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PromethiumX
Mar 5, 2003


Skeleton Ape posted:

Pop quiz, hotshot



those things died the instant CDR's came out and rightfully so. god drat what a poo poo piece of media. remember the click of death?

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Nolan Arenado
May 8, 2009



Man, I remember when CD burners were first released, we had a giant external one and I thought it was so awesome to be able to make my own CDs. Even though it took like 20 minutes to download a song and about half an hour to burn a CD, so total time for one CD of downloaded songs was like 5 1/2 hours.

polio king
Jun 19, 2004



OctoberBlues posted:

Man, I remember when CD burners were first released, we had a giant external one and I thought it was so awesome to be able to make my own CDs. Even though it took like 20 minutes to download a song and about half an hour to burn a CD, so total time for one CD of downloaded songs was like 5 1/2 hours.

yeah I remember that too. they were something dumb like 1-2x speed.

some things that I can recall off the top of my head:
QuakeWorld https://web.archive.org/web/19971210063857/http://www.quakeworld.net/

Kali, Quakespy that eventually evolved into Gamespy

realplayer

AOL/Prodigy

Geocities/Tripod/Xoom/Angelfire

irc/alt newsgroups/bbs

winnuke/teardrop

dialup noise is still burned into my brain

the "ate my balls" theme

icq - mirabilis

guestbooks

hit/visit counters

polio king has a new favorite as of 23:20 on Dec 19, 2015

GORDON
Jan 1, 2006

This avatar was paid for by the Silent Majority.

Used to play Duke on HEAT.net.

CaptainSarcastic
Jul 6, 2013

HAIL SATAN



Running a keep-alive app in the background while you ran a big download on dial-up so you didn't time out from inactivity and disconnect.

Free ad-driven dial-up that was actually faster than AOL - Juno and NetZero were a couple.

Bonzo
Mar 11, 2004

Just like Mama used to make it!


PromethiumX posted:

Interstate 76 has the best soundtrack of any game I've ever played.

Someone make a kickstarter and remake that game with new graphics.

Bask in its glory
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayO7P3-uCRk

I played that with my Microsoft Force Feedback Sidewinder joystick.

PromethiumX posted:

those things died the instant CDR's came out and rightfully so. god drat what a poo poo piece of media. remember the click of death?

I bought mine in 1996 or 97 and it still works. There is some demand for them in the music community because some MIDI devices that were made in the 90s use them to backup and load data into memory.

Art departments used them all the time because they were reusable and dependable. Burning a CD usually included a prayer and standing on one leg to make sure that he burning process completed without error.

Smoking Gun
Mar 7, 2003
Image leeching is BAD

SoundBlaster 16

Dot-matrix printers

Parallel ports

External modems

Maldoror
Oct 5, 2003

by R. Guyovich


Nap Ghost

snocked posted:

irc/alt newsgroups/bbs

iRc wArRiOrZ

BitchX

trick op into oping, run script, OH NO TAKEOVER

Maldoror
Oct 5, 2003

by R. Guyovich


Nap Ghost

lol tim eckel

http://www.arcadeathome.com/

Skeleton Ape
Dec 21, 2008



CaptainSarcastic
Jul 6, 2013

HAIL SATAN



Having to remember to prefix dial-up numbers with *70 to prevent call waiting from kicking in and knocking you offline.

Maldoror
Oct 5, 2003

by R. Guyovich


Nap Ghost

all the mame roms were 80 megs

"can i get them in one zip file"

"you loving idiot"

Maldoror
Oct 5, 2003

by R. Guyovich


Nap Ghost

http://www.shayesaintjohn.net/

rip

The_Franz
Aug 8, 2003



PromethiumX posted:

those things died the instant CDR's came out and rightfully so. god drat what a poo poo piece of media. remember the click of death?

Zip drives came out when CD-Rs had been already been around for years and they didn't die until flash media was cheap. Nobody carried documents and other files that were frequently edited to school or work on a CD-R because CD-Rs were slow and a pain in the rear end to use like that.

Maldoror posted:

all the mame roms were 80 megs

"can i get them in one zip file"

"you loving idiot"

The way to get a set of MAME ROMS in the dialup days used to be to send some guy a pile of CDs or DVDs through the mail and they would burn the whole set for you.

Police Automaton
Mar 17, 2009
"You are standing in a thread. Someone has made an insightful post."
LOOK AT insightful post
"It's a pretty good post."
HATE post
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Bonzo
Mar 11, 2004

Just like Mama used to make it!


The_Franz posted:

Zip drives came out when CD-Rs had been already been around for years and they didn't die until flash media was cheap. Nobody carried documents and other files that were frequently edited to school or work on a CD-R because CD-Rs were slow and a pain in the rear end to use like that.


The way to get a set of MAME ROMS in the dialup days used to be to send some guy a pile of CDs or DVDs through the mail and they would burn the whole set for you.

