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I Remember Life Before Computers

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    I was 11 before we got a puter.

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 4 Responses Mar 16, 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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    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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    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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    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, 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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    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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    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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    I lived with the Amish as a kid. I remember life before electricity! ;)
    Jpfunjunky Jpfunjunky 31-35, M 4 Responses Aug 23

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    I remember life before the internet where human beings could actually sit down in person and have a face to face conversation.
    h3yjay h3yjay 16-17, F 4 Responses Sep 6

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    Have u ever thought that in just 14 short years we got iPhones and galaxies I remember life before they existed :0
    blondegrey2020 blondegrey2020 13-15, M 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    It seems so long ago. And in ways, it was. I'm only 25 and I remember when I didn't have the internet, or a computer. Life was real. I wasn't drawn to electronics and addicted. I...
    Philli8807 Philli8807 22-25, F 5 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    I remember using those really big apple computers in school. Then my father brought home a computer for first time. It was the weirdest thing. One thing I don't miss was the dial...
    truthexplodes truthexplodes 26-30, M 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    Life was simpler- no computers, no cell phones, no facebook and definity no other social media. No internet garbage either. Limitet online games - what a concept. :))
    larrlee larrlee 61-65, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I remember building cubby houses out of sticks and gum nuts were money for good sticks kept us entertained for hours...or talking about how the world began..sleeping on my best...
    wherethewildthingswere wherethewildthingswere 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 17

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    I loved reading books and writing letters back in the day. I read a good book instead of surfing the web. I wrote long letters instead of posting updates. Gosh I miss those days...
    somerbunni703 somerbunni703 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 22

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    I remember I used to go outside with my friends and hang out and jump rope etc
    Kayl1995 Kayl1995 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 22

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    I can remember people asking me for change for a dollar so they could use the pay phone. I can appreciate the internet but sometimes I miss talking to the people I was helping out...
    bkboxer609 bkboxer609 56-60, M 1 Response Aug 30

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    I remember limited tv options, time to bike wherever, even to creeks and sand pits, to water drainage ditch/culverts to explore on dry days. Kick-the-can in the summer nights or...
    Soullovr Soullovr 56-60, M 10 Responses Sep 2

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    Yup I remember those times. If you had a dedicated computer phone line and a 28.8k baud modem you were the ****. I don't think anything is that slow anymore.
    Jericho7 Jericho7 36-40, M 1 Response Sep 4

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    Who remembers pagers? Huh!?
    gypsybelle gypsybelle 41-45, F 43 Responses Sep 5

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    Hell, I remember huge black and white TVs, dial phones, phone booths for a dime, cheap gas and a fill up gave you free glass wear.
    MrPlank MrPlank 51-55, M 9 Responses Sep 6

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    I'm pretty glad I had a childhood before the internet.
    jhenifad jhenifad 22-25, F 4 Responses Sep 2

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    Of course I do and it was a good time. Just as this time is a good time. It's just different and young people face a lot more challenges now. I also see a lot of loneliness...
    RagnarLodbrok RagnarLodbrok 41-45, M 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    I find in some ways how using the internet has become such an essential thing it seems, or at least a most convenient thing, is a bit like how I found life changing when I learned...
    sometimeslonelytoo sometimeslonelytoo 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 16

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    I quit Facebook, now I'm thinkin social media in general is not for me anymore. It's more of a habit that doesn't really bring anyone closer. I'm takin it old school!
    SettlerNoMore SettlerNoMore 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 22

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    I'm a HUGE fan of Harry Potter and found a website where they make custom handmade wands. 😃My mom said shell give me the money so I can order it as a late birthday present...
    LunaRay19 LunaRay19 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 22

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    People were more simple to deal with and get along with = also I had lots of fun going fishing , camping and story telling , lots of out doors adventures with others and also had...
    stephenrko stephenrko 31-35, M Aug 23

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    Boy, do I love pizza. Pepperoni. Mmm
    ImAPirate ImAPirate 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 23

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    Hand written letters, typewriters, only land lines unless you had a cb(like truck drivers). Communication is what it's all about.
    grameecarolyn grameecarolyn 56-60, F 3 Responses Aug 23

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    For all you 90's kids....stick on earrings, beanie babies, Silly Putty, and last but not least...Bill Nye the Science Guy. Can I get an Amen?
    drunkinlove23 drunkinlove23 18-21, F 6 Responses Aug 31

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    Dating Naked on M3TV? Ummmmm is it just me..? Or is reality TV getting more ridiculous?
    drunkinlove23 drunkinlove23 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 31

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    Ah, how I wish the whole world's internet would just freeze for a day and we could all go back to 4 tv channels, everyone sitting enjoying each others company over a nice game of...
    1amlonely 1amlonely 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 5

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    I don't know how I coped without the internet. :)
    Reallifeperson Reallifeperson 22-25, M 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    When I came up, I didn't have a cell phone, no internet and having a VCR was a big deal. I'm worried about kids who are dependent on their phone, Facebook, etc. Critical and...
    WaterOx WaterOx 41-45, M 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    ...but it is really good to be able to talk about difficult, challenging and risque subjects with total strangers who do not judge you. Only the internet can enable this kind of...
    Geoff76 Geoff76 56-60, M 2 days ago

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    Whatever happened to people talking face-to-face?
    thr080766 thr080766 46-50, M 11 Responses 19 hrs ago

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    Well yeah I'm a Viking, what can I say. I just realised that we could have avoided those horrible crusades if we had done a better job at slaughtering Christians during our...
    RagnarLodbrok RagnarLodbrok 41-45, M 3 days ago

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    Life before rescuing my little monster was just so grey and sad. It's true, no matter what my dog will always be my bestfriend first, before any human lol Unconditional love at it...
    rxplvrs rxplvrs 22-25, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    This past summer (summer 2014) has been by far one of the most terrible I have ever had to live through. Luckily, someone famous once said that bad experiences are there to be...
    gabenator123 gabenator123 16-17, M Aug 31

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    I am a Russian man and I would like to share a story about my life. When I was 7 years old, I began to go to school. I was surrounded by my parents, my maternal grandfather and his...
    alexalan alexalan 51-55, M 1 Response Sep 1