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Pocket Billiards
Aug 29, 2007
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ElectricSheep posted:

We had both of them also, and I went through most of my folks' Betamax collection when I was on my back for two weeks after a weightlifting mishap in freshman gym class. The Betamax was awesome - never hosed up a single tape and my dad owns 8 or 9 of the original Star Trek 2-episode tapes. It's still sitting around my parents' house somewhere.

Rumor has it that the availability of porn on VHS helped them win the format war against Beta, but I don't know how much water that holds.

My understanding was that the blank media for VHS was much cheaper than Betamax. So people adopted VHS in droves so that they could record what was on TV without it being prohibitively expensive.

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Pocket Billiards
Aug 29, 2007
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People were discussing HD-DVD before. I found it interesting that they developed the format so that they could retrofit DVD making equipment to make HD-DVD. Sounds like a good idea but it probably just hamstrung what they could do with the format.

Pocket Billiards
Aug 29, 2007
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Jedit posted:

You underestimate them. When I was working in IT procurement in 2009 I was asked to find a quicker way for swimming instructors to create class attendance logs in their Excel database. It was taking hours to enter the data by hand; the pool had several instructors each taking four or five classes a day, but they only had one PC and they were forced to hotseat. I sourced them a few old PDAs from stock that could run Excel, and suddenly the job took seconds - they could create the log file at poolside and cut and sync it all at the end of the day.

There was period before the Blackberry took off and mobile phones were quite basic still that the PDA's had their place. It wasn't uncommon for a Palmpilot or two to be out during a business meeting.

Pocket Billiards
Aug 29, 2007
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VoilaIntruder posted:

Another one is this strange entry into the FMV-style choose your own story "game."

http://youtu.be/NCLTm0fGzDc
Please note, this game is optimized for Intel MMX systems, so make sure you check yo specs.

This was an Australian comic book beforehand, so the local gaming magazines made a big deal about this game before it was released, multiple page previews, interviews and the like. Only for it to be a complete turd.

It's kind of interesting though that we now have the likes of the Telltale Walking Dead game which are the same concept done well.

Pocket Billiards
Aug 29, 2007
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The processing that's done when you make a purchase here is identical between credit cards and debit cards. The difference is that one is borrowed money and the other is money in your account. Debit cards are offered through your bank and are normally Visa or Mastercard and you can use them all over the world, I would have assumed this is universal.

Pocket Billiards
Aug 29, 2007
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You still see the pneumatic tubes for business that handle a lot of cash and need a way to transport it to a secure room in the building. I have seen a canister come apart and the pump shred a serious amount of $50 notes to confetti.

Pocket Billiards
Aug 29, 2007
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Smoke posted:


I'm a Super Advantage owner myself:

Same company, pretty similar build. This one's actually bigger than the SNES itself and has a metal bottom plate. I still use mine on my PC with a Super Smartjoy(SNES to USB adapter). Still a great stick for fighting games, and the layout is ambiguous enough to work for both SNK and Capcom-style fighters.

I put two thigh shaped rust spots on the metal base plate of mine. Wore a groove into the stick too. Still works perfectly.

Pocket Billiards
Aug 29, 2007
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WescottF1 posted:

Those Epyx joysticks were awesome. Much more comfortable than the Atari ones to use.

I had a couple, they didn't last long at all. The Atari one's were much robust, you could bludgeon someone to death with the standard 2600 ones.

Pocket Billiards
Aug 29, 2007
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Geoj posted:

On this token...



While not exactly obsolete or failed, trackballs definitely deserve an honorable mention in this thread - having moved from a fairly common computer peripheral in the late 80s/early 90s (almost on parity with the common mouse) to a highly niche-market item only really sought after by CAD junkies or people who got hooked on them when they were more common.

I work in 3D CAD. Solidworks, ProEngineer, etc. Trackballs, the crazy 3D controllers that suction cup to the desktop and all that are just gimmicks. The joke is that they're always the lucky door prize at software convention, launch events for new software releases, etc.

