... it attacks me sometimes.
I miss my first ever PC. An 8086 processor, Amstrad PC 1512. Mine came with a 20MB I couldn't ever fill, instead of the usual 2 5.25'' floopy drives (yes. it was normal to sell computers back then without an hardrive). A CGA graphics display and 512 Kb of RAM. DOS 3.2 and no windows. Windows 1.0 had only been released the year before. It shipped with Gem. I had so much fun with it. Here I learned DBase programming, explored different DOS versions to exhaustion and many other things that made me fall in love with computers and programming ever since.
I miss MSDOS 5.0. Perhaps the best OS ever produced by Microsoft. I had heaps of fun with QBASIC. I used to buy every PCPlus and PCPro magazines and drool with their floppy disks full of DOS tools and toys. Back in the days when you could cream a 1.4Mb floppy disk with +20 programs. I do miss windows 3.11 too, which I had istalled on top of DOS 5.0. But I miss this MSDOS version the most. I always liked prompts more.
I miss Lemmings. I miss the craze. they were cute, hippy-like, made fun noises, and they reduced the world's GDP.
I miss my CitizenSwift 240x printer. I could print A3 sheets in landscape. a 24 pin dot matrix printer. It lasted me for years! It had RAM cartridges. Can't remember what mine was. It was a cool, fast, silent printer.
I miss Baldur's Gate. I really do. I miss a game like that. And I miss Doom and I especially miss the Eye of the Beholder trilogy. These 5 games threw me apart. But also the Pool of Radiance RPGs types. Boy! I still play them under MSDOS... but I miss how I used to feel back then.
And I miss my first job ever. In Alcatel-Portugal making backups of the mainframe IBM ES9000 and learning COBOL. I don't miss COBOL, but I miss the mainframe. And I miss when an year later the first IBM AS400 arrived. 3 in all. I loved them as much as I liked to create scripts for a single VAX/VMS minicomputer they had there.
And I miss... the short lived craze of the NeXT Pizza and Cube. And the amazing UI that NeXT/STEP was. I actually put my hands on a few at my university.