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My how time flies

Fri May 10, 2013 11:47 pm

Just going through the office and found an old credit card statement from 1993. On there was a computer purchase for a Tandy Sensation and SVGA monitor. Specs: 486SX, 107 MB harddrive, cd rom, soundcard, 3 1/2 and 5 1/4 drive. Price with tax was $3700. Then I take a look at my NCIX order that I put through today and it blows my mind.....

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Re: My how time flies

Sat May 11, 2013 12:42 am

Coincidentally, I just watched the Jurassic Park 20th Anniversary edition Blu-Ray (original picture release date: 1993) with a few other engineer/CS/nerd-type friends, and we got a good horselaugh when revisiting the cutting-edge computer control systems. Overall the film's content has aged rather well, but there's just no way to disguise a spread of 1993-grade CRTs, or a graphical security system program that builds suspense by choking down to 3fps while rendering less detail than an Excel 3D bar graph.
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Re: My how time flies

Sat May 11, 2013 12:49 am

Even STNG starts to look pretty dated in some episodes. Another good one to watch again is Lawnmower Man. I remember thinking "OMG look at those graphics" back then.


And speaking of dated CRT's....... why the f*** does NCIS still have CRT's on Gibbs and crews desks?
 
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Re: My how time flies

Sat May 11, 2013 12:57 am

Deanjo wrote:
Even STNG starts to look pretty dated in some episodes. Another good one to watch again is Lawnmower Man. I remember thinking "OMG look at those graphics" back then.


And speaking of dated CRT's....... why the f*** does NCIS still have CRT's on Gibbs and crews desks?


Because it's written by 73 year old people who don't really know technology at all?
 
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Re: My how time flies

Sat May 11, 2013 1:30 am

But yet CSI:NY had holographic autopsies nearly 8 years ago.....
 
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Re: My how time flies

Sat May 11, 2013 1:59 am

What annoys me is when Bones does anything related to computer technology. Anything.

Anything.

It's painful to watch them get it so, so wrong. Like terribly wrong. Like a Marmoset hopped up on PCP and Bath Salts would do a better job at portraying computing technology. Even NCIS is better and that's saying something(Regardless of your opinion of the show, it is very inaccurate when it comes to computing tech, though not as bad as Bones). All of this is coming from a major Bones fan.
 
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Re: My how time flies

Sat May 11, 2013 2:17 am

My favorite is still the surface computer in CSI: Miami. Drop a flip phone onto the surface and instantly extract everything!

BTW I heart Miami. Horatio's a Badass.
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Re: My how time flies

Sat May 11, 2013 2:24 am

Rakhmaninov3 wrote:
My favorite is still the surface computer in CSI: Miami. Drop a flip phone onto the surface and instantly extract everything!

BTW I heart Miami. Horatio's a Badass.



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Re: My how time flies

Sat May 11, 2013 4:27 am

I just have to say Horatio's is the lamest Badass on earth. He needs to get replaced. Perhaps a hooker kills him buy beating him to death with her pocketbook or something in a going away episode...or better yet he goes or his gun and shoots himself in his femoral artery and bleeds out with one of his badass sayings like imm so bad no one could take me out but myself :D
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Re: My how time flies

Sat May 11, 2013 9:37 am

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I just have to say Horatio's is the lamest Badass on earth. He needs to get replaced. Perhaps a hooker kills him buy beating him to death with her pocketbook or something in a going away episode...or better yet he goes or his gun and shoots himself in his femoral artery and bleeds out with one of his badass sayings like imm so bad no one could take me out but myself :D

... while putting his shades on! :lol:
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Re: My how time flies

Sat May 11, 2013 10:37 am

This thread has gone Horatio. That's... always a good thing.... yeaaahhh!
 
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Re: My how time flies

Sat May 11, 2013 10:47 am

Deanjo wrote:
Just going through the office and found an old credit card statement from 1993. On there was a computer purchase for a Tandy Sensation and SVGA monitor. Specs: 486SX, 107 MB harddrive, cd rom, soundcard, 3 1/2 and 5 1/4 drive. Price with tax was $3700


I had one of those old Sensations when I was a kid. 486SX-25 (eventually replaced with a DX2-50 Overdrive), no 5.25" drive, 4MB of 80ns FPM DRAM upgradeable to 32MB of 72-pin SIMMs, onboard WD Paradise SVGA with 512K of RAM upgradeable to 1MB, onboard AdLib sound, built-in 2400 BPS modem/4800 BPS fax. IIRC (and I may not) it cost my parents $2k with the 14" monitor, in June of '93. This was back when CD-ROM drives were new and exotic - remember the Jeep computers in Jurassic Park?

