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-King-
09-23-2011, 03:42 PM
Amazing how far we've come in 15 years


http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/183/iuvijh.jpg
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/7759/ssvzoh.jpg

http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/3496/wajnph.jpg
http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/462/xdmkeh.jpg

Sofa King
09-23-2011, 03:43 PM
http://operatorchan.org/vg/arch/src/vg19563_ray-charles-i-cant-see-shit.jpg

tyton75
09-23-2011, 03:43 PM
Red X's

cdcox
09-23-2011, 03:43 PM
Amazing how far we've come in 15 years

http://s1.postimage.org/i6zdl1g4b/Iu_Vi_Jh.jpg

http://s1.postimage.org/i6zgw453v/SSvz_Oh.jpg

http://s1.postimage.org/i6zk76u3f/WAJn_Ph.jpg

http://s1.postimage.org/i6zni9j2z/xdm_Keh.jpg

http://s1.postimage.org/i6yi5tuqj/CZz_Anh.jpg


Not really.

Chocolate Hog
09-23-2011, 03:45 PM
http://operatorchan.org/vg/arch/src/vg19563_ray-charles-i-cant-see-shit.jpg

ROFL

Pestilence
09-23-2011, 03:46 PM
http://operatorchan.org/vg/arch/src/vg19563_ray-charles-i-cant-see-shit.jpg

That picture makes me laugh every time someone posts it.

Bane
09-23-2011, 03:46 PM
:lame:

-King-
09-23-2011, 03:47 PM
Fixed.

Trevo_410
09-23-2011, 03:50 PM
LMAOlook at the specs on that $2.5k puter

Pants
09-23-2011, 03:51 PM
Those laptops... wow.

Predarat
09-23-2011, 03:53 PM
Hahahah that is awesome!

Detoxing
09-23-2011, 03:53 PM
Oooh.

Electronic Skip protection. Sounds Fancy.

Pestilence
09-23-2011, 03:54 PM
$2500 for a laptop with an 800mb hard drive? That's a steal!!!

Pants
09-23-2011, 03:55 PM
Oooh.

Electronic Skip protection. Sounds Fancy.

I remember when I got the top of the line Discman with a 45 second ESP. I felt like I was a pretty big deal. I could run with that baby all I wanted without it skipping, after all.

Bane
09-23-2011, 03:58 PM
That's better.16mb of memory!LMAO

Detoxing
09-23-2011, 03:59 PM
$2500 for a laptop with an 800mb hard drive? That's a steal!!!

Meh.

I'll need to see how well it can handle Photoshop CS2 first.

durtyrute
09-23-2011, 03:59 PM
Hey I have that same t.v.

Frazod
09-23-2011, 04:00 PM
Great stuff. I remember when a 1GB hard drive was a big deal. Now I have 2GBs of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive.

Pants
09-23-2011, 04:00 PM
We went from 16MB to 16GB of RAM in 16 years. Does that mean we'll be at 16TB in 2027?

Detoxing
09-23-2011, 04:01 PM
Hey I have that same t.v.

Dude.....I think it's time for an upgrade....

Detoxing
09-23-2011, 04:02 PM
We went from 16MB to 16GB of RAM in 16 years. Does that mean we'll be at 16TB in 2027?

Yeah right. In 2027 we'll be looking at 100TB. What comes after TB?

Pants
09-23-2011, 04:03 PM
Yeah right. In 2027 we'll be looking at 100TB. What comes after TB?

Petabyte BOIIIIIIIII!

1 PB = 1000 TBs.

-King-
09-23-2011, 04:06 PM
http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/7241/czzanh.jpg

Heh...I don't remember video games being that expensive back then.

Braincase
09-23-2011, 04:07 PM
Crazy. Now I site here on my notebook that has 64-bit Win7, a 750GB internal HD & BluRay, an external 1 TB USB 3.0, and a 2 GB video card.

RockChalk
09-23-2011, 04:08 PM
I like the 27" TV's seemed to be the largest size available per the ad. Can't believe they didn't have any big box projections listed

Stewie
09-23-2011, 04:27 PM
I'm pretty sure '96 was around the time the last TV manufacturers left the US, computer manufacturing, too. Now we have low prices and no jobs.

