Obsolete things from your youth

Anyone remember photo finishing services you had to mail your film off to?

You mean the ones you send your 110 film cartridges to? Or Kodak Disk film?

Or the little bitty photo huts in a shopping center parking lot that you could drop off your film cartridges.

I remember those two threads from my youth!!! But are they obsolete?

Ha! Maybe this thread has obsoleted them? :D

It’s rei, so shouldn’t it be obsolete technologies you irrationally hated and constantly complained about from your youth?

Well, this topic could go a while, and we’re well aware of Discourse’s inexplicable inability to deal with prolonged discussions. Maybe multiple threads is compensating? :D

50 foot telephone extension cords, and four prong to modular phone cord adapters.


pours out a 40 for wumpus

That’s a good point, now that I think on it…

Pours out a 40 for Discourse. :)

I fucking hate Games For Windows Live.

We can’t bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways. One trick is to tell 'em stories that don’t go anywhere - like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. Give me five bees for a quarter, you’d say.

Now where were we? Oh yeah: the important thing was I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn’t have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones…

2400 baud modems. Thought it was cool at the time though.

Punched cards. I remember utility bills being sent in punched card form. My first real programming job as a student included dealing with a system where the master file was literally a deck of punched cards.

Those were the bee’s knees. It was freakin’ awesome when I was able to upgrade to a 9600 baud modem.

Got to thinking about this after having a discussion about playing Descent in the mid 90s.

Welcome to the World of Kali


Kali lets you play ANY IPX game over the Internet! This includes both Descent 1 and 2 and many other games… It is made by internally converting TCP/IP packages to IPX and same back, while simulating an IPX mode! This works under DOS, OS/2, Windows 95, Windows NT, Mac and some Linux/Unix-OS’s, although we HIGHLY recommend using the Windows 95/NT version, as it has a great menu interface (while all others are text-based and e.g. the DOS-version is quite complicated to install!).

Kali itself is devided into 3 parts:

  • The chat part, where you can meet IRC-like on one of the over 200 servers in the world and meet other people to organize a game!
  • The file part, where you can offer files (e.g. levels you want to play) for the others and also download other people’s offers!
  • The game part, where you can finally play all IPX-compatible games!

Kali can be downloaded as a shareware version, which runs 15 minutes and then stops! You can then close Kali and restart it for another 15 minutes and so on… Playing Descent for 15 minutes is so possible, but it isn’t very funny to have to interrupt the action every 15 minutes! So you have to register it on http://www.kali.net to get rid of the 15 minutes! After paying $20, you’ll receive a code that disables the shareware restrictions and for example enables defining an own chat font! Using this code you can later update to higher versions of Kali without having to pay for it again! So it is a one-time-payment, which really is worth it!! By the way, there are various hacked versions of Kali on the net! Forget them, they only work when using a Kali-Server in the own LAN, but not in the Internet! Also note, that one code can only be used by one computer at the same time! As soon as a 2nd computer tries to connect to Kali while the 1st is still in Kali online, the 2nd computer will be denied!

Now get Kali and then have some fun…

I have a lifetime subscription to Kali. Such a deal for 20 of those 1990s dollars.

Is Kali still functioning?!?
I never got into multiplayer gaming, so I never tried that one.

My multiplayer experiences were limited to two occasions:

  1. Playing Delta Force: Land Warrior co-op with my brother, who was 1,500 miles away, via NovaWorld. We did this nightly for several months, and it was a lot of fun.
  2. Playing my elaborate home-made co-op Duke Nukem 3D levels with my buddy across town. I’d sometimes spend over a hundred hours creating a single massive level that would take us several hours to complete together.

In both those cases, we were so excited by the idea of it, that we each installed a second phone line, so we could converse via speakerphone while we played.

As much as I loved those experiences, it became more and more difficult to find compatible free time together as time went on and our job duties changed, so I eventually went back to single player exclusively, where I have remained to this day.

Good times though, and fond memories.

I’ve heard it is, technically, but I haven’t used it since the late 90s. But if it ever takes off again, I’m prepared.