The 1987 CD-ROM Experience: Hitachi CDR-1503S

17 lip 2020
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What was the PC CD-ROM experience like in 1987? Let's find out with the Hitachi CDR-1503S / Amdek Laserdrive-1, both launching in '87 at just under $900. And for that you got a whopping 153 KB/s sequential transfer rate from 550MB discs spinning at a leisurely 200-535 RPM! Ahh, single speed read-only goodness.
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  • this thing is bigger than a gaming console

  • My first CD-ROM title was 3M's, What's the Secret, an educational title based on the PBS TV series, Newton's Apple. It was a 16 bit, Win 3.1 program.

    AlexSchoolerAlexSchooler14 godzin temu
  • He's BIGGER SLOWER And HARDER to use He's the first member of the CD Crew!

    Chacha Nu VaughnChacha Nu VaughnDzień temu
  • it's huuuge!

    xxalex423xxxxalex423xxDzień temu
  • One of the controversial things about phone and address databases was the search function, which was usually very limited, so you couldn't search for phone numbers by address for example. But the databases were hacked to allow these searches. This is less of an issue nowadays with mobile phones, but many people chose not to be on these databases (if the law in the country allowed) for reasons of privacy, whereas now the biggest reason to be ex-directory is to cut down on nuisance/spam callers

    mrIceblinkmrIceblink3 dni temu
  • I wish they kept the caddy. Ugh the number of times i loaned a "friend" a disk and it returned unreadable.

    Derpin BirdDerpin Bird4 dni temu
  • You should make a video on DVD RAM disks...we used to have them to store server side scripts....I don't remember why.

    bulbadoxbulbadox5 dni temu
  • I'm surprised they didn't make Bookshelf so you could also run it as its own program without the need for launching a "host" program like WordPerfect or Word to use it. So, for example, if you were handwriting something but wanted to look up a definition or use the Thesaurus you wouldn't have to load another program just to launch and use Bookshelf. (Plus I actually thought Bookshelf was microsoft's first encyclopedia on CD... not a "reference" program).

    Heelix RanierHeelix Ranier7 dni temu
  • Kind of amazing they went from this, to now what you can get in a portable (External) BR drive (one that's about 1" thick and about 4x4" and weighs about as much as a book, whereas this thing is about the size of some computers of the day....

    Heelix RanierHeelix Ranier7 dni temu
  • Someone call those numbers especially the radio station lol

    Felipe SolisFelipe Solis8 dni temu
  • Hitachi save woman and analitick`s data more 10 year. :) Thanks him and corp

    YJN WorkerYJN Worker8 dni temu
  • rich jackass wishing he was not a millennial born after 1998 wishing he grew up in the 80s

    jer nonejer none9 dni temu
  • Fun fact: When I was 13 or so, around 1994, I got a crush on Sandra Bullock after seeing the movie "Demolition Man". The local library had that same national phone book in this video on its computers. I looked up a "Sandra Bullock" that was living in Los Angeles, and 13 year-old me figured it was the same gal, so I made a collect call from a payphone and a Sandra Bullock answered the phone. She assured me that she was not the actress, but still spoke with me at some length. I don't recall what it was that we talked about, but she was kind and understanding of a teenage boy's desire to speak with an actress that he was crushing on.

    QaddoshQaddosh11 dni temu
  • cdrom, my sega cd.... computer stuff a little later

    Erich WienerErich Wiener14 dni temu
  • I had no clue a fart also meant a mean contemptible person

    PlatinumEagleStudio'sPlatinumEagleStudio's17 dni temu
  • I sure hope you backed up those drivers to like

    Noah GooderNoah Gooder18 dni temu
  • you know way too much about this sort of thing. you know generic cd roms from 30 years ago. Thank God someone does though or we would lose that knowledge to the ages. one you are done future archaeologists will dig this up and think "aliens probably made this, because people are to stupid to figure this out today" thanks for sharing!

    rebibotic rebirth roboticrebibotic rebirth robotic22 dni temu
  • hitachi ad

    KhoiLe MAINS HDKhoiLe MAINS HD22 dni temu
  • This channel is unique for me in that its equally interesting and sad at the same time. I like seeing this old stuff and have experienced much of it firsthand, but a part of me wonders if im stuck in arrested development and 'living in the past'. Fuck.

