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How Do You Get Your Geek Nostalgia Fix?

Unknown Lamer posted about 3 years ago | from the one-time-i-repaired-a-crt dept.

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Vrtigo1 writes "I keep a Pentium Pro CPU on my desk underneath my monitor because it reminds me of simpler times. Every once in a while I want to revisit the old days of the original Doom, the phonebook-sized Computer Shoppers, when you looked forward to the demo CD that came with Computer Gaming World because the Internet was too slow to distribute software, and when Falcon Northwest's Mach V was the envy of many a geek. IRC is just about the only technology I can think of that's still in use today and still looks the same as it did in the early nineties. So where do you go when you need to regress back to simpler times and get your nostalgia fix? I foolishly trashed my old tech mags, and there isn't a whole lot online that has survived from that long ago."

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Ascii Express (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36740804)

Apple II + Novation Applecat. Only problem: No AE to call...

Just look two stories down (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36740806)

People are still refusing to migrate from Windows XP. (4, Funny)

ddt (14627) | about 3 years ago | (#36740818)

I open a terminal window on my Mac. Do it every day for one reason or another.

It's particularly fun to go fullscreen with it and run nethack, and people actually think you're doing something very brainy and technical. (2)

PC and Sony Fanboy (1248258) | about 3 years ago | (#36741000)

I open a terminal window on my Mac. Do it every day for one reason or another.

It's particularly fun to go fullscreen with it and run nethack, and people actually think you're doing something very brainy and technical.

Hear Hear!

Realistically, I'm not seeking nostalgia with my computer. When I do want a touch of it, I turn to my PSP and emulate some old-school NES/SNES action. Or I build linux from scratch on something unsupported, and see if I can get it functional *enough*. That certainly reminds me of the old days...

WHAT!? (2)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about 3 years ago | (#36741218)

You mean that posting to Slashdot from my R4400 SGI Indigo doesn't count?

Netscape Navigator has a wonderful time with the CSS.

Re:WHAT!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741284)

Indeed... the Firefox build for IRIX is useable but pokey. I upgraded from my R4400 (Purple) to an Octane a number of years ago. When I need a nostalgia hit, I can jump on to the Octane, or better yet, fire up my NeXTStation Turbo (Grayscale!). I love hearing the hard disk clunking away like its making popcorn ...

Re:WHAT!? (1)

tagno25 (1518033) | about 3 years ago | (#36741532)

I just go to the local hackersace and play with the Apple 2e or AT&T Unix PC (3b1) (1)

mellon (7048) | about 3 years ago | (#36741226) is what I work in every day (well, okay, actually I have my own version that works better, but you get the point.)

For nostalgia, I hack on my Scheme compiler. I just don't feel much longing for old obsolete systems; Scheme is pleasant nostalgia because I still think of it as relevant—even though nobody's using it at the moment, a lot of ideas pioneered by scheme are in wide use, e.g. in Javascript. But Scheme is a much better language than Javascript.

Duke Nukem Fore.. eh.. (1)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | about 3 years ago | (#36740822)

forget it.

Re:Duke Nukem Fore.. eh.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36740858)

Is that a Golf Duke Nukem game?

Re:Duke Nukem Fore.. eh.. (1)

Not_Wiggins (686627) | about 3 years ago | (#36740982)

I'm not affiliated with the project, but someone was motivated enough to take that classic memory and update it (somewhat) for the modern world.
No, you won't mistake it for a recent game release, but it is a great way to experience the classic again without as much of the dated graphics.
Highly recommend Duke Nukem 3D HRP (High-Resolution Pack)! []

Pentium Pro? Doom? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36740830)

You feel nostalgic about THAT? Damn you, now I feel ancient. I still remember waiting for those INPUT magazines, with BASIC listings of games and other software for Spectrum/TSR80/MSX/Apple/etc. Get off my lawn!

(Cue for "You had BASIC?!", "Punchcards" and other even older geezers that will make me feel a bit younger)

Re:Pentium Pro? Doom? (1)

petteyg359 (1847514) | about 3 years ago | (#36741166)

I get the Commodore 64 out of my closet and load up my Telengard tape.

