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re: Staring at a blank DOS prompt in wonder on my dad's 286 in 2nd grade. Programming randomly-shaped stars in logo in 4th grade. Accidentally activa...

Accidentally activating the BIOS password on my first computer and not being able to boot it again for six months until my uncle suggested "amibios" which worked!

And back before there was anything like Google to tell you "pop the battery to reset it".

Of course, back before Google, we had Usenet.


I didn't know about the battery trick! I really wish I had. And I didn't even have a modem at the time to connect to Usenet. Later I got access to the internet through the local college's T1 line, and basically felt like the coolest person ever.

Yeah. It was an annoying way to do things. You'd pop the CMOS battery, and then you'd have to wait for the CMOS to discharge (usually took a half hour or so).

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