    DerekDerek22 dni temu
  • If one pauses this video ((which is another awesome one, as usual, LGR, thanks for sharing (-: )) at 15:19 and sets the playback speed to .25 and then resumes the video, somewhere between :19 and :20 a blond-haired dude's face fades into view and fades back out again. At normal speed his face flashes by at a subliminal-mental-implant speed. Anyway, back to the video.... :-)

    Terry McKeanTerry McKean25 dni temu
    • ... and now having seen the rest of this video, I say thanks again, LGR. :-) My earliest experience with CD drives was with the double-speed types with the separate case for the CD. That was about 1997 or so... fond memories. I started with computers in '96 but with equipment from about 10 years earlier and no extra fund-age to buy new stuff that was extant on the market, so my learning experiences tracked along about a decade behind the times and I enjoyed experimenting with the older equipment and DOS and Windows versions and stuff the first few years after 1996. :-)

      Terry McKeanTerry McKean25 dni temu
  • I just saw a Hitachi ad on a Hitachi CD-ROM video. _(LOL)_

    Adrian MardiantoAdrian Mardianto25 dni temu
  • Are we gonna talk about the JoJo reference at 19:09?

    Meowcat WorlMeowcat Worl25 dni temu
  • Did I just see some guys face flash on the screen at 15:20

    Tim FopTim Fop29 dni temu
  • Clint, if I play you on x0.5 speed, it sounds like you're so drunk!!!

    Justin HallJustin Hall29 dni temu
  • First pc cd rom experience was one of the crap games included with my creative soundblaster+cd rom bundle. I think it was a strategy game called cities of gold and you played as a conquistador plundering the new world with your little galleon. First interactive optical disk would be the BBC Domesday project at school (im actually on one of the disks waffling about farming or somesuch) and first cd game would be road avenger on the mega cd.

    meetoo594meetoo59429 dni temu
  • 15:18 "Wow" was too hilarious. I was working out and listening to this and I happened to look at the screen right before this happened and it was so funny. Hahahaha.

    JustBeing FrankJustBeing FrankMiesiąc temu
  • Even with the internet, we still really don't have a common integrated info source like Bookshelf was. Shouldn't all major word processors have an embedded dictionary, thesaurus , and style guide reference by now?

    Justin MichrinaJustin MichrinaMiesiąc temu
  • i still use both CD's and DVD's for back up's. I have yet to have problems with them and i have stuff from the mid 90's that i burned. So yeah i'm good with my disc's. (i prefer to have a physical object for what i pay for)

    David MillerDavid MillerMiesiąc temu
  • Nothing like exciting obsolete tech made obsolete tech sweeet!

    Craig UsselmanCraig UsselmanMiesiąc temu
  • My earliest CD-ROM memories were of scaring myself with how creepy the picture of Frank Zappa was they used in Music Central and watching the clip of Obi-Wan Kenobi dying from Star Wars in Cinemania

    Sean FennelSean FennelMiesiąc temu
  • can you please install a game than can run like modern pc today 😇

    wendhel john galidowendhel john galidoMiesiąc temu
  • i still wanted a very good quality cdrom drives

    Albert Ian JavierAlbert Ian JavierMiesiąc temu
  • When I was kid, mum used receive telegram of arrival time of my dad return back from a business trip. So we all happy to pick him up from the train station. Yet, when I was in high school, all kids are compete the access for the only two Apple II computer in school. It was good memories back then. Thanks for sharing this.