Re:Pentium Pro? Doom? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741628)

The nostalgia thing is like glue. Once these young ones start reminiscing our stories have value to them. I love it.

I hated it back when graphics were advancing so quickly that many young hackers were completely focused on the new and shiny. Combined with the influx of new faces following the publicity in 84/85, the time-to-obsolesence of current tech created a cultural abyss from the late eighties through the late nineties.

From the decline of Amiga/Apple/IBM PC factor communities until the rise of Linux adoption for web technologies I was meeting > 9/10 'peers' with no appreciation for any technology not currently on the cover of a glossy magazine.

Anyhow, and archives of old fora/channels are always interesting for online reminiscing. Also, logging into MUDs/nethack and associated chat communities.

Getting young hackers interested in old-school is actually pretty easy if you can teach tintin++ as this client is essentially a modified shell with abilities to pull shell/system/scripting language functionality. You can create a text mapping, soft AI front-end and use message suppression, mangling, and piping to interact with the text based back-end through a single interface controlling multiple player-character sessions. Simply customizing tt++ for an old DIKU in a rational manner will result in general shell environment competence and new appreciation for aliases, triggers, conditional monitoring and basic system automation techniques. It is real time log parsing with logic.

I own an apple II (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | about 3 years ago | (#36740840)

its a //c for easy storage in my small apartment

Re:I own an apple II (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741080)

Same here. I have a IIe with CP/M card. I usually write a few programs for it or use as a VT100 terminal with a single port terminal server.

Emulation is also used. I'll play a bit of Loderunner on Virtual ][, or Space Invaders with MAME. If I want to get social well there is always BBSs converted to use telnet, e.g.:

On the go I use the iAltairHD and ActiveGS on my iPad. More info here:

Re:I own an apple II (1)

ShavedOrangutan (1930630) | about 3 years ago | (#36741466)

Candy Apple for Android gives a good dose of nostalgia on the run.

I still have my old Apple II+ but I doubt any of the old disks will read. I so wanted a IIc when they came out.

Usenet (Newsgroups) Still In Use (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36740842)

The newsgroups are still going strong these days.

A --REAL-- Unix-based Apple (1)

RedLeg (22564) | about 3 years ago | (#36740848)

When I need a geek nostalgia fix, I fire up one of my old MAC SE-30's running AUX.

That's Apple's Unix for Macs, circa 1990. Server-class under the skin with MacOS on the desktop.


Re:A --REAL-- Unix-based Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741542)

I think you meant A/UX

Easy (2)

tool462 (677306) | about 3 years ago | (#36740860)

HP-48GX calculator in my desk. I have had it for about 14 years now, and I still use it every day.

Re:Easy (1)

stewartjm (608296) | about 3 years ago | (#36741230)

Mine's a 48sx, it's probably 18-19 years old. I had a GX for a while, but it's screen cracked. It used to go everywhere with me, though now it lives on my desk. I probably only use it on average once a week though. I keep looking at the newer HP calculators, but it sounds like none of them quite match the ergonomics of the early 90s models.

I don't consider it's use to be nostalgic though. It's still an excellent quick and easy to use calculating tool. Now if I were still developing programs for it... that would be pretty nostalgic.

Old hardware (1)

Wonko the Sane (25252) | about 3 years ago | (#36740864)

I installed Gentoo on an Ultra 5 last week just to see if it still works.

Re:Old hardware (1)

dr_dank (472072) | about 3 years ago | (#36741184)

...and it's still compiling!

nethack (1)

Dan Ost (415913) | about 3 years ago | (#36740894)

Doesn't get any more nostalgic than telneting to and trying to achieve demigodhood.

quoting William Shatner (2, Insightful)

vivek7006 (585218) | about 3 years ago | (#36740898)

"Get a life"!

Re:quoting William Shatner (1)

klazek (1134141) | about 3 years ago | (#36741480)

Uhm, who's William Shatner?

I rebought/built/collected my old stuff I sold off (1)

madhatter256 (443326) | about 3 years ago | (#36740900)

The first PC I built was an AMD 2500+ Barton with nForce 2 with XP.

I eventually sold the parts to upgrade but now I'm currently using a PC i put together with similar parts but hte same chipset and CPU. This time though I dual boot from Win98 and WinXP.

