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Proteus Jones
Feb 28, 2013





mng posted:

My first PC in 1998 with a 4.3 GB drive didn't last long once I started attending LAN parties. Music and porn and lovely The Matrix rips.

Oh yeah, LANs connected with coax cables were fun. Especially when PCs weren't grounded and you'd kept getting shocked from the T-connectors.

And it sucked when someone had to leave and it would break the coax chain. God drat it, Mike, tell your mom she can pick you up later!

Christ, 10base2 networking.

I remember working at an ISP startup in the early 90s. BSDi with RISCOM boards for the call tree of racks and racks of US Robotics 56K modems. And the entire backend was connected with 10base2 networking.

Always keep a pocket full of 75ohm terminators.

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Zopotantor
Feb 24, 2013

...und ist er drin dann lassen wir ihn niemals wieder raus...


flosofl posted:

Christ, 10base2 networking.

Trigger warning please. I keep getting flashbacks to soldering those BNC connectors.

robodex
Jun 6, 2007

They're what's for dinner


pookel posted:

Speaking of the early days of downloading, I just remembered something I am NOT going to go looking for on a work computer. Who else remembers surfing warez sites in the 90s - and the horrible bestiality porn banner ads that inevitably accompanied them? It was never just regular porn, not even just BDSM porn or any standard kink. Always bestiality. There were a few different site names, but I suspect they all had a common owner. I did not click to find out.

I don't remember those, but I do remember quite often seeing a banner ad for some really weird religious-themed porn site where the headline was "gently caress ME SATAN!"

iirc the girl was pleasuring herself with a cross

DONT TOUCH THE PC
Jul 15, 2001

You should try it, it's a real buzz.


in the early days of cable internet one of my palls copied a creatures 2 site with some software (to what end i still don't know), turned out it's hidden folders were inexplicable filled with a massive amount of bestiality porn.
About as weird as that one time I downloaded a greatest hits cd for my dad and the uploader put his nude pictures in the zipfile next to it.

Man, the internet got boring.

pookel
Oct 27, 2011



Ultra Carp

Another thing I don't miss is the Russian roulette that was Napster downloads. Saw one thing once labeled BDSM that I'm 99% sure was an actual rape. I closed it and deleted it as soon as I started to suspect, but never could get it out of my head. Or you'd download something labeled "The Matrix" and it'd be porn. Now that I have kids, I'm really, really glad it's not as easy to accidentally stumble across disturbing poo poo on the internet. I mean, I know it still exists, but at least now you have to actively search for it.

Zaphod42
Sep 13, 2012

If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.


IndustrialApe posted:

in the early days of cable internet one of my palls copied a creatures 2 site with some software (to what end i still don't know), turned out it's hidden folders were inexplicable filled with a massive amount of bestiality porn.
About as weird as that one time I downloaded a greatest hits cd for my dad and the uploader put his nude pictures in the zipfile next to it.

Man, the internet got boring.

When I was a teenager the cool thing to do (well, not so much) was cruise around wardriving with laptops.

A ton of people had unsecured wifi back then, pretty much the majority. And those who didn't still had lovely security.

It was mostly just a matter of checking that you were connected to the internet and then moving along, I wasn't there to cause any real problems. But one time I checked a computer's shared folders and there was all kinds of nasty porn, and that was the end of wardriving.

DONT TOUCH THE PC
Jul 15, 2001

You should try it, it's a real buzz.


pookel posted:

Another thing I don't miss is the Russian roulette that was Napster downloads. Saw one thing once labeled BDSM that I'm 99% sure was an actual rape. I closed it and deleted it as soon as I started to suspect, but never could get it out of my head. Or you'd download something labeled "The Matrix" and it'd be porn. Now that I have kids, I'm really, really glad it's not as easy to accidentally stumble across disturbing poo poo on the internet. I mean, I know it still exists, but at least now you have to actively search for it.

you probably mean kazaa, the protocol which enabled us to run a "how long until you find porn while searching for something innocent" game here on these forums.

edit^2: once they found a map full of pictures of a heli accident on a destroyer in the persian gulf taken by one of the sailors. The people in the thread managed to identify the bodies in some weird easter egg hunt.

edit:
Oh yeah, wardriving really used to be a thing.

DONT TOUCH THE PC has a new favorite as of 17:47 on Jun 3, 2015

Code Jockey
Jan 24, 2006

you can call
but I seldom answer after all




Yeah, in college I used to wardrive / warwalk around with my laptop in my bag with my headphones attached to it, I had some program that'd ding if it found an open network.

Sadly, gone are the days of default-insecure wifi.

Not that I'd ever do anything like that anymore, of course.

