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1980s PCs

Postby Dead Kid » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:35 pm

Big middle finger to third millennium electronics here. Our first PC from 1986 is still working just fine, along with the original monitor. It's a Super Star XT-6 made in Taiwan - an IBM XT clone which infringed on a patent or two.

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This is the second computer program I ever wrote (in BASIC) when I was 10... "The Clown Show". :tohlc:

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Re: 1980s PCs

Postby Max » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:07 pm

But does it run Leisure Suit Larry?

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Postby Dead Kid » Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:15 am

There are some 5¼" Leisure Suit Larry disks, probably for the first two games but I can't get them to work. But that's not interesting because you can easily play it with DOSBox etc.

What is interesting is the obscure shit, like the animated images on disks labelled "X-Rated" that someone had given my Dad before porn GIFs were a thing, haha:

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Re: 1980s PCs

Postby 9seconds » Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:34 pm

haha thats mcplaymate!

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Re: 1980s PCs

Postby Dead Kid » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:15 pm

Holy! Well, it's images nicked from that. Some of the proto-GIFs are pixelly scenes taken from pornos, but they take ages to load. I'll have to look at all of them and see what else I find.

Meanwhile, before there was SingStar, there was this:

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Re: 1980s PCs

Postby the croc » Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:06 pm

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Re: 1980s PCs

Postby Drax » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:05 am

Used to own a Commodore Amiga 500. Hand-me-down from cousins who also had about 100 games, copied as well as a bunch still in their original boxes.

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Got rid of it when the fam moved to Auckland. Fucking idiotic. These things are probably worth a bit now, but simply still owning the fucker would be a great addition to the den. I should've at least kept the copy of Barbarian II which included this poster:

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Only thing I have left of it is an Advanced D&D collector's edition box set. At least I kept that, has all it's manuals, adventurer's journals, trading cards, etc still intact.
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Re: 1980s PCs

Postby Dead Kid » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:36 pm

Unfortunately writing to the hard drive has stuffed the PC a bit now, but we can still play games on disks or maybe find a replacement. At least it happened after I looked at this quality material:

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I only moved once as a scrub, a 4km drive away when I was 18. Ideal for hoarding. Parents' hallway is currently filled with suitcases and bags of all different sizes that had to be moved to get to the old PC.

Later my Dad had a work laptop with Win 3.1 and along with newer games, we played heaps of Leisure Suit Larry III and this beauty:

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Re: 1980s PCs

Postby snuff » Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:39 pm

Ascii pron, amazing!
I guess you really need to ask yourself... What Would Graeme Do?

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Re: 1980s PCs

Postby Dixon Cider A.C. » Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:30 pm

Dead Kid wrote:Parents' hallway is currently filled with suitcases and bags of all different sizes that had to be moved to get to the old PC


Do your parents live in the Bain household circa 1993?

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Re: 1980s PCs

Postby Dead Kid » Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:05 pm

Bit early in the year to get the woollen jerseys out though. Must be why Mr Vintage came up with these:

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Re: 1980s PCs

Postby Dead Kid » Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:59 pm

Last year I got a USB floppy drive so I could copy some of the BASIC games to my current PC. Most of the files are still dated either 1982 or 1985, pretty buzzy.

Hangman was probably the first computer game I ever played, at age 3:

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There's some other classics like Killer Maze, where there's nothing much deadly, you just have to find the exit. Screenshot proportions are different here as I was trying PC-BASIC instead of DOSBox:

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Re: 1980s PCs

Postby Dubpunker » Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:23 am

Haha. Thats awesome. Did you read Ready Player One or watched the movie? You have to....

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Re: 1980s PCs

Postby Dead Kid » Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:13 am

Dubpunker wrote:Haha. Thats awesome. Did you read Ready Player One or watched the movie? You have to....

I know very little about it. I've got enough to read so I'll add the movie to my watchlist. Now you can see how long it takes me to get through 30+ other movies first. :wink:
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Re: 1980s PCs

Postby Dubpunker » Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:32 am

Dead Kid wrote:
Dubpunker wrote:Haha. Thats awesome. Did you read Ready Player One or watched the movie? You have to....

I know very little about it. I've got enough to read so I'll add the movie to my watchlist. Now you can see how long it takes me to get through 30+ other movies first. :wink:


Sure. :-)


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