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Anyone Remember The 90s?

Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:44 pm

This seems to be the theme on the aviation forum. Without googling, here's a few recollections...

First Gulf War
President Clinton elected and reelected.
Monicagate
Southeast Asian Financial Crisis
Chicago Bulls won six NBA titles.
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:54 pm

A recession followed by a period of peace and economic expansion that set about high expectations for the next century.

Man, were we disappointed.
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:59 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
Man, were we disappointed.

Release of Windows 95

Start me up...

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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:08 am

Nirvana
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Netscape
Waco
TWA 800
Blockbuster Movies
Napster
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:21 am

Techno music and the "Love Parade" in Berlin
Pulp Fiction
World Cup in the United States
Caprese being all the rage (tomatoes and mozzarella)
Lady Diana killed in a car crash
"Third Way" politicians claimed Leftist ideas but championed the free market
Balkan wars
Clinton and Yeltsin play the saxophone, making the Cold War seem eons past
"Multimedia" everything
Dot-com bubble not quite ready to burst


All in all, not a great decade. Looking back, it feels that we were given a chance to change the world for the better, with myriads of possibilities that simply didn't exist 10 years earliers, and we sort of gambled it away. While we were busy thinking up new economic bubbles and creating synthetic drugs, we utterly failed in addressing threats to peace and stability, be it in Somalia, the Balkans or Rwanda. Also, I suspect future historians will trace back the roots of the current Ukraine and Russia crisis to mistakes originally made in the 90s. The way people dressed, behaved, and gaped in awe at the AOL dial-up screen seems to immature in hindsight. From this perpective, 9/11 was a wake-up call of sorts.
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:05 am

We didn't start the fire..
 
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:31 am

Disney Renaissance
So many great cartoons (cut me some slack, I was a kid)
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:41 am

Some of my favorite songs from the '90s (some very well-known, some less so....and I only picked one song per band, though there are many more that I like).

Nixons - "Sister"
Four Non-Blondes - "What's Up"
Gravity Kills - "Guilty"
Stabbing Westward - "Shame"
Corrosion of Conformity - "Albatross"
Soundgarden - "My Wave"
Ini Kamoze - "Here Comes the Hotstepper"
Soul Asylum - "Misery"
311 - "All Mixed Up"
Rage Against the Machine - "People of the Sun"
Billy Joel - "Great Wall of China"
Collective Soul - "Shine"
Sepultura - "Roots Bloody Roots"
Live - "Lakini's Juice"
Hootie and the Blowfish - "Hold My Hand"
Weezer - "Buddy Holly"
ACDC - "Hard as a Rock"
Stone Temple Pilots - "Interstate Love Song"
Faith No More - "Ashes to Ashes"
Rush - "Test for Echo"
Dave Matthews Band - "Drive In Drive Out"
Incubus - "New Skin"
Lisa Loeb - "Do You Sleep"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Disarm"
Silverchair - "Tomorrow"
Tool - "Third Eye"
Aerosmith - "Eat the Rich"
Nine Inch Nails - "Hurt"
Queensryche - "Bridge"
Korn - "Blind"
Primus - "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver"
Godsmack - "Whatever"
Sevendust - "Bitch"
Deftones - "My Own Summer"
Alice in Chains - "Again"
Cypress Hill - "Hits from the Bong"
Pantera - "Drag the Waters"
Van Halen - "Don't Tell Me"
Foo Fighters - "I'll Stick Around"
Stone Roses - "Love Spreads"
Tracy Bonham - "Mother Mother"
Veruca Salt - "Volcano Girls"
Radiohead - "Paranoid Android"
Geto Boys - "Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta"
Reel Big Fish - "241"
Jars of Clay - "Flood"
Guster - "Airport Song"
Black Crowes - "Remedy"
Gin Blossoms - "Hey Jealousy"
Goo Goo Dolls - "Name"
Skee-Lo - "I Wish"
Cowboy Mouth - "Janie Says"
Days of the New - "Shelf in the Room"
En Vogue - "Don't Let Go"
Puff Daddy & The Family - "Victory"
Filter - "Hey Man Nice Shot"
Fiona Apple - "Sleep to Dream"
Sinead O'Connor - "I Am Stretched On Your Grave"
Green Day - "Longview"
Jamiroquai - "Black Capricorn Day"
King's X - "Fade"
Lenny Kravitz - "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
Letters to Cleo - "Here and Now"
Sheryl Crow - "If It Makes You Happy"
Local H - "Bound for the Floor"
Cracker - "Low"
No Doubt - "Ex Girlfriend"
Ozzy Osbourne - "No More Tears"
Porno for Pyros - "Hard Charger"
Rancid - "Ruby Soho"
RHCP - "Give It Away"
Sponge - "Plowed"
System of a Down - "Sugar"
Toadies - "Backslider"

and possibly my overall '90s favorite:

Spacehog - "In The Meantime"

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Release of Windows 95

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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:43 am

-Going to Chuck-e-Cheese's for birthday parties
-Cartoons
-Homework didn't matter in kindergarten and was non-existent in preschool
-Video stores
-Rewinding video tapes
-Cassette players
-parents still had the old Plymouth Voyager minivan  
-parents bought a brand new, shiny silver, 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan
-Northwest DC-9s in the bowling shoe colors everywhere!
-bowling alleys
-enjoying McDonalds before I learned how horrible it is

And stuff from the 90s I learned as a teenager/adult:
-recession in 1993
-economy goes up from there and we think it won't stop
-Gulf War
-Bill Clinton
-the Simpsons (when they were still funny)
-Soviet Union collapses, Cold War ends
-dot com bubble
-this new thing called the internet
-Y2K
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:42 am

Quoting af773atmsp (Reply 8):
-Soviet Union collapses, Cold War ends

Actually, the "snip heard 'round the world" (reported by Life Magazine) happened in the 1980s.

My 1990s memories include my first portable CD player and first boyfriend.

