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    New Old Guy On The Block

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    Hello;

    I was baptized an infant into the Roman Catholic system in 1944 and when old enough, attended Catechism where I eventually completed First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

    Though I kept my Catholic identity for twenty-four years, I gave up on the religion itself fairly early because it's just too hard to get to heaven that way.

    Ironically, though I had listened to a pretty good number of homilies in Sunday morning church, my mind never actually "heard" the gospel till it was preached to me by a Baptist minister while I was at work in a welding shop in Vancouver Washington.

    Anyway, long story short, I switched to Protestantism in 1968 and been in that category since.

    I became active on internet forums and message boards in 1997 when we got our first internet-capable computer back in the days of 1.44 mb mini floppy discs, dot matrix printers, and dial-up modems.

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    Needlessly said, you've been around the block!

    Glad to have you, and make yourself at home.

    God bless,
    William

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      #3
      Welcome, hope to see more of you soon.

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        #4
        hello

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          #5
          Welcome to the forum.
          Clyde Herrin's Blog

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            #6
            Welcome . us old folks can join together The avatar is my granddaughter 25 years ago

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            • Sue D.
              Sue D. commented
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              Hi -- so That's why you look so young. Here I thought you'd found the fountain of youth at an early age and wondered where it is "smile"

            • Sue D.
              Sue D. commented
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              Correction -- and I wondered where it is "smile"

            #7
            Originally posted by Becky View Post
            The avatar is my granddaughter 25 years ago

            You're very fortunate. My son and I both married late so at 74 it's doubtful I'll survive to see my nine-month old grandson make it to 25.

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            • Just Mike
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              We both are just a dozen months apart, but God is in total control all the time. So perhaps God might want you alive when he turns 25.

            #8
            Welcome to the forum Zuno. Join right in and glad your are here.

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              #9
              Originally posted by Zuno_Yazh View Post
              Though I kept my Catholic identity for twenty-four years, I gave up on the religion itself fairly early because it's just too hard to get to heaven that way.
              You and Martin Luther! Welcome Zuno_Yazh!

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                #10
                Welcome to the forum Zuno_Yazh, I hope you'll enjoy your stay here. I too remember floppy disks and dial up modems. When I started they had 360K floppies and 720K floppies. The HD 1.44M floppies came later. Glad you are here.

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                • Just Mike
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                  Deade, you mean they have improved and we no longer have to use floppies? You mean I no longer have to use DOS?

                • Sue D.
                  Sue D. commented
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                  It Is amazing how fast technology changes over the years. "smile"

                #11
                I am going to get rid of my two floppie bay computer and get one of them there new ones.

                I can make a huge deal on a box of 100 360K floppies, I will include free shipping! What a steal of a deal hey.

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                • deade
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                  What you are describing is what we trained on 2 360K floppy computer. One bay for the DOS the other bay for the program and data.

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                This was my first computer in the 1980s. The Tandy 1000.

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                I never used it to any potential, had no interest in computers back then. It didn't have a modem nothing. I only played a very unsophisticated flight simulator on it.

                Hilarious:

                The Tandy 1000 SL boasted an Intel 8086 processor running at 8 MHz. The 8086's 16-bit bus gave it a small but definite performance advantage over the earlier 8088-based Tandy 1000s. The SL came with 384 KB of memory preinstalled, whereas the SL/2 offered 512 KB. Both machines could be expanded to 640 KB.

                The Tandy SL model was equiped with a 5.25" floppy disk drive (360 KB) whereas the SL/2 featured a 3.5" floppy disk drive (720 KB). It was possible to add a second disk drive or even a hard disk.

                The SL series offered two innovations over the earlier SX series. One is high resolution (640x200) 16 color graphics; the other is an improved sound circuit, using an 8-bit mono DAC alongside the PSSJ 3-voice sound source. The DAC gave the SL series digital sound output capabilities not much unlike those of the early 8-bit SoundBlaster line of audio cards: 3 PCM voices, 8-bit DMA up to 22050 KHz, audio mono output, audio mono inputs (mic + line), sampling at 5512 KHz, 11025 KHz and 22050 KHz.

