In this thread, you went back in time and it's 1989!

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by wonder, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. wonder

    wonder Expert Licensed User

    Let's say you travel back in time into 1989 in a parallel universe.
    You can't take any hardware or software with you, except for you memories, skills and knowledge from 2015.

    What kind of software would you bring to the world?

    PS: Since you are in a parallel universe, there are no time paradoxes. None of your actions will affect our current timeline.
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  2. RandomCoder

    RandomCoder Well-Known Member Licensed User

    A time before B4A and B4PPC, that hardly bares thinking about! :eek:
  3. ilan

    ilan Expert Licensed User


    EDIT: ok i changed my mind, FACEBOOK
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  4. HotShoe

    HotShoe Well-Known Member Licensed User

    I'd start a new company, write a new kind of search engine, and name it Google.

    -- Jem
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  5. Cableguy

    Cableguy Expert Licensed User

    Dahm!!! I was aiming at creating Bet'n'Clic, but with result insights!!!
  6. wonder

    wonder Expert Licensed User

    ... but would you guys be able to create Google, Bet'n'Click and Facebook with 1989 hardware?

    Remember that we'd be working with QBasic, C++ and Pascal on i386 PC's.
    Visual Basic wouldn't be out until 1991 and the World Wide Web was still in the laboratory.
  7. RandomCoder

    RandomCoder Well-Known Member Licensed User

    Don't forget good old Assembly :confused:
  8. Beja

    Beja Expert Licensed User

    I would look around for my PC XT with 10 MB hard disk, 256K RAM and 5.25" Floppy disk drive., then start enhancing Edlin to look make it like Word Perfect.
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  9. HotShoe

    HotShoe Well-Known Member Licensed User

    Absolutely. Back then I was very familiar with the Motorola 68030 and other 68000 series processors. I was working mainly in C and ASM then. The problem with this timeline is that the internet was unknown as far as the world wide web goes. I'd have to wait a few years to refine it and launch it. Maybe I could even talk Larry into coming to work for me hehe.

    --- Jem
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  10. Troberg

    Troberg Well-Known Member Licensed User

    I think the thing to do would be to do more or less what the successful companies did, but a little bit ahead of them. The technology simply wasn't advanced enough for something truly groundbraking, but it would be possible to be one step ahead, and only go for the successful ideas, ignoring all the bad ideas.
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  11. sorex

    sorex Expert Licensed User

    man, Edlin was horrid :eek:

    edit was probably the best thing M$ ever made back then. :)
  12. susu

    susu Well-Known Member Licensed User

    I will buy shares and stocks of Microsoft, Apple, Nokia... I will make friend with Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Wozniak but not Steve Jobs :D
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  13. Peter Simpson

    Peter Simpson Expert Licensed User

    That's exactly what Lou did in the movie called Hot Tub Time Machine when they went back in time to 1986 :), he names his search engine Lougle...

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  14. NJDude

    NJDude Expert Licensed User

    I would become a preacher, and spread the word that "social media" and "smart phones" will make you stupid and retarded, a soulless zombie roaming the Earth. :D
  15. Informatix

    Informatix Expert Licensed User

    I confirm. In the 80's, a lot of developers were able to code in low-level languages. If you open the famous books of this era (I don't know their title in other languages), they were full of ASM routines (e.g. to speed up manipulations of strings). At school, in the middle of the 80's, I learnt to code in ASM and build a programmable automaton although I didn't study computer science.
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  16. Informatix

    Informatix Expert Licensed User

    We usually forget that a lot of people were already connected together before Internet becomes popular. We were using BBS (bulletin board systems) and Usenet.
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  17. sorex

    sorex Expert Licensed User

    I still have my assembler books with all INTs explained in it (even one from Peter Norton but it wasn't the best one).

    move ah,4ch
    int 21h

    and the likes were daily used back then. fun and speedy but things like Turbo/Borland Pascal opened doors for speedy results/mockups ofcourse while you could still use inline assembler to even improve some nasty routines.

    and shitty mailing systems like fidonet also running on top of the BBSs.
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  18. HotShoe

    HotShoe Well-Known Member Licensed User

    I wrote the SuperComm bbs system back then complete with a Fidonet product ID and SCmail mail tosser that would do Fido style and database style messages. It was the "wild west" of inter-networking. :)

    --- Jem
  19. giga

    giga Well-Known Member Licensed User

    No more CRT's
    No more "Turbo" buttons
    No more SX,DX models.
    No more curly cabled keyboards. (Wait I have one on my colecovison controller) Damn.
    No more monochrome screens.
    No more ozone smelling equipment
    No more immediate PC shutdowns from the power button (Goodbye AT Power supplies).

    Finally to kick myself in 1990 I paid $500US for this: (in order to scan a complete page you had to go down each side of the page and line both together)
  20. sorex

    sorex Expert Licensed User

    wow, in color.

    I remember that handy scanner in black or maybe grayscale where you had to rescan your page or picture a dozen times
    because you either weren't going straight enough or the speed was not equal over the entire scanning which lead to stretched/squeezed or curly texts :)
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