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I Remember Life Before Computers

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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 56-60, F 1 Response Jan 13, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 went to the hospital on July 1st. My blood pressure was almost 300. I couldnt handle the food there so I stopped eating. For the month of July I stayed in the hospital and never...
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    I once went to a party and someone was supposed to be my DD. However, that person got wasted before picking me up and driving me home. Lo and behold, that person crashed. Luckily...
    Nathan5958 Nathan5958 18-21, M 1 hr ago

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    I made an online friend. We became close. That was after we talked for a few months. I had many things common with her. She is so good at studies. She is so talented but she have...
    waiting4someone waiting4someone 18-21, M 11 hrs ago

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    I asked my friend who was born in '90 if she remembered the time before the Internet. She noded, started to imitate the dial in tone and said that was the time when I had to go to...
    poppingcandyrulez poppingcandyrulez 36-40, F 8 Responses 12 hrs ago

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    I write stories in this nature frequently. And I rarely post them. But I promised myself I'd write this before I leave for school in just over three hours. I feel nostalgic. I was...
    IntenseCookie IntenseCookie 16-17, F 14 hrs ago

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    I remember at an early age taking a whole 6 pack of this nasty stuff (Colt 45) . We hid from dad and his drunk buddies. A week later after a good long hike , thirsty and needing...
    daysleeper2 daysleeper2 51-55, M 4 Responses 15 hrs ago

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    Without sounding too cliche, I was not looking for a boyfriend when I met Alex. He was supposed to be helping me improve my Science grades ready for exams. Over time (of course) I...
    tinyheart8888 tinyheart8888 18-21, F 1 Response 18 hrs ago

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    Lately I've been having dreams and thinking a lot about a former friend that overdosed on heroin a couple of years ago.. I just keep remembering and replaying the conversations we...
    Sewlovely Sewlovely 22-25, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I was born in 1993. So, the internet was around when I was growing up. I just wasn't exposed to it until I was about 10 or so. I was 12 when I joined chatrooms. But I clearly...
    StayCsBS93 StayCsBS93 18-21, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    That was when I could concentrate..... ((((sigh))))
    Nest38 Nest38 36-40, M 6 Responses 2 days ago

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    Makalah=Sekripsi=Tesis=Disertasi=>PhD
    sujatmika sujatmika 41-45, M 2 days ago

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    "A Child Called It", "The Lost Boy" and "A Man Named Dave", by Dave Pelzer. I read these when I was in high school and I've never forgotten them. Before I read those books, I...
    iSpyce iSpyce 26-30, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    what i remember about life before the internet is that my weekends were very lonely,depressing,and boring. i always worked during the week..but when the weekends rolled around, i...
    welcome2myworld welcome2myworld 41-45, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    It does seem like a long time ago
    wd402 wd402 51-55, M 6 days ago

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    I was born in 1990. Man I feel old..... x( ??????
    RealmRunner RealmRunner 22-25, F 18 Responses a week ago

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    FORTRAN on punch cards was my start...
    AeshSme AeshSme 61-65, M 13 Responses a week ago

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    Hey, if you're reading this and you have an advice or an opinion I'll be glad to read it because I'm looking for that one advice or quote that will get me through this. Where to...
    American19 American19 18-21, F 5 Responses a week ago

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    Things were so much simpler when there was no internet.Sometimes I think about deleting everything and throwing away my laptop.. that would feel GREAT!!!! Well maybe I will...
    demp89 demp89 22-25, F 7 Responses a week ago

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    12 years old, I'm sat with my friend Jack round his house playing with our YuGiOh cards, and I remember being extremely jealous that he had more trading cards than me. I needed a...
    HmmLife HmmLife 22-25, M 4 Responses Aug 26

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    I remember way back when, when most people didn't have internet. Cell phones was these big brick looking things. There is times I miss those days. People interacted with each other...
    vovine123 vovine123 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 25

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    .....long long time ago. I'd had a crush on him for such a long time. We'd pass in the street and i'd get that fluttery feeling....he would occasionally smile at me.....but....I...
    sillysoo sillysoo 46-50, F Aug 25

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    When I was younger I was physically and mentally abused by my mother. In my early childhood my dad was an alcoholic who would drink come home and beat my mom. We would have to...
    Lost2334 Lost2334 26-30, M Aug 23

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    I wish ppl would read my profile before adding me or trying to chat with me. I am not trying to sound like an EP snob or come off as rude, but I have mostly all the information...
    StreetgirlnamedDesire504 StreetgirlnamedDesire504 36-40 Aug 22

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    000Camilla 000Camilla 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 22

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    I've got two daughters who are in their twenties. Both are college graduates and have either completed grad school or are still there. I remember doing papers in college the "old...
    SilverPagan SilverPagan 51-55, M 5 Responses Aug 22

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    I have to get this out of me, I have to share this story I cannot even believe myself...how a total stranger not only changed my life, but saved my life. I have went trough alot...
    somedude92 somedude92 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 21

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