Old School One-upsmanship


#1

Name something that was old school to you. Or post something that is more old school that a previous poster. Be real :slight_smile:

My first PC was a TRS-80 modded with a piggy backed 1K memory chip to enable lower case letters.

(No matter how old school I think I am I know someone is way, way more old school than me. I expect someone will tell me how they had to rewire their computer to program it, or cut new gears for their Babbage Engine :smile: )


#2

#3

Both my brother and sister are whizzes on an abacus. Do you know how to wield that thing?


#4

Well, that beats the slide rules I inherited, I assume you can actually use it (or knew at some time in the past) :slight_smile:


#5

What’s the third stack for?


#6

That’s a Russian abacus that was meant for monetary calculations. The short stack is for quarter rubles I think. (It’s a quarter fraction of something.)


#7

[quote]Russian Shoty 10 or 4 beads, 10 digits
Brand: Unknown
Material: Oak wood frame, curved steel rods and oak beads
Age: Unknown
Beads: 10b x 9 + 4b x 1 Note the 4 beads digit is for 1/4 Kopecks)
Digits/Columns: 10
Size: 240 x 165 mm (9.6x 6.6")[/quote]
http://sliderulemuseum.com/Abaci.htm


#10

Pretty sure this comic encapsulates the entire thread before it even began:

Alt-text: Real programmers set the universal constants at the start such that the universe evolves to contain the disk with the data they want.


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#14

At the rate that posts are being withdrawn, you won’t find anything here tomorrow. the whole BBS will be gone.


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#17

What is that? Can you provide a link?


#18

I see your abacus and raise you urnary numerals and concatenation. Written in the dirt.


#19

It’s an elegant way of doing fractions.


#20


Here you go.
Explanation under the section marked mathematics.


#21

Dirt? Real counting takes commitment.


#22

I got this model for one of my birthdays (maybe 12th?).

My mom was still using it until she died in 2010.

(I figured we need to move to electronics…)


#23

One of the earliest iterations of the RATS Nest BBS. Sorry about the picture quality, it’s from a newspaper article. It was quite the thing in 1983. Yes, that’s a TRS-80 Model 1 with floppy drives (only) and a 300 baud modem.


#24

Only a few more years and it would be on:

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