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Forum topic by pierce85 posted 08-20-2012 01:31 AM 615 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-20-2012 01:31 AM

This is the computer thread… be nice.


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#1 posted 08-20-2012 02:24 AM

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#2 posted 08-20-2012 02:26 AM

No, no, I changed the title of the thread. I intended the original to be funny but can see how that might be off putting for some folks. The new title might not fly either.

Anyway, Debbie graciously suggested that the computer discussion on the “New Rules” thread should have its own home, so here it is.

Years ago I was heavily involved with the tech/software side of computers as a lay person who was occasionally paid for fixing computers for friends and colleagues, emphasis on occasionally. I’ve been away from that side for some time due to burnout, but I still enjoy fiddling in small doses.

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#3 posted 08-20-2012 12:52 PM

Does anybody remember Computer Shopper magazine? Is it still around? I remember perusing through Sears catalog sized issues when building my first PC in the late 80’s. I put together a 386sx/16 in a full tower case. Can’t remember how much memory it had (256k? 512?) but do remember a 40 meg Seagate harddrive because, Jesus, why would anyone need more than that!? It wasn’t cutting edge but just below cutting edge, which has always been my computer buying philosophy. It tallied out at about $1500. Like you Pierce, I keep up with the technology for a decade or so and kept upgrading the same tower till it had a Pentium processor, a couple megs of memory, couple hundred megs of harddrive and some fancy video card. When it came time to upgrade after that I’d lost track of the advances and became befuddled by all the options. Since then I just go buy one off the shelf.

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#4 posted 08-20-2012 02:37 PM

Yes, I remember that magazine! First time through it was mind boggling with so many PCs, parts, and accessories. I never really bought anything from any of the suppliers in that BOOK but it was still fun to compare specs and prices. It’s funny how a market of so many computers has been reduced to a veritable few!

At first, my youngest son took advantage of living in Silicon Valley and built a number of PCs but he has given up building them even though Central Computer and Fry’s Electronics are within 5 miles of his house and if either of these two don’t have the parts, then these parts don’t exists!

This posts was done on an Acer tablet!

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#5 posted 08-21-2012 12:17 AM

Novice, I think at the time everyone with room in their garage or a spare bedroom was running some kind of computer hardware business. Either selling components or putting together units. There were some shady ones too. A couple fellows I worked with lost $1200 apiece on the promise of a custom build.

In the end it was like the auto industry in its infancy. Dozens of manufacturers winnowed down to three. (Well 2 1/2 considering Chrysler). The little fish get eaten by the big fish. The big fish get eaten by the bigger fish. I’d better stop now or computer talk—> manufacturing talk—> economic talk—> politics.

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#6 posted 08-21-2012 02:45 PM

Trying to find an “Ad blocker ” that works on Firefox/Win7. I have some sort of blocker, but I have to go and dial it up for EACH ad. Might as well just delete the ad by hand.

Got a desk top from ACER, seems to be alright…...

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#7 posted 08-21-2012 03:00 PM

AdBlock Plus works for me with Firefox/win7. Never have seen an ad on LJ and most importantly to me it eliminated those effing roll-over popups. The guy that came up with those should be castrated.

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#8 posted 08-21-2012 04:44 PM

Internet ads?

I wonder what was the actual first internet ad?
Actually, I would like to see the last one … any time like NOW!

If I remember correctly, the internet was a development of the National Science Foundation (not Al Gore) and in 1995 the restrictions for commercial traffic were removed …! A black day in the history of the internet?????

Actually other than intrusive ads the internet has been a boon to everyone!

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