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Most memorable (best) PC moments..

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    jamie

    here's a few of mine:

    - seeing a colour photo for the first time that wasnt on a mac (in pagemaker 2 win3)

    - running the first chicago beta that actually had the startbar

    - getting the beta of quake1 to finally work - and moving around in 3d enviroment for the first time (unlike doom2)

    - the demise of trumpet winsock (or whatever it was)
    - Nashville / ie4 releases-  finally goodbye netscape
    - getting multiple monitors to work
    - seeing/using ICQ for the first time - and sending them a file!
    - Corel 4 - 2 cds of clipart and FONTS for pc
    - Corel 8 -  added property bar (like o12 ribbon bar only years ago)

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    SlackmasterK

    - Getting my computer to say "Hello World!" at the tender age of 5
    - Getting multiple monitors to work for the first time
      (286 - An EGA and a CGA on the same ISA bus. Clone mode only)
    - My first terabyte
    - Every upgrade I ever got in a box
    - Channel9 launch
    - Coding my first website in PICO and reading it in LYNX
    - My first blog comment.  Call me cynical.
    - First install of Windows 3.1
    - My first digicam

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    dahat

    - Seeing a 3d accelerated Quake 1 thanks to GLQuake and 3Dfx

    - Convincing my father to loan me his credit card so I could sign up for 10 free hours on something called America Online

    - Being able to use the internet (instead of a dial-up connection to a friends house) to find people for deathmatches

    - Having the cable guy say "that seems to be running a little slow" after testing the one-way cable modem he had just installed for me and seeing a download running at only ~300k/s.

    - The glee of hearing "You’ve Got Mail" and receiving my first email

    - My first Linux experience

    - The awe of playing Microsoft Space Simulator and piloting a space craft into orbit

    - Downloading a piece of pirated software and actually realizing that such things were really available online and the horror it meant (not quite a good thing I know)

    - Being one of the many banging on id Software’s FTP server waiting for the windows version of Q3Test to be released... only to see a .plan update not long later saying they yanked their ADSL line due to the traffic.

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    rjdohnert

    When my Grandmother got me my first Apple II,
    When my grandmother got me a NeXTCube.
    When I installed my first BSD install and it worked
    When I went into the Navy and changed my MOS and got to use HP-UX and Solaris
    When I first got "online"
    Red Hat 5.2
    Windows XP's watercolor interface
    Windows 2000
    Windows Vista
    The Launch of OpenOffice.org
    Getting Darwin to boot on an iTanium server

    jamie wrote:
    here's a few of mine:

    - seeing a colour photo for the first time that wasnt on a mac (in pagemaker 2 win3)

    - running the first chicago beta that actually had the startbar

    - getting the beta of quake1 to finally work - and moving around in 3d enviroment for the first time (unlike doom2)

    - the demise of trumpet winsock (or whatever it was)
    - Nashville / ie4 releases-  finally goodbye netscape
    - getting multiple monitors to work
    - seeing/using ICQ for the first time - and sending them a file!
    - Corel 4 - 2 cds of clipart and FONTS for pc
    - Corel 8 -  added property bar (like o12 ribbon bar only years ago)

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    paulo

    My first hello world in a ZX81 (1985)

    10 For N 1 to 100
    20 Print "Hello World!";
    30 Next N

    Run 10

    Mount my own BBS 
    The Fidonet Groups
    My first email account using QWK messages and UUDP
    My Newton MessagePad
    Install OS/2 v2.0 and 2.1
    Windows NT 3.1 beta
    My Thinkpad 701c butterfly
    DOOM
    My QuickTake 200





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    billh

    1) Getting an Apple IIc
    2) Building my own Word processing program a short time later
    3) Getting the first command of my own homegrown OS to work
    4) Getting a 486 PC (1995)
    5) Going online for the first time (1995)
    6) Getting TOSed out of an AOL chatroom (1995)
    7) Porting a spinning 3-D cube program from the Apple II to DOS to Windows 3.1 to Windows 98 (using polar equations and my own perspective rendering formulas)
    8) Posting on a forum for the first time: get this...here
     
    :O

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    Xaero_​Vincent

    1) Shorting out my Pentium classic motherboard and causing it to smoke and die.

    2) Managing to manually scan through 8000+ files and remove 254 virus and trojain files from Windows XP to gain back control of my machine.