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 7):
Live - "Lakini's Juice"

I could sleep so hard to that CD! I would fall asleep in the middle of Rattlesnake and wake up because the music stopped. The only reason I have heard Lakini's Juice is the radio.

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 7):
Queensryche - "Bridge"

Try "Empire" by Queensryche. Side note: "Silent Lucidity" is my personal second worst song ever.

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 7):
Nine Inch Nails - "Hurt"

NIN Downward Spiral. When I first came out as a big screaming queen, that was THE album to own!

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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:49 am

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 7):
A huge step backwards for Mac users

Arguably a huge step backwards for MS-DOS users....
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:31 am

Quoting seb146 (Reply 9):
I could sleep so hard to that CD!

Is that good or bad?

I found (and find) that CD hit-or-miss. Some songs are great, others not-so-much.

Quoting seb146 (Reply 9):
Try "Empire" by Queensryche. Side note: "Silent Lucidity" is my personal second worst song ever.

Seriously? I love that song. Although I do remember "Silent Lucidity" from the 90s, "Bridge" was my introduction to Queensryche.

Quoting seb146 (Reply 9):
NIN Downward Spiral.

Yep. "Head like a Hole" is another favorite NIN song, but it was actually released in the 80s.

Quoting zckls04 (Reply 10):
Arguably a huge step backwards for MS-DOS users....

Ha.
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:41 am

Going to Block Buster to rent a VHS or Video Game was a big deal.

Nintendo 64 was awesome and still is awesome! My favorite all time game system and I am not a big gamer.

Florida Marlins win the World Seires in 1997 come in last place in 1998 with a different roster.

I remember the Internet really coming alive then too. Dial up and AOL.

Road trips involved maps, in paper. No GPS in the car, no directions from the Internet.

I was a kid in the 1990s 1-10 years old, was born in 1989. So I see the 90s as such a great and simple time.
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:47 am

Quoting flymia (Reply 12):
Nintendo 64 was awesome and still is awesome! My favorite all time game system and I am not a big gamer.

Ditto. It was a HUGE step up from Super Nintendo and Sega. Mario 64 was awesome, Mario Kart was awesome, and I dunno how much Goldeneye I played with dorm-mates my freshman year of college.

Quoting flymia (Reply 12):
Florida Marlins win the World Seires in 1997 come in last place in 1998 with a different roster.

If it makes you feel better, the Red Sox will join that club this year (though the roster wasn't that different for the first half).

Quoting flymia (Reply 12):
Road trips involved maps, in paper. No GPS in the car, no directions from the Internet.

And the best part:

NO CELL PHONES.

I miss the 90s. 
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:18 am

I think a better question is does anyone remember the 60s? 

I remember DC9s, 727s, DC10s, Northwest, TWA, Continental, kindergarten, C141s, the WTC, Cooker (a restaurant in Memphis that went under), GigaPets, original gameboy, StarCraft, PS1, Crash Bandicoot, Sega Genesis, Furbies, Bill Clinton, the 1996 Olympics, Wayne Gretzky, Paul Kariya playing for the Ducks, and probably some more, but give me some credit, I was only 7 when Y2K happened!
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:40 am

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 13):
NO CELL PHONES.

No smart phones then, but I had a cell phone by the mid-90s. Today, I still don't have a smart phone.

Quoting flymia (Reply 12):
I remember the Internet really coming alive then too. Dial up and AOL.

That's when Al Gore invented the internet! I sent and received my very first email on Dec 1994. My provider was Prodigy.
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:19 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
A recession followed by a period of peace and economic expansion that set about high expectations for the next century.

Man, were we disappointed.

Well said  I lauged.

And for that exact reason, I miss the 90s. It may have been the eye of the storm, but it was nice.
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:27 am

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 15):
That's when Al Gore invented the internet!

He put his name on a bill that helped establish nation wide information sharing. Oh, the horror! Everyone sharing their thoughts!
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:30 am

Quoting af773atmsp (Reply 8):
-Going to Chuck-e-Cheese's for birthday parties

Brian my friend and a couple of his friends went to the Chuck-e-Cheese's in San Bernardino, CA, it was the biggest one and best one ever. Back before grills were placed in front of the skee ball holes, my friends and other people would walk up the ramp and place the wooden ball on the 100 point hole and an es load of tickets would come out and he would go to the prize counter and get an RC car, with the twenty or so I earned I got a rubber bouncing ball and a small plastic airplane (Saab Draken). Funny thing was, though the employees obviously overlooked the people cheating on skee ball, they were observant of the people in the ball pit, when my friend jumped in the ball pit, an employee yelled HAY!!!! GET OUT OF THERE, YOU'RE TO BIG!!!, boy he jumped out quickly and even looked scared for a minute or two and he did not scare easily being ten or eleven and well over five and a half feet tall. One of the funniest things was that me and my friends used to think that one of the animatronic concert characters in the dining hall was Mario from "Super Mario Bros". That was living.

KTTV FOX Los Angeles had "I Love Lucy", "The Andy Griffith Show", and "The Beverly Hillbillies" in the morning and "Married... With Children" and "The Simpsons" in the evening.

Nickelodeon had "Nicktoons" like "Doug", "The Ren and Stimpy Show", "Rugrats", "Rocko's Modern Life" "Ahhh! Real Monsters", "The Wild Thornberrys", and "Hay Arnold".

TV Channels like FOX, KCAL, PBS, and WB had children's block programming in the weekdays.

"Batman: The Animated Series" a show that I loved watching made headlines for cartoon violence.

"Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" though not a show that particularly interested me made headlines for the style that it was.

First Flight of the Airbus A340 remembered.

Development of the C-17 and 777

phasing out process of Russian passenger jets, DC9's, 727's, 747-100/200/SP, 737 200's, DC-10s, and L-1011's.

End of McDonnell Douglas and merger with Boeing. Development and cancellation of NLA / VLA, 747-500,600,700X

Growth of Airbus Industrie, initial developments of the A3XX

End of Pan Am and Eastern and the dear death of TWA, Continental, and America West Airlines after the Gulf War.

