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I recently discovered that DEpost has full episodes of the old TV series "Computer Chronicles." I thought it would be fun to react to their "How to Buy a Computer" episode which originally aired in 1993! Nostalgia incoming!!
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Bitwit
Bitwit Vor 2 Monate
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Miciso
Miciso Vor Stunde
i love the deal sites. in my country i got ripped off twice so far xD with a similar ''tool''
Art7220
Art7220 Vor 2 Tage
Everyone's trying to be MST3K. We need that more for the tech world though.
Cavey Möth
Cavey Möth Vor Monat
Slickdeals saved me from being taken to the cleaners!
Joe tuktyyuktuk
Joe tuktyyuktuk Vor Monat
@Willie Thornton pffft...old, my first computer was a commodore vic-20, then a commodore 64, then Amiga, my first pc was a Pentium I @133 MHZ.
Joe tuktyyuktuk
Joe tuktyyuktuk Vor Monat
Funny thing is, in 30 years Lyles grandson gonna be making a neural upload... laughing at Threadripper price and performance. "Why yo be all about 'gigs' of memory you foool Ha...ha..ha! Dontcha know your 'Threadrippa' can't even run my toaster?...maybe only toast on one side...maybe"
nexus1g
nexus1g Vor 5 Stunden
It's so true. A lot of people forget that mechanical keyboards were a mainstay throughout the 80's and 90's. In fact, after membrane ergonomic keyboards were starting to take over the market in the 90's at $50 - $120, mechanical keyboards were as cheap as $10 - $20. Then they disappeared in the early 2000's, then Cherry MX brought them back at $100+. lol
StarkRG
StarkRG Vor 7 Stunden
"Which computer should I buy?" Brought to you by Intel and Hewlett-Packard. I'm surprised they didn't just say to buy an HP with Intel, it's what they'd do now.
Angie Tinio
Angie Tinio Vor 10 Stunden
Ah the nostalgia of seeing the cursor turn to hourglass. The last time I've seen it would probably be back in 2009-2010 when Windows XP is still relevant .
Joe
Joe Vor 11 Stunden
My brother had a very old Dell tower that he'd slapped a 1050 ti inside of. He asked me if I could help him upgrade and I ended up building a pretty decent rig from the ground up. When all was said and done he'd asked where the cd drive was.... he said that he really needed it so now he has this 4k gaming pc with an ugly ass internal cd drive hooked up to it sitting on top. It broke my heart.
Daniel Kliemczak
Daniel Kliemczak Vor 13 Stunden
Let's remember... Database was access... Mostly...
PsiliPharm2012
PsiliPharm2012 Vor 14 Stunden
Gotcha, you could get on AOL, Prodigy, or CompuServe back then ... or BBS systems, so no need for sunlight, why would you even suggest such a thing? You’re a monster!
John Boley Jr.
John Boley Jr. Vor 14 Stunden
As somebody who started out in "Computer Club" on DSDD 51/4" FDDs, this was cutting edge tech. That said, it always seemed underpowered, and underwhelming to me, even then. 2 MB was way more than 640 kB. 😜
Chaaazz2008
Chaaazz2008 Vor 15 Stunden
"They fixed it!" No they didn't. haha.
robert kiefer
robert kiefer Vor 15 Stunden
You laugh, and I'll admit it's funny, but I lived it. My first real computer I got was around 1987, it was a Commodore Amiga 1000. Around 1992 I bought a Macintosh Performa 475. At the time I worked for Auto Trrader Magazine, which you probably don't remember actually had printed magazines before the online version came out. I was trying to get a position as an Ad Builder which was exclusively done on Mac's using Quark Express. A few years after that, I got a Power Mac 8500 and I remember upgrading it to 20 whole megabytes of RAM. I also remember getting one of the first CD burners that you could buy for $1000. I bought a new M1 MacBook for Christmas, I'm retired now so the low end model is fine for piddling around but it still made me think about exactly what you mention in the video, This low end machine has 1000 times more RAM than the Machine I had back then.
