I set up a DOS computer today

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Old piece of industrial equipment needed its programs reloaded. Power outage and on board battery hadn't been changed in years.

No one at work had kept any old software, but I still have totes of old stuff at home. I find my ibm pc dos 6.3 disks, win 95 CD, win 98 CD, ms dos 5.02 disks etc. I grab a bunch of unlabeled 3.5 floppies in case I need to copy the proprietary software to disk to install.

The crazy thing is, every single one of the 3.5 inch floppies was completely readable. They have sat untouched for 20 years. I didn't think any would work.
I also tried to read some CD-r 's I burned in the late 90s, all of them were good too.

I didn't treat any of this stuff with care, the all this stuff sat in a hot attic for a good 10 years.

Anyhow, if you are still holding on to old media, dont just assume it's no good. Someday you might need C:\>_
 

KarsusTG

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Ya, it can be crazy how resilient old tech can be. My last office still had 5.25" floppies that still worked. It almost made me want to load up dos on the old 8086 I had found and see if I could still remember qbasic lol. You have not lived until you have played monopoly in green monochrome from a floppy :)
 

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Meh, all my old floppies grew mould on the magnetic surface and actually stuff the read/write heads of the drive if used, resulting in errors until you run 'clean' media through the drive a number of times.

Living is downloading Monopoly off a BBS using Punter and playing it on a C64 Breadbin.
 

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Meh, all my old floppies grew mould on the magnetic surface and actually stuff the read/write heads of the drive if used, resulting in errors until you run 'clean' media through the drive a number of times.

Living is downloading Monopoly off a BBS using Punter and playing it on a C64 Breadbin.
Correction: Downloading titty pictures off a BBS (Boob Broadcast Service) :ROFLMAO:

To be honest in my C64 times I didn't know anyone who had a modem. We just copied C-tapes and floppies. Back then local phone tariffs were so high that joining a BBS for a few hours would have resulted in a hefty phone bill.
 

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Correction: Downloading titty pictures off a BBS (Boob Broadcast Service) :ROFLMAO:

To be honest in my C64 times I didn't know anyone who had a modem. We just copied C-tapes and floppies. Back then local phone tariffs were so high that joining a BBS for a few hours would have resulted in a hefty phone bill.
I had ways around the phone charges... ;)

Such good days.
 

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I had ways around the phone charges... ;)

Such good days.
What are you, Kevin Mitnick? :D
When I was remote dating my future wife I spent around 1000 FIM a month on phone bill from my 2000FIM monthly salary.
 

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What are you, Kevin Mitnick? :D
When I was remote dating my future wife I spent around 1000 FIM a month on phone bill from my 2000FIM monthly salary.
Calling cards or access to a university system with an X.25 network and a PAD my friend! I don't know about Kevin Mitnick, but where I'm from we had some of the best hackers in the world in the day. Not that it was hard when obscurity was classed as security and service usernames and passwords were kept active after installing a system. Furthermore, most people had the same password as their username!
 
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