I Remember Life Before Computers

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    I'm Old Enough...

    to remember the time when computers didn't play such a central role in our lives. They are basically everywhere, so I guess the fear of computer terrorism isn't that unfounded. I had to write my homework papers in a typing machine, and since I'm not that great of a typist it was...
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    1 Response Apr 16, 2008

    How On Earth Did We Manage????

    If we wanted to message someone... We wrote a letter....no email, no text messages...no Facebook... If we took a photograph ... We had to wait till the roll of film was finished ... Then we waited a week for it to be processed... And if people wanted to see the photos ... They...
    expressomarkie expressomarkie
    Jul 18, 2013

    Old Enough

    I am old enough to remember life before personal computers. I have loved computers for a long time, my introduction in 1976 to a mini computer that ran basic(and used a small room space wise). It used paper tape reader to boot the machine!! No graphics in those days!! ...
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    4 Responses Jan 13, 2010

    I was 11 before we got a puter.

    It was a commodore 128.
    OzarksTrucker OzarksTrucker
    41-45, M
    Aug 20, 2014

    I Remember Life Before Computers

    Before Computers  there were typewriters.  That was in my school days.
    aquarius3 aquarius3
    Jan 8, 2012

    I Remember Life Before Computers, And Maybe That Was The Best Time...

    As the title says, I remember. Cars didn't need a specialist to be repaired. There were people that actually checked our groceries out and they were carried to the car for us. We read, we gardened, we did things to improve our actual lives. We communicated. I realize we are...
    Anotsooldlady Anotsooldlady
    1 Response May 8, 2013

    Well Maybe Not Before The PC....But Before Laptops Certainly

    Way back in the olden days when Computers were big, heavy, weight a ton, cost thousands of dollars and honestly were not that useful. I remember when the first laptops started making the rounds. Mac Portable anyone? Yeah right. They even had a contraption that allowed you to lug...
    PicturesOfABetterLife PicturesOfABetterLife
    31-35, M
    3 Responses Mar 16, 2013

    Life Before Computers

    ♦ Window was square in a whole room ♦ Application was somthing written in paper ♦ Mouse was an animal ♦ Keyboard was a piano ♦ File was an important material ♦ Hard drive was uncomfortable road trip ♦ Cut was done with knife ♦ paste was done with glue ♦ Web was...
    GangaNarayanan GangaNarayanan
    31-35, F
    Sep 6, 2013

    Who remembers when no one cared about our

    selfies, food pictures and other stuff we use our phones/computers for? When we all sat at the table to eat dinner. When time was spent together in the loungeroom instead of the kids going to their rooms and shutting the world out, (using their technology). When everyone talked...
    foReverYOURS3211 foReverYOURS3211
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Feb 3, 2016

    Way Back When

    Yes, I can recall the way the world was before the Commodore 64... It was a time when I wrote everything down on paper, with a pen. It was a time when I played electronic games only in disreputable pool halls and pinball parlours. When I got a lot more letters than I do now ...
    amberdextrous amberdextrous
    51-55, M
    6 Responses Nov 7, 2009

    It Sure Was Different.

    I saved a page from the AARP Bulletin from November, 2012, to remind me how things have changed in the computer world; it talks of the first mini-computer in 1962. I was 23 then. In my world there were no "computers" then; there were only "accounting machines." Card sorters were...
    70+, M
    4 Responses May 8, 2013

    How The Laptop Changed My Life

     I realize the devotion of this catagory to life in general before computers, but when I saw it, it made me think of my own story of life before computers....or at least before I ever touched a PC.  For reasons I won't go into here, I steadfastly refused to own a...
    lonesurvivor lonesurvivor
    56-60, F
    1 Response Jan 13, 2010

    The Corner Is No Longer Safe

    On the weekend newscast, I heard that a woman was attacked in a park "on the northwest side" as she was leaving the EL. The area by the park is the "4500 block of Montrose Avenue". I felt cold inside. That corner being referred to is the corner I used to get off at early every...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine
    61-65, F
    Jun 19, 2013

    People weren't addicted to the Internet,

    their cellphones..you could actually go to a restaurant to eat and people would communicate in person.
    Mariahehe Mariahehe
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 11, 2016

    Well I am 27 so this is from my earliest

    memories, but than I was obsessed with computers from age 3. The first computer I had was a three year old Apple IIe the first thing I did was change the screen resolution second was to crash the computer and third was to figure out in half an hour how to fix the problem. By the...
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    Nov 30, 2014

    I Really Remember A Time When A " Computer " Was A Human

    Yes, I didn't know that at the time, but until about the end of World War  II the word "computer" meant a person who did computing, a common occupation back them. Astronomers used human computers to figure orbits; the military during the war also used a lot of human computers...
    MPsslavetommy MPsslavetommy
    70+, M
    3 Responses Oct 5, 2010

    My life before computers was very simple.

    If you wanted to know something you would go to the library and borrow a book. I remember being able to play with my friends... And you wouldn't be distracted by something else. Back then when you didn't die of any silly symptom you typed into Google... Where you actually...
    jaynielu jaynielu
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Jan 11, 2016

    I Think The World Was A Better Place Back Then

    i think back to life inthe 60 and the differance inhow outher treated each other and how much less goveremnt we had in our lifes and how much better life was
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2
    61-65, M
    Jun 27, 2011
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