    Tea PotTea PotMiesiąc temu
  • Our first CD-ROM was a game called Morph Man. I don't remember much about the game, but I do remember how we were told to be SUPER careful with the disc. There was something magical about placing it in the drive and having a whole game on one physical object. No swapping diskettes. :D

    KenKenMiesiąc temu
  • Bookshelf is worth that price. Imagine the amount of human hours spent on getting all that information on a CD, with the technology they had at the time.

    Sameera ShaakunthalaSameera ShaakunthalaMiesiąc temu
  • cd track-uri mp3 player să-l copiezi pe un alt cd player urăsc engleza

    suciu catalinsuciu catalinMiesiąc temu
  • Hah! That’s an inflation adjusted value of ... wait for it ... $2020, in 2020! I have no idea why that is so exciting.

  • the audia format is still superior to mp3, there is no format that can copy the wavelenghts from the audio cds 1:1 unless you set a high a odd high bitrate the 128kb mp3 format doesnt preserv tones above 16 k well, in comparison if you have both qualities you can hear that very clearly also you can see it in a histogram to see what wavelenghts got lost and yea likely the ear hear more then 20 k wavelenghts

    derrick cummingsderrick cummingsMiesiąc temu
  • I found that phone directory CD far too amusing. Funnily enough, when you were in the K's I saw a radio station listed. Looking them up they still have the same address and phone number as listed on the CD !

    Zed X-RZed X-RMiesiąc temu
  • That “A-1 Lawn Care” at 18:49 on Cypress Ave. is in my zip code. The road it’s on is just a bit away (I HIGHLY doubt it’s still there, though) and my mother used to work on that road. Nice to see something local on LGR...

    SolidSonicTHSolidSonicTHMiesiąc temu
  • first thing I remember seeing on CD was the Minerva BBS cd's with a copy of their entire BBS offerings. I used to get shareware games from it Scorched earth, commander keen, doom. Good times.

    Fremen On The SandFremen On The SandMiesiąc temu
  • What's a TSR?

    Anita BurkeAnita BurkeMiesiąc temu
  • ZIP drives .... came and went 🥀 i used to have like 20 of them

    Anita BurkeAnita BurkeMiesiąc temu
  • early 90s, I remember going to my uncle's place with my parents. He was upgrading from an IBM portable PC with an amber LCD screen, which we inherited and it became our first serious internet-ready PC when we got 14.4k modem, I'm pretty sure we were the first people in the neighborhood to get online. He had a Packard Bell "multi-media" desktop. First thing we saw was "full motion video" type demonstration of a beach or surfing. It was the first time we saw a computer do actual video of any kind, I'm pretty sure it was video from its CD-ROM since storing video on consumer-grade hard drives at the time was a distant concept.

  • Shockingly futuristic and great. I used 360 soft floppy discs back then...

    Kakha KhmelidzeKakha KhmelidzeMiesiąc temu
  • You can type thing like this and such. Farts

    StraightOuttaJarhoisStraightOuttaJarhoisMiesiąc temu
  • 2:12 that it perhaps the prettiest pcb I've ever seen. excellent color scheme

    StraightOuttaJarhoisStraightOuttaJarhoisMiesiąc temu
  • Now you can get a USB 3.0 DVD burner for about $25 on Amazon.

    soundsparksoundsparkMiesiąc temu
  • LGR really should get his hands on a BBC Master with the Doomsday CD-Rom. Just for comparison's sake.

    oiSnowyoiSnowyMiesiąc temu
  • I must give your credit. You make good videos which have a distinct flavor of their own.

    ApplecompuserApplecompuserMiesiąc temu
  • And How about the first cd-r drive?

    Gilson Marcondes LadeiraGilson Marcondes LadeiraMiesiąc temu
  • The screen is so vivid and rich!

    biffrapperbiffrapperMiesiąc temu
  • The public library in my hometown had a stack of these daisy chained together running the phonebook software. It was 1988 or 89. I looked up my dad's name and found out address and phone number. It was crazy impressive.

