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Old 29th December 2017, 03:50 AM   #11
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Nice.
I remember those 8088s being very slow.
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Old 29th December 2017, 03:52 AM   #12
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Nice.
I remember those 8088s being very slow.
Mine was 10Mhz.
Took about 2 minutes to assemble one module.
I remember increasing memory to 1 megabyte !
First hard drive was 32MB and 275.
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Old 29th December 2017, 03:58 AM   #13
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I also don't like free software. At the end of the day, the company still have to pay the developers' salary, the open-source developer still has a family to feed, a bill to pay unless they are living on other people's money

Anyway, business models like WinRar/TeamViewer/Google are smart moves

I used to write program in assembly in the 90s as well, mostly viruses, rarely graphical things like pcbcad. Drawing 2D in assembly during that time was a pain in the bottom

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Old 29th December 2017, 04:02 AM   #14
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The original 8088 had 4.77mhz I think.
1mb is about the max.

Good old times.
I had a 40mb hard drive in the 80286 12 mhz machine, 2 disk drives, 2 megs of ram , a 512kb svga card and a 1024x768 14 inch color monitor of questionable quality.
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Old 29th December 2017, 04:06 AM   #15
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EasyPC was my main competitor in 1990.

A few years ago EasyPC sold one of their earlier versions to RS Components to give away. EasyPC's newer version is quite a step on from the version they sold to RS.
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Old 29th December 2017, 04:26 AM   #16
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I used to write program in assembly in the 90s as well, mostly viruses, rarely graphical things like pcbcad. Drawing 2D in assembly during that time was a pain in the bottom
I think there was a basic draw line function.
It could be used but was very slow compared to directly writing to the video card.

I had to write my own drawline, drawcircle and drawsquare functions.
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Old 29th December 2017, 11:26 AM   #17
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Yeah, I remember the screen has a memory address that we can write directly to. The nightmare is for higher resolution, it's different from one video card to another. During that time, any graphic program is highly regarded lol
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Old 29th December 2017, 11:48 AM   #18
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As someone who used to develop software I would be happy to pay for good quality software. As good quality software has all but disappeared I would now rather use free software than pay for bad quality software. I use computers now for much the same things that I did 20 years ago, but back then they were faster and more reliable. I would be perfectly happy using a bug-free version of 10-15 year-old software, rather than a buggy version of modern software which does all sorts of things I don't need and keeps changing in incompatible ways (and keeps 'phoning home' after spying on me). Computing ought to be a boring reliable utility-style product (e.g. like water and electricity) which changes little from decade to decade. Maybe the problem is that IT now has youngsters doing the programming (so they want continual change) and idiots doing the management (so they let them do it, but don't give them enough time to get it right).
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All this Arduino stuff is open source and everyone seems happy, including the programmers and developers.
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All this Arduino stuff is open source and everyone seems happy, including the programmers and developers.
But it is still up for sale and isn't free.
Free software often comes with paid for hardware.
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