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Milo Christensen
05-24-2006, 10:40 AM
So my maximum nerd total is now 2 unix boxes, 3 WinXP boxes, a DOS box, and the palm pilot scanner. These units are used every work day. One WinXP and one DOS box sitting as standby. Two 100 MBPS ethernet to mainframe connections.

Beat that you nerdy wannabes!

Joe (SoCal)
05-24-2006, 10:51 AM
1 WinXP boxes, 4 Mac OS X laptops, 1 Mac OS 9 laptop. Treo smart phone palm OS. 1 Newton, 1 eMate newton OS. I think I even have an old working Power computing box running OS 8 in the barn :D :D :D

Milo Christensen
05-24-2006, 10:58 AM
:mad: :( Why does it always have to be Joe who beats me? :confused: :confused:

Keith Wilson
05-24-2006, 11:01 AM
Maybe we should have a contest for the oldest regularly working piece of computer gear. I have a Mac Performa 630 (1994?) that my wife refuses to give up. It runs OS 7.6 with a 68LC040 CPU. It works as well as it ever did.

Joe (SoCal)
05-24-2006, 11:01 AM
IAAJ :D :D :D

Bwaaaaaaa ha ha :D

Joe (SoCal)
05-24-2006, 11:05 AM
Maybe we should have a contest for the oldest regularly working piece of computer gear. I have a Mac Performa 630 (1994?) that my wife refuses to give up. It runs OS 7.6 with a 68LC040 CPU. It works as well as it ever did.

Dang thats a dinosaur :eek:

I gave away an old Quadra 2 years ago. But the eMate it a real collectors item.

http://www.aventure-apple.com/flops/images/emate.jpg

Running a Powerful ARM 710a at a blistering fast 25 Mhz :D :D :D

Milo Christensen
05-24-2006, 11:12 AM
Maybe we should have a contest for the oldest regularly working piece of computer gear. I have a Mac Performa 630 (1994?) that my wife refuses to give up. It runs OS 7.6 with a 68LC040 CPU. It works as well as it ever did.

Jjjjjjuuuuuussssssstttttttt vvvveeeeeeerrrrrrryyyyyyy sssssslllllooooowwwwllllyyyy.

Keith Wilson
05-24-2006, 11:35 AM
Actually, not slowly at all - for word processing, which is all she uses it for, it's absolutely indistinguishable from a new fast machine.

That eMate is amazing. I've never actually seen one; they sold about twelve, if I remember correctly

George Roberts
05-24-2006, 11:44 AM
At work I have 3 desktops with 10 monitors among them, 2 notebooks, 2 fast double sided scanners, 2 reasonable printers, fast dsl, at least 2 Terabytes of hard drive storage, and 3 independant backup schemes. And 7phone lines.

And all I do is look the the Wooden Boat Forum from time to time.

Milo Christensen
05-24-2006, 11:49 AM
Meanwhile, I think Norm's out buying more gear. The cheater. Sore loser.

John of Phoenix
05-24-2006, 12:24 PM
How about a 1983 Compaq lug-about (looks like a sewing machine) with DUAL 5 1/4 floppy drives?

mmd
05-24-2006, 12:27 PM
I have an operating Apple IIc with dot-matrix printer....

adampet
05-24-2006, 12:58 PM
Dang,
I was going to say that i occasionally fire up my Mac Plus, with the 20 Meg HD . I've got a 128 Mac original with the signatures of all the Apple employees inside, but it needs a new power supply.

Hughman
05-24-2006, 01:00 PM
How about a 1983 Compaq lug-about (looks like a sewing machine) with DUAL 5 1/4 floppy drives?

I've got something like that, has a 5-1/2" green screen, runs on DOS 1.2, or PC 1.2, from 5-1/4 floppys....still works. Can't remember the brand, it's in the attic, and cost $500 used in 1983. Has a dot matrix printer thats bigger than it is.

