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Re: Oldest daily use computer? [Re: OVERKILL] #5319904 01/11/20 03:37 PM
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use it almost everyday for my daily reports and paperwork , otherwise its my ibm ps/2 8580 with my epsom printer.
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Re: Oldest daily use computer? [Re: Vern_in_IL] #5319911 01/11/20 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Vern_in_IL
Opera 6.06 web browser still worked for Youtube! w/ 100% cpu usage, it could not play 360p+ video without lagging.

Ran a old program(freeware) called "Game Booster" by IO Bit. I could play in 2018 360p video on Youtube in Opera 6.06. laugh


That sounds awful!

I had an old netbook that would run at 100% CPU (AMD E-350) for just about everything, and maxed out at 720P video due to its display only being 720P. I used to watch a lot of things @ 480P, but that was rough and I eventually gave this thing away for free. I replaced it with a 1080P gaming PC for about a grand, but that was a splurge. Laptops costing 1/3 the price would have been night-and-day better than the netbook, to be honest. I like being able to play games from my comfy chair in the living room, though.

I don't know how anyone, especially if your eyes ain't what they used to be, can stand looking at any sort of ancient monitor day in and day out. I can understand if some of you are hanging on to old machines for very specific purposes, but things are so cheap nowadays, it makes no sense to choose to stick with ancient tech if you can afford a few hundred bucks for something new.


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Re: Oldest daily use computer? [Re: OVERKILL] #5319914 01/11/20 03:44 PM
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128K Apple Macintosh, circa 1983, with ImageWriter printer...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macintosh_128K

Got an SE too, but that’s got a 68030 overdrive and network card in it...

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Re: Oldest daily use computer? [Re: mattwithcats] #5319964 01/11/20 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by mattwithcats
128K Apple Macintosh, circa 1983, with ImageWriter printer...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macintosh_128K

Got an SE too, but that’s got a 68030 overdrive and network card in it...


And you are posting from this? I assume not wink That's the theme of the thread, not what's the oldest rig you have (I have an 8088 here as well as a Mac Plus) but what the oldest one you use for your daily computing tasks; your posting rig so to speak grin


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Re: Oldest daily use computer? [Re: OVERKILL] #5319987 01/11/20 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by OVERKILL
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128K Apple Macintosh, circa 1983, with ImageWriter printer...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macintosh_128K

Got an SE too, but that’s got a 68030 overdrive and network card in it...


And you are posting from this? I assume not wink That's the theme of the thread, not what's the oldest rig you have (I have an 8088 here as well as a Mac Plus) but what the oldest one you use for your daily computing tasks; your posting rig so to speak grin


I have a 128K also...or actually one old enough to not even say "128K" but that just says "Macintosh."

AFAIK, there's actually no way to even 'fake" one into getting on the internet.

You can sort of kind of do it with a 512Ke or Plus if you want to put in the effort.

An SE/30 is about as old/basic as you can go(if you want a compact) for very limited web browsing.


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Re: Oldest daily use computer? [Re: OVERKILL] #5319991 01/11/20 04:37 PM
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Just retired my E-Machines junk computer I purchased in March of 2007. Waiting to go over to my friends house on 55 acres and plan on shooting the tower with my 30-06 Remington pump ASAP.


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Re: Oldest daily use computer? [Re: anderson] #5320032 01/11/20 05:23 PM
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use it almost everyday for my daily reports and paperwork , otherwise its my ibm ps/2 8580 with my epsom printer.
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Re: Oldest daily use computer? [Re: OVERKILL] #5320090 01/11/20 06:23 PM
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I use a Lenovo t500 from around 2008 and my desktop built around 2011 daily. Both work great. I put an SSD in the Lenovo and it's quite fast. Can play up to 720p YouTube videos on it.


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Re: Oldest daily use computer? [Re: hallstevenson] #5320102 01/11/20 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by hallstevenson
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Mac's don't count. A ten year old PC would be a lot worse.

Was going to post the same thing. Well, their life doesn't "age" the same as Windows-based PCs at least.

No, but when Apple decides you're not getting any more support or updates, which I believe they do with a shorter lifespan than Microsoft does with Windows, you're largely out of luck.

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My desktop I built in 2012.

