The Hell Freezes Over Contest

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mls067

I purchased my first 3d video card, a crappy 3dfx Voodoo Rush that a guy at CompUsa talked me into. I had no clue as to what those things were and just took his word that the thing was awesome....WRONG!!!

 

but on a side note, it did propel me into the facinating world of computers and I have never been the same!

 

oh, and I still have it in a box in the basement ;-)

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scooter_seh

SNES MINI

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ShyLinuxGuy

In 1997 I was in Kindergarten. I would be scribbling around on Microsoft Paint in Windows 95 on the family Gateway. Nevertheless, I had to have a tangible piece of my artwork after I was done to tack onto the refrigerator or around the house. I'd have to say that my parent's Canon BubbleJet was my favorite piece of technology. My parents only wished it wasn't... =P

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coleskater91

Hmm I don't remember much about 1997 because i was only like 6 at the time, but i do remember having a IBM Pentium II so I will just go with that.

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KevinTernes

I miss my Palm Pilot.

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Asterixx

Mine would be the Yamaha CDR400 CD burner that I had connected to my 486DX4/100. I bought it and the Adaptec 2490W SCSI card at an auction from a business that was going tits up. Paid $250 for it, which was a silly bargain. Being able to make "mix tapes" with CD's was awesome, and almost unheard of back then (I was certainly the only one in my circle of friends and family with one). Blanks were about $5/apiece, and coasters were common, probably thanks to running the setup on a vastly underpowered computer.

I actually still have some of the archive CD's I made back then, including a copy of Win 3.11 that I copied from floppies (still have the floppies, too) and Win 95. I'm sure there would be some old copies of Netscape on those CD's too...

Oh, and another thumbs up for Carmageddon. I LOVED that game and have unlocked every car, including the police cars. It is my dream that some day somebody will do a new version of that game, with identical gameplay but moderm graphics (and ONLY modern graphics - leave everything else alone). I loved nailing the old lady with the walker (she'd scream "I can't walk", but bitch sure could run) and the dude in the skimpy blue shorts. Getting onto the football field with the Pedestrian Electro Bastard Ray was always good for a laugh, too...

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msimon1251

Intel Pentium II

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Vindr20

Deep Blue, The Chess COmputer that beat the Champion. Of coure he claimed that IBM cheated. I don't know. Another question does reamin, though. Do robot's dream of Electric Sheep? Maybe Deep Blue did. jk.

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nordraw

wireless lan was my favorite from good old 1997

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d.o.a

My first laptop was in 1997 - it cost me a small fortune at the time - but it was a pentium with MMX! It lasted 8 years though - longer than any laptop that I have had since ...

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darthtigger

My HP desktop. It was my first PC. (After my old Commodore 128D died.)

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appletini

Deep Blue, Watson's father

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Renaissance 2K

You're going to accuse me of brown-nosing, but the boot Dream Machine 1997 blew my freakin' mind.

It's one thing to have a couple of really cutting edge components inside a Dream Machine.  It's another to have TWO of each of them.

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ekeith2000

Netscape Communicator was rocking on my shiny new US Robotics 56 kbps modem!!!

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kanthos

Cascading Style Sheets is one of the best inventions for HTML ever!  It helped make uniform web pages and easy-mode headers and body style tags a breeze to work with!  Fantasmilistic!

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sivboy

Hail to  the King, Baby!  GL to everyone entering!

 

I'll have to say Zip Drives, just cuz I bought a bunch, and still have them.... oh, and 100 MB on a drive, so freakin awesome!

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Maggard

Pentium II baby, what with it's wickedly weird socket orientation and cooler!

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Emgtek

My SEC Pentium 2!!!!!!!!!

233MHZ!!!!! BLAZING SPEED!!!!!!!!!!

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ak

DVD

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btdog

My Compaq desktop.  266MHz and (I think) a 6GB HDD.  I used to stay up all night to download some files that were several MBs large - and you had to lest the download stall.  Oh, what a night!

 

Still my most expensive computer.

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Jakspratt

1997 saw the introduction of actual PLAYABLE PC graphics card.  Everyone sold their blood/children/soul/bodies so they could get a Monster 3D  video accelerator card.  Without the introduction of these cards, we'd all be exclusively console gaming right now.

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alee

Zip drives

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venturebro24

ATI RAGE 3D, yea because i couldnt wait for the 3DFX Voodoo2 chipset that was so soon to be relaeased in 98' that came with an astonishing 12MB of RAM!!!!! 

