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u/Ed_Rock Sep 20 '21 Hugz
  • Soundblaster required
  • well shit :(

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u/AidilAfham42 Sep 20 '21

3D Accelerator required

Welp, time to lie to my dad about why my school work needs a Voodoo 2

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u/shdhdhhxdheh3u3h Sep 20 '21

Did he get it?

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u/AidilAfham42 Sep 20 '21

Yes, it was for Rogue Squadron. He was a strict, short tempered dad. For me and my brother to pull that bullshit off was a tremendous achievement.

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u/shdhdhhxdheh3u3h Sep 20 '21 edited Sep 20 '21

Lol

Arses must've been kicked when he saw the dial up bills.

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u/AidilAfham42 Sep 20 '21

Oh with the same bullshit story, I got the new internet cable technology. Many hours on CS, the bill racked up to about $500 USD at that time. I got chewed out for it, but he never found out it was CS, the computer shop guy told him it must be some background internet cache thingy, the guy told him I must be watching porn. That was easier to handle coz he was too embarrassed to confront me about it.

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u/wakeupwill Sep 20 '21

Damn, that computer guy was a hero. I was picturing this.

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u/Lord_Phoenix95 Sep 20 '21

That's what happens your parents are dicks.

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u/wakeupwill Sep 20 '21

Uh, not knowing their parent's financial situation - getting an unexpected $500 bill be pretty harsh, and there would definitely be some 'splainin to do.

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u/Lord_Phoenix95 Sep 20 '21

Idk his parents "forgot" him at the house when they went to the airport.

They completely lost him in the airport, you think you'd be able to keep and eye on your children.

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u/mcboogerballs1980 Sep 20 '21

I would lose my shit with my kid if he racked up a $500 bill for pretty much any service if it was unexpected and unnecessary.

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u/almisami Sep 20 '21

Not to mention 500$ of '90s bucks is like a grand in today's money.

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u/lOOspy Sep 20 '21

"You little shit I thought you were masturbating"

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u/stron2am Sep 20 '21

"And you didn't say anything?"

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u/reddit0100100001 Sep 20 '21

smh so uninvolved. Take an interest parent

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u/General_Ts0_chicken Sep 20 '21

I caught a break in the 90s because my dad was a sales rep that worked from home, so our internet bill was paid by his employer. Many ours on CS and SC: Brood War, and they replaced his computer every year so I always got the hand me downs!

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u/Zoo_Rats Sep 20 '21

When I was in high school, my Grandparents had a PC for the sole purpose of my Grandad buying stuff on ebay. He went to live auctions a lot so this was really exciting for him. My uncle, who was maybe 25-26 at the time, stayed there with my Aunt off and on, dude looked at something porn related and racked up the dial up bill and then denied it. I am pretty sure they thought it was me. I remember them showing me a desktop icon of a girl with her mouth open and asking if I knew anything about it.

Fast forward 15 years later, staying at the Aunt's while in town, late night sleeping down stairs by myself, everyone is in bed so I go to look for a DVD to watch and find behind the first row of DVDs... an entire hardcore porn collection....and then it clicked...like when Hank found out about Heisenberg.

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u/AidilAfham42 Sep 20 '21

I’m picturing your Hank face while watching porn

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u/Zoo_Rats Sep 20 '21

In retro...I should of left a note in the hidden porn stash, cut out magazine letters serial killer style... that read :

"I know what you did in 1995 at your mother in laws, the dial up charges...I am watching you!" .

.....and then deny that I had anything to do with it just to mess with him.

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u/GenitalMotors Sep 20 '21

Instead of tapping head you were tapping heads

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u/DismalBackground1 Sep 20 '21

When did you find out of that?

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u/limpymcforskin Sep 20 '21

Had this kinda story happen with a cell phone bill. Who misses the days of 200 texts a month?

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u/Igor_J Sep 20 '21

Texts sucked when it was T9 instead of a full keyboard.

Edit: words

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u/limpymcforskin Sep 20 '21

Yup my first cell phone was a Sammy flip haha

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u/TeruhashiKokomiDesu Sep 20 '21

You must be a relative of mine. Strict middle eastern dad who worked too many hours?

