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I must say that's an interesting one to visualize.
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My first significant project in C was written using BDS C[^], which created code for the Z80 microprocessor. Ironically, my development machine was an early MS-DOS 3.3 machine, and I ran the BDS compiler using a Z80 emulator.
This was on my first PC, an IBM-AT 12Mhz 1-wait state. Math co-processor! It had an RLL HDD! 360KB FDD and 1.2 MB HDD (5 1/4, of course). Forty MB that never got filled. Fast desktop on the site (at the time). PC-DOS 3.1 . I think that thing was bought for somewhere around $10K.
My first PC was a Gateway machine: 16MHz 386SX processor, 40MB hard drive, 256K RAM. The initial machine was around $2200. I spent another $2000 upgrading it over the years: 1MB of RAM, 387SX math coprocessor, 340MB hard drive, several video adapters and monitors, sound cards, and optical drives. Its long life came to an end when the 2nd motherboard I'd put in it failed and you couldn't buy motherboards in that form factor any longer. At that point the case was the only part of the machine that was original. It was still serving a useful purpose at that point - it was a print server for my home network (this was before most printers supported wifi).
Can anyone recommend a pair for a very noisy office?
My priorities (in order) are:
1) Noise cancelling needs to be seriously good
2) Noise leakage needs to be minimal/non-existent
3) Comfortable for long periods
4) As a bonus, it would be nice if they played music well but the real purpose is to shut out pneumatic drills, people who don't quite get the point of telephones and idiots who think that VCs should be conducted at 150 decibels.
Bose QC35s and Sony WH1000s seem to be the top general picks around the net (it would be nice not to be spending £300 on an office accessory, though!) but it would be good to hear the thoughts of anyone who has a pair specifically for coding in bad office environments.
Actually, I can tell you just how they react. They lean in toward their monitor, they hunch their shoulders. Then I stand up and shout, "That's a FIRE ALARM!" They look around confusled for a minute, and then go to the door to get out. They are really surprised when there is smoke in the hallway.