... and I certainly wouldn't buy a wifi adapter for my current laptop that's compatible with Kali linux, definitely not.

pookel
Oct 27, 2011



Ultra Carp

I thought it was Napster, but who knows after all this time. Might have been limewire - I used that for a while.

One of those programs, I can't remember which, allowed you to see in real-time what other people were searching for. That was depressing. It was about 30% rape and 30% some variation of "young" or "child" or "teen."

Geoj
May 28, 2008

BITTER POOR PERSON


pookel posted:

I thought it was Napster, but who knows after all this time.

Napster was music only, IIRC it only shared MP3s. After the RIAA shut it down there were a bunch of P2P sharing protocols that popped up - eMule, Limewire, Kazaa, BearShare (to name a few) that worked with any file.

Lowen SoDium
Jun 5, 2003

Highen Fiber


Clapping Larry

I remember a program that would wrap a non-Mp3 file with an MP3 so that Napster would let you share it. Not many people used it so there wasn't a lot of stuff being shared.

pookel
Oct 27, 2011



Ultra Carp

Geoj posted:

Napster was music only, IIRC it only shared MP3s. After the RIAA shut it down there were a bunch of P2P sharing protocols that popped up - eMule, Limewire, Kazaa, BearShare (to name a few) that worked with any file.

I'm pretty sure I used every single one of those.

DrBouvenstein
Feb 28, 2007

I think I'm a doctor, but that doesn't make me a doctor. This fancy avatar does.


pookel posted:

I'm pretty sure I used every single one of those.

Same here, along with iMesh, Morpheus, Grokster, and the first non-Napster P2P sharing software I discovered; Scour.

porktree
Mar 23, 2002

You just fucked with the wrong Mexican.


pookel posted:

I'm pretty sure I used every single one of those.

Me too, and DCLite (Direct Connect) on the Mac, which was a cesspool of fakes, porn and drama.

spog
Aug 7, 2004

It's your own bloody fault.


IndustrialApe posted:

you probably mean kazaa, the protocol which enabled us to run a "how long until you find porn while searching for something innocent" game here on these forums.

Add the word 'child-' into that game name and you'll have the reason why I stopped using filesharing for about 10 years and also lost faith in humanitary.

axolotl farmer
May 17, 2007

When I press the special key
it plays a little melody



[Weird_Al]-[Random_parody_song]-[96kbps].mp3

Zaphod42
Sep 13, 2012

If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.


axolotl farmer posted:

[Weird_Al]-[Random_parody_song]-[96kbps].mp3

Everything was either Weird Al or System of a Down.

Especially that zelda song and the sesame street parody.

God, Napster. Wow. That was several internets ago. It'd be really weird having to explain that poo poo to kids.

Lowen SoDium
Jun 5, 2003

Highen Fiber


Clapping Larry

Zaphod42 posted:

Everything was either Weird Al or System of a Down.

Especially that zelda song and the sesame street parody.

God, Napster. Wow. That was several internets ago. It'd be really weird having to explain that poo poo to kids.

All video game covers were the Minibosses.

overeager overeater
Oct 16, 2011

"The cosmonauts were transfixed with wonderment as the sun set - over the Earth - there lucklessly, untethered Comrade Todd on fire."





axolotl farmer posted:

[Weird_Al]-[Random_parody_song]-[96kbps].mp3

notbyal.html

pretty soft girl
Oct 1, 2004

my dead grandfather fights better than you

Lowen SoDium posted:

All video game covers were the Minibosses.

Anything foreign language and alternative/metal was Rammstein

KozmoNaut
Apr 23, 2008

Happiness is a warm
Turbo Plasma Rifle


Grimey Drawer

axolotl farmer posted:

[Weird_Al]-[Random_parody_song]-[96kbps].mp3

[Scooter]-(Inspector_Gadget_Theme)_{Techno_Remix}.mp3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihNtxed1wO4

That drat song was all over the place, and like the similar examples above, everything techno or electronic was Scooter. And of course it's In The Hall Of The Mountain King, not the Inspector Gadget theme, although it is superficially similar.

pookel
Oct 27, 2011



Ultra Carp

Speaking of songs that were all over the place:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qN72LEQnaU

Edit: dang, that's the remix. Here's the original:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WpMlwVwydo

pookel has a new favorite as of 19:55 on Jun 3, 2015

ToxicSlurpee
Nov 5, 2003

-=SEND HELP=-




Pillbug

pretty soft girl posted:

Anything foreign language and alternative/metal was Rammstein

Didn't even stop there. If it sounded vaguely German at all it was Rammstein. I had (probably still have, somewhere) some MP3s of a Russian acoustic band that was blatantly, obviously not Rammstein at all. I don't think it could have been possible for it to be further from Rammstein really but it was all labelled Rammstein. Though searching for some of the other incorrectly attributed bands introduced me to the existence of stuff like Megaherz and Oomph! so thank you for that, Napster.