Regional jets become popular.

737NG developed, in service.

the F-117 and B-2 in action.

Bill Clinton as president and impeachment, the government shutdown, Monica Lewinsky and the blue dress, and the Republican Revolution/ Newt Gingrich/ Contract With America.

American economic growth.

Hubble Space Telescope

The American Airlines takeover of Reno Air.

Reincarnation of Pan Am and Braniff.

The term "going postal" was used for disgruntled or explosively angry employees.

The beginning of the era of school mass shootings most notably Columbine High School.

The L.A. Riots and the state of race relations in regards to police departments, media and the public sphere.

Prop 187 in California.

Zero-tolerance policies in public schools including mine.

Cooks and chefs using "personal" ingredients.

Sexual harassment awareness and implemented policies in places of workplaces and schools.

The Beginning of MSNBC and Fox News in 1996.

Discovery Channel and TLC had good shows about science.

MTV had music.

Start of The History Channel.

Fox TV had "When ____ Attacks"

Asian Economic Crisis especially in Indonesia.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced that he had AIDS.

New 64+ bit game consoles gave a 3D view of the "field" and sight of the protagonist you are controlling.

Decline of Apple Computer.

Red Hot Chilly Peppers, Depeche Mode, Sting, U2, making hits.

Hip Hop popular.

"Grunge" style and music.

The rise of "Boy Bands" in the late nineties.

The 90s had a lot of "one hit wonders".

Latin pop goes mainstream with Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, and Jennifer Lopez.

Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera pop sensations late in 90s.

"Spice Girls" very popular.

High school themed shows like "Beverly Hills 90210", "Party of Five", "Melrose Place" Dawson's Creek" were popular.

The use of the fist bump in place of handshakes.

Chicago Bulls wins, schools warned students not to ware 'Bulls" clothing do to fear of gang activity.

Pogs

"Cool Britannia"

"I've fallen and I cant get up!"

"Hooked on Phonics worked for me!"

"Friends" popular.

The Simpsons had great episodes.

The beginning of Family Guy.

Beepers in and out, thought by many to be used for drug deals.

Cellphones become common place.

Personal Computers for the home become common place. My dad got us a Micron in mid 90s.

Popularity of the internet from mid decade on.

Dial up modem sound and the use of the telephone line, phone inoperative whilst in use.

LaserDiscs, CDs

Typewriters, Video cassettes etc obsolete.

Airliners.net born, my first visitation made circa 1999.

Y2K paranoia.

Free AOL disks every month in the mail or so.

"You Have Mail"

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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:04 am

Also, ALL Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network shows. The crap these days just doesn't compare.

John Glenn flying in the Space Shuttle.

Even though I don't remember it, when MJ left the Bulls for two years, the Houston Rockets won BOTH of those years.

The only thing bad that happened in the 90s was the Dallas Cowboys winning 3 championships and thier fans have been on a high horse ever since.

The nineties was the perfect decade with a perfect blend of old and new technology, low conflict rate, good music and fashion trends (late nineties for fashion), the world coming together as a whole (fall of the USSR, EU established_ NAFTA, and the internet, and most of all, it was truly the golden age of air travel with 777s flying along side DC-9s and 737NGs flying along side DC-10s. In fact, if I could live in one year for the rest of my life, it would be 1999, or 2011, but that's a thread for another day.
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Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:38 am

In the 1990s, tape was still common. I remember making mix-tapes with my sophisticated tape deck on Type-IV "Metal" cassettes. I am still impressed how much effort there was undertaken to improve the sound quality of a fundamentally limited system.

Those were the days. Apart from that, CDs became very common, LPs were dead (only to be resurrected today), Eurodance set the standard for a new all-time-low music taste.
 
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Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:30 am

Quoting TWA772LR (Reply 19):
The nineties was the perfect decade with a perfect blend of old and new technology, low conflict rate, good music and fashion trends (late nineties for fashion), the world coming together as a whole (fall of the USSR, EU established_ NAFTA, and the internet

I would not say it was a perfect decade because as with everything we tend to idealize all things past. However, I think we only realized and started to appreciate how great the 1990s were when this era of relative peace, stability/prosperity and above all reasons for justified optimism ended in an instant on September 11, 2001.
 
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:39 am

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 21):
relative peace, stability/prosperity and above all reasons for justified optimism ended in an instant on September 11, 2001.

True. However, the conflicts on the balkans were a shocking example of what could happen in the 1990s in the heart of Europe.
 
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Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:20 am

Nike Airs, they were horribly expensive (& popular) in these parts. I can now buy them cheaper than back in the day - thanks Dollar parity & competition from internet shopping! Most overseas designer labels were only affordable by the rich, or the well-travelled.

Watching Seinfeld, X-Files, and The Simpsons and The Footy Show (required viewing in Melbourne) at their peak. Watching Hey Hey it's Saturday before going out clubbing on a Saturday night.

Australian Airlines becoming QF domestic

The (long-delayed) start of pay-tv in Australia

Killing a lazy afternoon with the guys by going to the local Blockbuster to get 5 weekly videos for 5 bucks, followed by a trip to the Bottle Shop for a couple of slabs of VB.

The Bulls being the best basketball team on earth. Basketball (NBA & the local NBL) shown on prime-time free to air TV (now exclusively pay TV)

Having to get a second phone line to use the Internet uninterrupted. And then taking forever to download a 'big' file..... 128K, flying!

Having a Motorola flip-phone

Never thinking of Bill Clinton & cigars the same way again!

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Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:25 am

Quoting Rara (Reply 4):
All in all, not a great decade.

For me, it sure wasn't. I was married in 1990 and divorced in 2001. Strange how I just had a long chat about that period with a friend yesterday after not thinking about it for a very long time.

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 7):
Quoting Confuscius (Reply 2):
Release of Windows 95

A huge step backwards for Mac users.