Space Fella
Space Fella Vor 15 Stunden
1960: "At least 4KB RAM" 1990: "At least 4MB RAM" 2020: "At least 4GB RAM" 2050: "At least 4TB RAM" 2080: RTX
Joshua Wyckoff
Joshua Wyckoff Vor 16 Stunden
Just a random conversation with me Mum, she bough a computer in 1991 and she said all it was good for was writing a word document. That makes it better than some chrome books :)
Dianne Bishop
Dianne Bishop Vor 16 Stunden
Yes I remember this back in the day when I used to do tech-support for these. That was a long time ago. God I’m old…
Dead Alewives
Dead Alewives Vor 17 Stunden
lol, these prices are why hardly anyone who wasn't upper-middle class and higher had a PC until the turn of the millennium.
Robert Petrey
Robert Petrey Vor 17 Stunden
that's the year I graduated high school
edstar83
edstar83 Vor 19 Stunden
Just Mac and PC why no Commodore Amiga Master Race?
Alex
Alex Vor 20 Stunden
Oh wow how I miss the hotswappable battery on my old x250. It had a literal built in backup battery, so that you could swap the main one out without turning the laptop off. Also, try finding and using an original IBM model M keyboard. Not great for gaming, but for typing you won't find anything better.
- CRYPTiCEXiLE -
- CRYPTiCEXiLE - Vor 21 Stunde
now Macs are highly powerful bsd unix machines :)
- CRYPTiCEXiLE -
- CRYPTiCEXiLE - Vor 21 Stunde
buckling springs are amazing I still love it.
- CRYPTiCEXiLE -
- CRYPTiCEXiLE - Vor 21 Stunde
good ol days I could go back man I could go back to the past :)
- CRYPTiCEXiLE -
- CRYPTiCEXiLE - Vor 21 Stunde
prices wasn't really a thing as people live quite well in the 90s compared today world just saying man.
- CRYPTiCEXiLE -
- CRYPTiCEXiLE - Vor 21 Stunde
yeah I read a lot of computer books back then when u bought a new computer u had like a huge windows 3.11 working with group box and a separate ms-dos 6 book man it had a lot of stuff and teach u a lot about computers and msdos it was actually useful back in the day cause we didn't had internet and kids actually read books back then.
- CRYPTiCEXiLE -
- CRYPTiCEXiLE - Vor 21 Stunde
my first pc at home which was in 1993 my dad got a Packard bell which had like a 210mb hdd 4mb of memory and a intel i486sx @ 33mhz people would come over to my house cause back then that was top stuff right there man :P until it couldn't really handle doom 2 and after awhile that SIS graphics seem dated I remember my dad bought a Cd-rom combo with a creative 16bit sound blaster card cause they come combo together cause cd-rom was a thing in those times and that cost nearly over $400
- CRYPTiCEXiLE -
- CRYPTiCEXiLE - Vor 21 Stunde
back in 1993 I would be 11 years old I remember those laptops I never had one but some of my rich friends did and I would go over just to geek out of them usually it was their father business laptop but u know kids right always sneaking in and checking them out I was amazed by the track ball ... lol now looking at it, I think it was a stupid idea.
- CRYPTiCEXiLE -
- CRYPTiCEXiLE - Vor 21 Stunde
I used cd rom back in mid 90s until like maybe 2006 ish when cd rom music was a thing it can still for your car and stuff, but also with just the bluetooth and other audio syncing tools I don't quite find it that useful all my computers that I use today don't have a CD-ROM in it... sometimes its good for that special unix system u want to boot up but really ur right cd rom is kind of dead ... I was always a digital music guy like mp3 when I was a kid I said that's the future of music having data music mp3s and I was right :)
corbu vasile
corbu vasile Vor 21 Stunde
2021 ...and still mouse and keybord
a1rh3add
a1rh3add Vor 23 Stunden
I've owned at least 3 of those systems featured here.
Midnight Aurais
Midnight Aurais Vor 23 Stunden
dont let yourself be sold a 2 mb ram windows pc wel that story holds up even today but with gb 4 gb is atleast in terms of running smooth the minimum 3 gb could still work but 2 is too little
Maddias
Maddias Vor Tag
18:32 just me, or dies this guy look like an older versions of the PC guy in the Mac vs PC ads?
Nexodus
Nexodus Vor Tag
We're gonna be laughing off our specs in 20 years time.