    3) Adding a SuperCPU 20 MHz extention to my C64, 3.5 floppy drive and a fast loader BIOS chip called ZiffyDOS chip and drilling holes for the on and off switch.

    4) Creating my first breakout/pong type game in Liberty Basic 2.0.

    5) Creating my own virus that deleted my Windows 98 system files and required full re-installation.

    6) Making my own vacuum tube triode amplifier using free circuit diagram software.


    Regards,
    Vincent

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    SlackmasterK

    Seeing my home planet from space for the first time... oh, wait...

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    out180

    Of course it was waiting the 5 minutes for that first soft p0rn pic to download.

    Come on... most of you were there at one point.  Tongue Out

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    BruceMorgan

    First program (TRS-80 Model 1 with Level 1 Basic, 1977)

    First significant program - a Lunar Lander clone (TRS-80, 1977)

    First program I got paid for - a window construction estimator for HP41C calculators (1980)

    First PC job (DB work on mailing lists, tech support, 1982)

    First computer I owned (Kaypro, 1983)

    First dial-up connection from home (300 baud, 1983)

    First job as a programmer (PC game development, 1984)

    First time I ran that game on a PC AT and realized yes, I would have to fix all the timing loops (1984)

    Unsoldering the Intel 8088 on my PC to solder in a socket and replace it with a NEC V20 plus a new clock chip to 6 mhz (1984)

    First Mac program working (written with Workbench & Pascal, 1984)

    First Windows install (v1.0 and barely functional, 1985)

    First machine I built myself - a clone 386/25, with 640K and 3MB expanded/extended memory board (1986)

    First program for Windows (communications app, 1986)

    First hardware destroyed by software (monochrome monitor being overdriven by a driver I was working on, 1987)

    First app I worked on that shipped over a million copies (BitCom via OEM distribution, 1988)

    First app I worked on that was on a retail bestseller list (Professor DOS, 1990)

    First Windows app that was a bestseller (Learn to Use Windows, 1992)

    That's enough for now ...

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    jamie

    (air sound) "whooosh!"

    ok ok you win! Uncle!!! your hired!

    haha good one bruce Smiley

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    DCMonkey

    When I finally "got" extended vs. expanded memory.

    My first mouse (a logitech 3 button).

    Using the prompt command to make it look like the user is in edlin in the college CAD lab that I tutored.

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    SlackmasterK

    DCMonkey wrote:
    When I finally "got" extended vs. expanded memory.

    My first mouse (a logitech 3 button).

    Using the prompt command to make it look like the user is in edlin in the college CAD lab that I tutored.



    - Adding ANSI color and positioning escape codes to the DOS prompt.
    - Using ANSI.SYS to remap my friend's keyboard.  Whoo, was he confused.

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    Harlequin

    Geez, am I the only one to shove a Colecovision game into an Apple ][ slot to see if i would work Tongue Out

    I also played the text(graphics made by text) game Moria a lot on our 8MHz Packard Bell AT(or was it an XT?). Can still find versions of it floating around...makes me want to find it again Smiley

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    Ion Todirel

    - first contact(Windows 95, PII)
    - my first PC (Windows XP, AMD Athlon 1700)
    - first look inside a PC
    - first C# program with Windows Forms
    - every upgrade of my machine
    - non-dialup ethernet intenet connection

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    Ion Todirel

    and:

    - .NET
    - .NET 2.0 Performance
    - first 3D game

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    rhm

    I remember seeing Wolfenstien running for the first time was pretty seminal. PCs seemed pretty lifeless until I saw that. Then there was another seminal moment when  I worked out with a friend how the psuedo-3d was done (full-screen 256 colour 3d animation in software on a 286?!) Smiley

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    Cybermagell​an

    -When my Computer Class Teacher in 3rd grade handed me the instructors book for "Coding in BASIC" and let me code without following the rest of the class
    -When my mom took me to the local ISP to ask about getting internet because she was clueless (I was 11 at the time)
    -When my alarm clock I wrote on my C64 woke me up.
    -When my Command Sergeant Major asked me why I joined the Army instead of working in the IT field, then argued with my 1SGT to get me reassigned to Battalion ADP.
    -When I installed my first Linux Distro (Ubuntu)
    -When I was able to load a webpage from my webserver at home
    -When I setup my wireless router at home and setup my laptops...with no effort at all.
    -When my supervisor let me argue with a developer in another department...and I won. (On a $2.5 Million decision)

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