Well, unlike Windows 3 or MS-DOS, at least it came with (Al Gore's) TCP/IP, but it wasn't turned on by default.

As for me, in that era my day job was working at DEC with the software that would be the basis for Mac OS X, first on the MIPS-based DECstations then the amazing chip known as DEC Alpha.

A bunch of us didn't think the PCs of the day (i486 era) were fast enough to run that fancy Internet software like Mosaic so we bought a bunch of MIPS-based DECstations just as they were being replaced by Alphas. Acutally the biggest problem with those PCs was the very limited graphics systems relative to the 'engineering workstations' we were familiar with. We also funded the local ISP's first dial-up gear so we could have a path to the Internet. I paid ISP bills as well as the bill for a separate phone line for the computer for most of a decade.

Quoting flymia (Reply 12):
I remember the Internet really coming alive then too. Dial up and AOL.

Road trips involved maps, in paper. No GPS in the car, no directions from the Internet.

I was a kid in the 1990s 1-10 years old, was born in 1989. So I see the 90s as such a great and simple time.

LOL, I say the same thing about the 1960s! Back then the interstates were new and the gas stations used to give away maps to entice you to use them. I used to be the family navigator even as a youngster. I had a big stack of those maps and I used to bring them on every trip we made.
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:55 am

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 13):
NO CELL PHONES.

There were but only business people or really high end people could afford it.



My first cellphone was a hand-me down. My mom got a Qualcomm and gave me the second from left (which she had been using for some time)

Now, beepers...that was the original way to get in contact.
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:04 pm

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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:29 pm

Quoting Revelation (Reply 24):
Well, unlike Windows 3 or MS-DOS

Yeah. My first PC in 1992. 486 DX-33, 4 MB Ram, Isa-Bus, 14inch screen, 170MB HDD (actually, this one is still working!).

Those were the days. In fact we managed to get Internet out of it, later on.
 
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:54 pm

The last decade to have a political disagreement with someone an still could be friends.

Quoting Confuscius (Thread starter):
First Gulf War

...and the scud missile.

Quoting Confuscius (Thread starter):
President Clinton elected and reelected.

My first time voting and it was for Bill Clinton.

Quoting Confuscius (Thread starter):
Southeast Asian Financial Crisis

There are still a few empty shells of high-rise buildings here in Bangkok left incomplete from that crisis.

Quoting Rara (Reply 4):
Clinton and Yeltsin play the saxophone, making the Cold War seem eons past

It was a false truce.

Quoting Flighty (Reply 5):
We didn't start the fire..

That was from 1989. One of Billy Joel's worst efforts, only to hit a newer low in 1993.
I love the guy's music throughout his career but he ran out of steam quick.

Quoting flymia (Reply 12):
Road trips involved maps, in paper. No GPS in the car,

I still don't use GPS yet I can find my way around easily.

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 15):
That's when Al Gore invented the internet!

        

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 15):
I sent and received my very first email on Dec 1994.

I was a bit late. My first email was in 1998.
My first home Internet connection was in December of 2000.

Quoting 2707200X (Reply 18):
The L.A. Riots and the state of race relations in regards to police departments, media and the public sphere.

Seems like things have got worse in that regards.

Quoting 2707200X (Reply 18):
"Spice Girls" very popular.

My guilty pleasure.

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 20):
remember making mix-tapes with my sophisticated tape deck on Type-IV "Metal" cassettes.

  
That is the way to go!
My favorite being the TDK MA-XG-90.

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 20):
LPs were dead (only to be resurrected today),

Technically the LP never died. Just reduced in production. They just disappeared from shopping mall chain stores. Only the independents stocked new LP releases.

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 20):
Eurodance set the standard for a new all-time-low music taste.

  
Agreed!
That combined with rap/hip-hop, grunge, punk an new-country set the bar low as well.  
Quoting melpax (Reply 23):
Never thinking of Bill Clinton & cigars the same way again!

Same here.  


The early 1990s was the sweet-spot of aviation. You still had a lot of classic jetliners in service along with the new/modern generation aircraft we have today.


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The cars;

Motor Trend's Car of the Year in 1990 - Lincoln Town Car





The last traditional Cadillac
Fleetwood Brougham



The last years you could get plush, loose cushion Corinthian leather in a car.



The music;

Rush
Gino Vannelli
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Lenny Kravitz
Jamiroquai
Ozeric Tentacles
Donald Fagen
Sting
Prince
Seal
Everything But The Girl
George Michael
Queen



Notable ones that stand out.

Rush - Resist
Rush - Time & Motion
Rush - Where's My Thing?
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - King's Highway
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Walls
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Room At The Top
Gino Vannelli - I Die A Little More Each Day
Gino Vannelli - Tierras De Amores Y Sombras
Gino Vannelli - Moon Over Madness
Lenny Kravitz - It Ain't Over Till It's Over
Lenny Kravitz - Heaven Help
Lenny Kravitz - Sugar
Jamiraquai - Music Of The Mind
Jamiroquai - When You Gonna Learn?
Jamiroquai - You Blow My Mind
Jamiroquai - Manifest Destiny
Jamiroquai - Return Of Space Cowboy
Jamiroquai - Cosmic Girl
Jamiroquai - Alright
Madonna - Take A Bow
Sting - Mad About You
Sting - Jeremiah Blues
Sting - Shape Of My Heart
Sting - It's Probably Me
Seal - Prayer For The Dying
Everything But The Girl - Two Star
Everything But The Girl - Missing
George Michael - Cowbells and Angels
Queen - Days Of Our Lives
Queen - Show Must Go On



The ugly side of the 1990s;
-Popularity of tattoos an excessive body piercings
-The grunge look, music and attitude that came along with it
-The baggy, saggy gangster look
-NAFTA
-the SUV an minivan trend
-boy bands
-popularity of rap/hip-hop
-reality tv shows

More will come to mind later.