                One interesting feature was the 512 KB BIOS, from which 350 KB where available as a read-only C: drive. DOS 3.3 and the main component of Deskmate 3 where stored on it. This was excellent as you could access DOS and start to work only within a few seconds (an unreachable dream nowadays).

                There is no internal clock but one called "SmartWatch" was available as an option. There was thus a socket on the electronic board reserved for it.
                Wish I paid more attention in computer science during high school. At that time I had no interest in learning MS-DOS etc.

                God bless,
                William

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                • Just Mike
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                  I learned DOS and in someways it was good. But very limited in ways I needed it for research for papers.

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                Back around 2001 when our son was attending junior college, he boasted about helping adults use machines in the computer lab. Well; I had to tell him that those "adults" didn't grow up with computers like he did; and that personal computers were relatively recent. These days, even kindergartners have them in their classrooms.

                Our first PC was somewhat faster than the Tandy 1000 SL. It had a 25mhz processor but only a 175mb hard drive. Shoot, these days virus updates often take up more room than that.

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                • Sue D.
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                  My husband's first computer was a T.I. 99 4 A.

                  He was a computer tech up until about a dozen years ago. Both of us have our own computers now.

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                Hi Zuno -- welcome to the Forum

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                  Tell us about your conversion experience (if you have one).

                  Well; I'd rather not, but here goes.

                  The Baptist minister, about whom I wrote in post #1, explained that Christ went to the cross not just for the world; but for individuals; i.e. me-- which was very interesting news to say the least because I had been thinking about hell and the hereafter quite a bit in those days.

                  Anyway, long story short; I went to his church in Portland Oregon; and when the Sunday morning service was over, explained to the pastor that I was there that day to speak with God. So he and I and that minister went down front to a rail where we all knelt together while I prayed a very simple, naïve prayer that went something like this:

                  "God, I know I'm a sinner. I would like to take advantage of your son's death."

                  Well; God must've figured I was a borderline case that needed a bit of encouragement because while speaking my prayer, I became aware of a rather large, heavy chair, like a beefy love seat, on the other side of the rail, a bit to our left and suspended about four feet off the floor. Someone was seated on the chair. I couldn't really make out their face, but the person intently observed me as I spoke every syllable of that brief, unrehearsed, unsophisticated prayer. I didn't tell the pastor what just happened because to be honest, I really didn't know what to make of it.

                  That incident, even though very disturbing, was fortunate because it became-- for me anyway --a fulfilment of the passage below.

                  "The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God" (Rom 8:16)

                  The koiné Greek word translated "bears witness" is summartureo (soom mar-too-reh'-o) which means: to corroborate by (concurrent) evidence.

                  I suppose most people would not think of my experience as the Spirit's corroboration; but instead prefer to rely upon textual evidence rather than seeing things. Well; that's okay by me because after all, I was stressed that morning so who really knows, least of all me, if what I experienced wasn't just some sort of mental aberration.

                  Bill Murray might suggest it was an hallucination brought on by cheap Russian vodka poisoned by fall-out from Chernobyl. But I wasn't a drinker nor had Chernobyl happened yet.

                  Jacob dreamed something pretty disturbing when he left home in Gen 28:12-15. But I wasn't asleep. It was mid Sunday morning and I was bright-eyed and bushy tailed.

                  Please don't write me off as a Jim Jones or a David Koresh looking for followers to help me start some sort of kooky movement. I'm just an aging blue collar retiree who underwent some sort of close encounter of a third kind when he was but a 24 year-old welder with a motorcycle.

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                  • Sue D.
                    Sue D. commented
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                    Well -- in your prayer you were acknowledging your sinfulness and that Jesus Christ was / is God's Son. And that His Son's death was meaningful to you, personally. Now, hopefully, you've grown in knowledge through Bible reading.
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