That was my introduction to x86, MS-DOS, Windows, and a BBS.
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Re: My how time flies

Sat May 11, 2013 10:51 am

bthylafh wrote:
Deanjo wrote:
Just going through the office and found an old credit card statement from 1993. On there was a computer purchase for a Tandy Sensation and SVGA monitor. Specs: 486SX, 107 MB harddrive, cd rom, soundcard, 3 1/2 and 5 1/4 drive. Price with tax was $3700


I had one of those old Sensations when I was a kid. 486SX-25 (eventually replaced with a DX2-50 Overdrive), no 5.25" drive, 4MB of 80ns FPM DRAM upgradeable to 32MB of 72-pin SIMMs, onboard WD Paradise SVGA with 512K of RAM upgradeable to 1MB, onboard AdLib sound, built-in 2400 BPS modem/4800 BPS fax. IIRC (and I may not) it cost my parents $2k with the 14" monitor, in June of '93. This was back when CD-ROM drives were new and exotic - remember the Jeep computers in Jurassic Park?

That was my introduction to x86, MS-DOS, Windows, and a BBS.


Ya I remember playing Wing Commander on that system.... good old days.
 
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Re: My how time flies

Sat May 11, 2013 10:52 am

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Re: My how time flies

Sat May 11, 2013 11:08 am

I.S.T. wrote:
Deanjo wrote:
Even STNG starts to look pretty dated in some episodes. Another good one to watch again is Lawnmower Man. I remember thinking "OMG look at those graphics" back then.


And speaking of dated CRT's....... why the f*** does NCIS still have CRT's on Gibbs and crews desks?


Because it's written by 73 year old people who don't really know technology at all?


I like NCIS, but sometimes I get the feeling that the writers not only don't know technology, they actually despise it (for instance, see just about any episode where computer gaming is brought up).

Kind of weird for a show where the geeks so often end up saving the day.
 
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Re: My how time flies

Sat May 11, 2013 11:11 am

I.S.T. wrote:
What annoys me is when Bones does anything related to computer technology. Anything.

Anything.

It's painful to watch them get it so, so wrong. Like terribly wrong. Like a Marmoset hopped up on PCP and Bath Salts would do a better job at portraying computing technology.


You could replace "computer technology" with "science" and that'd work just about as well. :)

Bones can be kind of amusing though. An anthropologist deriding psychology for being a "soft" science... :)
 
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Re: My how time flies

Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:43 pm

I.S.T. wrote:
What annoys me is when Bones does anything related to computer technology. Anything.

Anything.

It's painful to watch them get it so, so wrong. Like terribly wrong. Like a Marmoset hopped up on PCP and Bath Salts would do a better job at portraying computing technology. Even NCIS is better and that's saying something(Regardless of your opinion of the show, it is very inaccurate when it comes to computing tech, though not as bad as Bones). All of this is coming from a major Bones fan.


NCIS makes Hackers look realistic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8qgehH3kEQ
 
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Re: My how time flies

Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:09 pm

Nutmeg wrote:

NCIS makes Hackers look realistic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8qgehH3kEQ


Darn it! You beat me to it! When reading this thread my mind went straight to that clip.
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Re: My how time flies

Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:15 pm

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Coincidentally, I just watched the Jurassic Park 20th Anniversary edition Blu-Ray (original picture release date: 1993) with a few other engineer/CS/nerd-type friends, and we got a good horselaugh when revisiting the cutting-edge computer control systems. Overall the film's content has aged rather well, but there's just no way to disguise a spread of 1993-grade CRTs, or a graphical security system program that builds suspense by choking down to 3fps while rendering less detail than an Excel 3D bar graph.


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Re: My how time flies

Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:56 pm

Has the entertainment industry *ever* managed to get computers right?
 
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Re: My how time flies

Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:13 pm

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Has the entertainment industry *ever* managed to get computers right?


The Matrix perhaps? :lol:
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Re: My how time flies

Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:52 pm

Waco wrote:
NovusBogus wrote:
Has the entertainment industry *ever* managed to get computers right?


The Matrix perhaps? :lol:


The IT crowd? With the emailing...and double-clicking...http://youtu.be/NuPolrd9yuo?t=29s
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Re: My how time flies

Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:07 pm

Man I love the IT crowd. Story of my life. Turning stuff off and on is about 80% of my job.
 
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Re: My how time flies

Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:03 pm

NovusBogus wrote:
Has the entertainment industry *ever* managed to get computers right?

Note that these shows are on time constraints. They can't show you the boring stuff because there wouldn't be much time for the actual show.
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