I play old school PC games:

Thief (1, 2, Gold and plethora of fan missions)
Ultima Underworld

I still have as much fun replaying those old games as I do playing the new ones, sometimes moreso.

I used to have a ton of demo CDs from CGW and PlayStation Demo CDs....

Re:I rebought/built/collected my old stuff I sold (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741388)

The first PC I built was an AMD 2500+ Barton with nForce 2 with XP.

On behalf of all Slashdot users, I'd like to officially tell you to GET OFF MY LAWN, YOU PUNK! :)

Seriously - I probably have *shoes* older than you...

Re:I rebought/built/collected my old stuff I sold (2)

Zedrick (764028) | about 3 years ago | (#36741422)

If those games are oldschool, what do you call Delta, Who Dares Wins, Defender of the Crown, Armalyte, Monkey Island, Beach Head, IK+ etc?

Or are you writing from the distant future?

Re:I rebought/built/collected my old stuff I sold (1)

Enleth (947766) | about 3 years ago | (#36741604)

Oh my. I'm not even 25, and I feel the urge to call "get off my lawn" in response to your "old school games" list and the configuration you call "old hardware"... (2)

Squeebee (719115) | about 3 years ago | (#36740904)

I go to [] and read some of the old docs I remember from my BBS days. (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | about 3 years ago | (#36741098) [] is my personal favorite shovelware repository. Loads of nostalgia to sift through there, the internet wouldn't be the same without it.

Amiga Emulation (1)

SocPres (743965) | about 3 years ago | (#36740908)


emulation (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about 3 years ago | (#36741304)

Is for losers. Real geeks own the hardware. AND still remember when it was new.

Books mainly (1)

clickclickdrone (964164) | about 3 years ago | (#36740920)

Byte Compedium, Hackers handbook, old Atari catalogues, that sort of thing. Old issues of Creative Computing, that sort of thing.

Getting My Geek On (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36740968)

I'm so into Geek Nostalgia that I even created to wax about it. Nothing like getting your game on 8bit style!

Just use Linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36740986)

It still looks as just as ugly as it did back in the day.

Kickin' it SOL-20 style (1)

Caerdwyn (829058) | about 3 years ago | (#36740994)

> EX E800

Hack old code (1)

Chemisor (97276) | about 3 years ago | (#36741002)

I get a tarball for some old project and get it to compile without warnings with g++. The task can take hours as I have to deal with old C programmers' hatred for const correctness, uberclever macros, use of variables called "class" and "new", reinvented containers, and general disregard for maintainer sanity. Approached with the right mindset this can become as entertaining as a video game, with frequent exclamations of "what kind of a moron would do this?!?"

I highly recommend Omega [] roguelike game for this purpose. In addition to all of the above mentioned qualities, it's got tons of entertaining content, being probably the best roguelike out there. It is relatively challenging to convert to an event-driven model suitable for a modern UI approach. And heck, it is just plain darn fun and easy to debug.

get out the calculator (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741006)


Re:get out the calculator (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | about 3 years ago | (#36741260)


I see the glass as half-full

HP-35 (1)

seven of five (578993) | about 3 years ago | (#36741008)

HP-35 in its original plastic box in a cabinet at work.

Re:HP-35 (1)

mknewman (557587) | about 3 years ago | (#36741180)

Hold on to that puppy! In about 50 years it'll be worth -nothing-.

Work of Art (1)

barlevg (2111272) | about 3 years ago | (#36741012)

I still have and use an iMac G4 [] (as a file server and to run iTunes, mostly). You know, the one that looks like the pixar lamps. Best iMac design EVER, in my opinion. I will continue using it until the day something fries in it that I can't replace.

I use Windows (3, Funny)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | about 3 years ago | (#36741026)

I use Windows at times. That way I remember how nice Debian Linux is.

It is slower, uglier, and reminds me of the olde days.

Write a CPU emulator (1)

Psychotria (953670) | about 3 years ago | (#36741028)

Not an emulator for a whole machine (although you could if you wanted to), but just the CPU. That'd be fun. (If you're a programmer of course).

I play Ufo: Enemy Unknown (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | about 3 years ago | (#36741034)

Lesser beings may know that game by the name of X-com: Ufo defence but they are not worth talking about.

