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Re: CD-Burners

I'm not nostalgic on that front - I just like being able to burn data off my vintage DOS/Win9x boxen if the networking breaks. CD-R's are still fairly cheap and I know where to find them. Far cheaper and ieasier than ZIp Drives (what I used to use).

Re: Allure of retro computing

For me it was because I wanted an inexpensive computer with internet access back in 2001, and 486's were now the butt of jokes at the time, so I knew I could pick one up dirt cheap, "Hot Rod" it just barely enough to be a usable "Daily Driver". I never thought I'd end up owning over 50-60ish vintage …

Re: I build too many computers

Been there, done that. I remember back in the 2000's when I Started with all this I had as many as 32 computers at my mom's house - everything from 8088-PIII , Macintoshes both Power and 68K, a Coco, a Commodore, and a TI-99/4a. And far less of a clue as to how to get the most out of them than I do …

Re: Leak of Windows 11

Let's just say I used to work for these guys and got to run Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 before they were released. Reading through the posts, seems consistent with my experience that the "Bloat" gets added on after the beta releases. When Windows 8.0 was in Beta, I installed it on a Toshiba Techra M7 …

Re: Newly made PCMCIA sound card

I had another random idea, not sure if it makes any sense. If you have a laptop that has a non-dos game compatible card but you can still talk to it, would there be any value in making a very basic PCMCIA card that is able to sit on a selected port i.e 220h, 330h, 338h etc and emulate a device and …

Re: what will you do when your last hardware fails?

I really don't think about it that much...I'm almost 40, I would not be surprised if at least one outlives me given how well my old boxes are holding up and how hard I still run them. I'm actually more concerned about what I'm going to do when I get too old to be lifting and carrying these beasts …

Re: Windows 7 Retro?

I don't see Windows 7 as vintage yet. Going by the yardstick of old vehicles - Windows 7 is like that 2008 model that still runs and drives around town just fine, but does not have a backup camera or heated seats. I just put it in the "old" category right now. And just like anything else old, the …

Re: Famous computer slogans and quotes ?

"Hello. Now Compaq insists that I tell you about their new 386 computer which they say is the most advanced computer ever made. But they're still sticking to this cock-an-bull story about it being made out of three-hundred and eighty six chips and thirty two bits of a bus! Well frankly I this is not …

Re: Windows 7 Retro?

I don't see Windows 7 as vintage yet. Going by the yardstick of old vehicles - Windows 7 is like that 2008 model that still runs and drives around town just fine, but does not have a backup camera or heated seats. I just put it in the "old" category right now. And just like anything else old, the …

Re: rails

Ah, AT-Rails. You could 3-D print them. Or do what I do...if you're handy with metal stuff. I did this on an old Compaq Deskpro 386 and my GEM 386 that had the same style of drive rails....you need the right tools for it though. Tap and Die, Stepped Drill Bit, Dremel, and a Hacksaw, and a C Clamp or …

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