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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:43 pm

My 90's memories:

-MSN Gaming Zone (ZoneFriends, Sysops, and hackers*)
-Nokia 5110 series phones (with quick-change faceplates)
-Napster (downloading my first song with a 14.4Kb modem took hours)
-Savage Garden (To the Moon and Back)
-Bringing CDs to school for classroom parties and identifying which tracks had "swear words" (stupid/crap/bitch etc)
-Walkman (I had a yellow Sony "SPORTS" version and later the "Shockwave" version)
-Recording onto blank cassettes from the radio or my dad's vinvyl oldies (I grew up listening to 50s/60s stuff)
-Eating a Smoked Meat Sandwich with salad and mini "Chocolair" bar on an AC (or CP) flight from YYZ-YUL
-Jean Chretien in office
-Getting letters sent home from school for throwing snowballs

*I used to be afraid of hackers infecting my computer and would unplug the phone line from the modem at night after I shut down. Keep in mind I was only about 8 to 10 at the time so I didn't realize how stupid it actually was.
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Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:20 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 28):
The early 1990s was the sweet-spot of aviation. You still had a lot of classic jetliners in service along with the new/modern generation aircraft we have today.

I remember sitting at one of the NW hubs (MSP?) in the 90s with all the red-tail DC-10s and some visiting DL L1011s and thinking "these won't be around forever"...

Quoting Superfly (Reply 28):
NAFTA

Or an equally bad decision, Most Favored Nation status for China, implemented by Clinton but paid for by the Waltons.

The 90's can be viewed as "The Pathway to Globalization" decade, or perhaps "The Great Sucking Sound" decade...
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:08 pm

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 15):

No smart phones then, but I had a cell phone by the mid-90s.
Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 25):
There were but only business people or really high end people could afford it.

Yes yes, I know there were cell phones around, but literally no one I knew had one until the late '90s.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 24):
As for me, in that era my day job was working at DEC

Interesting - a family friend worked for DEC back then too. I think he still misses those days.

Actually, I remember him taking my older brother to a few MacWorld Conventions when they came to Boston.

Also, I never realized DEC was founded by two guys from MIT-LL.

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 25):
Now, beepers...that was the original way to get in contact.

Never had one.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 28):
That was from 1989. One of Billy Joel's worst efforts, only to hit a newer low in 1993.

Dude, River of Dreams is a good album!

Besides, you just admitted you like the Spice Girls!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 28):
Quoting 2707200X (Reply 18):
"Spice Girls" very popular.

My guilty pleasure.

 Wow!

  

Other things I remember from the '90s:

Sega Genesis
NBA Jam ("puts up a brick!"; "he's on fire!"; "can't buy a bucket!")
WordPerfect
386, then 486, then Pentium
Myst
Doom (you have no idea how happy I was when I flew Virgin America and found that they have Doom on the IFE!)
Wolfenstein 3D
Duke Nukem
X-WIng
TIE Fighter
Civilization I
SimCity 2000
Tecmo Super Bowl
RBI Baseball 2

On a related note, up until my parents moved about 5 years ago, they still had our original NES. When us kids were home, we'd still fire up RBI Baseball 2 (and sometimes Tecmo Super Bowl, though it was better not to change cartridges, as it took quite awhile to get them working).
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Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:20 pm

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 27):
Yeah. My first PC in 1992. 486 DX-33, 4 MB Ram, Isa-Bus, 14inch screen, 170MB HDD (actually, this one is still working!).

This was the kind of system me and my friends were trying to avoid when we bought DECstations. It wasn't really the Intel CPU that killed it, as much as the ISA bus based video adapters of the time, and the 14 inch 800x600 or so displays. We were all hooked up with 19" color monitors and 1280x1024x8 video (yes, 256 colors, max: you had to buy the uber-expensive "3D" video card to get "true color") and Ethernet on the motherboard. It also had 128 bit wide memory that was interleaved to provide 256 bit accesses rapidly, which was much better than the 64 bit wide memory typical on PCs. By the time we bought them they were end of life but still better than the Intel PCs of the era.

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 31):
Interesting - a family friend worked for DEC back then too. I think he still misses those days.

There is still a lot of nostalgia about DEC, but mostly focused on the glory days, before the 90s. The 90s were the slide down from #2 computer vendor in the world (behind IBM) into acquisition target (bought by Compaq in the late 90s).

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 31):
386, then 486, then Pentium
Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 31):
Doom

In the later 90s I had a custom built Pentium II system "overclocked" to 200 MHz with two Voodoo II boards (each board drew every other line on the screen) that ended up getting used mostly to play Quake! It's still in my garage but last time I tried to boot it, I got no signs of life. It's something I keep meaning to resurrect, but never seem to get around to doing so.
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:18 pm

• Paying $1,995 for a Mac IIsi (on clearance!) which came with a whopping 3MB of RAM onboard. To upgrade to 16MB was ~$800.
• $400 for a 13" color monitor (with computer purchase)
• $1,800 for an Apple Personal LaserWriter NTR with built-in PostScript (woohoo!) and the first RISC chip in a printer for home use. It spat out pages at the "incredibly high speed" of 4PPM after waiting 30 seconds for the first page to render.

IIRC, the IIsi communicated with the printer using AppleTalk.

I sold the whole bundle about 5 years later for $250 to a guy who bought it so his dad could get online for his first e-mail account with AOL using dial-up.
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Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:48 pm

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 33):
• Paying $1,995 for a Mac IIsi (on clearance!) which came with a whopping 3MB of RAM onboard. To upgrade to 16MB was ~$800.
• $400 for a 13" color monitor (with computer purchase)
• $1,800 for an Apple Personal LaserWriter NTR with built-in PostScript (woohoo!) and the first RISC chip in a printer for home use. It spat out pages at the "incredibly high speed" of 4PPM after waiting 30 seconds for the first page to render.

IIRC, the IIsi communicated with the printer using AppleTalk.

I sold the whole bundle about 5 years later for $250 to a guy who bought it so his dad could get online for his first e-mail account with AOL using dial-up.

