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    12 years later

    It's all the same questions

    There are over 190,000 members on this forum. I am member number 816.

    When I started, you had to use a desktop and an inverter. Ground loops where awful. If you wanted any sort of display beyond a 4x40 character VFD display, it was going to cost you $800 for the raw LCD panel plus another $150-$200 for a controller card to make it work with a VGA graphics card.

    A 20 Gig HDD was awesome.

    Software discussions were basically centered around winamp and realplayer skins. I was one of the first folks to get a touchscreen. 10.4" LCD pull from a point of sale machine. $300. I used a realplayer skin and a very primitive GPS program to have something that resembled an integrated system.

    Now I just use my Galaxy S3 and a bluetooth module. I still use the same stereo I used in 2002

    I love living in the future.

    This place was originally hobbyist only. Started by a guy named Jason Moon. He left and Zip-Lock took over. I don't remember when the commercialization happened, but I welcomed it. People make good products when there's money to be made. The holy grail was an in-dash motorized LCD Touchscreen. Looks like those are still on the "want" list.

    I got out of this when I started getting out of debt. No room for toys in the budget.

    So how's things? (And how the eff do I change my signature?)
    Debt as of 1/1/05: $34,354.48
    Debt as of July 4, 2007: $0.00 explanation
    I'M DEBT FREE!!
    I'm now a reasonably successful gunblogger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer View Post
    Who the f*** are you?


    And

    Same way as always.
    I used to be the forum jackass. Now I'm just a raw wave. Did Frodo ever come back?

    I dont have an edit option for my sig or my contact info. It's wierd.
    Debt as of 1/1/05: $34,354.48
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    I'M DEBT FREE!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizardPC View Post
    I used to be the forum jackass. .
    And what proof have you that its not still true?

    Quote Originally Posted by wizardPC View Post
    Now I'm just a raw wave. Did Frodo ever come back?
    Couple times... but not seen/heard last couple years
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizardPC View Post
    I used to be the forum jackass. Now I'm just a raw wave. Did Frodo ever come back?

    I dont have an edit option for my sig or my contact info. It's wierd.
    Click on Notifications at the top. You should then have most of the options you want

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    Ahh, there it is. Thanks!

    And where's bgoodman?
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    Hi Wizard!

    I remember wanting to congratulate you on your out of debt story - ESPECIALLY on those wages etc! (Wot - no government bail-outs? <sarcasm intended - at gov't & business, NOT you!!> )
    I don't think I ever did, so please take it now. Truly admirable!!


    As to your car-pc saga, I could mention I remember the first 5M HDD... I can't recall if it was marketed as MMMMMCCXLMMDCCCLXXX bytes (LOL!)...
    But OMG! - the pioneers that were so dedicated. Inverters, etc. (At least we were beyond valve technology, except for EMP proofing.)

    And look at it now - chip-erized dc (SMPS) converters, compact hi-res touch screens, etc. No more 7400-series chips in an "IBM compatible" PC nor Hercules cards to enable graphics to co-exist(?) with text (an issue I never understood!).

    You guys even surpassed Star Trek. Their communicators didn't have color screens or web access.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizardPC View Post
    Ahh, there it is. Thanks!

    And where's bgoodman?
    Long gone.
    Haven't seen him in years, honestly.

    The old guard is mostly history.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



    Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.

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    First question - are you still out of debt?
    Quote Originally Posted by wizardPC View Post
    It's all the same questions
    Now I just use my Galaxy S3 and a bluetooth module. I still use the same stereo I used in 2002
    Once I installed the iPad I suddenly had no reason to tinker with a PC, either.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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