    VinnkVinnkMiesiąc temu
  • CD's will last a lifetime Save all your files forever! 1 week later... 'No Disc'

    J HarrisJ HarrisMiesiąc temu
  • "The future that has come and gone" - you sir, are a poet

    Ozzy e as IdeiasOzzy e as IdeiasMiesiąc temu
  • My first job back in 1998 working as a tech contractor for bc hydro. I had a guy call me and tell me his coffee holder wasn't working. I got to his desk and told him that was his CD-Rom drive.

    Sebastian RogersSebastian RogersMiesiąc temu
  • What was that face at 15:21

    dustin robinsdustin robinsMiesiąc temu
  • I’m pretty sure my first CD-ROM application was SST Super Show & Tell from Ask Me Multimedia in around 1994. It was slideshow presentation software similar to PowerPoint or Keynote. I remember my family bought it from a booth at some kind of trade show type event I had a lot of fun playing with it. I used it for class projects when I was a middle school student.

    Zack PetersonZack PetersonMiesiąc temu
  • 0:58 where in the HELL did you get a copy of that?????

    James MorrisJames MorrisMiesiąc temu
  • Esto me trae nostalgia, me acuerdo cuando era chico y los juegos pedian los cds para poder jugarse, queme dos lectograbadoras hasta que empece a buscarle el truco para ejecutar todo desde el disco rigido, antes el software no estaba tan protegido y se podia, ya que habia descubierto que los juegos realmente leian el cd solo al inicio, por la luz de la lectora.... que recuerdo!!, como extraño mi primera PC..... y la segunda..... despues ya no me encariñe tanto con los equipos en si sino mas bien con el software....

    MiAlPoComMiAlPoComMiesiąc temu
  • That text database of useful info is way more usable than a lot of modern websites.

    Andrew BinghamAndrew BinghamMiesiąc temu
  • Hey, that drive is faster than my internet connection!

    Colton ChandlerColton ChandlerMiesiąc temu
  • not enough games nowadays allow you to 'select a tree'

    sine moderaminesine moderamineMiesiąc temu
  • My oldest CD player are from 1989

    AlpzeptaAlpzeptaMiesiąc temu
  • 16:58 Are those the CD's David used to look up Connie's cell phone in Independence Day?

    Eduardo CaveroEduardo CaveroMiesiąc temu
  • Now I want to play some Jazz Impala on a 286 machine...

    Reijnusch vdBReijnusch vdBMiesiąc temu
  • 1987: get dressed, go outside, get in car, go to the store, Spend 2 thousand dollars on a cd drive, spend who knows how many thousands of dollars for the pc, get home, set it all up, Run all the cables, install the drivers with commands, run the cd with commands, open the very non user friendly UI, open the dictionary with commands, navigate to where you can actually enter the word, enter the word, wait for it to load, read the definition 2020: "ok google, whats the definition of ____" god i love technology.

    Joshua StagnittoJoshua StagnittoMiesiąc temu
  • Well holy crap. The vibrator company makes computers too!

    Evan McGoughEvan McGoughMiesiąc temu
  • this times it showed d: they constantly pushed the showers i think :)

    LL LLL LMiesiąc temu
  • My first CD-Rom was actually "Computerbild Spiele" containing "Hell Copter" and some drivers as far I can remember.

    teleturboteleturboMiesiąc temu
  • I completely forgot about the CD Caddy!

    Boe DillardBoe DillardMiesiąc temu
  • Grew up in the 80's, I can actually smell your videos.

    Simon BoisjoliSimon BoisjoliMiesiąc temu
  • My first CD-ROM was a CD i got with a magazine. It had jpegs on it and a program to display them. I was amazed. Took a few seconds per photo. My second CD about a year later was Encarta. I read all of it. It had sound files, small videos and interactive applications. It blew my mind. The closest thing to the Htichhiker's Guide to the Galaxy I had ever seen.

