ibrentlam @ibrentlam

any old-timers here remember the tucows archive? https://tucows.com/retired/

Eric Sembrat (him/his) @webbeh

old timers

Will Boyd @lonekorean

Aw, I do remember. One of my games was on there. :slightly_smiling_face: Didn't realize they had pivoted.

Wim Weber @the_kernel

I very clearly remember the Tucows archive

so , showing my age by admitting this.

John Corry @jcorry

wow...I hadn't seen that word in...many years

Robert Labrie @robert.labrie

The Ultimate Collection Of Winsock Software --- RIP

Wim Weber @the_kernel

winsock

Sanjay Parekh @sanjay

Trumpet Winsock FTW

Seth @rsethc

Winsock lik Windows Sockets API??

Wim Weber @the_kernel

yep

some of us old people still remember that.

Sanjay Parekh @sanjay

Who here can screech like a 1200 baud modem?

Seth @rsethc

I wasn't aware knowing about winsock made you old, isn't it still the networking API you have to use on Windows?

Wim Weber @the_kernel

I sitll have a US Robotics 56k baud

somewhere amidst my junk

ibrentlam @ibrentlam

a friend of mine was director of marketing at Hayes when they introduced their 2400 baud external modem.

Jace Bennett @jace

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.

Seth @rsethc

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.

Jace Bennett @jace

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.

Seth @rsethc

That's weird... It was like a green screen?! Sounds overly complicated

Jace Bennett @jace

yup, exactly like a green screen