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First post, by Peter Swinkels

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I get the impression these forums are relatively quiet. Only a dozen or so posts a week. Is that just my imagination or does anyone else get the impression the activity here is declining?

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Reply 2 of 20, by Peter Swinkels

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Well, those 42 views didn't come out of thin air. However I have noticed noone has posted here much except me for the last two days.

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Reply 4 of 20, by dormcat

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I assume that most VOGONS users have at least one retro computer that is capable of running a few, if not most, DOS games (compatibility varies, of course) without the need of emulation.

Reply 5 of 20, by cyclone3d

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Maybe we are all working on other projects... or have other stuff we have to take care of.

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Reply 7 of 20, by Peter Swinkels

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@vetz: which part of the forum is the most active according to you?
@dormcat: do you know of any online retro-computer building communities?
@cyclone3d: just out curiosity, what are your other projects?
@Gmlb256: isn't every section here about DOSBox in some way?

Hmmm, it seems I got a thread started here.... Yay!

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Reply 8 of 20, by Anders-

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I just browse through the active topics and if I see something interesting I head over... regardless of where said thread is located (that's how I found this thread in the first place).

Last edited by Anders- on 2021-09-13, 14:23. Edited 1 time in total.

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Reply 9 of 20, by BitWrangler

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It's the calm before the storm.... pending new MS OS release and all that damage that does to DOSbox operating flawlessly. 🤣

What are we wanting, new features? ST-512 hard disk mode where it pauses 3 seconds before displaying a directory listing then prints it to screen at about 25 char per sec while making wheep-whoop head thrash noises.

2017: Basement full of ancient PC stuff, starting to go through it. 2021: Still starting, heh, many setbacks. So what's this BitWrangler guy's deal ??? >>> Taming the pile, specs to target?

Reply 10 of 20, by Peter Swinkels

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@BitWranger:
I remember those old noisy harddrives! 🤣 - Computers were sooo slow. Especially the media the data was stored on!

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Reply 11 of 20, by Anders-

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Peter Swinkels wrote on 2021-09-13, 14:24:

@BitWranger:
I remember those old noisy harddrives! 🤣 - Computers were sooo slow. Especially the media the data was stored on!

Slow now, but perfectly fast back then 😁

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Reply 12 of 20, by BitWrangler

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"Whoa! I can't believe it loaded my whole 64kB program in under 30 seconds, it used to take 5 minutes off tape!"

2017: Basement full of ancient PC stuff, starting to go through it. 2021: Still starting, heh, many setbacks. So what's this BitWrangler guy's deal ??? >>> Taming the pile, specs to target?

Reply 13 of 20, by Peter Swinkels

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@anders: upgrading to a pc with a ssd was a revelation for me...
@bitwrangler: my computer has color graphics, a harddisk and a mouse? Whoa!

Last edited by Peter Swinkels on 2021-09-13, 16:32. Edited 2 times in total.

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Reply 14 of 20, by dormcat

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Peter Swinkels wrote on 2021-09-13, 14:12:

@dormcat: do you know of any online retro-computer building communities?

Besides here? Not exactly.

If you check my older posts you'd find me often whine complain about the lack of local communities of retro computing, even though the majority of MBs of 1990's and CPU/GPU nowadays were made in Taiwan in my hometown next to my BS alma mater.

I really want to have something like the recent Vintage Computer Festival Midwest locally but organizing one would be extremely difficult (sigh).

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Reply 15 of 20, by Gmlb256

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Peter Swinkels wrote on 2021-09-13, 14:12:

isn't every section here about DOSBox in some way?

Well, I see this section to have slowed down recently. I occasionally see new threads when one asks about certain programs to work on DOSBox correctly.

Perhaps it has to do with sites such as PCGamingWiki? Many sites related to old games always have instructions to run games with DOSBox or a source port.

There are other section related to emulation but they're much less active in comparison to this.

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Reply 16 of 20, by Anders-

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Peter Swinkels wrote on 2021-09-13, 14:37:

@anders: upgrading to a pc with an sdd was a revelation for me...
@bitwrangler: my computer has color graphics, a harddisk and a mouse? Whoa!

I used ram as a "harddrive" before solid state disks became commonplace.
1) create a mirror of physical harddrive and ramdisk + install operating system
2) reboot and rebuild the now broken mirror (i.e. put content back on ramdisk)
3) bring physical harddrive offline
4) enjoy the full speed
5) take physical harddrive online and resync the mirror before shutdown

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Reply 17 of 20, by Gmlb256

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Peter Swinkels wrote on 2021-09-13, 14:37:

upgrading to a pc with an sdd was a revelation for me...

That's was the most meaningful and relevant upgrade that I've ever seen in general as HDD was the most slowest component on a computer.

Reply 18 of 20, by Caluser2000

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I dropped my ram....after it bit me.

Edit: It's 4:14 so I thought I'd better post some nonsense.

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Apparently 32-bit is dead and nobody likes P4s.
Of course, as always, I'm open to correction...😉

Reply 19 of 20, by Anders-

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Caluser2000 wrote on 2021-09-13, 16:08:

I dropped my ram....after it bit me.

Edit: It's 4:14 so I thought I'd better post some nonsense.

No wonder it bit you! You have to treat your animals with some care... 😁

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