Also people used Jazz drives because you could get a whole gigabyte on them

Luxury Communism
Aug 22, 2015

by Lowtax



whoa are you ten year old me?

thathonkey
Jul 17, 2012


Shredded Hen

just cranked my poo poo up to 188mhz, time to hit the turbo button and really get these graphics flowing

thathonkey
Jul 17, 2012


Shredded Hen

Isaac
Aug 3, 2006



Fun Shoe

Having a porn folder that was 20 still images and a 1mb mpeg

powerofrecall
Jun 26, 2009

by R. Guyovich


thathonkey posted:

just cranked my poo poo up to 188mhz, time to hit the turbo button and really get these graphics flowing



when this sucker hits 188mhz, you're gonna see some serious poo poo.

weren't some turbo buttons really a slowdown switch wired in reverse?

early emulation (and its "community") was definitely a retro computing thing by now, remember when neogeo emulators were a good reason to buy more RAM? and the loving games were still coming out, so some of the neo emulators would be intentionally crippled not to play them. And the ROM sites back then, downloading lovely copies of misnamed/bad dumps off of someone's geocities page. I definitely associate ZSNES, nesticle and genecyst with late 90s computing

edit: if you do not own these games you must delete the roms after 24 hours!!

Kharnifex
Sep 11, 2001


This old gem.



Also, I always wondered who the kid and family was in the Jeff k pics, on ICQ Lowtax just said it was some dumb kid.

extra stout
Feb 24, 2005

ISILDUR's ERR



had a voodoo2 it owned

crazy to think that the standard of what fps a game should be able to run at on the pc was higher 20 years ago than it is right now on the xbone

Wifi Toilet
Oct 1, 2004



Toilet Rascal



WinVN on 3.1, Agent on 95.
drat nzbs killed usenet.

http://www.wired.com/1997/04/ff-warez/

lol, alt.binaries.pictures.leek
I never got on the ipl...
I had a PGP key and everything!

TenementFunster
Feb 20, 2003

delinquent


The Goatfather posted:

the first game i played with 3d acceleration was interstate 76
yooooooooo it was too smooth

gary oldmans diary
Sep 26, 2005



Kharnifex posted:

This old gem.


they decided it would be easier to hump/straddle your pc than to make a device work correctly over the parallel port

Blistex
Oct 30, 2003

Macho Business
Donkey Wrestler


extra stout posted:

had a voodoo2 it owned

crazy to think that the standard of what fps a game should be able to run at on the pc was higher 20 years ago than it is right now on the xbone

I remember playing HL with this, then going to the 5500 and getting 110 FPS.

RIP 3DFX

do u know jenny
Dec 24, 2007


Kharnifex posted:

This old gem.



Also, I always wondered who the kid and family was in the Jeff k pics, on ICQ Lowtax just said it was some dumb kid.

http://web.archive.org/web/20000301081405/http://www.fufme.com/

do u know jenny
Dec 24, 2007


CNN still has remnants of really old pages on their site. Check this out: http://edition.cnn.com/2001/US/09/11/chronology.attack/


Look at how low-res photos were back then. It's amazing that this was in the same millennium. I don't remember images being that tiny in 1995. It probably helped that my monitor was 640x480 though.

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Mar 17, 2009
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Kirk Vikernes
Apr 26, 2004

Count Goatnackh

Skeleton Ape posted:

Smoking Gun posted:
modems


LOL.... I still use a modem everyday. Where I live, it's the only way to get internet. Xfinity ftmfl

TenementFunster
Feb 20, 2003

delinquent


Bonzo posted:

I played that with my Microsoft Force Feedback Sidewinder joystick.
hell yeah best way to play and still best force feedback use in gaming

Skeleton Ape
Dec 21, 2008



PromethiumX posted:

those things died the instant CDR's came out and rightfully so. god drat what a poo poo piece of media. remember the click of death?

I remember hearing a lot about that but mine was fine for as long as I had it.

CD-Rs were cool and everything but like that other guy said, burning was really slow and unreliable. Also the discs were single-use and pretty expensive at first. ZIP drives hung around for a long time in graphic design and stuff. Only USB MSDs completely stomped them out.

Skeleton Ape
Dec 21, 2008



I do remember being one of the only people in my school with a CD-R drive though, I did make a little money off kids wanting to copy things

Captain Yossarian
Feb 24, 2011

All new" Rings of Fire"


Dirk Squarejaw posted:

LOL.... I still use a modem everyday. Where I live, it's the only way to get internet. Xfinity ftmfl

Is there a way to get internet NOT using a cable modem that I'm noy aware of? I'm drunk right now and having problems picturing it

pretty good aggro deck
Dec 31, 2007

Extinct!


poo poo talker v1.2 by Jaundice

Skeleton Ape
Dec 21, 2008



Well, ok. Dialup modems. Also yes, I live in the sticks and have a BLAZING FAST line-of-sight wireless setup. Just a dish-type antenna pointed at a mountain and a PoE power injector in the house.

CaptainSarcastic
Jul 6, 2013

HAIL SATAN



Skeleton Ape posted:

Well, ok. Dialup modems. Also yes, I live in the sticks and have a BLAZING FAST line-of-sight wireless setup. Just a dish-type antenna pointed at a mountain and a PoE power injector in the house.

I did tech support for an ISP that used those. I wouldn't have described our service as "BLAZING FAST."

Skeleton Ape
Dec 21, 2008



Haha, no it's not. It's pretty drat good for what it is though, when I moved here I was pretty much convinced I'd have no choice other than satellite with data caps. I get a rock solid 8 Mb/s which is good enough for HD Netflix, I'm happy.

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Egbert Souse
Nov 6, 2008



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUvcYP859fg

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