Following a random conversation with pleaseremove, I decided to track down the oldest file that I created. This is not that easy, because I have to do so by checking file modification dates (as all the creation dates are pegged to no earlier than 28/12/2002, which is probably around when I started using this computer).
There's all sorts of fun things here.
A scrap of code, last modified 15/7/1998 but in reality far older.
Some Windows help files for a program I once wrote, dated 20/6/2000.
An avatar of me from BT's exhibit in the Millenium Dome, dated 3/6/2000.
The video database I put together once, dated to at least 29/11/1998, if not earlier (this is the one with the blank password that taunted me for over 7 years).
Some school work, which if I'm reading this right was created with Windows 3.1 in the year 2000.
A bunch of files to do with a program written back in the year 2000, on what was at the time the family computer (that computer is Odysseus, now sitting silent next to me).
Cranking the time machine back a few more notches reveals more hidden gems.
A copy of Neko95, last modified in September, 1997.
An old version of FastLynx, from christmas that same year.
The Continuum map editor, SSME, again from that christmas.
A mountain of levels for Jazz Jackrabbit 2, none modified before the new millenium.
Some circuits in Crocodile Clips, dating from the start of 1998.
I remember when a 486 was fast, and the family computer had OS/2 Warp installed.
I know people who are still using Windows 98. I still use Windows 2000 on my main machine.
How time flies.