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    I Remember Life Before Computers

    Before Computers  there were typewriters.  That was in my school days.
    aquarius3 aquarius3 61-65 Jan 8, 2012

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    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 51-55, F 1 Response Jan 13, 2010

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    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

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    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 46-50 1 Response May 8, 2013

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    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 26-30, F Sep 6, 2013

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    I was 11 before we got a puter.

    It was a commodore 128.
    OzarksTrucker OzarksTrucker 36-40, M Aug 20, 2014

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    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...
    drsepheroth drsepheroth 26-30, M Nov 30, 2014

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    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

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    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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    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...
    CFOM CFOM 66-70, M 5 Responses May 8, 2013

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    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 46-50, M Jul 18, 2013

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    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 56-60, F Jun 19, 2013

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    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 66-70, M 3 Responses Oct 5, 2010

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 16, 2008

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    Life Was Simpler

    I can remember coming home from school and doing my homework, then going outside to play. In a way, computers - and the internet in general - enslave us.
    Ichilicious Ichilicious 26-30, M Jan 9, 2012

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    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!! ...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jan 13, 2010

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    Related Experiences

    Oh my that was a while ago. I remember playing text base games on an Atari....then the first computers with the dial up connections to AOL and some others. Anyone remember...
    Johngi77 Johngi77 70+, M 1 Response Apr 19

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    Who remembers Stan Freeberg? Also remembered as "Cecil, the Sea Sick Sea Serpent"? He went to the great comedian in the sky. Guess I'll have to call "John & Marsha" and tell them...
    rfrr56 rfrr56 70+, M 4 Responses Apr 8

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    All I remember is that though my siblings and I were provided with PC, the access to internet was impossible; for our education was a major concern for our parents. At that time...
    hiddentears hiddentears 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 28

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    I wish a buck was still silver It was back when the country was strong Back before Elvis Before the Vietnam war came along Before The Beatles and 'Yesterday' When a man could...
    mombo1969 mombo1969 41-45, M 4 Responses a week ago

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    Well I remember my mother catching is on our way out the door and made us eat breakfast and had a lunch packed at 8:00 am we wouldn't get home untill dark or after cause we were...
    samara11besc samara11besc 51-55 1 day ago

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    i really do remember my life without the internet :) playing in our yard with my sisters, biking.. i was a very active child. I also had this toy called Viewmaster and some films...
    missanonymouz missanonymouz 26-30, F 5 Responses Apr 12

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    Okay, this is for the younger people. When you keep talking and saying the same thing all the time, do you know what is meant when some tells you that you sound like a broken...
    rfrr56 rfrr56 70+, M 3 Responses Apr 15

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    Does anybody remember having a watch that actually had to be wound? And all it did was tell you the time? No date, day, pedometer, etc. Every morning when you get up to go to...
    rfrr56 rfrr56 70+, M 7 Responses Apr 12

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    I find myself watching period piece type movies and tv shows and thinking "If they had just had a cell phone or caller ID"... Then I remember I grew up without those things and we...
    grumpykittie13 grumpykittie13 31-35, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Life was so simple back then init ?
    greendragon7 greendragon7 26-30, M 4 Responses Apr 22

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    Found a site you can type in any link and find out what it looked like back to the 90's! AOL 3.0! Check out the experience project in 06' http://archive.org/web/
    ChangingFaces5 ChangingFaces5 26-30 1 Response Apr 10

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    Omg lol is things like this that makes me hate the internet sometimes lol this is enough internet for the day! XD
    IsMyStory IsMyStory 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 11

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    The concert... The bullying... The endless waiting... At the movies with a friend... The bicycle... My confused hand-writing... My loneliness... The type-writer that I got from my...
    Clothed Clothed 41-45, M 5 Responses Apr 15

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    the one thing I hated growing up was the AOL sign on sound(s). Now looking back on it I LOVE it now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1UY7eDRXrs
    DML2451 DML2451 22-25, M 5 Responses Apr 23

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    At the risk of sounding like a Monty Python Yorkshireman, indeed so! And no mobile 'phones either. In fact- as a child in the 70s- only about half the houses in our street had so...
    chapgeezer chapgeezer 46-50, M 2 Responses Apr 28

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    when the bus was a Quarter the pay phone was a dime and mom screamed down the block when dinner was ready.....
    Imhungrytoo Imhungrytoo 51-55, M 5 Responses a week ago

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    I didn't really grow up with mobiles or internet when I was a child. I first used the internet in 2007 When I was 13 and I got my first phone in 2009 (but never used phones much...
    Dreamprojector Dreamprojector 18-21, F Apr 20

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    Me too..a little nostalgic
    happyattimes happyattimes 36-40, M 6 days ago

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    I'm sick of feeling low. I need to remember life is to short to waste time feeling like this!
    abbie007 abbie007 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Okay, so I am 19, and I did a few things in refrence to remebering my pastlife. I don't remember much, but I do believe I died in Jonestown. When I was around 5, my family and I...
    Deadpunk18 Deadpunk18 18-21 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I can't remember the first 10 or 12 years of my life. And what few "memories" I have are more like pictures (like I may have seen a picture of it and remember that/I only remember...
    IAmJustAGhostGirl IAmJustAGhostGirl 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    Prices and Menu has been updated Hey guys I'm selling -IRC BotNet Spots -Monthly: $25 -Lifetime: $40 -VPN Spots (Custom VPN) -Monthly: $5 -Lifetime: $50 -Netflix Accounts...
    Logix22 Logix22 22-25, M Apr 16

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    Not in a doomy gloomy way, I just wonder what's the point in it all. I worked before I left school delivering milk then worked in a hardware shop, then left school at sixteen and...
    dustydaisy dustydaisy 51-55, F 2 Responses Apr 26

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    WE ALL HAVE NEW COMPUTERS STRICTLY FOR BUSINESS ALL SHE HAS IS I SAW YOU MAKE COFFEE TODAY DUMB ***** CHRIS IS ELECTRONICALLY GONE. ....ITS JUST A HOE
    YOURNOTMARRIEDHACK YOURNOTMARRIEDHACK 51-55, F 3 days ago

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    Story of My Life: From Darkness to Light (epic poem about seventh to tenth grade) Story of My Life: From Darkness to Light The days go by as I think of you I'm sorry our...
    SeeingAuras SeeingAuras 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    Hello well I'm new at this website so I just want to share something that happened to me a few months ago, Well a few months ago I was on a vacation with my boyfriend and 2 other...
    Alondra30 Alondra30 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 8

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    ...(Stories of Loss and Leaving)...Tears are not always the first and most potent evidence of sorrow. And some people manage to stay with you long after they’re gone.1. A...