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Old 11-12-2007, 11:01 PM   #1
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Anyone out there remember Tron? And if so, did you laugh during the movie while most folks looked at you? Well, that was over 2 decades ago.

Here's something the younger computer geeks should enjoy.


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Old 11-12-2007, 11:33 PM   #2
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I was too young when Tron came out to know better, but I was absolutely appalled at Hackers, Independence Day, and Swordfish. At least The Matrix used some actual *nix commands in the opening.

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Old 11-13-2007, 01:40 AM   #3
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Southern VT
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Married w/1 child when I got hooked on Atari Space Invaders

How's that for a stab from the past!
Bill Clark
Windham, VT

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Old 11-13-2007, 03:06 AM   #4
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Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
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I had Atari also...

Orfy: I wasn't sure if you were looking for "Old" computer geeks or "old computer" geeks...

I just took my Nintendo-0001 out of the closet and hooked it up...Mario Bros and Duck Hunter here I come...
HB Bill

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Old 11-13-2007, 03:10 AM   #5
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I had pong and breakout first. I thought Atari was the greatest thing EVER when it came out
On Tap: Whatever I just brewed (got sick of updating it)

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Old 11-13-2007, 03:15 AM   #6
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Apex, NC
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Bunch of kids . . . How 'bout Zork on a Trash80 and Commodore 64.

The Atari 2600 was like the 2nd coming.

Chad Ward
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Old 11-13-2007, 03:24 AM   #7
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My pong set had the flipper type controller rather than the dial type. It had FOUR different pong type games and you could control the ball speed AND paddle size.
If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.

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Old 11-13-2007, 03:25 AM   #8
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I first started programming in Fortran on an IBM mainframe using punch cards! I still have nightmares about dropping stacks of a thousand plus cards!

Trash 80's and basic were a quantum leap!

Zork was da bomb for its time!

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Old 11-13-2007, 03:26 AM   #9
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I'm a bit of a computer geek myself but I don't have too much of a problem with most of the errors in movies like Tron, Swordfish, hackers and the like.

You see, the subject matter is complicated and there's a limited amount of time to convey the subject during a movie, especially one where the purpose is primarily entertainment. The kinds of erroneous information found in movies is the natural result of boiling down a compliciated subject to a sound bite.

It's liek a lot of things in movies-- it isn't real and often it isn't even possible they way they portray it. What 'it' is doesn't matter. 'It' could be a car chase, a tactical room entry, a police proceedure, a legal precedent, a loving relationship. The movies takes some liberties in making a subject seem exciting and look interesting if they didn't most movies woudl be drab, boring affairs that no one wants to see.
Jason 'Kornkob' Robinson

I wanna move to Theory. Everything works in Theory.

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Old 11-13-2007, 03:40 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by Chad
Bunch of kids . . . How 'bout Zork on a Trash80 and Commodore 64.
I have the whole infocom series for PC.

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