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Tempus fugit

We had a technical presentation at work on Friday. During the presentation, the presenter felt the need to explain to the audience that once upon a time, screens of information were made up of monospaced text in an 80x24 array.

Boy howdy, do I feel old.



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Jan. 16th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
You know what else? Once upon a time, we didn't even *have* screens! There were these crazy things called "teletypes" which were like a modem driving a typewriter, and you'd connect them to giant machines called "mainframes". And when you wanted to issue a command, you had to type it, and then the response would come back at like one character every three years! Crazy, huh?!?!?!?!
Jan. 16th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
*nod* In addition to 80 x 24 VT100s, we had DecWriter III terminals hooked up to our PDP-11....
Jan. 17th, 2006 02:43 am (UTC)
PDP 11
I remember when I was still a kid, my brother Vaughan taking me to uni to show off the PDP 11. How? It played tic-tac-toe!
Jan. 17th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
*hehe* I have fond memories of dialing into the University mainframe on my Dad's teletype. I still use the 110/300 baud acoustic coupler I used for that purpose way back then as a stand for my LCD monitor.
Jan. 16th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
Possibly with a 25th for a status line!

And speaking of such things, happy belated birthday!
Jan. 17th, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)
I occasionally annoy some of my younger co-workers by reminding them how fun it was to do term papers in the pre-electric typewriter era. Then I hit them with my cane. :-)
Jan. 17th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
I sometimes fire up my Apple II emulator, put it in 80x24 text mode, set it to emulate a green or amber monochrome monitor, set it to fullscreen (and turn off my second monitor), boot CP/M and fire up Wordstar. That simple screen of just letters can be remarkably soothing and freeing.

If we had the space for it, I would definitely buy a dumb serial terminal and hook it up to the fileserver or my Mac. I periodically look them up through surplus places or on eBay. Unfortunately, in our current place, I have no idea where I'd put it.

Most laptops that I've owned have been set up for monospaced, text-only display, although usually at slightly higher than 80x24. I think I ran the laptop I brought for a week to jury duty with me at 80x24, though. I spent the week playing Anchorhead. :)
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