Pocket Billiards
Aug 29, 2007
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Maybe I'm daft, I didn't grow up in a place with natural gas supply, but I am living in one now. What the hell does 'natural gas infrastructure' have to do with drying your clothes? The gas only seems to be used for stoves, oven and hot water systems.

Pocket Billiards
Aug 29, 2007
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So gas powered clothes dryers?

Pocket Billiards
Aug 29, 2007
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Greggy posted:


My parents bought one of these on clearance at Toys R Us when I was a kid, the Victormaxx Stuntmaster. You hooked it up to your Super Nintendo and all of a sudden you were in the world of Uniracers! Or at least, you had a little TV directly in front of your eyes that you played Uniracers on. It was extremely heavy for kids and only really worked for any length of time if you laid on your back while you used it. It didn't really live up to the "VIRTUAL REALITY" hype the box built up but it was neat enough to lay around and play Super Mario without any distractions.

The orthodontist in my town had one of these, you could play SNES while getting your braces worked on.

Pocket Billiards
Aug 29, 2007
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Mister Kingdom posted:

Wasn't Print Shop the program that, whenever a new version came out, you couldn't just upgrade, but had to buy the whole program again?

The problem I had with it was that it didn't support the exact brand of printer I was using. Tech support told me to use trial and error on all the Epson printers in the list (my printer wasn't an Epson).

Kids these days with their plug and play etc.

Pocket Billiards
Aug 29, 2007
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Krispy Kareem posted:

But it goes to show just how mind boggling those next generation MP3 players were. You went from flash based space measured in mb to gigs of room on a hard drive.

But my goodness we wasted our money back then.

I spent a whole tax return on a Creative Labs MP3 player. Half the computers I was using at the time didn't have USB ports, even then it needed drivers installed from floppy disks and I upgraded it to 128 megabytes with a memory card that cost about half as much as the player itself. I couldn't fit two albums on it but it was smaller than a discman so I was happy.

Pocket Billiards
Aug 29, 2007
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Jasper Tin Neck posted:

Architects also seem to use them, at least the older generation. The landscape architecture professors at my school also have a huge boner for paper and pen (Seriously, screw doing A1-sized posters with a pen. In three copies. That's just busywork.)

I will dispute your point about working looser though. At least in my trade (railway construction) there seems to be an effect akin to Jevon's paradox with respect to planning. A few decades ago, plans were rather minimal and most stuff was left to be figured out on-site. Nowadays plans are much more detailed, which saves a lot of head-scratching of the construction sites. As a bonus, the drainage on newer stretches actually works.

Drawings have also become much more legible since you can do separate drawings for different disciplines, rather than trying to cram all information into the same blueprint.

I find I have to be much more disciplined today in my drafting work. Probably the biggest shift has been the use of CNC for manufacturing. I'm talking profile cutting, machining, routing out timber patterns for cast parts, etc. I have to make a parametric 3D model that is exact, which for cast stuff means modelling all the drafting, split lines and the like and blending these into the part geometry smoothly.

If I pull out an old drawing form the archives done with a drawing board I see a lot of that just defined in a general way with approximated freehand isometric views. Just some comments and a few reference dimensions and the rest was largely left to be figured out by the pattern makers.

One thing I do find is that in my industry the bigger paper formats like A2 and A1 are disappearing because of email. In the days of hand drafting and with CAD into the early 2000s we were largely transmitting drawings that were A3 or larger and it was all physical copies. Now it's all email PDF and regardless of what format you send it as, it's going to get printed in A3 on a typical office printer/copier. People will complain if the original is A1 or A2 because a lot of it will be illegible scaled down to be printable on a normal printer and no one wants to bother with plotters anymore.

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Pocket Billiards
Aug 29, 2007
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I could spend hours looking at those Gamesmen catalogues. Its crazy now in retrospect how expensive the games were relative to the system. You could buy a snes in 92 for $200aud and pay $100 for a copy of Lemmings. A gameboy cost the same as SF2 Turbo on the snes

Now a basic 500gb ps4 is maybe $400 rrp and the games are still about $100 new i.e. Mass Effect Andromeda.

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