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Nostalgic for the old days?

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    ubercoder
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    JohnAskew

    You're not alone. 

    Just which one of those great ideas are you willing to bet on?

    And how much?

    That's the question I'm asking.

    How much to borrow, and from who or whom?


    Heard this before?

    "Nothing happens until something is sold".

    I'm careful not to be the buyer in this case, if you get my meaning.

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    ubercoder

    I don't have the big idea yet, just a list of candidates.

    I'm in the very early stages of implementing this.

    So far, I've made the big decision and I'm doing my research; I want to be prepared when that good idea shows up.

    I'm looking to start by myself, with no outside money and slowly move to mISV while keeping my full time job.
    The product will be a B2B small and lite application for small to mid size business.

    Ubercoder.

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    W3bbo

    ubercoder wrote:


    For me, the "old days" were 1997. It was back when:

    • The DotCom boom was in full swing
    • The Internet was still a curiosity to most people
    • Software still came in boxes, with manuals
    • Games couldn't win on graphical points, it had to be gameplay
    • Application development was simpler, either VB5, C++, or Java
    • No product activation
    • NT4 had a certain "thing" to it
    • No spam
    • Having a hotmail address was a sign of technological superiority
    • Hotmail still offered POP3 support
    • Mac users weren't anywhere near as smug
    • BeOS and NeXTStep!
    *nostalgic sigh*

    EDIT: Am I totally off the subject?

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    ubercoder

    W3bbo,

    You are a spring chicken, man. Smiley

    I'm talking back on 80's.

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    ubercoder

    Thanks, I'll keep my blog updated with my progress, so I can help others who took that path.

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    jamie

    Quote: Billy Joel
    "But the good old days werent always so good and the future aint as bad as it seems...   yeah yeah yeah im keeping the faith"


    it was truely exciting... but may i say a few words to remind you of the flip side to that exciting past:

    - SCSI chain configuration
    - tiny pins on above devices
    - Windows for workgroups - Netbui (or whatever) getting it to work
    - tiny hard drives / syquests *see #1
    - monitor sizes
    - dhcp error messages
    - BSOD's
    - 32 floppy disc installs (coreldraw)
    -  ...and many more Smiley

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    Sven Groot

    "The old days" for me means puttering about in the config.sys trying to free up those extra few K of conventional memory so some game or other would run.

    Three cheers for virtual memory and flat address spaces, I say. Smiley

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    phreaks

    Doesn't anyone miss trumptet Winsock, TN3270 Emulation, Lynx or Gopher?

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    jamie

    Sven Groot wrote:
    

    "The old days" for me means puttering about in the config.sys trying to free up those extra few K of conventional memory so some game or other would run.

    Three cheers for virtual memory and flat address spaces, I say.



    or tricking lame soundcards to be soundblaster!  220 i said! 220!  Wink

    *and there was always the fun of getting your cd drive working in dos (pre-win98 startup disc)

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    ubercoder

    I remember, I had to remove most device drivers from autoexec.bat and config.sys so I can run Harvard Graphics on my 286.

    The executable was about 1MB, and that's how much my RAM was too.

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    ubercoder

    phreaks wrote:
    Doesn't anyone miss trumptet Winsock, TN3270 Emulation, Lynx or Gopher?



    I missed Gopher.

    Try to explain what Gopher is today to someone that started on the Internet with IE 4.0. Sad

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    ubercoder

    thumbtacks wrote:
    
    jamie wrote: - 32 floppy disc installs (coreldraw)
    Er, would that be 5 1/4" floppies or 3 1/2" ones? Remember kids, paper hole punchers are a single-sided 5 1/4" floppy's best friend!


    I remember that; double the size just by opening an extra hole.

    That worked for 3 1/2" floppies, right?

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    phreaks

    Ya know what I really miss?

    The old PSTN phone infrastructure, boy do I miss those days. Embarassed

    So many glitches, exploits, and just plain hacks; they were way too fun.



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    Sven Groot

    ubercoder wrote:
    That worked for 3 1/2" floppies, right?

    Yes it did. Punch a hole in a DD disk, it became a HD disk. That, or it became broken. It was a 50/50 chance, really, depends on if the holes in the right place and you didn't break anything while making it. Tongue Out

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    DCMonkey

    phreaks wrote:
    Doesn't anyone miss trumptet Winsock, TN3270 Emulation, Lynx or Gopher?



    I remember my first Internet access was on Win 3.11 through Trumpet via TIA running on a Netcom shell account.

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    Ion Todirel

    The old Turbo C++/Turbo Pascal

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    ubercoder

    My first modem was operating at 1900 bps, I think.
    (bps = Bytes per Second).

    Cool

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