Do you ever miss it? Do you even remember using computers before 24 internet access?

Do you ever miss it?
Do you even remember using computers before 24 internet access?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I miss being able to reinstall my whole OS without a network connection.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Aw hell yeah mah niggy

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Windows 95 CDs existed too, you know.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          95 era motherboards and driver frickery made it hard for the average person to install wangblows 95 from CD
          Literally the most reliable way was to have a boot floppy with CD drivers, then partition and format your HDD, then copy the installation files from the CD to your HDD with the boot floppy's DOS because you could run into some shit about not having CD drivers yet at some point during install so it was safer to install from a folder on your HDD

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous
  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >go to store
    >buy os on disk
    >install disk
    >aw yeah baby

    >now
    >pls update it's time to update shouldn't you update

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I miss it every day, brother.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Do you ever miss it?

    Not really. When my family had dial-up, you always had to disconnect if someone wanted to use the phone or was expecting a call. That was really annoying.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >trying logging into aol
      >can hear the telephone call
      >can hear them complaining about me trying to log into the internet

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >cutting down noobs with a magic shortbow in the mid level wilderness
      >please wait... attempting to reestablish
      >stupid frick aunt making an irrelevant call just to talk about tv with the neighbor
      >"just pause the game"

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >have to drive to the computer store and buy a box to update your software

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Back in my day we had to walk 10 miles in the snow every day to get our MS-DOS updates

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >MS-DOS updates
        What kind of updates did you get for MS-DOS?

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >buy game/program on physical media from brick and mortar store
    >put it in the cup holder
    >It just works
    >24/7 Internet hits
    >buy game/program on physical media from brick and mortar store
    >it's basically just a link to a download
    >spend a few days downloading the software you thought you just bought
    >half a day downloading updates whenever you want to actually use what you paid for
    >never works right because "we'll just fix it with updates" has killed off any motivation for programmers to actually finish a project to an acceptable degree
    I want to go back

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >"we'll just fix it with updates" has killed off any motivation for programmers to actually finish a project to an acceptable degree
      It's not so simple. You can see a shift around the late 90s when programs started becoming so fricking complex they needed several patches to work correctly. Constant updooting is a symptom to a much bigger problem.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The dotcom bubble causing the first big competency crisis is why it happened.
        Imagine if there was a big increase in demand for highway overpasses and a bunch of morons came along and started building them out of sticks and duct tape
        >Pls sirs you must understand it's a big project you can't expect perfection the first time around
        >Pls sirs keep paying us for work we haven't done and we promise we'll get around to it eventually
        Consumers would benefit greatly from legislation that curbs these predatory practices but they don't deserve them because they allowed it to happen in the first place

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I miss the software, but Windows 95/98/Me were utter shit, 2000/XP were only marginally better. The first good Windows was actually Windows Vista.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      > Vista
      > good
      Vista was the death of computing, nothing about it was good.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        And then they renamed it to win7 and you morons loved it even though it was the same thing

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I hate windows 7 with every fibre of my being. I am using it right now and I hate it. After my old computer died in 2020 I did not have the energy to figure out how to install win2k3 on the new ryzen machine. These last 4 years I have lived a non-life, my life ended in 2020.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Time to switch to gentoo. I did it in 2018 and have no regrets.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >provides binaries now
            Install exherbo.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >finally install linux mint
            >wait there's no logi options for my mx master 3 and keyboard
            >it's fine dude, just install these weird 3 party commandline tools to configure your peripherals

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >logishit
            >mint
            come on

            >provides binaries now
            Install exherbo.

            Choice is good, you don't have to use any binary packages if you don't want to

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            What's wrong with the mx master 3?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >No Functions 13-24
            Worthless.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Linux is a joke.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            It's actually a kernel.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I had 24/7 internet access on Windows 95.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The Matrix claimed 1999 was the peak of human civilization, which seemed laughable at the time, yet now it feels astoundingly prophetic

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I remember it perfectly and I don't miss it. It was very unstable and would crash in your face for no reason why. Open more than three software at same time and it will crash again...

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    In 2002 I've got my first computer with win95, it was a handover from my grandpa that was an engineer and bought himself a brand new win 2000 pc

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I boot up my old PC when I miss it. Then i remember all the annoying things about it and don't miss it for a while again.

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    All i cared was vidya, ripping mp3s and doodling in mspaint. Didn't even need updates, everything just worked at release. Good times.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >doodling in mspaint
      i doubt kids can understand just fiddling about in ms paint

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I used to just overlap lines over each other and let Bresenham's interpolation take me places. Years later i discovered Processing and it gave me about two weeks of the same joy i had back then

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I have no idea what you're saying but it reminds me of the 45 degree rotation trick and having my mind blown back in the day

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            tldr - I automated the autistic doodling and it was fricking gorgeous

            Time to switch to gentoo. I did it in 2018 and have no regrets.

            > le 1% boost in speed
            > omg it even saved me 10 megabytes on my 1tb ssd when i delete 50gb of source code

            >finally install linux mint
            >wait there's no logi options for my mx master 3 and keyboard
            >it's fine dude, just install these weird 3 party commandline tools to configure your peripherals

            Does it even save the config inside the device, or is it a forgotten voodoo from 2011 as well?

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            > le 1% boost in speed
            > omg it even saved me 10 megabytes on my 1tb ssd when i delete 50gb of source code

            The point is that it allows you to do things that would involve major bodging on most other distros. Don't use it if you don't care about details

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Never had to bodge anything in any "noob" distros. The maintainer is supposed to bodge things for you.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            That just shows that you accept things as they are and don't even know how else they could be.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Oh no, i would never experience the browser opening the webpages wrong or a joy of reconfiguring some clusterfrick xterm fork source code just to have a different background colour.

