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

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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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    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...
    marklovescoffee marklovescoffee 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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    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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    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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    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 22-25, M Jan 9, 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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    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 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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    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 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

    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 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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    Well, not life before the internet exactly, but I remember life before I had internet :) I only got internet and television when I was 12. Before that, the library was my best...
    Oasisdawn3 Oasisdawn3 18-21, F 6 Responses 2 days ago

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    Do you remember life before handphones and things like texting, emails, chatting?? I dont even think its possible to live without a mobile but i did once! Weirdly enough things did...
    fatin27 fatin27 26-30, F 6 Responses Jul 19

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    Life before the internet was great, I just didn't know it at the time. It was so simple. I was in high school when social media became the 'in' thing. I wish I knew how...
    fullen fullen 22-25, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I remember how much more life was full of color and now it's just gray and dull 😔
    Nateweezy Nateweezy 18-21, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I remember back when kids and teenagers actually interacted with each other, by talking to each other face to face and by playing games like hide n' seek. But now that everything...
    TheTshirt TheTshirt 18-21, M 13 Responses Jul 12

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    I remember the closest thing we had was a Word Processor. I was AMAZED to see a 'typewriter' that didn't have a carriage and that I was able to make corrections with a cursor !!
    MysticTraveler MysticTraveler 51-55, M 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    CD players and an extra pair of AA batteries in everyone's pocket.
    RedPowerRangerJoJo RedPowerRangerJoJo 16-17, M 17 Responses Jul 17

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    When you could spend hours playing games like british bulldog, hide and seek, tag. Or building a treehouse/fort, or simply going outside
    Anth1290 Anth1290 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 17

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    Back in high school even with Windows 95 and not being interested. I would mostly just be by myself and play Super Nintendo rather than be on the computer. Now, it's Facebook and...
    asert12345678 asert12345678 31-35, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I am so happy to have experienced high school, and middle school for that matter, without the presence of smartphones and social media. I feel as though we are the last of our kind...
    Court1eleven Court1eleven 26-30, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    Too much technology! I'm just as guilty as our youth of today. Since when did sitting side by side on our iPhones constitute spending time together? :-/
    PeachMoscato PeachMoscato 31-35, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    I was just a liiiiiiiuuuul baby
    eozoe eozoe 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Definitely! Needed to make an emergency call? You had to make it to a pay phone. The idea of webpages for all to see and connecting to the world... was unbelievable. Cars often did...
    DarkwingGoslyn DarkwingGoslyn 31-35 Jul 19

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    I am not against technology, however, some times I sit and wonder if all the advancements in the world are to the benefit of people or just making society want more for less. When...
    aussieman01 aussieman01 51-55, M Jul 15

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    The first life I remember is before the first europeans arrived to what they would call the New World. My father was a chief. I was engaged to the son of a neighboring tribe who...
    SkylarPurdy SkylarPurdy 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 1

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    you fi careful A di people yuh know Caz nuff a dem nuh real, dem a foe You fi careful A di places yuh go Be careful a di faces you know You fi careful A di friends weh you keep...
    ladyebugg ladyebugg 18-21, F Jul 12

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    The apple store rocks because their computers are the best
    drumroar drumroar 26-30, M 1 hr ago

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    There are times when I write something that in a poem or just a small statement, will take me back to a moment long ago. I wrote a status that was just a bit romantic. After...
    LadyLouisiana LadyLouisiana 56-60, F 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    July 28. Fear. One day, I decided to try something new. I took my ten-year-old son out on the St. Croix River on a Waverunner. A Waverunner is a small boating vehicle resembling a...
    zeeva70 zeeva70 41-45, F 10 hrs ago

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    He stared into the steady glare of the LCD display of his laptop screen in the darkness of the night, as he typed out those words.. his last ever creations. The fingertips that had...
    pretender1326 pretender1326 26-30, M 1 Response 11 hrs ago

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    I was a lost girl. I was trying to find myself. That was until I met someone online last summer. We became really good friends, talked about life and played around. We promised...
    JumpingTomatoes JumpingTomatoes 16-17 7 Responses 16 hrs ago

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    I haven't been on here for a while, but I feel the need to really write out my feelings. Two weeks ago I came back home to the Bahamas for a year. I was pretty excited on coming...
    rainee12 rainee12 13-15, F 14 hrs ago

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    I really like putting together computers, it's nearly like bringing something to life. I can't put together just regular computers though. I like to build monsters xD
    Vencrion Vencrion 18-21, M Jul 9

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    I need your opinion would this make you understand? You said you didn't know? I'm tired of feeling hurt... I love you but I don't know what to believe at the moment one minute...
    Rachelmarie94 Rachelmarie94 18-21, F 22 hrs ago

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    It was the start of my freshman year. Deep into a depression, bipolar episodes, scars up and down my left wrist, suicidal thoughts screaming through my ears, sticking my finger...
    icecoldqueen613 icecoldqueen613 16-17, F 14 hrs ago

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    I still remember the first time I saw you. You are the prettiest girl I ever saw. I had to know you. You became my best friend. You became my deepest love. You are the most...
    lonesojourner lonesojourner 46-50, M 2 hrs ago

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    THE STORY OF A BLIND GIRL :There was a blind girl who hated herself just because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She...
    smjuap21 smjuap21 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 9

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    My life has has been a negative snowball effect. It first started with my parents splitting up when I was born, I didn't start seeing my dad until I was about 2. By then my mom had...
    kitty4kitty kitty4kitty 13-15, F Jul 17

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    When I was about 5, I was in private school, and there was a kid named Ryan. He had blond hair, which is all of his appearance that I remember. He and I were best friends and he...
    GlassRabbit GlassRabbit 13-15, F 1 Response 20 hrs ago

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    If you wish to add me, know this. I am here for on reason only. To vent out my feelings the way I want to. Some things in my post will be fake and you will know it. Like how I...
    TimeTwoBeMe TimeTwoBeMe 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 1

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    I have my life as before and after 1991.Before I was conservative ,I liked Rush Limbaugh, was sexist ,racist, mean and would fight verbally and some times physically. I was also...
    tom67890 tom67890 46-50, M 4 Responses Jul 13

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    I posted something similar to this before and deleted it for no apparent reason. I killed a woman in my last life. I'm sure of it because I vividly remember assaulting her and...
    dazedreamer dazedreamer 18-21, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    Wait what? What is this madness? EP members having lives??? Oh my god, I never heard of that before!
    InternationalDarkness InternationalDarkness 13-15, F 11 hrs ago

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    1. Family 2. Friends 3. Exercise 4. Computers 5. Knowledge
    Iscribbletoomuch Iscribbletoomuch 16-17, M Jul 16

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