For me, that series comes as close to the old days that I am glad are not gone. Who on earth prefers having to rely on a game mag CD over instantly downloading something? Who is not glad off MORE cpu power? Who does not enjoy games with a thousand times the graphical splendor of Doom? (If you are going to claim you loved Doom for its depth of gameplay, then I will have kill you) .

But UFO: Enemy Unknown is a game genre that is no more. It had debt, it had style, it had high production values, it had longevity. I even liked Apocalypse despite it horrible X-com prefix. And as for magazine cd's, I got the demo from a floppy. THAT is old school you newbie (and before any real oldies awaken from their undead sleep, my oldest games were recorded of the radio onto tape, my FIRST game was handtyped from a book... okay, now the REALLY ancient can speak up).

The only other old thing I use is MC (Midnight Commander). Some things get replaced by better, somethings can never be improved upon.

Re:I play Ufo: Enemy Unknown (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about 3 years ago | (#36741164)

What's the current state of UFO: alien invasion [] ?
Last time I played that (mainly for the combat mode), it kicked in the 3D card on my laptop and pretty well fried the hair off my nuts. Other than that, it seemed pretty cool.

I go down in the studio and sit with my old gear (1)

TrogL (709814) | about 3 years ago | (#36741046)

For old times sake I've kept a lot of my original Mac gear and I've got some older PC towers sitting around that if I get really bored I'll throw a linux or Open Solaris distro on. I've got an old Color Mac I'm still using as a MIDI sequencer 'cause I haven't gotten around to porting the tunes onto newer equipment.

IRC/Linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741048)

Open up the (default) GUI for a linux distro. Ta-da! At least it doesnt crash or hang as often.


Jayfield (2317990) | about 3 years ago | (#36741056)

I keep ZSNES and a couple of ROMs on all of my machines. There's even mods (in the form of IPS patches) for several SNES games. In particular, I HIGHLY recommend Super Metroid Redesign.

The Computer Chronicles (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741058)

Building 486s (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | about 3 years ago | (#36741060)

I do it.

There's nothing sweeter than a Socket 3 system going through a boot process, running Windows 95 C with an AWE32 and a 4X CD-ROM drive just to run Quake at a staggering 10fps because the FPU sucks.

Re:Building 486s (2)

marcosdumay (620877) | about 3 years ago | (#36741354)

Man, go buy a 486DX. Those SX systems do indeed suck.

Re:Building 486s (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | about 3 years ago | (#36741588)

SX's can't run Quake. No FPU at all. Don't know where you assume that when a DX4-100 is used here.

Emulate (1)

mcover (1653873) | about 3 years ago | (#36741062)

A few months ago I installed Windows 3.1 in DosBox. If you can get a hold of the installer, it sure is worth it ... for approx. 5 mins. Does bring back a bunch of memories though.

The furthest I've gone back in time is with this: []

FPGA hacking (1)

hpa (7948) | about 3 years ago | (#36741072)

Making old machines actually come to life... []

Re:FPGA hacking (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | about 3 years ago | (#36741300)

I just hack FPGAs, not trying to emulate old machines though. Who needs software when you can design hardware to do what you want?

Strangely enough, I've never really coded anything at an assembler level, not even much C, so it's not like I'm getting systematically deeper. Then again I have plenty of experience in hands-on electronics. It's great being able to define your data structures at a bitwise level, not worrying about some little endian crap. Also a nice way to get some ideas for parallel programming in software, because things are actually happening in parallel and not just timesliced.

Also, don't forget that FPGA is an acronym, I pronounce it as "fapgay".

My old laptop (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741082)

I have a PI that has a bunch of my favorite games from way back when. AOE I, the original WarCraft, You Don't Know Jack, Lost Vikings, and Space Quest 5 among others. I could probably put even more stuff on it; Radix Beyond the Void, Epic Pinball, and a few other DOS games. I was going through my old hardware recently and realized I just couldn't possibly throw it out.

I read Slashdot (1)

jbeaupre (752124) | about 3 years ago | (#36741100)

And use the classic discussion system. Reminds me of simpler times.