That is so true. And TUBE MONITORS were such crap. Today's generation has cheap, excellent computers. Our computers were such crap, and cost so much money. Now, a windows notebook is $500 and a macbook is $1000, and you get the best of everything. Or you can even get an ok computer for $250.

And, laser printers are cheap now, too. Oh, worth noting, the first flat screen television I saw in about '98 was 40" and cost either $8,000 or $12,000 .
 
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:09 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 28):
My first time voting and it was for Bill Clinton.

Oh my, how times have changed. But it's not too late to repent and vote for Hillary in 2016.   


Also, I purchased a 56k modem so I can download airplane pictures on A.net and other pictures faster.
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Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:33 am

Quoting Flighty (Reply 34):
And, laser printers are cheap now, too. Oh, worth noting, the first flat screen television I saw in about '98 was 40" and cost either $8,000 or $12,000 .

The amount we spent in 90s dollars on computers was shocking. It always seemed like no matter what came out, it was always $5K for anything worthwhile.

I remember back in 1992(?) a guy from Canon came to our office to sell us this new-fangled color bubble jet printer. The kind they give away nowadays to make back-end profits on ink. They were selling for $10K for just a little countertop unit.
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Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:05 am

I thought of some more:

-Cross Country Canada (on the computers at school) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3wlaAz4j3A
-Unisys computers (with the keyboard/trackball combination)
-MSDOS computer with an amber monotone CRT
-Treasure Mountain(!) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_Mountain!
-Duck Tales http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuckTales_%28video_game%29
-Love Inc (band)
-Canon Bubblejet BJC-240 colour printer with BCI-21 cartridges (I printed many assignments for school on this thing)

There's so many random things I can remember but can't put a name to (computer games, songs)

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Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:32 am

- Musically, the 90s were good, but I don't believe as great as the huge variety of style of the 80s. What was interesting about the 90s was the transition of media formats. In the early 90s, vinyl was still common for singles (45s) and 12" extended mixes and dance/house music, although LP albums were becoming scarce. Of course, cassettes carried on from the mid 70s as the prime format allowing users to make copies and mixes of their own music. CDs were taking over, but were expensive and did not allow for recording, until home PCs with CDRs became common. This was the beginning of the end for record stores and record sales. The final nail in the coffin came in the late 1990s with what we are all familiar with today... the MP3. Around 1997, I downloaded the first MP3 from a web site which had pages describing how the compression algorithm worked, and how this would be the future of music. I believe they had two or three songs available, and it took about 30 minutes to download using a 28k modem. This did not seem very amazing. But by 1999, with high speed cable internet, MP3 downloads were possible using Audio Galaxy and Napster in seconds. I believe I had downloaded close to 1,000 songs by 2000.

- Introduction of high speed internet in the late 1990s was a breakthrough we all take for granted today.

- From the massive, expensive suitcase-sized 'mobile' phones of 1990, to affordable, small cell phones by the end of decade

- Affordable, hand-held videocameras became available in the 1990s vs. the expensive, over-the-shoulder camera, VCR and battery pack on shoulder strap systems they replaced.

- 90s were truly the decade of incredible downsizing of electronics.

- Fuel injection became the norm for all automobiles sold in North America; the last carbureted engines were produced by GM in the 1989-90 model year.

- CFC became an acronym synonymous with 'evil'. McDonald's stopped serving their burgers in foam boxes. Vehicle air conditioning systems were switched from R-12 to R-134a, which was supposed to be more ozone layer friendly.

- The cold year of 1992 caused by the ash from Mt. Pinatubo (although 2014 has been colder, without the need of volcanic ash blocking the sun)

- The heat of 1999. It seemed like the earth would burn up by 2000. (But not so, 2000 was a much colder year than 1999)

- O.J. Simpson... the low-speed chase... the trial... the glove  

- Barney, the hideous dinosaur

- Fluorescent colors were common in the early 90s... you could go blind walking down the hallway at high school







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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:55 am

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 2):
Release of Windows 95

A decade after Apple showed them how to do it,   

Quoting Rara (Reply 4):
All in all, not a great decade.
Quoting melpax (Reply 23):
(required viewing in Melbourne)

Was Alven Purple over by then>

Quoting Revelation (Reply 24):
my day job was working at DEC with the software that would be the basis for Mac OS X

In the decade before I programmed my first "app" on a DEC at a Uni in Perth - a demo for the retailer I was working for in hopes of them getting a small computer for budgeting. A few years later I moved to another retailer developing systems and fell in love with the System 38

Quoting Superfly (Reply 28):
My first time voting and it was for Bill Clinton.

First time in my life to vote for a Democrat and it was Bill Clinton.
 
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Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:17 am

Quoting Revelation (Reply 30):
I remember sitting at one of the NW hubs (MSP?) in the 90s with all the red-tail DC-10s and some visiting DL L1011s and thinking "these won't be around forever"...

I have a sweet photo taken from the window of a United 777. It's a Delta L1011 an TWA 767 (older livery) parked back to back. I knew then that would be the last time I'd see such.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 30):
Or an equally bad decision, Most Favored Nation status for China, implemented by Clinton but paid for by the Waltons.

Agreed.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 30):
The 90's can be viewed as "The Pathway to Globalization" decade, or perhaps "The Great Sucking Sound" decade...

Very much agree. A really bad idea.

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 31):
Dude, River of Dreams is a good album!

I was working at a record store in Pasadena at that time. We had to play it in store. I was so happy when the tape got chewed. I was happy to throw it in the garbage and put in Rush - Counterparts.  
After listening to The Stranger, 52nd. Street an Glass House for so many years, A Book Of Dreams just sounds embarrassing. Also my 10th grade Spanish teacher force-fed our class 'We Didn't Start The Fire' (which has nothing to do with Spanish BTW) .
We had to write a paper on the meaning of that song in Spanish.
I was already sour on the 'new' Billy Joel at that point.

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 31):
Besides, you just admitted you like the Spice Girls!

