The Hell Freezes Over Contest

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lancethepants

Well my favorite technology that came from '97 would have to be AGP, though I think it wasn't til a little later that I adopted it.  I was remembering back to my voodoo2 card, and I guess it didn't release til '98.

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Tungil90

The USB-(2.0)-Stick, an awesome method to take everything important with you and even share stuff or enjoy a movie ( of course only safety-backups of your own dvds/blurays ! ;) ).

Really important to me! :)

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KHRex

I was awed by the Mars Pathfinder. I also was playing a lot of Duke Nukem 3D, watching Men in Black and The Fifth Element (still a favorite), and dreaming about the getting the newly-released Pentium II. DVDs also showed up that year! I still only have DVDs, no Blu-ray yet. Ahhh, how long it had been...

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Wingzero_x

The wooden wheel! Such a huge improvement over the stone ones!

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dbett

AGP Video cards!

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Burner27

Pentium 166MMX

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Ickabod16

The biggest tech from 1997 for me was the US Robotics Sportster 56K fax/modem. Wow, 56K was blazing fast back then compared to the 28.8K modems.

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goku_dsv

my favorite tech during '97 would have to be nintendo 64. I remember  playing for hours and hours after school filling my days with Ocarina of Time, GoldenEye, Perfect Dark, and of course Duke Nukem. Fondest memory would have to be playing multiplayer in Perfect Dark in Facility (though for some reason it was spelled Felicity in the game, maybe they didnt like the show?) I would place laptop guns in the corridor ceiling near the bathroom and farsight people from inside the vents. ah priceless. second  favorite tech during that time would have to be the hot pocket and the toilet. lol after all that playing a guy's gotta refuel and use the bathroom.

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tomgarz

Big news that year, Internet Explorer version 4 was released...wow!

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jml4970

intel pentium II

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moltra

My favorite 1997 technology was the ACP video bus.  It allowed a huge improvment over the standard PCI video bus that was being used at the time.

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wintercoder

Virtual Pets.

With my kids, wasted many hours keeping the little didgital lcd screen based puppies happy by feeding, walking and playing with them. If you didn't, they would get ill and then d i e.

They made their debut in 1997.

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pcpwnerer

The MP3!

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cepheus42

Favorite piece of technology from 1997 - Thrust SSC breaks the sound barrier... on land.  Supersonic car becomes possible, making it easier to get from here to there really REALLY quickly (assuming you have perfectly flat, level terrain for miles and miles and miles, and no traffic to content with).

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Dresh

Thanks MaximumPC for making this a Facebook only contest...  total BS.

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KHRex

Yep, it's not Facebook only.  that's why you actually have to read the article and/or the fine print.

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hornpout

Even though it was a bit before '97, Dolly the Sheep, actually born on 5 July 1996, was the most amazing bit of technological wonder of that time period.  My favorite peice of tech specific to '97 though would have to be the release of the first consumer DVD players in the U.S.

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rbush

3D Realms begins production of the infamous Duke Nukem Forever, winner of numerous vaporware awards.  That was the begining.  Look what we have now!

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Trouble4u

Gotta be the Pentium 133, finally able to rip cd's and play mp3's without the song skipping cuz your processor wasn't fast enough. Yeah Pentium 133.

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KenLV

Pathfinder lands on Mars and Jobs returns to run Apple.  Coincidence?  I don't think so.

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Shadist

Internet Explorer version 4

*grin* And so many "amazing" IE's since.

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AnomalousEllipse

Dolly the sheep

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HVDynamo

Definitely going to have to go with my good old pentium II gaming rig! Those were the days.

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jhazesnooty

3dfx voodoo rush to play quake in gl. No more jagged edges man!

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wintercoder

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Zeus

Final Fantasy VII. Cloud, Tifa, Aerith, Red XIII! Those were the days.

The game was so high tech. Everyone talks about the FMV, but I remember it was the little things that impressed me: the crazy misty particle effects from spells, I had no idea how they did them. There was so much polish you could practically see your reflection.

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RandyPMyers

As a video card junkie by far the most important tech from 1997 is that AGP was introduced which started a graphics revolution!!!

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yr

Sony Boombox with CD player & 2 cassette decks. It even ran on 8 D-size batteries!