ReynardMuldrake
09-23-2011, 04:35 PM
That's better.16mb of memory!LMAO

Dude, I remember in 1995 I spent $100 of my own money to double my RAM from 2MB to 4MB to play DOOM. It was totally worth it.

Marcellus
09-23-2011, 04:35 PM
I'm pretty sure '96 was around the time the last TV manufacturers left the US, computer manufacturing, too. Now we have low prices and no jobs.

Yea but those of us with jobs are buying up that cheap shit.

ReynardMuldrake
09-23-2011, 04:38 PM
Heh...I don't remember video games being that expensive back then.

Seriously? Most new releases retailed for $49.99 back then. I remember N64 games being $59.99.

Fish
09-23-2011, 04:41 PM
I remember when I saved up enough to get this beastly sumbitch....

http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/2363/diamondmonster3dboxed.jpg

4MB of 3D awesomesauce... Yeah bitches...

The really rich dicks got 2 of them linked together.

Donger
09-23-2011, 04:42 PM
Holy shit. I had that Acer desktop.

LMAO

Pants
09-23-2011, 04:46 PM
I remember when I saved up enough to get this beastly sumbitch....

http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/2363/diamondmonster3dboxed.jpg

4MB of 3D awesomesauce... Yeah bitches...

The really rich dicks got 2 of them linked together.

Remeber Voodoo? They used to laugh at nVidia.

kstater
09-23-2011, 04:48 PM
Shocking that the apple product was way more expensive and didn't even include the monitor.

Demonpenz
09-23-2011, 04:50 PM
I had to open my acer and put a fan in it when I ran the nvideo open gl card. It would freeze up during Snood

Saulbadguy
09-23-2011, 04:51 PM
Remeber Voodoo? They used to laugh at nVidia.

When they came out with the video card you had to plug in to a wall outlet...things got rough.

Saulbadguy
09-23-2011, 04:53 PM
Remember back then, the PC Software section took up 3 to 4 aisles, and was split up in to productivity, multimedia, games, etc?

Saulbadguy
09-23-2011, 04:53 PM
Seriously? Most new releases retailed for $49.99 back then. I remember N64 games being $59.99.

There were SNES titles that went up to 69.99.

Fish
09-23-2011, 04:54 PM
Remeber Voodoo? They used to laugh at nVidia.

Ahh hell yeah. Had a Voodoo card as well. They kept the Voodoo line for quite a while if I remember correctly. But I switched to nVidia shortly after the original Voodoo.

Pants
09-23-2011, 04:55 PM
Remember back then, the PC Software section took up 3 to 4 aisles, and was split up in to productivity, multimedia, games, etc?

The boxes used to be huge.

Saulbadguy
09-23-2011, 04:58 PM
The boxes used to be huge.

Some were huge, some were small...there was no standard box size, made it a pain to line up games on the shelf.

Guru
09-23-2011, 05:01 PM
Great stuff. I remember when a 1GB hard drive was a big deal. Now I have 2GBs of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive.

Hell, the first computer I ever purchased as 4mb of RAM. To upgrade to 8mb I had to spend $80 friggin bucks. Just so I could play Doom.

Count Alex's Wins
09-23-2011, 05:01 PM
2 grand for those computers. LMAO

Does Best Buy even sell a computer for 2 grand these days?

Pants
09-23-2011, 05:02 PM
2 grand for those computers. LMAO

Does Best Buy even sell a computer for 2 grand these days?

Probably not. I don't think too many places sell $2400 computers nowadays, do they?

Ebolapox
09-23-2011, 05:12 PM
We went from 16MB to 16GB of RAM in 16 years. Does that mean we'll be at 16TB in 2027?

I doubt it takes that long. moore's law and all that jazz.

Deberg_1990
09-23-2011, 05:14 PM
That Acer P166 was dope Yo!

Rain Man
09-23-2011, 05:48 PM
Hell, the first computer I ever purchased as 4mb of RAM. To upgrade to 8mb I had to spend $80 friggin bucks. Just so I could play Doom.


My first computer had 64.

K.

That's 64K.

But it worked fine because there was no software available for it. I had to program everything myself.

Donger
09-23-2011, 05:53 PM
Remember back then, the PC Software section took up 3 to 4 aisles, and was split up in to productivity, multimedia, games, etc?