I've got plenty of great artist on that list. I'm entitled to like one silly group.  
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Quoting Flighty (Reply 34):
TUBE MONITORS were such crap. Today's generation has cheap, excellent computers.

I like the true color of CRT screens an it's taken a long time for flat screen monitors to catch up in terms of picture quality.

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 35):
Oh my, how times have changed. But it's not too late to repent and vote for Hillary in 2016.

Haha!
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Quoting Skydrol (Reply 39):
the last carbureted engines were produced by GM in the 1989-90 model year.

I think Toyota, Hyundai an Ford had a few that lasted till 1992. I could be wrong.

Quoting Skydrol (Reply 39):
Vehicle air conditioning systems were switched from R-12 to R-134a, which was supposed to be more ozone layer friendly.

I remember stocking up on freon in 1994.
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Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:52 am

Quoting Flighty (Reply 34):
Today's generation has cheap, excellent computers. Our computers were such crap, and cost so much money. Now, a windows notebook is $500 and a macbook is $1000, and you get the best of everything. Or you can even get an ok computer for $250.
You think 90's era computers were expensive crap? I think I have that beat.

What would they cost today?
tells us:

Quote:

IBM PC

Like it or not, the IBM PC, introduced in 1981, has changed all our lives.

Price in 1981: $1,565
Price now adjusted for inflation: $3,898

That lines up with my recollection: I was living at home and finishing my first year of college in 1981 and that IBM PC cost as much as a full year of UConn tuition! Needless to say, no IBM PC for me! As for specs, IBM: The birth of the IBM PC tells us:

Quote:

The $1,565 price bought a system unit, a keyboard and a color/graphics capability. Options included a display, a printer, two diskette drives, extra memory, communications, game adapter and application packages — including one for text processing. The development team referred to their creation as a mini-compact, at a mini-price, with IBM engineering under the hood.

The system unit was powered by an Intel 8088 microprocessor operating at speeds measured in millionths of a second. It was the size of a portable typewriter and contained 40K of read-only memory and 16K of user memory, as well as a built-in speaker for generating music. Its five expansion slots could be used to connect such features as expanded memory, display and printing units and game "paddles." The unit also ran self-diagnostic checks.

Yes, they are bragging that the clock speed was greater than 1 MHz (it was actually 4.77 MHz) and it had 16 kilobytes (not megabytes: UConn's mainframe didn't have 16 MB till 1983 or so!) of user memory.

The units I ran into in that time frame were monochrome, and all would have had at least one floppy disk, but the hard disk was an expensive luxury you didn't see much of till the mid 80s. I also seem to recall that most PCs went to 64 KB of memory pretty quickly and stayed there for a long time. Running into the '640K barrier' was more of a late 80s thing.

These computers didn't often talk to anything else. If you had enough memory, you might find yourself with a Hayes Smartmodem rocking along at 1200 baud, but it cost $700 or so or almost half the cost of the IBM PC itself.

So, in that time frame, you probably booted MS-DOS from floppy, did a little bit of VisiCalc or word processing, maybe send the output to a line printer, then if you had a modem, you might use Kermit to upload your work to another computer or to get on to one of the early BBSes.

I don't recall anyone thinking this was all that great. Most of us who could would schlep into the university to use their much better mainframe hardware and software. By the mid 80s I was out of school and working so the same pattern held: if I wanted to use a computer, I'd just use the one at work. By the late 80s I was going to grad school at night and prices had dropped so I bought myself a PC XT clone but it was mostly used for light duty data entry tasks so I wouldn't have to spend as much time at school. Even now I can't say I do any real computation on my various laptops or tablets. Work just upgraded my 'work PC' to be that would have been pure fantasy in the 80s or 90s. Dozens of processors running at several gigahertz each, gigabytes of memory, terabytes of storage, all for my personal use and not costing more in real dollars than that poor old IBM PC.

Interestingly enough, I just used that uber-computer to debug an issue that dates right back to the IBM PC in 1981. The Linux kernel still thinks it is talking to a chip that, among other things, was used to 'beep' the speaker in the original IBM PC!   
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Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:08 am

The San Francisco 49ers beat the Chargers to become the first NFL team to win 5 Super Bowls. The Cowboys win their 5th Title the next year... in one of the worst Super Bowls ever!!
The Broncos win 2 Titles; John Elway retires
Rise of Brett Favre
Dale Ernhardt finally wins Datona 500. (I watched part of it. I saw there were 10 laps to go and he'd dropped further back from the lead. I changed the channel only to come back some time later to see he'd actually won!)
The Pittsburgh Penguins win their first Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992. Mario Lemieux announced he has Hogkins.
Chuck Noll retires, Bill Cowher takes over as head coach of the Steelers, leading them to numerous playoff appearances throughout the 90s.
New Pittsburgh airport opens
LTV Steel goes belly up; Pittsburgh's steel manufacturing economy is pretty much dead.
The birth of Nickelodeon cartoons (Rugrats, Doug, Ren & Stimpy), later, add Rocko's Modern Life, Hey Arnold, and Catdog (the ones I actually cared for).
The Golden Girls and Cheers cease production; Frasier is spun off.
The Nanny, Family Matters, and Full House also are popular TV shows
TLC and Discovery actually had educational TV instead of the likes of Honey Boo Boo or any of the I-am-famous-because-I-have-12-kids TV shows (John and Kate, plus 8, 19 kids and counting, etc)
Actually playing outside since Facebook wasn't invented yet, let alone the internet!
Crash of USAir 427, leading to the biggest commercial aviation investigation in history
TWA 800 explodes
The 777 is introduced
The Mt. Carmel standoff near Waco, TX.
Hurricane Andrew.
El Nino 1997/98
The 1995 hurricane season as a whole (20 named storms at the time, which stood as a record until 2005).
Princess Diana killed in a car wreck in Paris
John Denver dying in a plane crash
Bosnia activity
Crystal Pepsi is introduced
Coca-Cola introduces Surge
Development and rise of Ebay and Google
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:27 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 28):
George Michael - Cowbells and Angels

Correction;
I meant to type: Cowboys and Angels.