Watch and old MTV video (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741106)

Watch an old MTV music video with scantily clad women on YouTube (or Phoebe Cates scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High), go to bathroom, spank monkey while playing tape of mom yelling; "What are you doing in there? You're going to go blind."

Bring back the seventh edition! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741110)

SIMH (google it) will simulate a PDP-11 running V7 UNIX. Heaven, 1976 style!

F91W (1)

RichardJenkins (1362463) | about 3 years ago | (#36741146)

I still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

Zork! (1)

mknewman (557587) | about 3 years ago | (#36741152)

Zork, or one of the original Infocom games, running on my smartphone.

A PPro? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about 3 years ago | (#36741172)

You think hugging a Pentium Pro is nostalgic? Kids these days.

No, this is not a 'get off my lawn' moment, but get real, if you want to talk nostalgic at least go 8 bit..

Re:A PPro? (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | about 3 years ago | (#36741412)

Pentium Pro is way way up there in terms of non-simple CPU types. It's significantly more complex than even the original Pentium, to say nothing of the 486 or 386 or RISC cpus. This should not be an example of "simpler times".

Monkey Island and Star Control (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741178)

"It's a rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle. What possible use could that have?"

Re:Monkey Island and Star Control (1)

RayMarron (657336) | about 3 years ago | (#36741346)

In case you didn't know, SC2 has been open sourced as "The Ur-Quan Masters": []

I still enjoy some Super Melee now and then.

I just got it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741194)

How Do You Get Your Geek Nostalgia Fix?

"Read the 42 comments"

Box of IBM cards (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741220)

On the top shelf of my office I keep a box of 2000 IBM (Hollerith) punched cards with the sources for a few of the programs I wrote 42 years ago.

Not as vintage as some here... (1)

devphaeton (695736) | about 3 years ago | (#36741248)

I still have the first "PC Compatible" machine that I ever owned. My yellowed but trusty K6-II that I built myself after about a year's worth of internet research on how to build a computer, on the library's computers. I always regretted giving away my NES and my Commodore Plus/4, so I vowed to keep this one as long as it worked, and repair it as long as I could. It still chugs along @ 300mhz, with 128MB of RAM (which was expensive back in the day) and the 6.4GB hard drive. I put it together over the summer of 1999 from parts I bought at egghead auctions.

I wanted to run this fascinating thing I read about, called UNIX.

I initially ran Solaris 7 on it, because I hadn't heard of the BSDs at the time and someone convinced me that Linux was garbage. It has run pretty much everything that I could download since. I've had piles of other computers since then, but I still have this one. Truth be told, it's getting tough to run modern OSes on it these days. Even ArchLinux, who is otherwise the champion of "linux on old hardware" doesn't support it. It can run vanilla Debian 6.0 or the base install of the latest Free/Net/OpenBSD, but X or Xorg ist verboten. I tried to see if it would function as a MineCraft server but it doesn't have enough memory.

Mainly, I use it as a console-only FreeBSD development box (I'm relearning C after about 10+ years) and for some time it was a web and file server as well as my internet firewall. It also dual-boots Windows95 so I can play CnC Red Alert and DaggerFall.

Sometimes I consider digging out my old linux disks (Caldera 2.2, Slackware 7, Debian Potato etc, when I was trying them all out) and giving them a whirl. Why not?


klazek (1134141) | about 3 years ago | (#36741254)

Let me date myself too...

Fun for early teens at my dad's place:

Pascal on the DTACK Grande anyone?

Also, I still like to play Ulitma I and II once in a while on the old //e. I don't know what happened to our ][+, I think my dad git rid of it.
I still remember putting EA EA in one place (that's a 6502 NOP, twice) in two nibbles on the Ultima II Master to make it ignore copy protection (don't remember which two nibbles though). I did it with the Copy ][+ nibble editor. Damn, that was a good program.

Used DTACK to program Mac from Apple II (1)

perpenso (1613749) | about 3 years ago | (#36741556)

Pascal on the DTACK Grande anyone?

68K assembly on the DTACK (a 68K coprocessor for the Apple II, [] ). We debugged the portable portion of our code directly on the DTACK. We then assembled our early Mac programs using the DTACK and uploaded them to the Mac to see them run (or crash). We couldn't afford the $10,000 Lisa ( development platform.