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I also added 1 120GB and 1 480GB Corsair SSD's a couple years ago.
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Re: Oldest daily use computer? [Re: OVERKILL] #5320211 01/11/20 08:04 PM
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The oldest working computer I have is an an Osborne 1 although I have to admit that I haven't fired it up for several years. Besides that, I have a ThinkPad 380Z that I use regularly (ie, the odd time when I get a CEL) as an OBDII reader.

My everyday computer is a Windows 10 Pro desktop I built many years ago. It uses a ASUS M4A88T-M/USB3 motherboard and a Athlon II X2 260 – 3.20 GHz CPU. It seems to keep up with most everything I need to do (Office 2016) but the onboard video has a hard time displaying 1080P video so I normally watch YouTube with 720P satisfactorily.

Re: Oldest daily use computer? [Re: OilReport99] #5320382 01/12/20 12:01 AM
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Originally Posted by OilReport99
My daily PC. I built it in 2011 I think... OLD!

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That's funny, very similar to my desktop:
Phenom II 830 x4 (overclocked from 2.8 to 3.5).
Gigabyte GA-880GM-D2H
12 gigs Corsair DDR3 1600
MSI GTX 460 Hawk
Antec Neo_eco 620 W
Crucial M4 128 gig SSD
2 TB WD Greed HDD
Windows 10 x64

I have been wanting to build something newer because this old tech sucks a video encoding and such.
Even the cheap Athlon 200GE build I just did for my wife is better than my "really good" at the time gaming rig. But then again, it is almost 10 years old.


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Re: Oldest daily use computer? [Re: uc50ic4more] #5320525 01/12/20 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by uc50ic4more
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Mac's don't count. A ten year old PC would be a lot worse.

Was going to post the same thing. Well, their life doesn't "age" the same as Windows-based PCs at least.

No, but when Apple decides you're not getting any more support or updates, which I believe they do with a shorter lifespan than Microsoft does with Windows, you're largely out of luck.


Not really that true-

Apple does sometimes seem to arbitrarily roll computers off support for a new OS. I have, for a while, been classifying OS X requirements into what I call "hard" and "soft" requirements.

As an example, while OS X 10.5(Leopard) came it, it supported all Intel models made, all G5s, and all G4s faster than 867mhz. The 867 mhz requirement is a "soft' requirement-it can run on any G4 powered computer, and in fact for most G4 systems it only requires using one of several tricks to bypass the installer check(some are a big more involved and require you to piece together platform support drivers, but it can still be done).

In most cases, a system will support an OS a few releases past where it it officially cuts them off.

One of the biggest hits recently was a OS X 10.12(2016), which requires a CPU that supports SSE4. Apple officially cut off stuff older than ~2010 or so, but it also made it impossible to install on computers released before ~2008 or so. The MacBook Pro 3,1(early 2007) and 4,1(late 2007/early 2008) rolled off the supported list with that version-the 3,1 is off completely, while the 4,1 and later can be made to run it.

The only computers that-to me-have really been shafted were the last PowerPC systems, some of which shipped as late as 2006(and could have been bought as refurbs into 2007). Those shipped with OS X 10.4, and were able to be upgraded to 10.5(2007). 10.6, released in 2009, didn't support any PowerPC systems. That meant that you may have only received 3 years of OS support on a new computer bought in 2006.


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Re: Oldest daily use computer? [Re: OVERKILL] #5320604 01/12/20 09:41 AM
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My "daily driver" computer is a 2005 gaming rig. It's having trouble with youtube videos and will only play them at 360p. However, when new, it was used to display streaming HD shows on my TV. Weird that it's degraded like that.


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My "daily driver" computer is a 2005 gaming rig. It's having trouble with youtube videos and will only play them at 360p. However, when new, it was used to display streaming HD shows on my TV. Weird that it's degraded like that.


There are a lot of possible causes. If it's worth your time I'd first open it up and clean the insides with some compressed air and maybe some isopropyl alcohol + Q-tips and then re-install the OS.

Having said that, some of the codecs used to stream HD videos have become more CPU-intensive to decode and may be stressing the limits of the video card. I'd make sure I have a good codec pack installed and have your browsers set to use video acceleration is possible.

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