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Clubs and Events / Re: 50 Dollar Club
« Last post by brisray on Today at 08:44:29 pm »
That was an interesting project Melooon. And so clean looking! The old computers I get sometimes have things living in them.

An interesting observation about the noises these things make. Even with the quietest, as soon as you powered them up you could hear the fans spinning up to speed and the hard drives seeking what ever they were looking for. It was never anything to worry about except, as someone said on the project page, when something started screeching because that always meant something was about to fail and hopefully it wasn't the drive.

For most I've looked at it was nearly always the power supply that failed first. I have seen motherboards with leaking capacitors but that is rare.

A little bit of history. My first taste of programming was in the 1970s with Fortran at school. Except the school I went to did not have a single computer, not even for admin use! We wrote the programs, got taken to a local university by minibus and the programs were put on cards - "do not fold, spindle or mutilate" - on something the size of a washing machine. The programs were then run on the university's mainframe.

I had to wait until 1986 before I could afford my first new own home computer which cost me an arm and a leg. A 8086 CPU Amstrad 1640 with two 5.25" floppy drives (which I had to pay extra for), 640Kb of RAM and no hard drive. A year later I got a 32Mb hard drive for it and that cost me more than the original computer did. https://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?st=1&c=19

Showcase & Links / Re: Red Robot Resurrection
« Last post by TheFrugalGamer on Today at 08:43:12 pm »
This is one piece of internet history that I had never heard of until now. I think you did a great job of presenting it here!
Music Room / Re: Favourite Music Videos
« Last post by Corrupted Unicorn on Today at 08:41:51 pm »

I absolutely adore animated music videos. I think animation, as an artistic medium, is at its greatest when it can convey something as intangible as music. I only know a handful of them, but they are so near and dear to me and I'm always hungry to watch more!

For now, I'll give you three - two by my man, Gigi D'Agostino

And Big Time, by Peter Gabriel - which is also the first time I witnessed strata-cut animation!

General Interests / Re: Old Computer Challenge
« Last post by Corrupted Unicorn on Today at 08:26:41 pm »
Not gonna lie, I'd love to take on this challenge! If only my job didn't involve screens all the time  :-\
I do want to spend less time on a screen (at least, away from work), and this could be a good way to motivate that! But maybe I could save this for the future.  ::)
I too have an old laptop that needs its time to do things, and I'd really like to revisit it someday. It could be fun to try to attempt this challenge with it, for extra "accuracy"  :pc:  I wanted to remove stuff from it I no longer use (like programs I used to work with before it got replaced with the laptop I'm writing you from) and use it to install old PC games I sometimes find while thrifting. One of the reasons I still have it around is its CD drive (still built-in!)  !<o
I think I am physically unable to love something unless it's at least 7 years old  :P

I love love LOVE discovering obscure things - one of them is Circa Infinity, a circular puzzle-platformer game (just a heads up - it's very trippy and kind of flashy!) I became obsessed with for a few years. Still holds a special spot in my heart, I'm all for mesmerizing, symbolic visuals that are up to interpretation. The good thing of lesser known media is that you don't get second hand interpretations or theories from others, so you're free to make your own with no influences  8)

Oh yeah, I also love the Super Mario Brothers Super Show!! I haven't watched many episodes of it yet, but it's SO interesting to see how they tackled the idea to make a cartoon series based on a videogame (one of the first ones, for sure!). It's also endearingly cheesy in an 80's way, and even my favourite Mario character (Birdo!) makes a few appearances  !<o
Chat & Forum Games / Re: Word Association
« Last post by appleAlc on Today at 07:59:20 pm »
General Interests / Re: Do you like cooking?
« Last post by Corrupted Unicorn on Today at 07:55:52 pm »
I love cooking, and experimenting with different ingredients, techniques and flavours  !<o Once I read that one of the best things you can do for yourself is learning to cook so good your own homemade food beats takeout. I don't know if I'm there yet but I do enjoy my own cooking a lot! I'm currently learning new kinds of soups and creams to stay warm this winter.

I'm a bit wary of cooking for others because I have the spirit of a 50's housewife who has been brought to the modern age and has discovered Pinterest (which is a very colorful way to say I like to get experimental and sometimes the recipes turn wrong), but my homemade margherita pizza is always a hit at parties  !<o
Writers Corner / Re: Zines and Zine Making!
« Last post by AniMango on Today at 07:33:02 pm »
I want to make a anime/manga magazine since there arent any where i live sadly. Good idea? Idk how i would actually get stuff to put in there though... Can i just put chapters of stuff I like in there along with articles i write? Is that legal?
Video Games / Re: Strange 'Consoles' like the LeapPad
« Last post by SilkSkull on Today at 06:33:37 pm »
Something interesting I found about them recently!
Web Crafting / Re: Page Design
« Last post by TheFrugalGamer on Today at 05:26:07 pm »
Yeah I've got to second that http://www.symbos.de/ site. I love it...it's so...MUCH! Took me a little bit to figure out what it was, but it scratches something nice in my brain.
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