DormantGames
DormantGames Vor Tag
tl;dr tech specialists are awesome Man, I love how honest the video is- Imagine if nowadays it was still this way, instead of people selling you the PC claiming it's the best you can buy, it can do what you want, it can handle the programs you want to use, when really it feels like it has the performance capability of a calculator running doom. I do also wonder how differently things could have been if the computers never got any more user friendly. Nowadays you get people that don't know how to turn a PC on and think every screen is a touchscreen (much to the amusement of everyone when they try), but if those same people grew up having to use these non-user friendly PCs, I wonder if they'd be tech-wizzes by now. Last wee bit- Can we all just appreciate the tech specialists that come out to fix our PC problems that we can't solve ourselves? I've had 3 times while growing up where I've had to contact a PC guy to come and fix my PC, older gentleman with more years of PC experience than I've been alive and each time he fixes my PC, he explains everything he is doing, what caused the issue and provides suggestions based on his experience, incredible guy which gets his work done fast. I'm positive he's a product of commitment to his field, but I do wonder if it is also in part due to how he grew in the industry. Funnily too his website looks like it's from 1995 and hasn't changed since, but I'd be understating by saying he is an absolute master of the PC.
Scalawag
Scalawag Vor Tag
Just wait till clippy shows up. He's gunna take you to the cleaners
Justin Arant
Justin Arant Vor Tag
What is that little computer on the desk behind him? and where can I get one? 00:01
David Withey
David Withey Vor Tag
Telling you now the new Microsoft Flight Sim taken my Graphics card to the cleaners ROFL
matthewmacgibbon
matthewmacgibbon Vor Tag
im an old fart, but a better year would have been to look at 1989-1991. Would have been even more crazy. it was 1993 that the prices really started to drop. (oh, the internet did exist back in 1993).
Perverted Boun
Perverted Boun Vor Tag
No scalpers, no miners....good old days
wahyu Rhamdan
wahyu Rhamdan Vor Tag
23:26 that was Windows screen saver on the background, OMG...
Jacy Light
Jacy Light Vor Tag
Omg have you ever seen the onion news pc video the Bates 4000 throw your old 3000 away it's a piece of shit 😆
Vect0r85
Vect0r85 Vor Tag
6:05 I freaking have that laptop on the left right now! Bought it as a kid for $100 at a pawn shop, learned to code BASIC and .bat menus.
Vect0r85
Vect0r85 Vor Tag
IMO the "convenience" of not having to know autoexec.bat and config.sys in place of an easy OS is why the average person gets stuck on simple issues. Get to know the inner workings of your PC! Learn how it works! Make it yours!
Reynold Santiago
Reynold Santiago Vor Tag
How much??? 1MB, 2MB, 4MB, or 8MB??? We today see 4GB of Ram as very low end. Better to have 16GB of Ram to handle everything xD.
Rocket Diva
Rocket Diva Vor Tag
When I worked in the campus computer store in 1989, 1mb of RAM was $200.
Ferry Muljono
Ferry Muljono Vor Tag
MegaByte?what is that? Lol
Aymon Mahmoud
Aymon Mahmoud Vor Tag
The lady in green is still staring off into space to this day! :P
British Thought
British Thought Vor Tag
For $5000 you can get an a midrange ASUS Pro Art cadish art laptops with a quadro
Dakarn
Dakarn Vor Tag
Video: "Don't copy that floppy!" Me: *sweats profusely*
WhyteLis21
WhyteLis21 Vor 2 Tage
New laptops are still expansive today, especially, if you want one closer to high end. It may not be 5k, but round 1k to 2k is still relevant in 2021 though. Lol.
Josh_plays 33
Josh_plays 33 Vor 2 Tage
17:58 bill gates uses macs confirmed
Josh_plays 33
Josh_plays 33 Vor 2 Tage
everybody knows solitaire is a graphically demanding game even my pc with 16gb can barely run it. it has to have all settings on low
Fernando Garibaldi
Fernando Garibaldi Vor 2 Tage
“As long as your persistent you can get satisfaction.” Doesn’t work for me.
Adam Ant Turner
Adam Ant Turner Vor 2 Tage
She has a deeper voice than beta males of today.
