Is there anyone here who sees old Macs of this generation and *doesn't* associate them with high-school?
Older ones, perhaps. My high school used various iterations of the Mac, I believe the Mac Plus and maybe the Mac II. I barely ever touched them, as they were primarily administration systems. The computer lab that I was later banned from had mainly low-end 486 systems running Windows for Workgroups, with the server running a version of Windows NT. The school didn't like me opting out of an AP program that was 100% busywork, without actually covering anything in greater depth or breadth. As in, while in regular algebra, you would have to do the odd-numbered problems on a section, in the AP algebra, I was required to do all of the problems, and provide my longhand word on a separate paper. If you know anything about mathematics, you can immediately see how this is stupid. When you can solve most problems my looking at them, writing them out is pointless busywork, and if you do 20 problems and get one wrong, it's not because you didn't know what you were doing, it's because you made a mistake. Doing 40+ problems isn't going to make you "lern mor gooder". School administration got upset when I explained it to them in a less-terse manner, and they erased all of the credits I had earned in the program (making me have to re-take classes I had cleared with a 4.0), and blocking me from taking any technical electives (computers, typing, electronics, and all shop classes). Then they banned me from the office for complaining about it. Goes without saying that this had made me a very, very bitter person.
Replaced the CR2032 socket that I had added to my Legend of Zelda cartridge, as the one I'd installed almost twenty years ago was a pretty janky job. Alas, none of the sockets I can find will both fit in the slots on the board, and also be low-enough profile to fit inside the cartridge casing, whether mounted on the front or the back of the board. SNES is not a problem. Haven't even looked into any battery-save Genesis games, as I'm not super-sure if I have any. Sonic 3 uses a whole other method of saving games, so it's not a concern.
Still slowly picking through CDROM drives to see which my HP Vectra 486 will tolerate, if any. The problem is that the drives won't eject when anything other than power is connected, but as a 52X drive sorted that same issue out on my P166 tower, I may have to do the same with the 486. I acquired a bunch of floppy and CDROM drives from a failing computer repair store, so I guess I'm okay for parts for a while. Too bad the majority of ISA cards I got were MPEG cards (no cables) and various serial port and modem cards.
Dragging my feet on installing the 3 Farad capacitor I got for my Xbox.
Same with replacing the microswitches in a few of my MS Optical Wheel mice, and I think I have to replace the cord in one, due to a break somewhere near the mouse. As people want $8+ for just a cable, I'm not super-excited to spend lunch money on a non-urgent issue.
- Where it's always 1992 (or so).
Icons, wallpapers, and typical Oldternet nonsense.