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anon7497560627
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9/15/2014 | 9:52:53 AM
cro-magnonTech terms
I started with mainframes before there were hand calculators. Disk packs (system hard drives) held as little as an 8" floppy. My smaert phone is vastly more powerfull than an entire IBM 360 mainframe. In college, you had to wait in line to punch your cards with a hand punch- no keyboards, terminals, or screens. I made some of the very first IBM clones (solder included).  The first PC networks (before Microsoft or Novell) used RS-422a interfaces and a 5 MB shared hard drive (Corvus).  

Thanks for making me feel totally irrelevant.
Gary_EL
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9/13/2014 | 10:56:37 PM
Back to the Stone Age
How about Network TV, vacuum tube, resistor, variable capacitor and inductor?

 
PedroGonzales
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9/13/2014 | 12:07:33 PM
Re: 6 for 10
I got 4 /10.  I guess I'm barely a millenial as well.  I remember a time when beeper was the fashionable device to have and MTV was a channel that actually played music.  Don't forget VHS,  I do remember a dial TV with no remote control, I really had to make an effort each time I wanted to watch a new show. 
Thomas Claburn
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9/12/2014 | 4:35:42 PM
Re: Some of my recollections
"Bulletin Boards"

Or BBS.

Now I feel old. The only technology I never encountered was punch cards. 
Michael Endler
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9/12/2014 | 4:28:01 PM
Re: 6 for 10
Also a millenial (just barely). Also got 6/10!
rradina
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rradina,
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9/12/2014 | 4:03:15 PM
S0C7 ABEND
Once upon a time the infamous S0C7 (sock 7) ABEND engendered the same feeling as a Java NullPointerException or perhaps a JavaScript "undefined" exception.

A few other things that haven't been mentioned yet:

Compuserve

Prodigy

FidoNet (although apparenty still active)

Lynx (although still actively maintained)
Kristin Burnham
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9/12/2014 | 3:24:57 PM
6 for 10
Millennial here: I've heard about (or used) 6/10 of these. Don't discount us all!
jastroff
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9/12/2014 | 11:30:15 AM
Re: Does it matter?
If a millennial was an investor  and needed to know the course of technology, then knowing where and how things were may help understand the trend of where things are going in terms of what to invest in. Ditto if the millennial was an artist, graphic designer, writer, bringing past images into new ideas can be a rich experience. Also throw in people who study the history of work, everyday life, etc. It's not for everyone, the past, that is, but it does help for some to know what came before.
jastroff
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9/12/2014 | 11:24:06 AM
Re: Some of my recollections
I'll go with my personal favorite -- a command that never seems to mean much and takes forever to run

 

>> CHKDSK

 

 
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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9/12/2014 | 10:59:44 AM
Does it matter?
I can't think of anything on this list that it would be important for millenials to know. For what purpose? (Other than communicating with geezers)
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