We also used our Apple II's for C64 development, much better assembler (LISA, [] ). It was easier to build and uploaded using the Apple II than to build directly on the C64.

BBS Documentary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741270)

Watch the BBS Documentary. Full of geekly nostalgia, and well-executed.

What kind of nostalgia? (1)

wcrowe (94389) | about 3 years ago | (#36741306)

I watch "Clash of the Titans" or "Troy", of course. Oh, wait a minute: I thought you said Greek nostalgia. Never mind

I fire up the Apple II+ (1)

psybre (921148) | about 3 years ago | (#36741326)

and make shape tables (or just play Sneakers)


Re:I fire up the Apple II+ (1)

klazek (1134141) | about 3 years ago | (#36741420)

I always hated shape tables. So slow. But then that goofy page layout in the video memory was also kind of a pain and shape tables hide it from you.

Lots of things (1)

syousef (465911) | about 3 years ago | (#36741334)

For the most part I don't miss slow transfer speeds and computers that stuttered playing MP3. Nostalgia for me is restricted to certain apps and games I can't or don't have the time to run.

- If I want a laugh I look at my own web page, built in the mid 90s that's only had minor changes
- wayback machine
- Certain games I install if they work on newer OS or emulate if they don't....though some games just can't run without a proper win98 machine which is not something I have any more
- I still use a Palm Pilot on occasion. I really need to migrate my contacts off it permanently (I do have text file exports). Wonder if Palm Desktop will work with Win 7 64 bit on my new machine

What I feel (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741374)

Nostalgia? When I see the reflection staring back at me through the blank CRT the correct term would be "regret".

Pentium Pro? (2)

BLAG-blast (302533) | about 3 years ago | (#36741382)

"I keep a Pentium Pro CPU on my desk underneath my monitor because it reminds me of simpler times."

You kids and your new shit. Nothing simple about a 32-bit CISC chip. When I was a kid we had 8-bit CPUs and liked it! I didn't wait for a "Computer Shopper" with a demo CD, I had to write my games/apps! If I was lucky I could type in some buggy code from a magazine and try to get it to run.

Every now and then I still play Elite. And dock without docking computers.

Re:Pentium Pro? (1)

Eunuchswear (210685) | about 3 years ago | (#36741502)

"I keep a Pentium Pro CPU on my desk underneath my monitor because it reminds me of simpler times."

You kids and your new shit. Nothing simple about a 32-bit CISC chip. When I was a kid we had 8-bit CPUs and liked it!

I had a 24 bit mainframe with 128Kwords of memory. And loved it.

I own a PDP-10. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741390)

I own a PDP-10.
I run it every week or so that way my neighbors think I actually vacuum my carpets.

Kid needs REAL grasp of computer history!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741398)

Here in central New Jersey, I get my nostalgic geek fix every Sunday afternoon at the InfoAge Science Center [] . They have a vintage computer museum with every from a UNIVAC to 8-bit machines. As for the original poster's Pentium ... bah, humbug.

Fidonet! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741402)

I go into a dark room and stand in front of a mirror and say: "Fidonet, Fidonet, Fidonet"

YouTube (1)

michaelmalak (91262) | about 3 years ago | (#36741410)

YouTube has a lot of recordings of 8-bit videogames played to completion and 8-bit audio/video demos.

And contrary to the summary, there are a lot of old tech magazines online, especially the ones aimed toward 8-bit computers and even the programmable calculators before them, such as the TI-59. <flamebait>Magazines from the "Pentium Pro" era wouldn't be considered "classic computing" so that may be why those aren't online.</flamebait>

nostalgia for 10 year olds (1)

vlm (69642) | about 3 years ago | (#36741430)

Pentium Pro CPU on my desk underneath my monitor because it reminds me of simpler times

Nostalgic for 10 year olds, maybe.

I like the hercules System/360 emulator running MVS although I admit to a fondness for MVT. Both are before my time. That and the PDP-8, and my SBC6120, and my MicroKIM...

FC Twin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741448)

I have an FC Twin (clone hardware capable of playing NES/SNES games) next to the PS3 at home. Every now and then I turn it on and bask in 8/16-bit glory.

