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    i'm such an OG (original geek)

    and here's the proof:



    there i am in january 1982, geekin' it up on my IBM PC - Model 5150
    i'm about to turn 9.
    this photo is so old, that shirt style has already come and gone as 'retro'.

    check out the specs:

    NAME: PC - Model 5150
    MANUFACTURER: IBM
    TYPE: Professional Computer
    YEAR 1981
    BUILT IN LANGUAGE IBM BASIC (Special Microsoft BASIC-80 version in ROM)
    KEYBOARD Full stroke 'clicky' 83 keys with 10 function keys and numeric keypad
    CPU Intel 8088
    SPEED 4.77 MHz
    COPROCESSOR Optional 8087 math coprocessor
    RAM 64 KB (The very first ones had only 16 KB)
    ROM 64 KB
    TEXT MODES 40 or 80 char x 25 lines
    GRAPHIC MODES Optional CGA graphic modes : 320 x 200 / 640 x 200
    COLORS Monochrome / 4 among 8 in 320 x 200 CGA mode
    SOUND Tone Generator - built-in speaker
    SIZE / WEIGHT 50.8 (W) x 40.6 (D) x 14 (H) cm
    I/O PORTS Five internal 8 bit ISA slots, monitor, Centronics, cassette (!),
    BUILT IN MEDIA One or two 160 KB 5.25'' disk-drives
    OS MS-DOS, CP/M-86
    POWER SUPPLY Built-in 63.5W switching power supply unit
    PERIPHERALS 5 expansion slots, 5, 10, 20 MB hard discs
    PRICE 1736 (1 FD, monochrome monitor, U.K., 1983)

    Ah, these boys is all swelled up. So this was earlier...getting set to trade. Then, woooaaah differences.
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    We had an 8086 with Hercules graphics. Although we did eventually get one of those fancy 32Mb hard drives.

    Oh, and there's a picture floating around somewhere with me and a VIC-20.
    blah.

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    That's awesome, albeit pretty random.
    I really enjoy forgetting. When I first come to a place, I notice all the little details. I notice the way the sky looks. The color of white paper. The way people walk. Doorknobs. Everything. Then I get used to the place and I don't notice those things anymore. So only by forgetting can I see the place again as it really is.

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    Bah! My first computer was an abacus! Though I don't have a picture anyway...we didn't really understand the concept of light back then.


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    Re: i'm such an OG (original geek)

    Originally posted by nordberg
    and here's the proof:

    I only see that it proves how spoiled you were.

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    and here I thought there was going to be a pic of nords biting the head off a chicken.

    How misleading

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    Here's the first computer I ever used



    Announced: February 1986
    Price: US$3879
    Weight: 26 pounds
    CPU: Intel 80286, 8MHz
    RAM: 640K
    Storage: 30 Meg hard drive
    One 1.2Meg 5.25-inch disk drive
    Display: 9" monochrome monitor built-in
    80 X 25 text
    Ports: 1 parallel, 1 serial, 1 CGA.
    OS: MS-DOS

    It's portable too!

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    Heh, I wouldnt even consider myself a geek. I mean I'm smart and all, passed courses on A+ certification and JAVA...know the hardware, software inside and out...but sometimes and whenever I cant get any design/freelance work...ie no money, and no place to sleep; I may find myself hopping trains to Chicago, union station; squatting/sleeping somewhere, sometimes eating out of the garbage. But the next day I might find myself back at the apartment I stay in with a nice computer, and a roof over my head.

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    squatting/sleeping somewhere, sometimes eating out of the garbage.
    Really, or are you just messing with what is left of my human nature?


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    Re: Re: i'm such an OG (original geek)

    Originally posted by Fruitloops
    I only see that it proves how spoiled you were.
    geeesh - who's ostracizing who?

    it's really my dad's machine - he wrote cobol programs for lane bryant.
    Last edited by nordberg; 06-18-2004 at 08:28 AM.

    Ah, these boys is all swelled up. So this was earlier...getting set to trade. Then, woooaaah differences.
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    i had a computer just like that, but where i lived we didnt have all the fancy brands you guys had like IBM...

    Mine was exactly the same specs but it was called a (are you ready):

    My-COM

    slick eh? it was the loudest thing you could imagine, I played my very first adventure game...the Black Cauldron...on it.

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    Originally posted by webcorps
    I played my very first adventure game...the Black Cauldron...on it.
    yeah, i had that one too.
    i still have the box and giant floppy!

    Ah, these boys is all swelled up. So this was earlier...getting set to trade. Then, woooaaah differences.
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    really?? damn, you are a pack rat, thats great. I only have a backup of it on a 3 inch. along with other roberta williams games...i play them every once in awhile for a little nostalgia...

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    NOW, you're an original geek nordy
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    Originally posted by Markp.com
    NOW, you're an original geek nordy
    He looks more like a geeky Kiss fan.
    Stand by for emergency synapse rerouting

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    Ph34r the arrow keys!

    I used to get some magazine (I think it was 3-2-1 Contact) that had Commodore 64 programs in the back. My Dad would pencil in the changes that needed to be made to run on this thing. I should go back and look at the code now. Probably not as impressive a feat as I thought it was.

    So old school it hooked up to the TV.
    "What really bugs me is that my mom had the audacity to call Flash Kit a bunch of 'inept jack-asses'." - sk8Krog
    ...and now I have tape all over my face.

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    OG man.

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    lets see how sad you guys are....remember these?:







    I think i still have them in my parents attic...

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    as i type this 4 feet away on my bed i have 2 commadore 64's, a panasonic dot matrix printer, and the "hard drive" which is a normal cassette tape player that you record the sounds it made as you typed if you wanted to save any word processing stuff. to get another copy all you had to do was rewind the tape and replay it and watch it type it back out. so badass haha
    "Let us declare nature to be legitimate. All plants should be declared legal, and all animals for that matter. The notion of illegal plants and animals is obnoxious and ridiculous."- T. McKenna

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    the "hard drive" which is a normal cassette tape player that you record the sounds it made as you typed if you wanted to save any word processing stuff. to get another copy all you had to do was rewind the tape and replay it and watch it type it back out. so badass haha
    Pictures!


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