Quoting Skydrol (Reply 39):
- Barney, the hideous dinosaur

Funny Barney story.
My sister an her husband hired a Barney clown to come over for their daughter's 7th birthday party at their home. Lots of kids there an their parents, friends & co-workers were all at their house having fun. Well the lady dressed up as Barney kept going to hang out with the parents to drink Jack & coke. The Barney clown started to get a little tipsy an started cracking a bunch of raunchy adult oriented jokes. My sister an her husband got angry an asked Barney to leave.
When my sister told me this on the phone, I almost went in to cardiac arrest because I was laughing so hard!  
That was the one birthday party my niece had that I wish I could have attended.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 42):
You think 90's era computers were expensive crap? I think I have that beat.

What would they cost today? tells us:

That is a good website. Thanks.
One thing that has gone up in price is cars an real estate in the big coastal cities.

Quoting Acheron (Reply 36):
Sure thing.

NSFW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBDKEn-TeQg

Awesome!
My old roommate has that 'Found Footage' DVD.
The funny thing is that I remember some of those clips in that documentary.




Another ugly part of the 1990s was the beginning of the politically correct, self esteem movement.
The entitlement generation's chickens have come home to roost an the Occupy Wall Street rallies is a perfect example of that. I was in college in the 1990s and I remember the creation of so many departments dedicated to silly soft sciences an human studies. Many offered degrees in those fields and I remember professors telling students that they would have access to so many good, high paying jobs with their women's studies an ethnic studies degrees.
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:18 am

I'll be dammed!
I'm sitting in the hotel lobby right now of the Holiday Inn Bangkok and they're playing Jamiroquai - Too Young To Die as background music.
I love that song off their first album 'Emergency On Planet Earth'. It was never a big hit.
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:25 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 41):
For me it's Baby Spice that does it for me.

OK, I forgive you. She was the one for me as well.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 41):
Rush - Counterparts.

I prefer Roll the Bones, though Counterparts is good too. I've been listening to both those albums a lot lately. While the songs on Counterparts are good, the arrangements are a bit repetitive.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 32):
There is still a lot of nostalgia about DEC, but mostly focused on the glory days, before the 90s. The 90s were the slide down from #2 computer vendor in the world (behind IBM) into acquisition target (bought by Compaq in the late 90s).

He probably worked there in the 80s too. I don't remember anymore.

If I remember correctly, he now works for Dell....amusingly, in the very same building in which he used to work for DEC.
I'm watching Jeopardy. The category is worst Madonna songs. "This one from 1987 is terrible".
 
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Tue Sep 16, 2014 8:44 am

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 46):
OK, I forgive you. She was the one for me as well.

Well, you & I do have similar taste in gals.  
Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 46):
I prefer Roll the Bones, though Counterparts is good too. I've been listening to both those albums a lot lately. While the songs on Counterparts are good, the arrangements are a bit repetitive.

Me too but this was at The Wherehouse and we were obligated to play new releases.
I kept playing Rush - Counterparts, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Greatest Hits, Donald Fagen - Kamakiriad, Sting - 10 Somner's Tales, Earth Wind & Fire - Millennium and Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way.
My co-worker's hated me when I put on the 4-disc box set of Chicago - Group Portrait.
I refused to play that manufactured, fake garage band that released an album in 1993 with a sheep on the front cover...
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:51 am

Happy pants, as worn by MC Hammer.....

The original Sony PlayStation - horribly expensive when first released (around $1K from memory), only really took off here when Sony drastically reduced the price.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 42):

My High School set up a new computer lab in 1990-91, a Novell network running an oh-so-powerful 486 server, with 286 terminals in the lab & teacher's offices. Very pricey & high-tech in it's day. The server was around $10K on it's own. This was a replacement for a classroom full of elderly mid-80's IBM pc's that had to be booted up by disc...

No such thing as a computer lab in most schools these days, it's bring your own laptop or Ipad.

One afternoon, we were being shown the messaging function of the network, an early version of IM. One of the guys decided to send out a 'dirty message', but instead of sending it just to us in the room, he sent it out to the entire network by mistake. 10 seconds later another teacher burst into the room demanding 'who sent that?'........ Mate meekly pipes up 'it was me'......

Quoting Superfly (Reply 44):
One thing that has gone up in price is cars an real estate in the big coastal cities.

Interesting, houses here have gone up massively - my family home which would have been worth around $120K in the early 90's, would fetch around $700K today. But cars here are a different story, they've stayed around the same, and are even cheaper in some cases. My 1999 BMW 535i had a list price when new of $120K, current list price for the new equivalent is $117K. Tarrif reductions & an ultra competitive new car market have helped with that....
Essendon - Whatever it takes......
 
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RE: Anyone Remember The 90s?

Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:53 pm

I was born in Oakland, California and lived on a Culdesac in Danville...With Chesley Sullenberger!!! My parents were good friends with their family and I clearly remember playing with two girls as a toddler, who I later found out were his two daughters.

I remember flying OAK-SFO and gazing in awe at the battleship gray 744s.

I flew to my grandparents ranch near C48 (Wilson Bar United States Forest Service Airport) in 1998, fishing, driving in a Willys MB, hiking, and bush flying.

My brother got a Nintendo 64 in 1998 as well as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which is still my favorite game of all time.

My brother attended Valley Christian School, and the building itself was on a very large hill.

The event I remember most, however, was when my parents announced to my brother and I that we were moving to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As we drove down the Culdesac one last time to OAK, I saw a blinding light and fell asleep...A few hours later, we were in the DoubleTree Fort Lauderdale Waterfront Resort on December 31st, 1999. All I remember from that was seeing my parents and brother standing in the lobby with Emily, our Yorkshire Terrier. Emily passed away in March 2013 after living a long, happy life with us.   

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