            Everything that is anything is distributed either as a tarball or .deb/.rpm package, proper and ready without fiddling. Why would i need to fix it myself when developer or maintainer did it already?

            The choice is indisputably nice to have for those rare cases of shit code that somehow hits a prod cluster, i just don't get why you would do the job that is already done on your home computer.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >.deb/.rpm package
            https://wiki.debian.org/DontBreakDebian

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            The software in the repo is tested against the versions in the same repo, might as well use their work that's already done.

            Except the motherfricking patch for hotkeys in X11 that's been in Arch since forever and on regular distros you have to bring in from a fricking PPA. Disgraceful.

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Do you even remember using computers before 24 internet access?
    I actually went 4 months without Internet back in 2014, took the opportunity to finally study Japanese seriously and was able to learn the language.

    I should be forced to go offline more often, but alas.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I should be forced to go offline more often, but alas.
      I don't even feel capable of that for a day or two, let alone 4 months.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Do you even remember using computers before 24 internet access?
    no, 1999 kid here, but our download limit cap (30GB/month) made my dad only let us download things on the last day of the month, because they'd just slow it down rather than charge more if we went over
    so i'd use school's internet (capped to 500MB of download) to find halo CE maps and midtown madness cars, save all the links to my USB and then download them at home on the last day
    when our cap increased to 50GB I got into runescape and free realms, then everquest 2 and it's all been downhill from there

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yes, I remember. That was back when I still had some kind of hope.

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I miss some of it. I don't miss the random BSOD's, the IRQ conflicts between my sound card and modem, the random Illegal Operations from poorly written applications that leaked memory. The buggy VxD based drivers sucked too.

    I miss the aesthetic and the focus on actually doing things and having control over your own system.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >has performed an illegal operation

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I still miss it dearly. MacOS 9 and Windows 98 were pribabky the best designed OSes ever made. NEXT comes close, but it isnt quite as streamlined.

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah constant crashing and wonky drivers were so great.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Drivers for what you gay

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Do you ever miss it?
    For some stuff but not entirely related to computers.
    >Do you even remember using computers before 24 internet access?
    Yes, but more memories of MS-DOS than internet free Windows.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >internet free Windows.
      For me, Windows 95 coincided pretty much with our first internet on my dad's work thinkpad. Our desktop was almost exclusively MS-DOS, only remember starting Windows 3.11 for the CD-ROM encyclopedia that was bundled with the 1x speed CD drive I convinced my dad to buy. I think maybe I played Civilization II on Windows 3.11 as well, not sure. All text processing for school homework was done with WordPerfect for DOS.
      At school they had Windows 3.11 computers I used a lot, though (eventually they also had internet).
      Our desktop at home never got internet, but it did get a pirated Windows 95 at some point when I took over its management. RIP in pieces dear Pentium 100.

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Dial-up was the whole reason my dad had to get a second line :*~~

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    YES, playing destruction derby 2, viper racing, ago of empires, tomb raider 2, flash games, writing essays with works and notepad, websites with front-page express, on this badboy

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Enough you boomer c**t, do you not realise how people in their 20s yern for this?

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I remember when there were no computers

  24. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Going from dial up to cable for me was literally 1000x speed so no, I don't miss it.
    I do miss the days when normies thought the internet was weird and ignored it completely. I was in the internet because those people weren't here

  25. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >go to store with mommy for tendies circa 2004
    >frick yeah play vidya and mire new GBA games
    >mom is cool so buys me Warlords Battlecry III for PC
    >frick yeah, tons of fun and LAN parties at bros house await
    >plus I own it forever in its entirety
    yeah man I miss it like you wouldn't believe. why don't kids go to gaymart/Targay to play demos anymore? It hurts that it's gone

  26. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There are things I miss and things I don't miss
    I miss when I spent time organizing shit on my PC, changing icons and changing themes on a global scale. I miss fricking around with games to the extent of learning how to mod and such. I miss emulating on inaccurate emulators with glitches everywhere and with frameskipping. I miss playing lots of demos. Downloading a movie or a game, it taking hours and hours and perhaps even an entire fricking day. I miss buying magazines with software CDs, one of which had pics of a lady showing her pussy in the kitchen.
    I don't miss though when things broke and my sister would make sure I felt like shit for it, always blaming me. I don't miss when there was malware and she'd yell at me. I don't miss anything in regards to her. I don't miss when she kicked a hole in the door of her room because she couldn't get her way. When she invaded my own room everyday to make sure I wasn't doing anything she didn't like. Yeah I don't think I miss that all that much.

  27. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Do you even remember using computers before 24 internet access?
    yeah, the dopamine rush was unreal when you connected to it and every minute was precious

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >yeah, the dopamine rush was unreal when you connected to it and every minute was precious
      >before using the internet the first time
      >my dad explaining to me how expensive it was
      >talked about it like it was going on some kind of mission to space
      >one night I'm sitting there with his laptop
      >phone cable plugged in
      >I'm shaking with excitement
      >is this really it?
      >okay let's go
      >modem dials up
      >connection established
      >I launch the browser
      >some random default page slowly loads
      >I'm shaking
      >I click on some random shit
      >something else loads
      >I'm like whoa
      >this is too much
      >I close the browser and yank out the phone cable
      >that was enough internet for tonight, I'll try again tomorrow
      Good times.

  28. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No I don't miss it and yes I do remember using computers before the internet. I remember thinking I was running out of things to do with a computer before the internet came along. Sure you can program it, play games on it, draw pictures with paint, play music on it, write documents with word or add up numbers with excel but is that it?

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