 360k floppy drive, along with a tiny battery operated "Freeboard" keyboard which operated with no wires.

    I thought this was coolest and most advance computer there was. Thinking this I made the following entry in my journal: 12/25/89 "wow, this computer the IBM PC Jr has got to be the best fastest and most advance thing the nerd world will ever see for like the next 50 years or so, it's so cool and it has this really cool game Microsoft Flight Simulator!" (Oh, boy my spelling sucked when I was little. But at least I was able to translate it)

    Being a n00b, I had no idea at the time how advance things would become in the technological world, but then again I was 7. I now make no assumptions on how far we will move ahead what type of advancements will be made.

    Oh, The IBM PC Jr. still works flawlessly, for word processing and games like Astro-Blast. :D

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  • phobal
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    i opened my mouth. that was the hugest n00bie move.

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  • JoeSchmuck
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    (This event took place before I had heard of the infamous Bill Gates quote)

    I had worked on computers in junior and high school, then some in college, but I got out of computers when I originally joined the military. The last computer I had worked on before getting my first personal computer was a 486DX (which was a big deal over the SX because it had the math co-processor) with a 30 MB Hard Disk, I don't recall how small amount of ram, and a 1200 baud modem.

    So when I started looking for my first PC, and I found a 200 MHz Pentium (pre-MMX) with a 3 GB hard drive 32 MB RAM, I exclaimed to my wife...

    "Wow, this is more computer than we will ever need!"

    On the bright side...many a night did I look up from that computer and quietly (as to not wake my wife) exclaim..."Is that the sun coming up?! I couldn't have been playing (Diablo) for that long. Well, maybe just one more level." ;)

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  • TheCotMan
    started a topic Confessions of newbie actions...

    Confessions of newbie actions...

    We were all newbies once... (well, ok, I am still a newbie. ;-)

    What are some of the most blaringly obvious or worst newbie things you ever remember having done when you were younger?

    (I know some of you were born with the knowledge you have now, so you don't need to answer.)

    Let me start it off with two from me:
    #1:
    I have played with an Atari 2600 and they suck. I knew they were popular for their time, but compare them to games today!
    Anyway, when I was starting out with my computer knowledge I heard someone talking about a "2600 meeting" and I said, "That is dumb! Who is going to form a group to talk about the Atari 2600?"

    Doh!


    #2:
    Way back when, I was using IRC and did a /list with the -min flags to try to find the busy channels. There were channels like #hottub, #sex, #talk, #42 and #warez. (There were a few others, but I dont remember them.)
    I saw that #warez (on efnet) was the busiest channel with a whopping 31 users! (Holy crap!) So I join the channel and say, "Hey! What do you do on this channel?" (BAN.... KICK....)
    To make matters worse, I initially was asking people who knew more than me, in-person, what was up with this channel #warez (I, of-course pronounced "wahrr ehhzz") but nobody knew. It was not until I spoke with someone who was into pirating software that I learned it was not some sort of spanish-american channel and I was not pronouncing it correctly. I had heard it properly pronounced but never saw it in writing until then. *click* (the cog slips into place.)


    If you are a veteran and do not want to admit your own newbie history, how about the funniest newbie events you have observed?
    Last edited by TheCotMan; June 3, 2004, 21:16. Reason: spelling fix
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