Everything (1)

Colven (515018) | about 3 years ago | (#36741452)

... seems to for me. Any time I pick up a pair of pliers or a screwdriver, open a pocket knife, take out my ATM card, see a rotary phone, open a PC, hear certain songs, use an internet protocol, talk to my parents (who were both big Bell employees most of their adult lives,) see a floppy, see green and black together.. or that ugly orange-ish color and black...

I run ICL George 3 on a 1900 (1)

Eunuchswear (210685) | about 3 years ago | (#36741476)

(Emulated of course).

See [] for info

gopher is... (2)

pongo000 (97357) | about 3 years ago | (#36741492)

...alive [] and [] well [] !

Spare parts room (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | about 3 years ago | (#36741516)

We have all kinds of crap stored. There is even a Kaypro lugable in there. Hayes modems, Stallion serial ports cards, Seagate 20 Mb disk drive, 8-inch floppy disks. At least the System 36 units went away. At some point, the CP/M unit left, but one of the drive cabinets is still around.

Many Solutions (1)

Zanix (684798) | about 3 years ago | (#36741528)

It all depends on what you really want to get into.

DOSBox [] - For all your old DOS based games, this emulator works wonders. The only part you need to worry about is getting them off those old 3.5" and 5.25" floppies. If the floppies don't work anymore or you just don't have a floppy drive, you can always hop over to the various Abandonware sites and try to get a full copy of the game from them. My favorite site is Home of the Underdogs [] .

Emulators - For your old console systems, you can easily pick up any number of emulators. There are plenty of places like The Emulator Zone [] that let you grab both an emulator and various game roms for any number of console systems. Most of them let you install a USB Gamepad of some sort that gives you an even more old game style feel. Many of them are pretty good these days and a lot of computers are more powerful than some of the even more recent consoles. I use a PS emulator to run all my old PS1 games and they look better than on my PS2.

Online - An absolutely amazing number of games and other things have been ported to an online version of the game. A quick Google search for "DOOM online" returns a Flash based Doom Conversion [] . My experience has shown that most of the online versions of games don't play as smooth as on emulators, but they are usually free and no installation is needed.

There are plenty of other solutions out there as well. You could probably track down an older computer on ebay if you looked hard enough and what does it hurt to let it sit in a closet or your attic when you want to pull it out. If you need to ask these questions, you haven't been looking hard enough. Many others have forged this road long before you came to it and they have freely provided their solutions to all.

Old computer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741552)

I have an old Kaypro 4 (or maybe a Kaypro IV, I can't remember which) about a year ago, though until I can find a boot disk I can't use it. I also play Zork and NetHack like everyone else....

Commodore Vegas Expo and many others (1)

JoeCommodore (567479) | about 3 years ago | (#36741562)

There are a bunch of classic shows, CommVEx [] is coming up in under two weeks (July 23 &24) and there are many others in various places throughout the year. Several Commodore ones, and many others including the Vintage Computer Festival [] . Even the Maker Faires [] have usually a classic computer or five in their midst. Another to look for are the Arcade/Videogaming expos that pop up, you can play on 8-bit arcade hardware.

There's always the Computer History Museum [] in Mountain View CA. Intel museum in San Jose, etc.

Nintendo (1)

Unkyjar (1148699) | about 3 years ago | (#36741576)

I go into the livingroom and turn on my NES and play any of my NES games. Just the act of turning it on and having to blow into the cartridge take me back.

My geek fix: (1)

anyGould (1295481) | about 3 years ago | (#36741578)

Fire up the old NES, play a round of Tecmo Super Bowl.

My friend has an Apple II and Teipai on 5 1/4 floppy that she plays every year or so (the old versions had a bug she likes to exploit, so she won't play a newer version).

Oldest 8086 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#36741580)

I've got an ibm 8086 motherboard (could be 8088) upgraded by the manufacturer from 512K to 640K (yes K) that has a monochrome 80 by 25 line text graphics card & boots to basic without a disk plugged in. It's so slow you can dir a floppy & watch it print on screen characters per second. Somewhere I've got dos 1 or 2 (pre directories/folders) for it. Here you are try this & see if you still think your modern PC is slow... Chris

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