Wayback Wednesday: The ISA Hardcard circa ~1990

Ahhh – the Plus HardCard.  I remember installing a number of these on our Compaq 486 series machines in the early 90′s.  These were great!

I remember thinking “Wow, hard drives have come a long way where they can fit on an ISA card!”  Oh, technology, you make me feel so old.

Plus Hardcard Models
Product Name Capacity (MB) Access Time (ms) First Shipment
Hardcard 10 65 October 1985[13]
Hardcard 20 20 49 June 1986[14]
Hardcard 40 40 35 May 1987[15]
Hardcard II 80 80 25 (19 effective) January 1990[16]
Hardcard II 40 40
Hardcard II XL 105 105  ? (9 effective) October 1990[17]
Hardcard II XL 50 50
Hardcard EZ 240 240 16 September 1992[18]
Hardcard EZ 127 127 17
Hardcard EZ 85 85 17
Hardcard EZ 42 42 19


via: [Wikipedia]

How to help your friends help themselves (with “support” issues, that is)

I learned to curtail and for the most part eliminate these calls from friends and family by doing this:

First time they ask for help it’s free, but I bring them through what is required from them. Generally, they dismiss it off hand thinking I’ll just be there whenever they have a virtual hang-nail.

After that, I’m $75/hr (first hour up front) if I sit in front of the computer, Google their question and it’s on the first page of results. If it’s not on the first page of results, or the person is my mother (Let’s face it, I owe her for time and expenses as it is) it’s free.

This does several things:

They learn extremely fast how to use Google themselves.

They start valuing my time as much as their own. This severely cut down on the whole “refusing to learn for themselves” because it was just easier to ask me.

-I need to start doing this.  …the thing about “time and expenses” with Mom – yeah, the whole giving birth thing is kinda hard to forget about… -Rob

via: [Reddit\TalesFromTechSupport]

Picture Source: [Very Demotivational]