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re: Which computer era would have been the most exciting to take part in? VIEW POST

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re: Mid-80's into the 90's. I'd love to have been a part of that era. I envision a lot of "problems" were solved by using hardware/physical solutions o...
 

You haven't had real fun until you've waited several days for your system's OS to re-compile (for a new driver), only to boot up the freshly-built kernel and have the hardware flip you the bird because something wasn't quite right in that newly-compiled kernel.

 

:) I remember when I took the family desktop computer over to my friends house for a Windows OS upgrade. While we waited we played starcraft and we played many a games until it was done.

I can only imagine the frustration and elation of waiting multiple days for a recompile and it failing but then ultimately succeeding.

I would suppose in the early days of computer there were many victories like this and high fives all around.

While a lot of the earlier problems with respect to hardware and computing are now not a common concern, I feel a sense of nostalgia and a want of appreciation through experiencing the "fun".

I was born in the 80's and my family did not have resources to get a computer until the late 90's (which was used for our writing assignments in school) and I at times play this exact "what if" scenario of either being born earlier, or time traveling back with the resources I have now to just explore the computing world.

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