Thomas Esplin
Thomas Esplin Vor 2 Tage
What about RGB
Edwin Colon
Edwin Colon Vor 2 Tage
the best thing in the world skipping adds
Octoomy YT Productions
Octoomy YT Productions Vor 2 Tage
Today, printers are more powerful then these computers.
Person 5363
Person 5363 Vor 2 Tage
Can’t believe it’s not in a 4:3 ratio
Stoffi Dus
Stoffi Dus Vor 2 Tage
Don't judge the past by today's standards - goes for almost everything.
edstar83
edstar83 Vor 19 Stunden
zoomers gonna zoomer.
Roo Baba
Roo Baba Vor 2 Tage
The RAM Chronicles: 1993: 4MB vs 8 vs 16 2020: 4GB vs 8 vs 16. 2047: 4TB vs 8 vs 16
Dylan Finch
Dylan Finch Vor 2 Tage
"Self-placing heads" reminds me of when I was little and my uncle used to order Floppy Drives. Poor fellow still has trouble getting hard drives. He just settles for it being floppy.
Dino Correia
Dino Correia Vor 2 Tage
Funny will be a video of a review of this youtube in 2053
crazyd3uces
crazyd3uces Vor 2 Tage
There's still a reason to see the sun 🌞 I lolled
2SlowMusic
2SlowMusic Vor 2 Tage
The mario thing was Mario Teaches Typing!!! :-D
VisenX
VisenX Vor 2 Tage
imagine in 40 years someone reacting to nowadays hardware and getting a kick like this.
Swedlyheyz
Swedlyheyz Vor 2 Tage
This made my day, THANK YOU!
Lego Minifig
Lego Minifig Vor 2 Tage
Bought myself a dead performa abt 6 months ago for a compact sleeper PC build. One day ill have the funds to finish it
The direction Of life
The direction Of life Vor 2 Tage
“Choosing a 486 CPU will help your computer last longer 😂”
chrono2959
chrono2959 Vor 2 Tage
549 dislikes I just got to ask why for what damn reason would you download this video
Aaron Czechlski
Aaron Czechlski Vor 3 Tage
to think i spent $400 on a 6 core 12 thread ryzen based laptop with 512gb ssd and gtx1650ti!! things have come a long way!!! :O
Aaron Czechlski
Aaron Czechlski Vor 3 Tage
DUDE I was like 10 knew everything about dos,, Autoexe, dip switches, jumpers where nothing!!!
Zoomer30
Zoomer30 Vor 3 Tage
10:00 Elizabeth Holme in 1993. She's a time traveler.
Zoomer30
Zoomer30 Vor 3 Tage
Color LCDs bearly existed back in 1993. And they had horrible angle issues. Look at it directly from the front or it looked like a Andy Worholl on acid painting.
Zoomer30
Zoomer30 Vor 3 Tage
Ni-Cad was it for bats.
Zoomer30
Zoomer30 Vor 3 Tage
My first PC: Sept 1995 Gateway P5-75, 8MB RAM, 300MB hard drive(Pentium I, 75Mhz) with CRT. Printer included (Epson) $2300
patfree14094
patfree14094 Vor 3 Tage
2020: Can it run Crysis?? 1993: Can it run solitaire??
Dutchys Packin
Dutchys Packin Vor 3 Tage
Man if you.made a drinking game for every time they reply with what ever your doing with your system id be dead ten min in
Michael Torrisi
Michael Torrisi Vor 3 Tage
People may not have been using web browsers much in 93, but the internet was very much a thing. Pretty sure you already had AOL by that time, and I was on a BBS and by like 95 or so, I was playing on MUDs via Telnet. Telnet and FTP were kind of the standard, but there was a lot of online activity.
kevin 808
kevin 808 Vor 3 Tage
I love the computer chronicles. It makes me wish I was an adult in that era
Agustin Aviles
Agustin Aviles Vor 3 Tage
2070: u got gigabytes of ram? Now we have googlebytes of ram
ciprian ganea
ciprian ganea Vor 3 Tage
In 1993 internet was a expensive option and about 1% from communications of 1993 was over Internet. Of course, we laugh out loud today when we hear about 2Mb, but with 12Kbs it has reached the Moon. At that time I remember that I was still using a clone of ZX Sinclair (48Kb) and that was already 2 times faster than what the local polytechnic university had 15 years before.
