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Old 11-12-2005, 12:41 PM   #15
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We have a guy at work that is from Vietnam. His english is fine for conversation, and he is the sweetest thing you would ever want to meet. Very timid, but as easy going as it gets.

One day he came to me because he knows I am pretty good with computers. He said he couldn't get his computer to work. He was almost embarrassed and very serious when he told me. "I think I was dumb and got a Bacteria".
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Old 11-12-2005, 02:17 PM   #16
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I visited a website. I don't know which one. I was looking for song lyrics or something stupid. The website downloaded spyware onto my machine. Not regular spyware, but really crafty, wylie, nasty, SMART spyware. My machine slowed to a crawl. I had extra browser bars on IE. IE was hijacked. It went to a home page I didn't want. I couldn't change it. It was NOT pretty.
In my very slow computer education, I thought it strange, but quaint when my computer opened to different home pages, and gosh, that little gator and friends who showed up on my browser bar were cute! I had no idea what was happening until I could cook an entire meal before the computer would boot up.

It was a looooooooooong clean-up job.

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Old 11-12-2005, 04:30 PM   #17
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Originally posted by Morgan@Nov 12 2005, 01:39 PM
This was a CP/M machine back a hundred years ago (in the last century, at least).
Ahhh... Morgan... CP/M... music to my ears... how I long for those days of 160k single-sided 5 1/4" floppies and 32k of RAM...

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Old 11-12-2005, 04:34 PM   #18
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Well, I don't want to go back that far in history...just maybe to 5:09pm PT yesterday...mere moments before we were hacked
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Old 11-12-2005, 04:55 PM   #19
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Originally posted by Roger H@Nov 12 2005, 03:30 PM
...* how I long for those days of 160k single-sided 5 1/4" floppies and 32k of RAM...
So Roger isn't really that old. I remember 8-inch floppies, in a PDP-11 computer. We thought they were very cool (that was a current term at the time...) because they could store data that could be taken to another computer, and they worked a lot better for program storage than punched cards. I don't think I'll explain punched cards, since I am already feeling old enough.

Like others, I have done enough dumb things that no one event stands out.


In this case, to me "hijacked" means taken over by someone other than the legitimate owner. In other cases the URL (address) of a web site is made to point to another server, which is sometimes called hijacking, but in this case we are on the right server, but a hacker has damaged the content. The method used in this case is particularly annoying, because the hacker's actions appear to be by the legitimate owner, making recovery more difficult - it's like someone using your credit card or chequebook with a signature that looks just like yours.
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Old 11-12-2005, 05:45 PM   #20
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I like Nick's answer best.
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Old 11-12-2005, 06:02 PM   #21
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[b] This was a CP/M machine back a hundred years ago (in the last century, at least).
Ahhh... Morgan... CP/M... music to my ears... how I long for those days of 160k single-sided 5 1/4" floppies and 32k of RAM...

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Roger,

I had updated this machine with a 50 Mbyte hard drive; a big 14" monster I had to focus a fan on to keep it cool. I remember that drive cost me over $5,000 and I had to write the driver myself. How many gigabytes could I buy with that today?

I think it had 8" floppy drives, the 5" drives came later.

Ahh, the good old days. I think I prefer Windoze and Word to CP/M and WordStar.
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This was a CP/M machine back a hundred years ago (in the last century, at least).*
Oh, now this has become the "in my day" thread...

Ya know, in my day we had to program in assembly. In the snow. Uphill. Both Ways...

OK, my first system was a Sinclair Z80. Saved up my earnings for most of a summer, then had to convert it to British Pounds and wait 8 weeks for the thing to arrive. Had to solder and assemble it myself (barely could afford the kit, no way for the assembled and tested unit). Cost $300.00

2 years later you get a timex-sinclair (bassically the same unit) at K-Mart for about $89.00

I may miss a few systems here but let me see if I can list them all (just personal, not servers, etc... or I'd be here all night)

Sinclair Z80
TRS-80
IBM PC-jr
IBM PC-XT (with the 10 gig hard disk!)
386sx 16 clone
AMD 486 DX120 clone
Dual MD 486DX120 clone (rare, only know of one system board that could do this)
PIII Clone
Dual PIII Clone
Dual P4 XEON

Along the way I could not possibly list (or even remember) all the stupid things done, including some very expensive-system killing mistakes.

Ah, I just get misty thinking about it all.

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Old 11-12-2005, 09:31 PM   #23
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Too funny Michael!!!

Ok guys... since you want to do the "I'm older than you" thing... I remember "time share" with the Iowa State mainframe on a dumb terminal at my high school ... I also did my fair share of programming with paper punch cards... and yes, it was a big joke to pull one out of somebody's stack... I was thrilled with the first 12 inch pre-"hard drive" "floppies" that were actually rigid plates that were inserted into a "drive rack" and rested on rubber cups top and bottom. Who knew... anyway...

I had a Sinclair ZX81 (pre-Timex)... with a 16k memory expansion module... in fact, I STILL have it!

Next came the Texas Instruments TI99/4a... then...

a Trash-80 Mod 4 with two 160k floppies and 64k RAM in two 32k switched banks... along with a Model 100 laptop... those two got me through college marvelously... had a Tandy "daisy wheel" printer that cost me a fortune 'cause the professors wouldn't accept papers done with a 9 pin dot matrix! That ol' Mod 4 would run either TRSDOS 6 OR CP/M...

Then, for the rest of the time... Gates-driven intel/AMD 8086 and derivative boxes... <sigh> no soul at all...

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Coleman College, here in San Diego, Has a Computer Museum. You guys will feel right at home.
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Coleman College, here in San Diego, Has a Computer Museum. You guys will feel right at home.
The thing that really frightens me is that even though I don't consider myself to be that "old", most of my I.T. staff would have no clue what a Sinclair was (or that Clive Sinclair got a Knighthood for that little device), or recognize a DOS batch file if it bit them on the nose (anything earlier than that... hah)

A few months ago I had one of our network admins (good guy and a good admin) who just happened to be watching me move a mess of directories using XCOPY with about 6 command line switches to preserve some permissions and archive bits. NEVER had known that the command existed, or why I simply would not just "drag and drop" the files and directories in question.

Young whippersnappers think they know it all...

I've screwed things up in ways that these kids have yet to imagine.

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