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Techrocket9

F-22 Raptor

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The_Dez

Pointcast, precursor to RSS.

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Keith E. Whisman

Sound Blaster AWE64 PCI. It was a great sound card. I was running Windows 95 and WindowsNT4.0 I believe. That year I also started playing a little bit more with Red Hat linux. Back then you could buy a copy of RedHat linux at WalMart a long with a boxed version of Netscape Navigator. I don't know why anyone ever paid for Netscape as it was freely available to download. Albeit a very slow download. I was also playing with MSFS a lot and I was working on my pilots license and I flew a lot of Radio Control model airplanes. RC flight sim was great back then as well. 

 

Now why is Arizona Void? We are number 8 on the Free State scale. We are the eighth free'est state in the country. Does this mean that Arizona residents are not allowed to participate in any MaximumPC contests?

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ABouman

Hey Keith,

So regarding your question about Arizona being void - there is some aspect of Arizona law that prohibits us from awarding/shipping prizes. (Same deal for Maryland and the others mentioned in the rules) I'm not familiar with the specifics, but I've sent our legal team an email to find out why this is, and to see if there's any recourse for us to get around it and include those states. I'll keep you posted. - Amber

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Keith E. Whisman

Thanks.. I'll talk to my Governor. She is a great lady and believes in personal freedom and I'm sure she'll be outraged if there are any laws limiting anyones personal liberties here in Arizona or any laws keeping Arizonans from recieving prizes. Thanks again. 

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loumsc

Zork  Want Some Tye - Course you do!

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rockntrumpet

Deep Blue, no question.

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jcookeusa

I was trying to figure out what tech I liked that came out in 1997 and then noticed that this contest is "void in Arizona, Maryland, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and where prohibited by law."

Does anyone here know why it's void in some states?  I live in Maryland, so that's the one I'm most interested in :)

Thanks,
Justin 

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Deviate

The year of QUAKE II

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krackins

I can't remember that far back. I know I was poor then though, I think I had a 486 pc clone still. I had a tube tv, a vcr and a clock radio. I think that was every bit of gear I owned in those days!

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PnkPwrRngr

Netflix has changed my life...

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Josh Rosberg

Final fantasy VII for pc and i've got a feeling hell will freeze over before we get another single player final fantasy rpg for the pc.

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hglofiag

JU6578

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brandonopolis

IBM's Deep Thought- a grim foretelling of things to come.

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rawrnomnom

i was rockin my vtech laptop... 

 

similar to this guy

 

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Good times... 

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mdtabano

At the time IE4 rocked

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rseding91

Mine would have to be the N64. I loved playing games on that over at my friends house :)

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Frank N Beenes

This is a no brainer but I dont want the game....nVidia Riva 128 baby!  The best and original 2D+3D video card!  16 bit dithered rendering...MMmmmm...its was so sexy playing games thru a patio door screen.....those were the days.  New Stuff ruled.  Heck even new Microsoft stuff was cool.  Now I nearly puke everytime Microsoft announces how they are gonna rape the OS, stick it hard to the people that buy their development software, and fail at copying Apple.

 

Sorry my therapist says the hatred for Microsoft will gradually go away as they lose market share....thank goodness.

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CalDrumr

Unless I am mistaken, DVDs and DVD players hit the US market about 1997.  Now that was a jump in technology!  Not only are they still heavily in use today, when compared with the VHS standards of the past, it isn't difficult to see why.  

So, my favorite 1997 tech: DVD.

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xsaero00

ATI 9700 Pro All In Wonder. That was one sweeeet card. :)

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Keith E. Whisman

I think that's circa 2002 or so.

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Nyarlathotep

Clone Techology FTW!

I think they cloned the sheep named Dolly in 97. The first successful animal clone.

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corcode

I have to agree with Carmageddon. Spent hours running over people for extra time in that game.

For actual teck I was also a fan of the iOmega Zip drives. Was awesome being able to cary around a whopping 100 mb instaed of just 1.44 mb on a floppy.

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madmatt1186t

Diamond Monster 3d card.  I don't remember what video card I was running with it at the time, but I remember that Monster 3D was awesome!  Haha! 

 

 

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dedgar

Force Feed Back joysticks. Played alot of flying sims back then. And the occassional racing game.

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Baer

IE4 I was soooo glad to dump netscape, also DVD-R's and getting ISDN X2 so I could get on line from my home office at an amazing 128k. For storage the iOMEGA Jazz Drive (yes someone actually used i-something before Apple)

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