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On Mar 2, 9:38 am, "Bill Kearney" wrote:

I have been on the internet since the days when it was black and
white, text only.


Gee, then you're a newbie. Most early screens weren't black and white
(plasma, amber, green, etc)


Not so. Most were Black and White CRT. If you had lots of money
maybe you had green or amber. I had amber.... Plasma was a rarity.
Though I still have an old Toshiba with Plasma (good for night vision
on my boat).

People make up new terms to replace old ones just to be
doing something because they lack a life outside of making up words.
Like "issues" to replace "problems." Its just a euphemism to make
problems seem like something else.


Sort of like pointless rants on usenet?


Sort of like a pointless response, right????

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On Mon, 3 Mar 2008 08:17:55 -0800 (PST), "jim.isbell"
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On Mar 2, 9:38 am, "Bill Kearney" wrote:

I have been on the internet since the days when it was black and
white, text only.


Gee, then you're a newbie. Most early screens weren't black and white
(plasma, amber, green, etc)


Not so. Most were Black and White CRT. If you had lots of money
maybe you had green or amber. I had amber..


I went with the first IBM PC, the 8088, 64k mem, single floppy deal.
Tricked it all out a bit later, so it was a hot rod. Heh.
Think I paid 2700 bucks for the barebones.
The IBM monitor was the green.
Clones were coming with amber monitors, and to my eyes they were
"tacky." Never told anybody that until now.

--Vic
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On Mon, 03 Mar 2008 19:57:04 -0500, Jack Erbes
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Vic Smith wrote:
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I went with the first IBM PC, the 8088, 64k mem, single floppy deal.
Tricked it all out a bit later, so it was a hot rod. Heh.
Think I paid 2700 bucks for the barebones.
The IBM monitor was the green.
Clones were coming with amber monitors, and to my eyes they were
"tacky." Never told anybody that until now.

--Vic


Tacky? That amber monitor only came with the Cadillacs of the 5150's!

The amber was a lot easier on the eyes for extended use. And with that,
the Hercules graphic card, and a second floppy drive I was the King of
WordStar for a long time.

Maybe the IBM had better text resolution, at least to my eyes. Every
amber monitor I saw looked "fuzzy' to me.

I was only a mere Chief Petty Officer but I had figured out how to use
WordStar on a dual floppy PC and even the officers came to sip at the
font of knowledge...

Well Chief, I'd expect you'd spend your time in the Chiefs lounge
gabbing with your mates and having a "secret" beer instead of f**king
around on a PC. That's what my Chiefs did, anyway. I bet you weren't
a BTC. (-:

And I thinking you might have had 640k of RAM? I don't think you could
run a floppy disk on a 64k 5150. Maybe though.

Nah. Floppy drivers are hard wired I think. I still use one for any
of my Ghosting, as I don't even have to think about drivers
I seem to remember the PC I bought having 32k standard, and had them
add another 32k for maybe over a hundred bucks extra.
Later, when I had the money, I added an AST 6-pack to max the memory,
and set up a virtual drive. Still later I got one of those 500 buck
20 meg Winchester hard drives. I never worried about graphics cards
until I started gaming, since I was mostly programming on that old PC.

http://oldcomputers.net/ibm5150.html

Good link

--Vic

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Shucks, you guys are young folks and johnny come latelys. I started with an
LGP30 in 1968. The monitor was real easy on the eyes because there wasn't
one. The paper tape wasn't too bad most of the time. unfortunately when
one of the tubes went it tended to mess up the operation of the computer.
The 2K of memory filled pretty fast but since everything was written in
assembly language programs tended to be pretty compact (unlike some software
that has been developed recently by some unnamed large firms). The draw
back of this system was that while it could be used on board a boat you
would need a good size cabin with air conditioning to be able to use it. Ah
yes, those were the days-----well maybe not.

Brian


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Vic Smith wrote:
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I went with the first IBM PC, the 8088, 64k mem, single floppy deal.
Tricked it all out a bit later, so it was a hot rod. Heh.
Think I paid 2700 bucks for the barebones.
The IBM monitor was the green.
Clones were coming with amber monitors, and to my eyes they were
"tacky." Never told anybody that until now.

--Vic


Tacky? That amber monitor only came with the Cadillacs of the 5150's!

The amber was a lot easier on the eyes for extended use. And with that,
the Hercules graphic card, and a second floppy drive I was the King of
WordStar for a long time.

I was only a mere Chief Petty Officer but I had figured out how to use
WordStar on a dual floppy PC and even the officers came to sip at the font
of knowledge...

And I thinking you might have had 640k of RAM? I don't think you could
run a floppy disk on a 64k 5150. Maybe though.

http://oldcomputers.net/ibm5150.html

Jack



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