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I Remember Life Before Computers

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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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    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 was 11 before we got a puter.

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

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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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    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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    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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    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 Remember Life Before Computers

    Before Computers  there were typewriters.  That was in my school days.
    aquarius3 aquarius3 61-65 1 Response Jan 8, 2012

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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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    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 70+, M 5 Responses 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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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    Related Experiences

    Whenever you feel alone, just remember, Those kings will always be there to guide you. And so will I. - Lion King.
    AlphaLion AlphaLion 22-25, M Feb 8

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    Yeah, I remember what it was like to actually approach a woman to ask her out on a date, and try to get to know her in person, and all of that really nerve-racking stuff. They...
    unluckE unluckE 31-35, M Feb 13

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    I remember when you had to slide out if your bedroom window, sneak down the alley and throw rocks at the window of the girl you had a crush on to get her attention without parents...
    extex59 extex59 51-55, M 6 Responses 3 days ago

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    Here we have a man, so engrossed in whatever he’s doing on his mobile device, that he appears to be completely oblivious to the humpback whale that surfaced next to his boat...
    Rutterman Rutterman 36-40, M 8 Responses Feb 6

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    And I find it said how easy it is to reach out to total strangers in cyber space but so hard to say what you mean to say to the people in your life
    MommysGotTats420 MommysGotTats420 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 12

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    Ever wonder (this is for the kids) why, when you call a telephone number you say you "dialed" that number? Why dial when you're really pushing buttons? Well, back in the day, one...
    rfrr56 rfrr56 70+, M 4 Responses Feb 11

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    There was a time.........it seems so long ago now, that you didn't have this "distraction", this "opportunity". When you actually spent time with family or went outside for some...
    Mencrytoo Mencrytoo 46-50, M 4 Responses Feb 21

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    Yea this generation is spoiled lol
    wife81 wife81 31-35, F 8 Responses 4 days ago

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    You have to take the good with bad, smile when you're sad, love what you've got and remember what you had. Alwayes forgive but never forget, learn from your mistakes but never...
    Zelaleme Zelaleme 46-50, F Feb 19

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    So I have been going to school in hopes to become a Pastor. I have been getting plugged in to small groups and really pushing myself like never before with my studies and helping...
    onewhosupplants onewhosupplants 22-25, M Feb 4

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    One more month and I will be celebrating 5 years with my girlfriend. I don't want to be together anymore. I want her to have a happy life. I want a happy life. We are not happy...
    thousandlake thousandlake 36-40, M 1 Response Feb 18

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    Who could live a really simple life? Could you? A life with just the basics, without phones, computers, no internet, no supermarket, be self sufficient. . I did it and although it...
    loveisaliar loveisaliar 22-25, F 3 hrs ago

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    Although I appreciate it when people add me, I would like to tell you a few things before you do. First, I have a girlfriend, an amazing woman whom I love very much. That means...
    lovefoundme47 lovefoundme47 41-45, M 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    Just a few days ago it had been snowing quite excessively, the roads where mostly void of cars and most people were staying indoors, but i had a library book that was already...
    DuskWood DuskWood 31-35, M 4 hrs ago

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    I find myself, lost in confusion when it comes to someone. A person I never knew, but a face I've seen in a dream. A dream that showed me a future, a future that has happened. She...
    WarzJack WarzJack 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 14

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    As far I can remember was that I was in a field, and all around me was pure and seemed alive. First I remembered the water, like a river near me, as clear as crystal. I saw life in...
    raphaellive raphaellive 46-50, M Feb 15

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    My boyfriend just proposed to me and I said yes butnow I having second thoughts what if we re too young for this marriage thing ? But cant just call off the wedding just before...
    ashley882 ashley882 22-25, F 1 hr ago

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    Enough said ! If you want to know anything about my post/ questions please feel free to ask. And if I chose to explain I will or I may not. Now I kindly ask that you do not let...
    MzPhoenix MzPhoenix 31-35, F 36 mins ago

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    "50 most positive one liners 1. Have a firm handshake. 2. Look people in the eye. 3. Sing in the shower. 4. Own a great stereo system. 5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard...
    bigboy4chat42 bigboy4chat42 41-45 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I hate my life so much, I really have been compensating whether or not I should kill myself, but I can never bring myself to it, like it's just thoughts; but seriously Life's...
    Krchan2 Krchan2 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 12

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    They received a job at Geek Squad installing TV's and speakers. The pay back is really good for my area ($twelve/hr). The Better part is they promise you 32 hrs every single week...
    Michael0962opo3 Michael0962opo3 31-35, M Feb 5

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    Myself being a film maker and a student of Computers ,am always interested,in films that are visually superb but when the day i saw " Ship of Thesus " i changed my mind to watch...
    shekarleader shekarleader 18-21, M 4 days ago

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    I grew up in a home with neglectful and/or abusive and absentee parents, and as a result I wasn't taught anything about life, and just general life skills that every person should...
    Undeadly Undeadly 41-45, F Feb 6

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    I am getting asked allot of information about my life, so I thought I will tell you another story about my life. Back in 2003 I went on a trip with two of my friends, we will call...
    tornsin tornsin 31-35, M 1 Response Feb 9

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    Late-term abortion of twins Sarah Terzo Abortion (LiveActionNews) - In an article profiling the now deceased late-term abortionist Dr. William Rashbaum (which I’ve...
    jopava jopava 56-60, M 3 days ago

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    I've spent most of my life around technology, helping my father with his work and learning from him. :)
    WaterWave WaterWave 16-17 1 Response Feb 24

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    Faith Circle Words written in lists - not poetry. She fervently wrote it all down. "What to do" was a large calendar on the desk in the classroom. What she already did often...
    jenvice jenvice 46-50, F 2 Responses Feb 15

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