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Discussion on: What are you "old enough to remember" in software development?

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Michael Kohl • Edited on
  • Basic and 6502 assembly on a C64 (1991)
  • The Borland Turbo Pascal and Turbo C IDEs (started using them in 1993)
  • Being excited when the first Netscape Navigator came out (end of 1994)
  • Switching to Firefox when it was still called Phoenix (version 0.5, 2002).
  • Having to add a ZAxisMapping option to the X config if you wanted the mouse wheel to work on Linux (switched to Linux in 1999).
  • The Usenet as main information source (still miss it)
  • JS being so new that DHTML (Dynamic HTML) was a term 😂
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Daniel Albuschat

I experienced the switch from X11 to Xorg... and writing the configs for both was the biiiiiigest pita in computer history

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Thomas H Jones II

But did you ever burn a mark into your monitor's phosphors when the config file your wrote was close to correct, but just not quite right?

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André Jacques

Remember LILO?

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Michael Kohl

Of course. I also remember how nervous I was when I first switched to GRUB. 😂

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Michael Kohl

Haha, yes I was totally talking about X11 above. The early days of Linux were quite painful but fun at the same time.

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Thomas H Jones II

Nothing quite like waiting two days for the kernel to re-compile only to discover that you left the sd driver out.

The move away from the monolithic kernel was such a vast improvement in maintainability.

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Clive Da

snap ! (on 6502) also Z80

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Michael Kohl

You may like this: eater.net/6502

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Clive Da

tnx