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  Post #1 (permalink)   05-15-2017, 05:17 PM
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I might ramble a bit and go back a few years and talk a little about how the internet and computers have changed.

I'm enjoying myself a bit with my old VPS because while I still have it I can use it to learn more. Nothing hosted on it so I updated the operating system and cPanel on it. I did cancel the service and it will expire at the end of this billing period. But while I have it I'm using it to learn more. I can mess up all I want, and not that I have, but it is a good learning experience. And if I were at a point that I had staff because I could not handle my company alone we'd all use it to learn more while it has no accounts on it.

The last time my server was moved my former upstream provider did it because the node I was on had gotten so old they had to move everyone. But they messed a lot of stuff up in the move and they had to fix several of my client domains.

Fortunately, when I did the move myself everything went perfectly. It doesn't matter if you mess up because if you did you just don't update DNS anyway until you know the domain is transferred correctly. Once I knew everything was moved and working right I simply updated DNS. So the transition was pretty much seamless.

I think once I do this again though I will keep one domain I don't use for any website and just use it for testing and learning purposes.

I do have a big Dell Workstation here that has Windoze XP Professional on it. It has dual everything on it but one of the HD's is bad. So it might be a good machine to toss a new HD on, install Linux and use that to practice on. Set up my own VPS servers on it and mess around with it. Since when you are on a LAN you can do anything with DNS you want with Intranet IP's and making your own local domain names.

My first server was hosted on a dedicated wire I had in my home. But I didn't have all the security on it I should have and so my Linux RedHat 6.2 server got cracked a couple times. Once the cracker scanned a US navy server with it. I had some dialogue between my upstream provider and the US navy and convinced them it was a cracker so I was cleared of any legal garbage. After that I moved my servers back to a data center and it's far better. I think that had to be about 17 years ago, since then I've stuck with using data centers.

Those of you who go back a ways will remember the finger servers. If you had someones email address you could finger them and get info about when they were online last and stuff. We didn't even have http back then. Most everything was text based web pages, this is even before Google came along. We did have Yahoo though, in fact they started the same year I got online in 1995. How many of you remember the gopher servers? Do you recall when Archie, Gopher, Veronica and Jughead were the three standard "finding" tools on the Internet?

I got one of the first pentium machines that came out. It had I think a half GB HD, 8MB of RAM, 28.8 Fax/modem. Boy did I feel good with that because most providers still had a baud rate of only 14.4! When they went to 28.8 I upgraded to 56k! And upgraded my ram to 16MB! I was ahead of the providers!

Today, it's a whole nuther ball of wax. Okay, I'm done.
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I got one of the first pentium machines that came out. It had I think a half GB HD, 8MB of RAM, 28.8 Fax/modem. Boy did I feel good with that because most providers still had a baud rate of only 14.4! When they went to 28.8 I upgraded to 56k! And upgraded my ram to 16MB! I was ahead of the providers!

Those specs! Those were the days. I can't even imagine what it would be like nowadays won 56k trying to load anything modern website wise.
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Those specs! Those were the days. I can't even imagine what it would be like nowadays won 56k trying to load anything modern website wise.
I have a 56k dial up modem that i was sent in error by a broadband provider i am no longer with and was told to keep it as a backup. i did for fun tried it out last year and what a nightmare
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I got one of the first pentium machines that came out. It had I think a half GB HD, 8MB of RAM, 28.8 Fax/modem. Boy did I feel good with that because most providers still had a baud rate of only 14.4! When they went to 28.8 I upgraded to 56k! And upgraded my ram to 16MB! I was ahead of the providers!

Today, it's a whole nuther ball of wax. Okay, I'm done.
Wow, brings back memories. When we first started a BBS to manage service calls, we were on an acoustic 300 baud modem. I was servicing typesetters at the time and selling machines for $14000 with 32K of memory programmed with paper tape. Times have changed.
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Those specs! Those were the days. I can't even imagine what it would be like nowadays won 56k trying to load anything modern website wise.
I had gotten hold of a 486DX machine later on that someone had put windoze 95 on it. I reformated the hd and put Linux on it. Then decided later to put windoze 95 back on it but there was no software to reformat to windoze. So I put disc druid in, reformated and yanked the disc before it could complete. It seems that if you keep the disc in for some reason it didn't erase linux. But if you yanked the disc out then it could not revert anything and I was able to reformat for windoze. Software has sure come a long ways since then.
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Software has sure come a long ways since then.
I agree, i recently come across a disc box in my loft and in it was a copy of Norton Anti-virus on 18 floppy discs.

They were the days when loading software you had to sit over your PC and keep changing floppy discs to install software.
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I agree, i recently come across a disc box in my loft and in it was a copy of Norton Anti-virus on 18 floppy discs.

They were the days when loading software you had to sit over your PC and keep changing floppy discs to install software.
Didn't seem too long again when I had to use 6 or 8 floppy boot disks to install Windows XP
 
 
 


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Didn't seem too long again when I had to use 6 or 8 floppy boot disks to install Windows XP
I didn't even know XP came on floppy discs, I thought those went out with Windoze 3.0. My Windoze 95 machine ad CD's with a diskette to start with. Now since Windoze XP you didn't get anything and had to backup the OS after you bought the machine onto CD's or DVD's.
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Remember when a download online via a dialup connection would take hours, and in todays standards it was a very small file? Now the same file takes literally seconds. I had my first server on a sDSL wire I had ran into my home with 384K and I ran multiple servers on it. It was lightening fast and another server admin I knew in Texas connected to the IRC server I ran on that network and said, WoW this is fast. It was in fact faster than a hosted server on a Tiered 1 line. That was when 1.5MBPS was a dream come true. Now I have more bandwidth on my smart phone that runs on a 4G network.
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I didn't even know XP came on floppy discs, I thought those went out with Windoze 3.0. My Windoze 95 machine ad CD's with a diskette to start with. Now since Windoze XP you didn't get anything and had to backup the OS after you bought the machine onto CD's or DVD's.
Last OS on Floppy was Windows 95 which was on 13 floppy discs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_95

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Last OS on Floppy was Windows 95 which was on 13 floppy discs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_95

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It must be that windoze 95 was available in different configurations. I do know they had a diskette drive. When you say floppy drive to me I think of the old 5" (or whatever size they were) disks. I was suprised to know that when XP came out some of them still had a diskette drive. Unlike the floppy drives these were as you know smaller, 3.5" I think. I still have some here even though I tossed most of them in the trash after backing up what I needed on cd's.

I have an XP Pro Workstation that has a diskette drive.
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When I was at a kid, I had one of those IBM computers with Win 95 and a floppy disk too, used to play Diablo on that bad boy
 
 
 


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Last OS on Floppy was Windows 95 which was on 13 floppy discs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_95

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Where I went to school those were called diskettes. The older 5" ones or whatever size they were, were called floppy disks. I do remember windows 95 being on diskettes. I might even still have mine somewhere.
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Now that you mention it, I have some floppy disks and a reader. Talk about saving old techie things. It might be time to recycle them. It looks like Floppydisk.com, reuses the disk.
 
 
 
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