Those were the days... 😍
When you installed the DOS drivers it played a Michael Jackson tune at the end of the process.
Also, text-to-speech just blew my mind as a 13 year old in the 90s. My computer was suddenly talking to me! (in a rather creepy voice)
@fribbledom the other day i had to scan something, and discovered that my scanner's default software can play a midi file while you scan. it made me remember what ux was like back in the day
@fribbledom The magic values everyone knew back then were IO Port 220 and IRQ 5.
I had no idea back then what they meant but I knew everything will be alright when I set them in AUTOEXEC.BAT 😃
'text assist text assist is a text to speech really neat hard to beat its a real speech feat type it in type it in and the voice will say how are you? I am here to stay.'
Sung to Overture from 'William Tell'
Haha Text Assist was amazing I'm sure that was included with the soundblaster at some point. I might have mis-remembered the text, by but it was sung and I learned how to control it and wrote funny stories for it to read.
I would have to get hold of an external floppy drive. I'll see what I can do.
No idea if the disks are still working tho 😄
@fribbledom I’ve been watching all these posts and wondering if anyone knows what a floppy disk is.
In this image, I used the large 8” disc at work on a Xenix system in a Bernoulli drive. They were called that because someone realized they could float the read head on a cushion of air over the magnetic media. All drives before SSD were Bernoulli drives, just more dense media.
Then, what was really called a floppy disc were the middle 5-1/4” discs. They were floppy. It was said if someone could create one where the magnetic media wasn’t exposed and was tough enough to throw across the room, they’d make millions. Someone did and that’s what you’re calling a floppy disc. The inventor made nothing. (Sort of the start of open source, eh?)
Floppies were a vast improvement over the tape drives used before, which were just audio tapes, cassettes. But, you do know, floppy disks are floppy, right?
@fribbledom The middle ones, 5-1/4” were what we called floppies. Only high end systems used the large ones, like the Xenix I told you we had at work. Unix was super expensive and needed very expensive hardware to work on. On Xenix, terminals were just that, a keyboard and monitor. All the calculations for what to show on every screen were done on the server. All text, of course. When the mouse and graphic displays were invented we were all on the 5-1/4” floppies.
@fribbledom MSDOS was $30 and Unix was about $2,200 dollars, plus a system to run Unix was ungodly expensive. BSD and Linux changed that.
@fribbledom I remember using one of the early speech recognition systems to generate pascal code blocks.... Though I didn't allow it to talk back 😉
@fribbledom And in the year 2020, I needed to chase down a SB sound font library so I could play a MIDI file "properly." it's amazing how far some tech /hasn't/ come.
@fribbledom Good memories! I did a long trip thru the city to get my soundblaster clone and a couple of speakers, it was so cool
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