Grafmec X
Grafmec X Vor 3 Tage
Wow I was not prepared for those 2 whole megabytes of RAM🤣
Ornge Master
Ornge Master Vor 3 Tage
Goes back in time with a AMD RYZEN 5950X and NVidia Titan 5 ,2Tb of ram running on windows 10 pro64bit tells tjhe people this pc is from god and will last for 50 years or more while everyone else will last around a few months also bring back a 4k monitor
lk77
lk77 Vor 3 Tage
my gaming laptop battery doesnt last very long too ^^
Alexander Ellis-Robbins
Alexander Ellis-Robbins Vor 3 Tage
Imagine being able to go back in time to 1993 with a modern gaming PC... o.o
neil johnson
neil johnson Vor 3 Tage
Before the internet we still had cd roms etc yea we went outside alot more but a decent 486 was alot of fun games were great on vga and there was still a hell lot to do
nicholas fisher
nicholas fisher Vor 3 Tage
I miss tech tv I watched the heck out of that
KingALBoy
KingALBoy Vor 4 Tage
If you didn't like tinkering with autoexec.bat or config.sys, you didn't get a PC
Lee Phillips
Lee Phillips Vor 4 Tage
Thanks for the trip down memory lane! Still remember my first PC from Vtech. 486SX25, 4mb ram, 1mb VGA graphics and 120mb hard drive complete with 14" monitor all for £999. I also remember having to "park" the hard drive head on my first laptop!
McBlazington
McBlazington Vor 4 Tage
The 486sx didn't have a built in math coprocessor. The dx did. That they don't mention this is criminal. Also I am old.
TheDutchisGaming
TheDutchisGaming Vor 4 Tage
10:47 “you will want at least 4MB” So now is then? But times 1024.
Art7220
Art7220 Vor 2 Tage
Thank programmers with their memory bloat, they don't have to be efficient. And where do we get Multimedia PCs from now?
Gianne Paulo Garcia
Gianne Paulo Garcia Vor 4 Tage
30yrs from now... someone will be laughing at you talking about gigabyte of ram... hahhaha
Travelers Paradise
Travelers Paradise Vor 4 Tage
I miss CompUSA! There used to be one right next to mu house. I would go there to check out the parts, just for fun and I got my first PC there as well. Oh man I enjoyed this video more than I thought I would hahaha!
Pr0sacK
Pr0sacK Vor 4 Tage
@19:12 Deadass that game is awesome. Mario Teaches Typing. We played it on the original colored iMacs when I was in grade school (yes, I'm old).
Jon M.
Jon M. Vor 4 Tage
5,000 dollars in 1993 adjusted for inflation is around 9,000 dollars now
Dino Jovanović
Dino Jovanović Vor 4 Tage
I wonder if the writer woman would know this much info today :D
Larry Royovitz
Larry Royovitz Vor 4 Tage
"What kind of computer did you need to render that?" "An Amiga. And Amiga with Video Toaster!"
fire surfer
fire surfer Vor 4 Tage
I went to Costco in 94 and saw a 500 meg hard drive. I was thinking I could never fill that up.
Mendo Dave
Mendo Dave Vor 4 Tage
5:13. “You don’t have to deal with” I dealt with that stuff, and while it was all very educational; these days I’m just going with Mac, iPad, (actually my main computer now) and all the rest of the ecosystem, because it’s less fuss and just pretty much works together, for the most part. Anyway, thanks for the nice trip down memory lane with your video.
tstill
tstill Vor 5 Tage
(1993) Can it play solitaire?
Invisible Doctor
Invisible Doctor Vor 5 Tage
I don't really know what the point of nitpicking this video. I know it's funny to laugh at some of the more outrageous things in the video like computers being $5,000 and such but I find it kinda weird when people are appalled by things in the video.
TheSpicyJalapeño
TheSpicyJalapeño Vor 5 Tage
haha you havent activated windows lmao
Faeres Munkeyes
Faeres Munkeyes Vor 5 Tage
Kids today don't know the joy of buying a computer game and running it only to find you don't have enough conventional memory and having to get that right first. Ahh the good ol days
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