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thiggins.ph

A lot of tech came out in good ole '97.  But if I had to pick one, it is just three letters:

A.G.P.

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llessuR

My Zip drive!  One Zip disk = how many floppies?!? Woo hoo!

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middlehead

Internet Explorer 4 was hotness. 

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cyberroger

Got a Micron Pentium II 400Mhz computer super fast computer when I started my new job at Iomega Comporation in 1997.  The computer lasted longer than my job.  Love those Zip drives!

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bboiprfsr

Age of Empires for PC!!

-chris nguyen

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Founck

My 6 disc CD changer in my car, which was pretty baller back in '97.

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Roll Tide

I got My 166 mmx pentium computer with 32 mb of ram with Win 95 for $1000! I loved playing flash games on shockwave.com especially something called space monkey(?) I could stream music that sounded like a record player being played in a tin can with the familar baching bating bada bada aaaaaaaaannnng dial up modem. I plugged in my first printer and I got a blue screen.  But hey this was a step up from my 1 mb Tandy 2500 rsx with 60 mb of hdd compressed to 120. Aw yeah. I had a super vga monitor with 600 X 800 resolution. 

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Dysthymia

I was still playing a lot of Ultimate DOOM and Duke Nukem 3D in 1997. 486DX 33 MHz, 8 MB of RAM, 3.2 GB HDD woot!

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draconis123

I've got the perfect one. The extreme green Gameboy Pocket I got for my birthday crica '97.

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Vad3K

Portable cassette player!

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Volkz

Netflix started...

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Noodles

Really DVD players/burners were a great leap forward for computers and has become ubiquitous as far as PC's are concerned. And...it lets me play great games like...DUKE friggin NUKEM, if you can ever get ahold of one!

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Mastergeek

Most memorable? The Pentium II 300 Klamath on a 440FX board. Still have it and it still works. Might need to upgrade if I get the game. :) CPU was based on the  0.35 µm process or 350 nm. Or, ten times the footprint of more recent CPUs. Amazing what can happen in 14 years!

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daveny5

It was 1997 when IBM's Deep Blue, an attempt at using parallel processing to solve difficult problems, defeated Garry Kasparov, the best chess player in the world at the time. This year is IBMs 100th anniversary, the year which has also marked IBM's Watson computer defeating two of the worlds best players at Jeopardy.

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mono

Of course, there's no other answer besides the initial 3dfx card, coupled w/ GL Quake.  But specifically... Canopus Pure 3D!  Another 3dfx Voodoo card, but unlike all the other vanilla cards, this one had a kickass 6MB of RAM.

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spectrex

I'm going to say the Rendition Verite V1000  graphics card. My first 3D video card was a Creative Labs 3D Blaster which featured this chip. It was pretty amazing what they were doing with a 4 MB video card back then.

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jedisamurai

Final. Fantasy. VII.

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antag

  1. The NASA Pathfinder!  Landed on Mars in 1997!
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hiawg

In 1997 I got my first computer and it was a Packard Bell.

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jcjones86

Motorola Surfboard. The end of a 56k era for me.

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fallout330

No doubt, my AST 586 PC with 16mb of EDORAM and Windows 95. Thats right, and AOL 3.0, kinda sad to think about it now.

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SirBC

 

I wish I could remember the exact name of this *ground breaking* tech, but back in the Spring of 1997 I was a college student in Michigan, and I bought this little maroon colored device that attached to my TV that would auto-download via the "paging network" programming information for my TV. Every 10 minutes or so it would receive a page that would refresh programming info. This was without an internet connection, yo!

It had a graphical UI that allowed you to browse, onscreen (!!) all of the days/weeks programming, and with a click of a button it would add that show to a queue to be recorded via a little IR blaster to your VCR. That was insane tech at the time. I remember my housemates just being floored by it. It also had sports scores, weather, etc.

I moved out to San Francisco in either June or July of 1997, and the first thing I did was to try and switch my service to my new location. Well, no one answered the phone when I called. After some investigation it turns out that company went out of business the *day* before I called them. I was so pissed! 

Does anyone remember the name of that company? They would have went out of business at the beginning of June or July 1997.

 

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