Today first on the list of YouTube weekend moments is the video done by the 8-bit guy on how old computers did things better than their modern counterparts.
In a sense, he makes some compelling arguments that show how low we’ve slid in the name of advance technology and modernization. Somethings are better left as they were.
Let’s Look at the Old Computer Highlights
Some of the highlights through about seven minutes of riveting insight we see him take us through the changes we’ve gone in the history of computers in the last decade or two. Then things get interesting as we take a walk further down memory lane about 30 years. That is before the Internet as we know it today.
We start off by looking how fast computer used to boot. Brings a new meaning to the term instant. We are then taken through what a real computer manual looks like. It actually includes programming instructions in Basic Programming Language in addition to usage instructions. That’s not all, the circuit diagrams and schematics also came with the manuals. Compare that with modern manuals with a bunch of legal gibberish.
He then reminds us about the days when tech support was actually tech support. I need not say more about that. He talks about how safe our data and software is on a floppy disk and how quick it is to replace a crashed computer.
He then goes on to talk about the wow factor on how receiving a new computer was a ceremony in itself. Of course, computers lasted for years and years and still worked. No viruses, no Nigerian scams, no network issues to bog one down.
Best of all when you had a hardware problem simply open the casing, pluck out the offending Microcontroller unit and slot in a replacement. Those were the days. Okay, I have said plenty enough so let me leave you to watch the video below and enjoy the Commodore 64C.