    Julius FučíkJulius FučíkMiesiąc temu
  • Thanks for the experience! Would have made a fun party experience if we were still allowed to have those.

    lou gevlou gevMiesiąc temu
  • Was really into the blackjack game lol

    Joshua TeeterJoshua TeeterMiesiąc temu
  • NM I used its badass

    Steve CatSteve CatMiesiąc temu
  • 1987 AS FAR as my computers knew never existed aswell as that dark bluegray BG blast from the past

    Steve CatSteve CatMiesiąc temu
  • We had the ProPhone software!

    Matthew BradyMatthew BradyMiesiąc temu
  • Just checked, you can get an external USB disc drive today for 30 bucks that reads and writes everything (DVDs too), and the whole thing is only slightly bigger than the disc itself. Incredible to see how far the tech has come.

    Jay MaverickJay Maverick2 miesięcy temu
  • Slow because you are using it on at XT or AT?

    1697djh1697djh2 miesięcy temu
  • So, it's NOT a cupholder?

    Heckin MemesHeckin Memes2 miesięcy temu
  • Dear LGR, i like all of your NOSTALGIC topic about computer. It is very informative. Keep up the good work. I used to be a computer technician back in 1992. It brings back the memory of 8086, 8088, 286, 386 and 486. I hope you can feature in your blog about the INTERROGATOR alignment that we use to align the head of 5 1/4 disk drive..

    TheHouse OfPainTheHouse OfPain2 miesięcy temu
  • buying magazines for the demo/shareware cds..... aaah nostalgia of the amazing cdrom

    alexander johansenalexander johansen2 miesięcy temu
  • NEAT

    Frank HenchyFrank Henchy2 miesięcy temu
  • My first CD ROM was Encarta encyclopedia!

    Soy FishSoy Fish2 miesięcy temu
  • I snorted on "CD-ROM snuff comic" 🤣

    LinuxdirkLinuxdirk2 miesięcy temu
  • Why doesn't Myst work on it? Windows 3.1 supports MSCDEX, no? I imagine it might be too slow for Myst to work properly, but it would have been interesting to see anyway.

    ughugh2 miesięcy temu
  • It's worth mentioning that hard drives at that time were ~40MB for ~$400 with the high end being 80MB for $599. What I find most amazing is where the LASER wasn't invented until the 1960's yet the compact disks came out in the early 80's. It's a similar story with LEDs (a 4K display has nearly 25 million), and transistor counts are just insane!

    Gareth EvansGareth Evans2 miesięcy temu
  • Nice music choice.

    Rachel BRachel B2 miesięcy temu
  • Ms Bookshelfs was that like the precursor to Encarta?

    Bouslama KarimBouslama Karim2 miesięcy temu
  • Simcity 2000 was alright. Simcity 3000 got a lot more done.

    shortylickens69shortylickens692 miesięcy temu
  • haha does doom count as my first cdrom, I installed off disks but same result.

    Aaron PriestleyAaron Priestley2 miesięcy temu
  • Damn, US$ 884 in 1987 is US$ 1986.52 today. Which can buy a very decent top end gaming PC.

    LemonLemon2 miesięcy temu
  • 15:15 Was that Owen Wilson that briefly popped up on the screen?

    Stephen FisherStephen Fisher2 miesięcy temu
  • so I guess that this was just a CD-ROM drive, not a CD burner or re-writable drive.

    Shizon84Shizon842 miesięcy temu
  • 7:24 Title "1987 CD-ROM experience"

    Robert HRobert H2 miesięcy temu
  • Woooooow

    Paul KimbrelPaul Kimbrel2 miesięcy temu
  • Love your channel so much ❤️ Thank you for doing what you do. 😊 So interesting seeing this kinda stuff!

    SugarbunSugarbun2 miesięcy temu
  • why would you need multiple cd-rom drives? I understand if they had write capabilities, but these obviously don't.

    Anthony ClemonsAnthony Clemons2 miesięcy temu
  • The era of 1x CD-ROM speed

    Riski RosiantoRiski Rosianto2 miesięcy temu