I actually liked the LPX style motherboards.
Probably, IIRC the x60 were last IBM ThinkPads and they are now reaching the end of their usefulness for everyday computing tasks (each surfing the hellscape that it is modern Web), so they definitely count as boomer tech.Can we count the old Thinkpad laptops before Lenovo slapped their name on the brand? I remember my first laptop in 2005 being an IBM Thinkpad. While it couldn't run recentish games of the time on it without slowing down, I had fond memories of using it to browse the internet and playing flash games on Newgrounds. Ended up having to give it away thanks to my mom saying I should give it to my uncle. The upside to it was getting a new laptop that had more updated specs. The downside to it though was that the operating system was Windows Vista and the background didn't have what the Thinkpad had.
One of the earliest versions of Print Shop I used had a thing called "Screen Magic" that would generate random fractals, line art, or other assorted shapes and objects. If I recall, one could also add centered text with the image as a background. This could then be printed off and colored in if one desired. Sadly, this feature was silently dropped in future program updates, and there's times I miss it and the random creations it came up with.I ran some kind of graphics software on the commodore, I think it was called Print Shop 3, where you could make your own flyers, postcards, banners etc. I would come up with business ideas and design flyers and print them on the dot matrix printer to hand out to neighbors.
Does you dad still have it? A Vectrex is worth serious coin these days. Because ａｅｓｔｈｅｔｉｃ 畝ぼイ.Finally, I didn't use this much but we had a Vectrex. This is an old console that played simple games like asteroid and centipede. The wildest thing about the Vectrex is that it offered a "color screen" in that it came with colorful plastic sheets for each game that you put over the monitor so that you have a colorful background for your game.
Nah, he sold it awhile ago at a garage sale for some small amount of money, like $20 or $50. Even at that time it was worth more and I begged him to try to sell it on eBay. It is a very cool looking item.Does you dad still have it? A Vectrex is worth serious coin these days. Because ａｅｓｔｈｅｔｉｃ 畝ぼイ.
(that, and the Vectrex is unironically awesome ... I still kick myself for selling my Vectrex to buy a 1541 floppy disk drive for my C64, because I was young and stupid as opposed to the old and stupid I am today)
When it comes to why Amiga in particular has such a fanatical and BITTER fanbase is because Commodore was a phenominally inept company after Jack Tramiel got forced out. They did all the wrong moves a computer company in the 1980's could do and in spite of all that, the European branches of the company kept the company afloat to the 90's simply because they knew how to actually market and sell computers.I have one of these as desktop version in the plastic shell, even the two carrying hooks are still intact, with the keyboard that'd snap into the underside. My uncle bought it back in the day because everyone was doing computers now, but he had no idea what to do with it, so it's basically unused. The carrying angle of that system is hilarious "Oh nevermind, it's just me carrying my huge-ass and heavy-ass desktop computer around on some straps. I'm an important business man" Nevermind that the thing would break to shit as soon as you'd bump into anything because of the weight. I don't know what they were smoking, especially since notebooks already existed that had actual useful features integrated and were somewhat better to carry. That thing also has massive metal shielding and the mainboard doesn't work outside the shield reliably, so you can't even take it out to make it lighter. It's an interesting evolutionary dead-end and from todays standpoint sort of an upgrade but even back then that thing was just odd and unnecessary. It's like they tried to give it as many features as possible but none of them were particularly useful.
Amiga fanboys are still insufferable. Ever visited your average Amiga forum? That'd be a thread for itself if it wasn't such a niche thing to begin with. Lots of crazy people still thinking the Amiga has a future or doing insane and unspeakable things to their old computers. I feel other communities are a lot more willing to let the past be the past.
I see your objections, and raise with ancient power supplies, ancient capacitors, and memory expansions with barrel batteries. From my perspective a 1:1 board replacement makes perfect sense for somebody who wants something resembling an original A500 in 2020. There are simply more Amigas with boards beyond repair than there are working or salvageable ones."Board reproductions"
So it's basically a more politically-correct Lost Cause for nerds?It's partly because the Amiga was the first to do a lot of the things that we take for granted in modern computing. It was the first truly multimedia PC, more than a decade ahead of its time compared to any of its competitors (Apple only goit a pre-empotive multitasking OS in the late 90s, for instance), but Commodore didn't quite have the nouse to take advantage of the technology they'd acquired. The result is a bunch of clinging fans driven largely by resentment that their favoured device, which should have won from a purely technical perspective, ended up failing and being replaced by devices that were (and in some ways still are) markedly inferior.
Are they doing that now? I stopped leaving the country after Obama's reelection when Europe hit its peak with migrants, what's the point anymore? I don't have to do business outside of the US, Europe is lost for the foreseeable future.Crossing the us border. If it's not a smart phone, they don't bother thing to extract anything from it.
Agnes shall rise again!So it's basically a more politically-correct Lost Cause for nerds?
Travelling into the US carries a significant risk of your computer and phone being examined and imaged for arbitrary reasons. I think some recent USSC rulings limited how far the TSA could take it, but I've had enough experience with them to know that it's better not to even risk the possibility. On the rare occasions I travel to the US, I take a burner phone and either take a nuked/paved laptop, or buy a cheapie while I'm in-country, and use a VPS to connect home for actual work.Are they doing that now? I stopped leaving the country after Obama's reelection when Europe hit its peak with migrants, what's the point anymore? I don't have to do business outside of the US, Europe is lost for the foreseeable future.
In a way, yes. Though, i'd suspect Commodore would just end up being a niche computer maker with something like a 5 to 10 percent market share with a line-up of some other technical products.So it's basically a more politically-correct Lost Cause for nerds?
Had to use ASP.net MVC for a college course. It has the worst programmatic database description I have ever seen.Anything using ASP.net or SharePoint in any way, I might be alone, but thats the hallmark of a deadend boomer job in tech for me.
Yea, fucking up an index with sql will get you fucked. But its better with highly relatable data with built in ACID compliance so its not going anywhere and i hate working with it. But, shits moving towards the big data models i enjoy more. But then if data integrity means a lot you gotta implement your own ACID compliance. The only real hurdle is that jumping to mongo is a totally different ball game. Storing data how it gets retrieved was a lot harder that being like, a customer table, an message table and stuff. I like it, the only real drawback is in shit like mongodbb aggregation pipeline its real hard to handle complex and highly relatable data.Had to use ASP.net MVC for a college course. It has the worst programmatic database description I have ever seen.
All of the foreign key related shenanigans constantly fucked up for no reason and even if that worked I was always getting nulls and had to monkeypatch in the values.
I was absolutely shitting myself up into the late night and I wasn't even sure if I was gonna be able to make it work for the deadline.
At that moment I knew why people hated Microsoft in the 2000's. Imagine paying money for this shit.
Now all their products are this quality grade .