Plasma wrote on 2022-07-07, 22:14:
leileilol wrote on 2022-07-07, 22:02:
It wasn't "retro" when I started. 😜
Yep I think this is the case for most of us. Computers were simpler and life was simpler. It's not a time machine but it's close.
Earlier today, I was thinking about the idea that computers used to be simpler, and I'm not sure if that's entirely true.
I used to say this and think this, but now I'm not so sure. Life was simpler, yes. Software was simpler. But setting up a new computer or making a hardware change, I don't think so.
Today I can buy a new motherboard with integrated video, sound, NIC, USB, throw a CPU and memory in it, put it in a case, attach a HD and power supply, install Windows 10 from USB and everything will probably work. Heck, some motherboards already have a soldered on CPU.
But back in the Pentium and older days (roughly), you needed a card for video, sound, network if required, possibly I/O if not on the motherboard. Then I/O and IRQs had to be assigned and conflicts resolved. Possibly hours of config.sys and autoexec.bat optimization. And there was simply no way around it, unless you got lucky. I remember spending days trying to get an ISA RAM card to appear as usable memory.
I like doing that stuff, but there were certainly more complex aspects to it!