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u/AidilAfham42 Sep 20 '21

Strict asian dad

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u/Mickus_B Sep 20 '21

Not the person you are responding to, but in my last weeks of high school, I sneaked a floppy disk into the drive of the internet computer (yes, the 1 computer that could access the internet) and copied the winsock dialer onto the disk and then tried running it from the floppy instead of the hard drive. When I realised that worked, I took the disk home and my school paid for my home internet then! This was in the times when dialup was by the hour and I pretty much stayed online permanently (set up a redial for when the ISP kicked me at the end of a 4 hr session) until a year later when the account finally stopped working.

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u/shdhdhhxdheh3u3h Sep 20 '21

Damn, I thought dials had 1 connection max. That's like thousands

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u/Mickus_B Sep 20 '21

My wife went to the same school, but 2 years below me. When I told her the story, she said "THAT WAS YOU‽" Apparently the "nerds" had been banned from using the internet (it was on 3 library computers by then) and people were threatened with suspension or expulsion if anyone was caught, it apparently cost the school thousands of dollars. I kinda felt bad about the cost, but proud I was never caught!

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u/shdhdhhxdheh3u3h Sep 20 '21

Haha! I was going to say, you f it for everyone else but your proud deep inside. Also, don't think anyone was was caught back in the days for using others accounts, unless you was doing really Dodgy stuff.

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u/Mickus_B Sep 20 '21

Dodgy like running an fserver on IRC for pirated games? No. I would never do that.

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u/Bombkirby Sep 20 '21

*you’re

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u/paddzz Sep 20 '21

Knowing the states you probably cost someone their job

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u/SlyCooper007 Sep 20 '21

You mad man, props.

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u/sahmackle Sep 20 '21

In 1995 or so I got a permanent dialup modem internet connection with a fixed ip address. I had a 33.6k modem and it cost me a flat 4c/megabyte. The catch was it had a $500 setup fee.

My average monthly bill at that time was around $40-65, so I was downloading between 1 and 1.5gb each month.

I had it for a couple of years and then adsl started to be a thing.

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u/Brigon Sep 20 '21

I'm not sure modems were 33.6 back in 95. You might be put by a few years, or maybe the UK didn't have that futuristic tech back then.

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u/sahmackle Sep 21 '21

I just took a look at Wikipedia and it seems 33.6k was introduced in 1996. I got it somewhere around a year later than it came out, so 1997.

I think I'm within a reasonable margin for error given its something I hadn't thought of in over a decade.

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u/Visti Sep 20 '21

Ain't no multiplayer in Rogue Squadron, tho.

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u/Jameszy12 Sep 20 '21

This is why I've invested in learning about tech (also I enjoy it)

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u/BittenHand19 Sep 20 '21

Holy crap all these years later and thats all I had to do? My innocent mind just lived with the fact I couldn't play Quake on my machine. I did get really good at Doom Deathmatch because of that though.

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u/prunford Sep 20 '21

Oh man, reminds me of the time my dad cut the ethernet cable that ran to my room when I was in high school because I was gaming too much back in like 1998. Shortly after, he went on a 1 week fishing trip and while he was gone I walked down to the hardware store, bought an ethernet cable crimping tool kit, taught myself how to crimp a cable and got my internet back up and running. When he got home I was waiting for him to do something but he never did. A few years later he told me that he was so impressed that I was able to do that all by myself that he let it slide.

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u/beezintraps Sep 20 '21

OF COURSE IT WAS FOR ROGUE SQUADRON. fuckkkk. Was this one of the first games that required it or what.

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u/AidilAfham42 Sep 20 '21

I remember many ports from N64 like Rogue Squadron, Turok and Shadows of the Empire requiring this new expensive technology

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u/strawhat Sep 20 '21

I have a feeling ill be considered a strict dad. (Not a dad yet, but the pressure is on). I'm working on acquiring more patience.

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u/drawkca6sihtdaeruoy Sep 20 '21

Rogue Squadron

That's a name I've not heard in a long time