Milo Christensen
05-24-2006, 01:04 PM
You guys are cracking me up! LOL. :p

Never knew there were so many of us who hung on to every piece of gear we ever bought.

mmd
05-24-2006, 01:12 PM
Actually, I gave the Apple to Gwyn's nursery school about a dozen years ago so that the kids could play Pong on it, but they closed down recently and the honest buggers brought it back to me!!

paladin
05-24-2006, 01:21 PM
I got's a TRS-80 model 100 in storage.....and it's going to a museum....
It's built into a briefcase....with a real cellular telephone designed and built as a portable, with one of the very first packet radio modems, and it's first use was with a lady reporter who used it to type and report to her newspaper the race, Kentucky Derby, that Spend-A-Buck won.....look that up for the history books.....we sold over 300 to the navy that year alone....





May 1985...think where computers and cell phones were then....:D

Keith Wilson
05-24-2006, 01:23 PM
Hey guys, the contest was for the oldest piece of regularly used computer gear, not the presumably working stuff in the back of the attic. My ancient Apple gets used every day or so.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
05-24-2006, 02:32 PM
I have an operating Apple IIc with dot-matrix printer....

Damn if only you'd said - I have just thrown away a copy of Decathlon.

Rick Tyler
05-24-2006, 03:14 PM
How about a 1983 Compaq lug-about (looks like a sewing machine) with DUAL 5 1/4 floppy drives?

I bought one for $3,150 in September of 1983. With dual drives (I think the second floppy set me back $400). I traded it for a 286 desktop around 1987 or so.

Current CPU count: six Windows notebooks (one retired), three Pentium-something desktops, a Windows 3.1 486 desktop (in the closet, but still works), three Palm PDAs, and an LG phone with a frightening set of functionality (like an MP3 player and calendar function).

John of Phoenix
05-24-2006, 03:49 PM
Rick, that sound just right, I think the $3200 invoice is stored with it. Ok Keith, you're right, it hasn't been out of its case in 15 years. Maybe the Smithsonian will find it interesting.

essaunders
05-24-2006, 04:23 PM
My father has (and still uses) an Apple IIgs. I remember my parents agonizing over the close to $1000 for 1meg of RAM.

ljb5
05-24-2006, 04:31 PM
This post was composed on a punch card.

Ed Harrow
05-24-2006, 04:39 PM
Well I have a small collection of slide rules... One is even circular (for use with circular algorithms, presumably ;) )

brad9798
05-24-2006, 04:40 PM
ljb5- LMAO!

I play pong on a Commodore 64 with a cassette drive ... just to show folks I'm cool ... only problem is the monitor (old 13" tv) doesn't work so well anymore.

The sickening part is the price ... nearly eight grand for a full Mac system back in 88 or 89 with laser printer NT, 15" monitor, etc. (the printer alone was 2500 of it) ... That's what is amazing to me.

I can't give it away ... and I really don't want to either. Still works, but has been retired for 10 years AT LEAST!

S/V Laura Ellen
05-24-2006, 06:30 PM
The first computer I used a work was DEC PDP 8A, with paper tape to boot from. We were amazed when we upgraded to a cassette drive to boot from. Real core memory. Earliy to mid 1970s.

Rick Tyler
05-24-2006, 10:22 PM
The first computer I used a work was DEC PDP 8A, with paper tape to boot from. We were amazed when we upgraded to a cassette drive to boot from. Real core memory. Earliy to mid 1970s.

Yeah, but I'll bet you had ones and zeros both. When I started out in computers, we just had zeros.

paladin
05-24-2006, 10:26 PM
well (it's getting deep here)...I just got fingers and toes and an abacus missing a couple of wooden thingies....:D

S/V Laura Ellen
05-24-2006, 10:33 PM
Yeah, but I'll bet you had ones and zeros both. When I started out in computers, we just had zeros.

Those newfangled digital computers (1 and 0) made things so easy. The analogue computers were state of the art prior to the digital era, more possibilities.

formerlyknownasprince
05-25-2006, 03:11 AM
Yeah - still got my original DEC Rainbow - paid $15k NZ for it in '84 - twin 400k floppies- no hard disk.

Ian