Granted I also found a bunch of stuff that I later found out was Wolfsheim and that band was...very different from Rammstein. I think I even had a KMFDM track that was labelled Rammstein too.

My favorite thing about Napster was really searching for incorrectly labelled music and laughing at how hideously wrong people could be.

Zaphod42
Sep 13, 2012

If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.


KozmoNaut posted:

[Scooter]-(Inspector_Gadget_Theme)_{Techno_Remix}.mp3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihNtxed1wO4

That drat song was all over the place, and like the similar examples above, everything techno or electronic was Scooter. And of course it's In The Hall Of The Mountain King, not the Inspector Gadget theme, although it is superficially similar.

Oh my god you're making me remember all these horrible things

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k85mRPqvMbE

pookel posted:

Speaking of songs that were all over the place:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qN72LEQnaU

Edit: dang, that's the remix. Here's the original:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WpMlwVwydo

I remember that exact dance animation from the website. Oh wow.

3D Megadoodoo
Nov 25, 2010

BENIS



What always bugged me about these is that most 3D poo poo at that time wasn't nearly as well made as the loving Crazy Frog videos.

e: Well, still isn't.

3D Megadoodoo has a new favorite as of 20:37 on Jun 3, 2015

Imagined
Feb 2, 2007


Here's a picture I took of one of the ones at the Oklahoma City Zoo just before they removed them all.



They used to have a dozen or so. I have the whole collection of models except the pink flamingo. There was one for each of the big attraction animals. I remember wanting to get that one but not having exact change, thinking, "Oh, I'll get it next time."

And then they were gone.

The smell of them -- especially when they hot and fresh out of the mold -- takes me right back to childhood.

Imagined has a new favorite as of 21:06 on Jun 3, 2015

Woolie Wool
Jun 2, 2006

by FactsAreUseless


I remember back in 2006 an Arcturus concert DVD came out and it was not available for sale in any US retailer I could find for almost a year. I pirated it on eMule or some other pre-torrents filesharing service. Only it wasn't an Arcturus concert at all.

It was German midget porn.

Zaphod42
Sep 13, 2012

If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.


Does this count for obsolete technology? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BonziBuddy

Dick Trauma
Nov 30, 2007

God damn it, you've got to be kind.

Clapping Larry

Imagined posted:

Here's a picture I took of one of the ones at the Oklahoma City Zoo just before they removed them all.



They used to have a dozen or so. I have the whole collection of models except the pink flamingo. There was one for each of the big attraction animals. I remember wanting to get that one but not having exact change, thinking, "Oh, I'll get it next time."

And then they were gone.

The smell of them -- especially when they hot and fresh out of the mold -- takes me right back to childhood.

I'm pleasantly surprised that bringing up the Mold-A-Rama elicited such a widespread response. Maybe this one will do the same.

When I was a kid Radio Shack was the place to go for technology. They had an array of these electronic lab kits and I remember spending an awful lot of time working with mine. I believe this was my exact model, and goddamn if it wasn't an exciting introduction to space-age electronics. At least in 1975!





The board was covered in these little springs and came with an assortment of wires of different colors and lengths. The marked off areas on the board indicated the specific components you could work with and the guide told you which springs to attach with which wires. For example you could make a crystal radio with mine, but you'd have to hook up the antenna, speaker, etc. to get it to work.

In the picture you can see one of the components I found interesting: an LED! (To the right of the VU meter) It was just a single diode and at best it sort of glowed instead of blazing like a modern one, but I was fascinated anyway. My brother had the higher level kit that had an actual multi-segment LED and when wired up properly it could be used for logic experiments.

EDIT: Here it is. I see now they also had a solar cell! At that time it was pretty drat cool technology to be able to play around with.



I can't imagine this sort of thing would stand a chance in the modern world but there was something to be said for the combination of the physical and electronic for learning how things work. I can still remember looking at the one relay my board came with, being able to see it respond as I changed the way things were wired. Ah well.

pookel
Oct 27, 2011



Ultra Carp

I never did have Bonzi Buddy. However ...

Clockwork Sputnik
Nov 6, 2004

24 Hour Party Monster

Back in the day I was in a fairly well known industrial band, and some dumbshit at our label leaked our next CD about a month before it was to be released. So, our solution was to try to dilute the filesharing sites with, polkas, porn audio, etc under our band name/album title/song titles.

We even recruited a bunch of people on our fanlist to help. Not sure how much/if it helped.

Flipperwaldt
Nov 11, 2011

Won't somebody think of the starving hamsters in China?