Errr, I hesitate to ask, but what does that section look like now?

Donger
09-23-2011, 05:56 PM
My first computer had 64.

K.

That's 64K.

But it worked fine because there was no software available for it. I had to program everything myself.

I think the first machine that I ever played with was my dad's TRS-80. It was a "laptop," IIRC, and had something like a 8 line LCD. It was awesome. I wrote a Global Thermonuclear War program on it, like in War Games. One had to enter the code to stop the launch (CPE 1704 TKS, if memory serves).

Donger
09-23-2011, 05:57 PM
Yes! LMAO

http://www.pugo.org/media/collection/computer/trs80_100.jpg

Company Tandy
Year 1983
Built in language Microsoft Basic
CPU Intel 80c85
Speed 3 MHz
RAM 8 KB (up to 32 KB)
ROM 32 KB
Colors Mono
Sound Beeper

BigMeatballDave
09-23-2011, 05:59 PM
LMAO at those prices on the desktops.

Guru
09-23-2011, 06:02 PM
My first computer had 64.

K.

That's 64K.

But it worked fine because there was no software available for it. I had to program everything myself.

First computer I purchased. Not the first computer I had. :)

My first computer was a TI-99/4A

Bwana
09-23-2011, 06:12 PM
Yeah Baby!! :rockon:


http://mediafiles.cineplex.com/Blog/English/350x300/austinpowers_350x300.jpg

ReynardMuldrake
09-23-2011, 06:55 PM
There were SNES titles that went up to 69.99.

Yeah, there were a few, Earthbound I think. Strider and Phatasy Star II for the Genesis were $70. God help you if you had a Neo-Geo. Those games were $200 a pop.

KurtCobain
09-23-2011, 07:05 PM
That cassette player has auto reverse? Skippy shit diddly doo! Fuckin A!

whoman69
09-23-2011, 07:07 PM
Half of that stuff is still in my house.

suzzer99
09-23-2011, 07:08 PM
Easier viewing with large 11.3" display!

crispystl420
09-23-2011, 07:14 PM
Yeah, there were a few, Earthbound I think. Strider and Phatasy Star II for the Genesis were $70. God help you if you had a Neo-Geo. Those games were $200 a pop.

Hell I remember getting Secret of Mana for Christmas for the super Nintendo and it was 72.00 bucks and that had to be in like 92 or 93 correct if I'm wrong???

ReynardMuldrake
09-23-2011, 07:31 PM
Hell I remember getting Secret of Mana for Christmas for the super Nintendo and it was 72.00 bucks and that had to be in like 92 or 93 correct if I'm wrong???

Yeah, a lot of those premium RPGs back then were at a premium price. They tended to charge more depending on the size of the ROM. Seems funny today.

I believe Street Fighter II was $70 when it first came out, wasn't it?

'Hamas' Jenkins
09-23-2011, 09:54 PM
Final Fantasy III was 70 bones.

88TG88
09-23-2011, 10:11 PM
The 1900 dollar HP was my first computer.

misssty water colored memmmmmmmmorrieeeeessssss

HonestChieffan
09-23-2011, 10:25 PM
Microsoft still uses that technology

Short Leash Hootie
09-23-2011, 10:44 PM
I think I saw all of this stuff for free on Craigslist today.

SnakeXJones
09-23-2011, 10:49 PM
I remember when the 90's was filled with the point & click FMV like The X-Files for pc had 7 fucking disk

-King-
09-23-2011, 11:00 PM
That cassette player has auto reverse? Skippy shit diddly doo! Fuckin A!

I remember taking cassettes out, flipping them, forwarding them, and then flipping them back around in order to rewind songs LMAO

lcarus
09-23-2011, 11:03 PM
When I was a teen, I listened to my discman all the time. Way more than I listen to my ipod/iphone now days. I shit you not. Having so many options is just too much. Really when I think about it, I have every movie, tv show, song, and video game at my fingertips basically. By the time I decide what I want to watch or listen to, I don't feel like watching or listening to anything anymore.

