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Desc:Get off my ROM, you kids!
Category:Science & Technology, Educational
Tags:old computers, the 8-bit guy
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Old_Zircon - 2016-04-01
I watched this a few weeks ago, and fully approve.
Nominal - 2016-04-01
One area in hardware where computer technology has actually regressed is sound cards.

Basically Creative Labs fucked everything up and set back sound cards by more than 15 years with their frivolous lawsuits putting all the superior competition out of business.
Void 71 - 2016-04-01
I used Ensoniq sound cards until they were bought out by Creative. Then I bought an Aureal sound card and used it until Creative put them out of business with a lawsuit. That's when I reluctantly started to buy Creative cards, none of which I've been able to run with official drivers. I've always had to find hacked drivers that enabled important features (ASIO) or allowed me to run older cards on newer versions of Windows.

memedumpster - 2016-04-01
I had one of those Creative jobbers with the big cool box you can plug 1/4" instrument cords into and knobs and stuff, it was rad. At least until something went wrong and it became an absolute nightmare to fix, because if I tried to uninstall it and reinstall it, it would corrupt Windows on the way down, as if in spite at the idea of uninstalling it.

But... sound fonts!

Nominal - 2016-04-01
In case anyone was wondering if this was hyperbole, here was Aureal's A3D demo from over a decade ago.


Works with speakers but best with headphones. Note how you can pick up horizontal AND vertical sound direction.

memedumpster - 2016-04-01
That's really awesome.

Check out this comparison, it's ridiculous.

Monkey Napoleon - 2016-04-01
Actually, I think what really killed off soundcards was halfway decent integrated sound becoming a standard feature.

Scrotum H. Vainglorious - 2016-04-01
Wow submit those links in the hoppers guys.

glasseye - 2016-04-02
I had an Aureal sound card for years, A3D 2.0 was awesome... and Creative Labs sucks.

EvilHomer - 2016-04-01
The "less data loss" point was very deceptive. There was less data loss because you had less data to lose, and the fact that most (or all) of your data was stored on secondary media, like floppy discs, is totally irrelevant. Assuming you haven't been suckered into corporate-controlled cloud computing schemes, you can *still* backup your data - to external harddrives, to Dropbox, hell even to floppies if you're a big enough nerd. In that respect, there's no "loss" between old and new computing at all.
memedumpster - 2016-04-01
Actually, you had the same amount of data you have now, you just had less data to store on your computer! HAHAHAHA*snort*HAHAHA!


Monkey Napoleon - 2016-04-01
The whole thing is kind of silly, really.

"We have intergalactic spaceships now and can go anywhere in the universe to see anything we desire, but we used to ride donkeys. Intergalactic spaceships should be as simple to operate as donkeys."

Nominal - 2016-04-01
The documentation thing is dumb too. You can just look all that up online why waste paper?

The only one I agree with is tech support.

Oscar Wildcat - 2016-04-01
Well it's ironic. We have the intergalactic spaceships alright, but 99% of the space cowboys just need to get down to the corner store for their eggs and milk. Whereas I'd be there and back on the donkey, instead I'm still waiting for the fucking spaceship to boot up and connect to the internet.

I suppose if you really want to get this guys goat you could point out that these machines couldn't directly address more than 256 bytes of memory. Period. So what to do with that great expanse of 32/64 kilobytes of memory? Why, you just write self modifying code. Oh yes, dear friends. Do we really want to go back to those days?

glasseye - 2016-04-02
Huh? The MOS 6510 has a 16-bit address bus. It can address 64kB of RAM.

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