Dick Trauma posted:

electronic lab kits
I always wanted one, never got one. It seems like they could do the 500-in-1 versions in a great educational tablet app these days. Someone already did that, right?

Humbug Scoolbus
Apr 25, 2008

The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers, stern and wild ones, and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss.


Clapping Larry

Dick Trauma posted:

I'm pleasantly surprised that bringing up the Mold-A-Rama elicited such a widespread response. Maybe this one will do the same.

When I was a kid Radio Shack was the place to go for technology. They had an array of these electronic lab kits and I remember spending an awful lot of time working with mine. I believe this was my exact model, and goddamn if it wasn't an exciting introduction to space-age electronics. At least in 1975!





The board was covered in these little springs and came with an assortment of wires of different colors and lengths. The marked off areas on the board indicated the specific components you could work with and the guide told you which springs to attach with which wires. For example you could make a crystal radio with mine, but you'd have to hook up the antenna, speaker, etc. to get it to work.

In the picture you can see one of the components I found interesting: an LED! (To the right of the VU meter) It was just a single diode and at best it sort of glowed instead of blazing like a modern one, but I was fascinated anyway. My brother had the higher level kit that had an actual multi-segment LED and when wired up properly it could be used for logic experiments.

EDIT: Here it is. I see now they also had a solar cell! At that time it was pretty drat cool technology to be able to play around with.



I can't imagine this sort of thing would stand a chance in the modern world but there was something to be said for the combination of the physical and electronic for learning how things work. I can still remember looking at the one relay my board came with, being able to see it respond as I changed the way things were wired. Ah well.

I had the 150 in 1 when I was in middle school, and my sister and my 10 year old niece just found a complete 65 in 1 at a swap shop. Right now I'm teaching my niece about how logic gates work

VERY COOL MAN
Jun 24, 2011

THESE PACKETS ARE... SUMMARILY DEALT WITH

Clockwork Sputnik posted:

Back in the day I was in a fairly well known industrial band, and some dumbshit at our label leaked our next CD about a month before it was to be released. So, our solution was to try to dilute the filesharing sites with, polkas, porn audio, etc under our band name/album title/song titles.

We even recruited a bunch of people on our fanlist to help. Not sure how much/if it helped.

What band?

SubG
Aug 19, 2004

It's a hard world for little things.


Dick Trauma posted:

When I was a kid Radio Shack was the place to go for technology. They had an array of these electronic lab kits and I remember spending an awful lot of time working with mine. I believe this was my exact model, and goddamn if it wasn't an exciting introduction to space-age electronics. At least in 1975!
If you think the Radio Shack kits were cool, try looking up Denshi blocks and the Gakken EX kits. Basically electronic legos.

Vittek
Nov 8, 2006


pookel posted:

I never did have Bonzi Buddy. However ...



Haha. The waterjetcutter i work with at work runs on some old windowsNT version. And i actually loaded sheep.exe on it and it still works. Always fun for a few minutes to clutter the CNC interface with sheeps. Shame it doesnt work on any newer windows versions anymore.

WescottF1
Oct 21, 2000
Forums Veteran

porktree posted:

Me too, and DCLite (Direct Connect) on the Mac, which was a cesspool of fakes, porn and drama.

I was a huge fan of WinMX. It seemed to have a huge following in Japan which is also where my favorite kind of music (80's metal) is still fairly popular. I got a lot of good rare stuff through it.

I guess one of the original developers launched a huge DDOS attack on it, rendering it virtually useless.

Mister Kingdom
Dec 14, 2005

And the tears that fall
On the city wall
Will fade away
With the rays of morning light

For you older bastards out there, Schoolhouse Rock was an integral part of your Saturday morning viewing pleasure. Math, history, and grammar were the more popular subjects.

Then there was this unfortunate foray into computers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKf1I759PPQ

Kwyndig
Sep 23, 2006

Heeeeeeey




pookel posted:

I never did have Bonzi Buddy. However ...



Man that just reminds me that they made a shitload of similar programs in Japan, although most of them would just sit on top of your active window and respond to clicks. Or maybe it was one program and people put out modules for it, I'm not sure. The only thing I remember about it was that it was Japanese as hell, mostly anime characters and you had to install some extra .dlls from the Asian distro of Windows to get it to work.

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Collateral Damage
Jun 13, 2009



mng posted:

Oh yeah, LANs connected with coax cables were fun. Especially when PCs weren't grounded and you'd kept getting shocked from the T-connectors.
I was at a LAN party in the early 90s where we had 50-60 or so computers all hooked up to a single 10base2 loop, and the place didn't have a single grounded outlet. That cable was lethal.

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