Simply Red
09-23-2011, 11:47 PM
I like it.

blaise
09-24-2011, 12:13 AM
The old USFL Orlando Breakers style helmet is the universal helmet of fake TV or print ad football team.

cdcox
09-24-2011, 12:22 AM
When I was a teen, I listened to my discman all the time. Way more than I listen to my ipod/iphone now days. I shit you not. Having so many options is just too much. Really when I think about it, I have every movie, tv show, song, and video game at my fingertips basically. By the time I decide what I want to watch or listen to, I don't feel like watching or listening to anything anymore.

Transistor radio was where it was at.

Guru
09-24-2011, 12:25 AM
I remember when the 90's was filled with the point & click FMV like The X-Files for pc had 7 ****ing disk

Don't forget Daudelous Encounter and Phantasmagoria.

kcfanXIII
09-24-2011, 12:26 AM
Probably not. I don't think too many places sell $2400 computers nowadays, do they?

its called the apple store.

lcarus
09-24-2011, 12:32 AM
its called the apple store.

Ha,beat me to it

PornChief
09-24-2011, 01:19 AM
already saw it on Something Awful.

kysirsoze
09-24-2011, 02:54 AM
Damn, great thread.

kysirsoze
09-24-2011, 02:54 AM
already saw it on Something Awful.

You go to other inter web sites? What are they like?

Deberg_1990
09-24-2011, 09:06 AM
When I was a teen, I listened to my discman all the time. Way more than I listen to my ipod/iphone now days. I shit you not. Having so many options is just too much. Really when I think about it, I have every movie, tv show, song, and video game at my fingertips basically. By the time I decide what I want to watch or listen to, I don't feel like watching or listening to anything anymore.

Ah yes.....the Sony Walkman....a more Elegant music player......for A More Civilized Age

Lzen
09-24-2011, 11:16 AM
When I was a teen, I listened to my discman all the time. Way more than I listen to my ipod/iphone now days. I shit you not. Having so many options is just too much. Really when I think about it, I have every movie, tv show, song, and video game at my fingertips basically. By the time I decide what I want to watch or listen to, I don't feel like watching or listening to anything anymore.

When I was about 14-15, I used to always have my personal cassette player (wasn't a Sony - prob. a cheaper brand). I loved listening to music while riding my bike. Nowadays, I have a Zune and I love it, too. Having the option to listen to anything in my music collection that I'm in the mood for is fantastic. Technology is great.

seamonster
09-24-2011, 11:46 AM
Microsoft still uses that technology

duurrh. umm, apple is da numbuh 1# technoligical companiez!!!

Whatever dude, just remember microsoft is a software company and apple is the hurting-ass hardware manufacturer, and these adds are showing mostly just hardware. And I hope you're enjoying the ridiculous ass-pain that comes with buying apple when their intel hardware is exactly the same as acer yet their price fixing makes if five times as expensive. their just a great company that keeps it classey.

Gonzo
09-24-2011, 01:22 PM
duurrh. umm, apple is da numbuh 1# technoligical companiez!!!

Whatever dude, just remember microsoft is a software company and apple is the hurting-ass hardware manufacturer, and these adds are showing mostly just hardware. And I hope you're enjoying the ridiculous ass-pain that comes with buying apple when their intel hardware is exactly the same as acer yet their price fixing makes if five times as expensive. their just a great company that keeps it classey.
Oh yeah?! Well I'm so brand loyal that when someone takes a jab at what I love, I take time out to call them a moron and make a useless point about how my brand is better than theirs!!!!
So there, dood! You suck penis!
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Baconeater
09-24-2011, 03:20 PM
The old USFL Orlando Breakers style helmet is the universal helmet of fake TV or print ad football team.
The Orlando Breakers were the fictional NFL team from the TV series "Coach".

Guru
09-24-2011, 04:02 PM
I was a fan of the Orlando Thunder.

crispystl420
09-24-2011, 04:08 PM
When I was a teen, I listened to my discman all the time. Way more than I listen to my ipod/iphone now days. I shit you not. Having so many options is just too much. Really when I think about it, I have every movie, tv show, song, and video game at my fingertips basically. By the time I decide what I want to watch or listen to, I don't feel like watching or listening to anything anymore.

I hear that. I sit down to download music and my brain just goes blank, the options are just limitless.

blaise
09-24-2011, 05:25 PM
The Orlando Breakers were the fictional NFL team from the TV series "Coach".

That's right. I think the USFL team was the Boston Breakers.