I was just thinking about my early days on an 8086 and a 386/33, and went to the vortex of wikipedia to read up on stuff. I started remembering Cyrix and VIA and the old computers I used to tinker around with from ages 8 to 15 or so. Playing Descent on a 33MHz 386 with no sound card and loving it. Playing Zork and some side-scroller monster truck game on an 8086. Borrowing a Zip drive from school and installing Linux on a 486 i scrounged, or my uncle gave me, until I put the processor in sideways and fried it. Oh, an excerpt that made me remember the giant computer catalogs I used to go through…Page. By. Page.
Although the company was short-lived and the brand name is no longer actively used by its current owner, Cyrix’s competition with Intel created the market for budget CPUs, which cut the average selling price of PCs and ultimately forced Intel to release its Celeron line of budget processors and cut the prices of its faster processors more quickly in order to compete.
Anyway. Things change quickly. Hooray for competition. All that jive.
No, I have no point. But I think I’ll forever remember that 386/33 DX with 4MB of RAM and the 60MB hd split into 2 partitions. And the AWESOME Pentium 75 with 16MB of RAM with the 1 GIGABYTE hard drive that I (drivespace? doublespace?)’d to 2GB that we got afterwards. and then my very first own computer, a P3 550MHZ (next to top of the line of 600!) with a gargantuan 256MB of ram! (my roommate had a faster and more expensive 600MHz P3, but only 128MB), 18GB hard drive, 19″ (!!!!!) monitor, DVD (!!!!) drive, creative soundblaster pro, and creative RIVA TNT2 card! hah. $2500+. I just had to look up my graphics card to remember details, so now I’ll include an excerpt:
The Creative 3D Blaster TNT2 Ultra came clocked at the standard 150 MHz core and 183 MHz RAM. However, Creative included a unique software package that allowed the user to run software that used 3dfx‘s Glide.
And I remember my cousin’s husband-to-be frothing at the mouth over my planned rig, saying “you could run the internet with this!”
and, no, I never successfully used Creative’s Glide wrapper, IIRC.