any old-timers here remember the tucows archive? https://tucows.com/retired/
Aw, I do remember. One of my games was on there. :slightly_smiling_face: Didn't realize they had pivoted.
I very clearly remember the Tucows archive
so , showing my age by admitting this.
wow...I hadn't seen that word in...many years
The Ultimate Collection Of Winsock Software --- RIP
Trumpet Winsock FTW
Winsock lik Windows Sockets API??
some of us old people still remember that.
Who here can screech like a 1200 baud modem?
I wasn't aware knowing about winsock made you old, isn't it still the networking API you have to use on Windows?
I sitll have a US Robotics 56k baud
somewhere amidst my junk
a friend of mine was director of marketing at Hayes when they introduced their 2400 baud external modem.
winsock.dll as a dependency (with differing versions and implementations e.g. trumpet) comes from a time before the windows kernel had its own tcp stack. it was one of the original dll-hells.
Talking about older tech reminds me of a few days ago when I was at an auto repair place, I saw a printer they were using at the front counter that looked like it was from 1999, with a parallel port, and they had plugged in some little gadget into that which an ethernet cable was connected to. Of all things I'd have expected printers to break the most often over all this time. The point of sale system's UI also was pretty ancient looking too though
Oh, yeah I don't remember that time at all then. I think somewhere I have heard OpenGL was in a similar situation where the developer had to include the graphics drivers or something which is beyond strange to look back at.
My first 3d accelerator was a 3dfx voodoo... you ran the vga cable from the normal video card to the voodoo's in, and then out to the monitor. Your main video card would output some chroma-keyed rectangle (like pure blue or something) and the accelerator would replace that in the vga stream with its 3d magic. It was kludgey af.
the nvidia riva tnt was the first one that looked at all like a modern gpu. it kinda killed the voodoo, and they've been on top of the market ever since.
That's weird... It was like a green screen?! Sounds overly complicated
yup, exactly like a green screen