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Who Remembers These Things?

 Tools From Yester-Year

Mosaic Book PhotoMOSAIC 1.0 RELEASED NOVEMBER 1993

Who remembers the release of Mosaic, the first user-friendly web browser that preceeded Netscape?  It was developed by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois. and released in November 1993.  While I'd like to say I was in kindergarten at the time, I was actually well into my engineering career when this huge development hit.  It was only available at work or so I thought.  Imagine my surprise when I learned I could actually get internet service at home and use it there!  Back then, internet service was via dial-up moden and what today seems agonizingly slow was just absolutely incredible then.

Mosaic was responsible for popularizing the World Wide Web with it's easy installation, icons, bookmarks, and yes, even PICTURES!  The print function was to be developed later so the best one could do was print a screen shot.  In retrospect, that saved a lot of paper.

Other fun things from years past are shown below.  Who recognizes them?  Even better, who has owned and used them?

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How about the one below?  It changed everything and only cost $459 (with company discount) at it's initial release.  It's "Reverse Polish"notation isn't widely available anymore but I still prefer it.  Imagine, no equal ("=") key!!!  This one still works and I wish I'd had it turned on when I took the photo.

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OK, enough fun, back to work now...

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Comment balloon 17 commentsRichard T. Dolbeare • October 13 2008 03:57PM

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Richard, i remember these! What a nice bit of nostalgia. Of course, I remember conversations with my grandmother who remembered the model T, and living without television. PC's were just starting to land in everyone's home before she died. Wonder what else I'll see before I die?

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Chartwell Kansas City Realty) about 10 years ago

Ah yes, my dad often talked of the Model T that he owned and my family didn't have a TV until I was 12.  I wish I had a photo of THAT to post!  Haven't our lives been a grand ride so far!  I wonder what else we will see.

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) about 10 years ago

Richard -

Man, are we old!  I do remember this stuff - every one.  Even owned a Slide Rule during my Senior Year in High School!

Any value for this stuff on Ebay?

Want to get a real shock?  Watch the AMC cable TV show Mad Men, about 1960-62 Advertising Execs in New York.  They didn't have ANY of this stuff, smoked and drank at work like there was no tomorrow, otherwise screwed around at whim - and still got stuff accomplished.

Amazing!

DEAN & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted by Dean Moss, Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team (Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL) about 10 years ago

Dean - We have a few years of history under our belts wouldn't you say <grin>?  Speaking of drinking on the job, I remember a business trip to Germany where I ate lunch in the company cafeteria and was able to order a beer!.  I think it was Telefunken but don't hold me to that.  One could also do their banking in the cafeteria during lunch.

Thanks for the Mad Men tip, I'll watch it!

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) about 10 years ago

Hey Richard, thanks for commenting on my blog.  I can't believe I don't remember mosaic.  It seems like I have always been online.  Back in college, I was using what I thought was brand new to surf...Netscape Navigator.  EVery page took five minutes to load.  It was awesome.

Posted by Portsmouth NH Real Estate Agent - Rebecca Skane, Realtor®, e-PRO® (Keller Williams Coastal Realty) about 10 years ago

Rebecca-Best wishes to you out there in the Northeast.  I was there once, isn't that where Ben & Jerry's is located?

Richard

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) about 10 years ago

Hi Richard - I remember playing at my Dad's desk and he had one of those cool slide rulers.  I never could figure out what that thing was supposed to measure, but it fascinated me.

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) about 10 years ago

Hi Ann,

The slide rule was a giant leap forward from the abbacus <grin>.  It did a good job of multiplying and dividing but you had to figure out where to put the decimal point yourself.  It did other stuff too that you don't even want to know.

Aloha!

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) about 10 years ago

Hi Richard, I have heard of Mosaic, but don't know all of it.  I have seen different versions of the slide rule. I believe during my high school years, we were once taught to use it and all of a sudden, they disappeared!

Posted by Sherry Peckhoon Sim, Broker/Owner, Covering the Beautiful Central Coast (Sims & Company) about 10 years ago

Hi Sherry,

Mosaic was killed off by Netscape which was killed off by Internet Explorer which is still going strong even though Firefox has come on as a serious challenger (my opinions).

 I'm impressed with the quality of your high school if they were teaching slide rule usage.  I came from a rural area and didn't get that kind of training until college.

Aloha

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) about 10 years ago

Ummmm....I honestly don't recognize either of them. I'm not THAT young, either. Hmmmm. GBU!

Posted by Elizabeth Nieves, Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team (The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group) about 10 years ago

I don't know, you look pretty young in your photo!

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) about 10 years ago

I used Mosaic but never cared much for slide rules.

 


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Posted by Ronnie Margolis, Kauai Realtor - CDPE, ABR, RA - On Top of the Aloh (KW Kauai) about 10 years ago

Hey Ronnie, how are you! 

I have an abacus on my desk that I'd be willing to loan out.  It won't multiply or divide though.

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) about 10 years ago

I used a slide rule in High School Math. It makes me feel old just thinking about it. My grandmother showed me how to use the abacus. She also had a mechanical adding machine that was fun to use. I will have to see if I can find it....Doug

Posted by Douglas Harland, Southern Oregon (Century21 J.C. Jones American Dream) about 10 years ago

Doug - You're at least the 2nd to mention learning to use the slide rule in high school.  I wish I'd had that opportunity back then but my school was very small and very limited in what they offered (my graduating class was about 35 wild students).

I remember the mechanical adding machine that was used in at the local grocer.  He would key in each item and then crank and crank and crank until it somehow came up with the total.  If you have one like that, I bet it's worth a lot.

Aloha!

Posted by Richard T. Dolbeare, R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Maui) about 10 years ago

My husband and I were discussing betamaxes the other day.  He wasn't sure what it was. His parents weren't big on television.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 10 years ago

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