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Digital Nostalgia

  • Jul. 27th, 2006 at 6:51 PM
I used to play with a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128 way back when I was 6.. (and having graduated from a ZX 64, 128KB of RAM was like a universe of wonder!!)

By the time I was seven and a half years old, I'd worked out the coding structure for Sinclair BASIC and began to program.

I graduated to a Magnavision HC (another BBC Micro, but in my opinion, too oriental in makeup and too Indian to share the same quality level as the ZX Spectrum. Still, I'll admit it was a heck of a load faster, had better sounding speakers, etc.) when I was about eight or so.

By Nine, I was moving pixels across the screen and basically programming graphics. (I remember with nostalgia, how awesome I thought I was..) :(

While I was still Nine, I managed to clear the tests and examinations and various other requirements that had to be passed, to earn an admission into The Scindia School, Indias premier Residential school. I rushed at it like a sponge climbing uphill. I hated the prospect of leaving home and my computers behind.

But there was something interesting about school. They had the latest 386 Machines in their labs and we were gonna be taught how to operate them. The usual Basic and logo (Huh!?) were childs play for me. After having had tons of experience on Sinclair BASIC, It was seriously a white-hot knife slicing through a scoop of soft butter.

I moved on, I raided the school library, learnt about logic and syntax, structures and program/process flows.. I learned more than I could have imagined was possible in a lifetime.

I returned home during one of the (month or so long) vacations to find that Dad had bought us a Home Computer (a 386 DX with 1MB of RAM, a 20MB hard drive, a 5.25" Floppy drive, and a CGA Monitor!!). Yes, it cost us the Earth!!

Time flew by, my 386 DX was upgraded over and over.... We got a 3.5" Floppy drive, upgraded to a VGA monitor, which was later replaced by an SVGA monitor, which gave way to an SVGA Monitor. Later, that was replaced by a Color SVGA Monitor. Added an MB of RAM, then Two more MB of RAM (total 4MB!). Processor and Motherboard upgrades too, from 386 DX, to a 486, then a 586, then a K6..

Hard drive upgrades went from 20MB to 40MB to 120MB to 260MB to 1.2GB to 2.1GB to 4.2GB to 8.4GB. We even got an 8x CD ROM drive shipped in from Singapore and a 14.4 kbps modem. That was replaced by a 32.6 kbps data-fax modem, which finally was replaced by a 56 kbps Flex.

It was all a dream....

I'll miss those days forever!! To them, in unison, my mind goes Kaydeeyoh!

note: comments shall NOT be screened!


praveenkumarg wrote:
Jul. 27th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah the initial start of things are always exciting and remain forever in thoughts.
angiasaa wrote:
Jul. 28th, 2006 08:13 am (UTC)
Totally.... :)

The way things have changed.. It makes the past seem so far away. :( But somehow, I look back and smile. I loved it so!
tsk1979 wrote:
Jul. 27th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
Wow nostalgia!
For me it just brings back nightmares.
Imagine 8kbps connection, with actual speeds of 2-3kbps and lynx on dumb terminals shared by an entire college?
Anyways I ask again what is Kaydeeyoh
angiasaa wrote:
Jul. 28th, 2006 08:18 am (UTC)
They were nightmarish days. They claimed 33.6kbps, but the telephone lines had too much disturbance to maintain a miserable 0.2 - 0.4 kbps download speed.. And paying 15 Grand on a hundred hours looked like golden handcuffs if anything. :(

It was bad! No! It was Horrible!! But when I look back, I am filled with nostalgia.. That pain, that strife.... How we've changed!!

I remember the days when I'd surf the net on a POP connection through lynx.. Maddness. We later graduated to TCP/IP, but it was hell back in teh days.

I hated it then, but looking back, I cherish every moment of that frustration.
ex_ga_woo wrote:
Jul. 28th, 2006 08:45 am (UTC)
What do you mean surf the net on a POP connection through Lynx?
angiasaa wrote:
Jul. 29th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
VSNL used to use an application called Lynx.

WE had POP access to the net.

It's basically surfing the web through the mailing subsystem.

You click a link. It sends the request in a mail to the server, VSNL formats it and sends it back. You view the page without images and stuff.... You know... The works.
ex_ga_woo wrote:
Jul. 29th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
Wow. And this POP wasn't running on TCP/IP ?
angiasaa wrote:
Jul. 29th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
Did'nt think much of it at the time actually, but you make a point.

In those days (1996-97), VSNL sold two kinds of accounts. They were named "TCP/IP Account" and "POP Account"

Most colleges and individuals used the so called "POP Accounts" while the Corporates like ITC and Times of India used "TCP/IP Accounts". POP was 5000 Rupees for 500 Hours (I think!). TCP/IP was 15,000 Rupees for 500 Hours. TCP/IP Accounts had both POP and TCP/IP status, so you could log in on POP and browse the net as well.
dianaparadise wrote:
Jul. 28th, 2006 09:34 am (UTC)
Hey! Just came to your journal from pratibha75's where you left a really mushy b'day wish for Roopa;o) Anyway I just skimmed through your journal and I honestly think you should add my brother bluesmoon to your friends list, you'll know why soon enough:-)
angiasaa wrote:
Jul. 30th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Roo's cute. :o)

We've met before, bluesmoon and I. We bump into each other often on mutual friends entries....

It usually takes a lot of time before I add someone to my friend list. Though it's usually from one of the LJ conferences we host from time to time, that I add them.

Thanks for dropping by, shall consider adding him sometime soon. :o)
(Anonymous) wrote:
Aug. 1st, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)
Greatt!! Now am nostalagic.... (sigh)
angiasaa wrote:
Aug. 5th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
Re: http://the-latte-files.blogspot.com
Nostalgia can be beautiful.... :o)

It compresses your heart into the space behind your air-starved lungs, but it seduces your mind into a state of sepia thoughtfullness at times....

In the end, it's often worth the pain.... Pain is beautiful....
(Anonymous) wrote:
Aug. 9th, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
Re: http://the-latte-files.blogspot.com
aaah...you are on your own on that one... pain is never ever beautiful..unless...no wait..yeah..its never beautiful! (lol) revealing? yes. beautiful? no.
alexli wrote:
Sep. 20th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
Re: http://the-latte-files.blogspot.com
desichama wrote:
Aug. 2nd, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
i thought u were singing..
angiasaa wrote:
Aug. 5th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
Singing? I only do that when I know I'm alone and shall not be heard. :">