20 Years

Yesterday – 27.06.2017 I had very special anniversary. This is very special anniversary because it structured myself as a person and had incredible influence of my future.

After mysterious introduction I will tell what happened 20 Years ago. At that day I went with my whole Family to local PC store called “System X” where after finishing School with very good grades together with my brother we got our first PC.

The PC back then was very powerful – we even “influenced” parents to got 3Dfx Voodoo 😉 I will share the technical specs later (to the best of my memory), but I wanted to share with you why I remember that date so good. Back then together with brother we were cruising through our town to gather all flyers from all PC stores and we were building our dream PC without any budget limitation. That was the power of imagination 😀

First night with beloved PC

Right after we got PC, Windows 95 was installed and naturally we got as well our beloved game Diablo. I was playing with my brother till about 1 AM and we got to bed since we were tired. Right in about hour or so our parents started to shout because whole apartment was flooded. There was some pipe broken in Toilet resulting flooding all apartments till 1st floor. Thanks to god we had insurance 😉

PC specification

Processor

Pentium 2 233 MMX – I remember friends were saying “Don’t buy it, because you will never use its power”.
Pentium 2 233 MHz MMX

Motherboard

I am not sure but we might got some motherboard on Intel 440BX chipset. I am not sure if it was Asus P2B or something different.

RAM

I don’t remember how much RAM we got back then, but I do remember it was SDRAM 133MHz

Hard Drive

Quantum Fireball 5.25 4,3 or 6.4 GB – I don’t remember exactly. What I do remember is that it was very loud. In one of the PC stores there was instructional video for kids stating that, when you hear noise from HDD it doesn’t mean that PC is talking to you.
Quantum Fireball Bigfoot 5.25

Graphic Card

It was S3 ViRGE DX 4MB.
S3 Virge DX 4MB

Accelerator

We convinced our parents that having 3Dfx accelerator will allow us to better learn from educational software. So we got our 3Dfx and we were first in our neighborhood to use it. I remember colleagues who saw Quake or Turok with nice textures.

3Dfx Voodoo

Monitor

If I remember correctly it was Daewoo 518b. It served us for very long time and back then it was good piece of hardware.

Daewoo 518b

Final words

As I mentioned before, this date is very important for me – it brings a lot of memories. As I stated at the beginning – if I wouldn’t get that PC back then I wouldn’t be the person who I am now and I wouldn’t be in the place I am now.

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Wojciech Marusiak

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